Excerpt: The first Tropico launched back in April 2001, followed closely by Tropico 2: Pirate Cove in April 2003. I don’t remember much media hoopla over them from back then, so I passed them by. (The original was great, and Tropico 3 is an update of the original. Pirate Cove was terrible – Ed.) My cursory glances at the series since then haven’t caught my gaming attention, either. Until now.
Pros: Fun, challenging, and humorous gameplay. Easy to learn, yet engaging.
Summary: This is an expansion. It costs less than the original, and has less new stuff, and less total game time, so I can make the review shorter, too. Right? Well, okay then. Tropico 3: Absolute Power (or T3AP as it is known to its friends) continues the adventures of El Presidente (you) as you rule a series of banana republics. All of the old favorites are here: islands, farms, industries, exports, factions, edicts and the rest are back with some new friends.
Summary: In Tropico 3 you will again be able to play the role of “El Presidente” taking over the control of a tropical island. You decide whether you want to use your army to secure your power base in the best traditions of corrupt, unscrupulous tyrants everywhere, or alternatively to lead your people to prosperity in your role as generous elder statesman.
Excerpt: Date: 2/3/2010 If you played the original Tropico, then you'll pretty much already know if you'll like Tropico 3. There are a few minor changes here and there and a modern graphics engine under the hood, but aside from that Tropico 3 is pretty much Tropico Redux (the pirates of Tropico 2 are nowhere to be found).
Summary: Tropico 3 is a fun city buiding/dictator sim that, for the price, will last you longer than most other games on the market. If you are new to the genre this might not be the best title to start with; at the very least, newcomers should start with the sandbox mode. For veterans there’s a lot of content and trying to balance the factions makes for interesting gameplay. As someone who lives in a cold state I’ll be spending time away from the snow at Tropico .
Sophisticated, deep city builder lets players be tyrants.
Common Sense Media
5 January 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Tropico 3 is a city building simulation game in which the player takes on the role of a Caribbean dictator who can be either a real personality -- such as Fidel Castro or Che Guevara -- or a character of their own creation. While the game has a whimsical tone and lets players be as benevolent or tyrannical as they like, it tends to push toward the latter, if only because it’s easier to quell rebel uprisings with guns than diplomacy.
Summary: Remember the two competing camps of city-builders, back from the Cities XL review? No? Well, I have a few minutes so you can go back and review. Back already? Oh good. As I was saying, Tropico 3 is primarily in the Caesar camp – the most important thing is how far your little people have to walk. This makes a lot of sense, as your city is actually Florida an unspecified banana republic somewhere in the Caribbean.
Excerpt: Aaaahh.... sun, sand and the threat of constantly being overthrown by rebels. Welcome to Tropico 3 , the latest city-building sim from developers Haemimont Games. This third outing of the Tropico franchise, which is more of a remake of the original Tropico rather than a sequel, adds some interesting gameplay elements to the traditional city-building sim formula. These elements make this a fresh and welcome addition to the franchise, as well as to the genre itself.