Conclusion: I have played each of the previous Tropico games on the PC and found them to be quite enjoyable with a good dash of humor to go with the city-building and realpolitik. My initial delight at being assigned Tropico 4 to review was deflated when I learned that I would be reviewing the XBox 360 version of the game.
Excerpt: Tropico 4: Modern Times is the first major add-on for Tropico 4 , which was released about six months ago. As its name suggests, Modern Times takes your Caribbean island out of the 1960s and throws some modern advancements at you. The good news is that these additions -- including 27 buildings and 10 edicts -- are integrated well into the game. The bad news is they make the game even easier than it was before, which was pretty easy.
Summary: The Tropico 4: Modern Times expansion offers players a variety of new challenges as El Presidente must modernize his island nation while battling sinister underground forces that threaten the future of Tropico in an extensive new single-player campaign. New buildings, fresh challenges, additional presidential edicts and more are part of Tropico 4: Modern Times.
Excerpt: As an expansion, Modern Times does exactly what you would expect it to do, which is to add new content to the base game that extends the playability and enjoyment of it for those who like it. If you enjoyed Tropico 4 , this is definitely a good purchase.
Pros: Humor holds up in modern era, new buildings are great, timeline adds replayability to sandbox mode
Excerpt: Kalypso Media is back with the Tropico island simulation. This time it is Tropico 4 Gold Edition on the Xbox 360 and Personal Computer. Family Friendly Gaming was provided this game on the Xbox 360. It contains Tropico 4, and the Modern Times Add-on. It is exceptional to see Kalypso putting this on the Xbox 360. It is great to see console gamers getting some Tropico love.
Excerpt: Tropico is becoming one of the all-time greatest game franchises. I have played every game since the original, and with the exception of Tropico 2 (Run away!) the series has done nothing but improve. Originally created by PopTop Software and released a decade ago, Tropico transported gamers to a Central American-esque island where the player was tasked with developing the island’s economy while balancing numerous political factions.
Pros: Fun in the sun. Light-hearted atmosphere belies the hard business of running a small island nation. Players can be as democratic or despotic as they like. Ample humor pokes fun at virtually every political faction.
Cons: Music is great, but there needs to be more. Fans of Tropico 3 may have a hard time figuring out whether Tropico 4 is an expansion or a true sequel.