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.
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: Have you ever wanted to rule an island nation? Have you ever wanted to be a dictator, decide which political activists need to “disappear”, run a military state, build a park, or side with communists over the United States? Well, now you can do all of that. I mean, you could have before with Tropico , Tropico 2 , and Tropico 3 , but now there's Tropico 4 ! This is the perfect city simulation game for people that always wanted to oppress their citizens in Sim City .
Excerpt: Tropico 4 is the follow-up to Tropico 3 (released in 2009) and Tropico 3: Absolute Power (released in 2010). All three games were developed by Haemimont Games, which is notable because the franchise had previously played a lot of musical chairs with its developers. Unfortunately, Haemimont Games hasn't shown a lot of creative spark.