Excerpt: Sim City has it easy. Build a coal power plant and some roads and the people will come. Not so with Tropico . An island somewhere in the Caribbean, it’s down to the Presidente to provide employment and welfare to the population in game mixed with economic struggle and political tension. Tropico is unlike any other game I have played; what exists is simply a patch of earth surrounded on all sides by ocean, a dock, your extravagant palace and a handful of locals.
Excerpt: Tropico is similar to most any simulation game.You get land and the buildings to place on it. You try to make people happy and bring in an income for your fledgling land at the same time. Problems arise that you must find ways to deal with and how to avoid them in the future. Tropico puts you in the role of the newly installed dictator of an obscure Caribbean island and you must develop and rule to the best of your abilities.
Excerpt: The communists are complaining about the lack of low income housing, while capitalists are unhappy that your island lacks any real industry. You'd like to keep them all happy - especially with an election coming up - but you've been a bit short on funds ever since the rebels attacked your papaya farms. What's the leader of a small Caribbean island to do?
Conclusion: Sims, into the package. This turns out to be a very good move. For instance, by clicking on an individual, you can see their thoughts, which could help you strategize your next move in the game. Tropico incorporates this obvious nod to The Sims’ addictive gameplay nature of exerting control over the Tropicans themselves, although not to the same level that you control the characters of The Sims.
Excerpt: Publisher: Gathering of Developers Developer: Pop Top Minimum System Requirements: Windows 9x/2000/ME/NT4 200Mhz CD-ROM 32MB RAM 820MB HD Space Genre: Real Time Strategy ESRB Rating: Teen Da Introduction: Take a ride over to a remote Caribbean island called Tropico, and you will find it is literally ripe for a dictator to move in and set up shop.
Excerpt: Hola amigos! Est?° bien? Bueno, y bienvenidos Tropico! Tropico, a new game from Pop Top software is, when you get right down to itm a traditional city-building sim, in the same vein as Caesar, but the action is stylishly displayed in a political shell and a Carribean flavor. This game has heart and this is what ultimately is Tropico's greatest achievements.
Excerpt: We have all been dictators of a sort in simulation games before, but now is your chance to be a True Dictator. You have just been 'elected' President of Tropico, a small third world island nation. Will you be a kind ruler, someone the people love and respect, or a total despot, hated and feared by the people? Tropico is a welcome change from some of the games I have been playing lately. I knew from the moment I saw the box that I could not wait to play the game.
Excerpt: Tropico is a rare game that succeeds on many levels. The game is successful no matter whether viewed as a pure building game with a splash of local color and economy, an empire builder with a liberal dose of character development, or a game featuring a balance of politics, building and economy.
Excerpt: Hype is a funny thing. For some games, you can hear so much about them and consequently expect so much from them that when you finally do get to play them, you can't help but be disappointed. For Tropico, the latest creation from St. Louis based PopTop Software, I was expecting a fanciful, funny and complicated city simulation -- you know, sort of like Monkey Island meets SimCity.