A great game for an evening when you just want to relax and kick back a Mojito
21 March 2014
Summary: I love this game. It's pretty simple, but it is lots of fun. You can pick your dictator (the background info and perks associated with each one are both enlightening and entertaining) and determine your gameplay strategy (iron fist? Right on! Hippie communist? Très you!). I will say that I wish the missions in this game were better. It would be nice even if they could form some sort of plot.
Summary: Tropico is an incredibly intriguing, all-around great game. I pre-ordered Tropico at the same time as I got the Diablo II expansion pack. When Tropico finally came, I installed it and haven't gone back to Diablo II yet. You start the game by taking control of an island in the Caribbean Sea as "El Presidente" in 1950.
best strategy game in some time, but still a bit lacking...
Amazon Customer, Amazon
26 July 2003
Summary: Civilization ruined it for all of us. The breadth, width and complexity of the Civilization series has yet to be matched in a strategy game. So maybe I'll never give another strategy game five stars because Civ spoiled me. Tropico, though, comes close as you can get. The interface will look familiar to fans of Railroad Tycoon II, so much so that it's kinda creepy. Half the time I started hearing train whistles and banjo music. But the comparisons end there.
Summary: I hesitated on buying Tropico for several weeks, since I felt I was badly burned by my last game purchase, Black and White. Now, I wish I hadn't hesitated. Tropico is a really fun game that is both reasonably intuitive (at least at the basic level) and extremely fun. The graphics are beautiful and your sychophantic aide adds just the right amount of dry humor. (For instance, if you click on a dying citizen, he will say something like "Adios, muchachos.
Summary: Like most everyone else who has written a review, I was waiting anxiously for Tropico to be released. Railroad Tycoon II remains one of my favorite games & I thought it would be fascinating to see how the engine was transferred to a simulation such as this one. After having played the game quite a bit since it came out, my own verdict would be that it is an interesting attempt & there is some fun to be had, but that it does not measure up to what it could have been.
Summary: I see a lot of reviews here from people who expected another SimCity. This game is a lot closer to the Caesar series or Pharoah, or Majesty without the monsters. Your main challenge is keeping all your little island's different factions happy while maintaining a decent economy. This takes a lot of planning - new buildings take a long time to build, especially on a mountainous island, or if you try to branch out too much.
Very fun sim, yet lacks some important bells and whistles.
Amazon Customer, Amazon
26 July 2003
Summary: Tropico: Imagine a sim in which you play a 3rd world island dictator that places you in a large presidential palace where you govern the native inhabitants, immigrants who come to your country looking for work, tourists looking for that perfect beach vacation, political regimes wanting to be your friend, building an economic empire all while making sure you avoid a coup.
Excerpt: "I had never heard of this game until i saw it on the shelves of Asda, it was only £5 and it seemed like it could be quite a laugh. I wasn't disappointed. As the presidente of a tropical island you control pretty much everything. From what is built and where, to the wages everyone is paid. You can decide whether to create a booming economy through factories or logging camps, or create a tourists' paradise. There are different types of terrain ...
Pros: Unbelievable value for money, very addictive .
Excerpt: "Welcome to the sunny island of Tropcio. You and your people have just started living on this untouched island in the middle of the caribbean. It's time for you to click your fingers and get to work. You start the game with $10,000 and around 30 people on an empty island. You have a dock and your palace but apart from that your on your own. To win the game you have to keep your people happy, which isn't an easy thing to do. You first job is to ...
Excerpt: "...enemies. Alas for me, while Tropico does deliver a good strategy game, it fails to fully realize its twisted potential. The premise behind Tropico is pure gold. The year is 1950, the Cold War is raging, and you’re the recently installed dictator of a Caribbean island firmly in the pocket of the U.S.S.R. Tropico offers two basic types of gameplay. You can either play one of the game’s ready-made scenarios, or you can play an open-ended game ...
Pros: Decent strategy elements; great subject matter; good graphics
Cons: Lacks key menu options; unwieldy interface; evil measures sometimes ineffective