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: All I have to say about Tropico is: What a fun game! What fallen human being hasn't wanted to be a tin-pot dictator? If W can get himself appointed President of the United States, then surely each of us should get at least one tiny Caribbean Island. This game features wonderful replay value, an awesome sound track and the best narrator around. Presidente...this is truly a fun game!
best strategy game in some time, but still a bit lacking...
bigbaldben "bigbaldben", Amazon
22 February 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.
Very fun sim, yet lacks some important bells and whistles.
Jayson Olson, Amazon
22 February 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.
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.
Summary: Tropico is a very exciting game where you are the ruler of Tropico, a fictional island nation in the tropics. You select which person you want to be, select how many years you want to reign, and you are now a leader. You must develop the country with a limited amount of money. But if your new to the simulation genre, you don't want to buy this game right away. You should try games that aren't as hard as this.
At long last - a long overdue dictatorship simulation
Roger Williams, Amazon
7 March 2002
Summary: Tropico modestly bills itself as a "Caribbean simulation", but in reality, it is so, so much more. You play the role of the recently installed dictator of the obscure Caribbean island of Tropico in the year 1950. You can play the "hall of fame" dictators like Rafael Trujillo, Fidel Castro or Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, or create your own, choosing your past, rise to power, etc. Once installed, it is up to you to consolidate your power and placate your enemies.
A good game with a few flaws, albeit debilitating ones
Ethan D Van Vorst, Amazon
19 November 2001
Summary: Sim City on an Island (hold on, didn't they make a Sim Island?? Oh nevermind). That's what it should be named. After reading the reviews here, I felt it would be worth my time and money to go out and buy a copy of Tropico. It is an enjoyable game, although frequently annoying. The premise, that you are a dictator on a Carribean island named Tropico, and that you and you alone, through wits or might, make it or break it by ruling your own banana republic.