Summary: I was quite taken by surprise by this game. I walked in expecting another quickie review of yet another crap shovelware game
(see more than 2/3 of the games I’ve reviewed over the last decade plus)
, and found to my surprise that
was actually fun and diverting.
Pros: Extremely addictive for simulation gaming fans., Reasonably open ended (caveats noted in review)., Music very good for the genre, and quite appropriate for the setting., Well animated.
Cons: Too many buttons, sub-menus and commands make controls extremely confusing., Anyone of even slightly humanist, leftist or populist leanings need not apply. This is strictly for the bastards out there., Choice of dictators rather limited. Ignoring the obvious targets (Hitler, Stalin, Mao, George...
Excerpt: If I were feeling especially lazy and you asked me to describe Tropico 3 , I would probably say something like "It's SimCity set in Cuba and you're Fidel Castro." If the conversation ended there, you would leave with a working idea of how the game functions.
Excerpt: Now Haemimont Games has entered the fray with Tropico 3 . The last time I reviewed a Haemimont game ( Imperium Romanum in 2008), I chided the developer for releasing yet another Roman city simulation rather than branching out and seeking something new.
Excerpt: Several years ago, three different developers released three different Tropico games: Tropico (the original game, released by PopTop Software in 2001), Tropico: Paradise Island (an expansion pack, released by Breakaway Games in 2002), and Tropico 2: Pirate Cove (a pirate-themed sequel, released by...
Conclusion: Tropico 3 is available on PC and 360. Whilst there are no major differences between versions, city management games like this are another genre that may not gel too well on consoles when it comes to handling.
Conclusion: Sega promised that Iron Man 2 would be better than the original game. Well they were right… it was better at sucking. Although it does have some value to it such as customisation, suit options and the ability to play as War Machine, they just aren't flushed out enough to stand out from the pile of...
Excerpt: Has winter got you down? Well, spring has almost sprung. But if you can’t wait, you can dive into the city simulation, Tropico 3 . City sims are not as common on consoles as they are on PC. There are very few offerings of this genre on the XBox 360.
Conclusion: Available for both the PC and Xbox360, Tropico 3 is a refreshing change to the usual “flash-bang-wallop” that fills the release schedules. It has a wonderful and infectious soundtrack, decent graphics, solid controls, and more satire than an episode of “Have I Got News For You”.
Summary: The simulation is a funny genre in the world of video games to me. Both resource management and construction style simulation games have seen endless success on the PC platform with titles such as SimCity, the various Tycoon games, and the Tropico games.
Summary: In Tropico 3 you will again be able to play the role of “El Presidente” taking over the control of a tropical island. You decide whether you want to use your army to secure your power base in the best traditions of corrupt, unscrupulous tyrants everywhere, or alternatively to lead your people to...