Summary: The game is not suited for play by someone who has not played the earlier versions of Tropico. There are no instructions or screens to explain how to use the controller. If you have previously played a version, you would know how to move or place or pick up items. If not, you haven't got a clue. That was me! I was looking for a "build" game, a Sims type game, and this would have been great. But, if you can't use the controller, it isn't worth anything.
Summary: I’ve been a Tropico fan since the first game and have enjoyed it and Tropico 2 on the computer. I bought the Xbox 360 over the Playstation 3 in part because of this game. Unfortunately that excitement didn’t last long as I soon discovered that after I played one island for a few hours I wouldn’t be able to save and load it later. After a couple of hundred people (usually about 250) the Xbox freezes up when it tries to reload the save.
Summary: Tropico 4 is a sim building game during the cold war era. Your a dictator in a island and it your job to build the economy and make the people as happy as they can be. You have many building types to do many things such as create a workplace, housing, having fun, education, and tourist. You also have laws that you can pass to provide special benefits to your society such as (forcing people to join the army, create secret police, force people to accept your idea).
Summary: I'm not going in to all the aspects of the game, but if the description sounds fun to you, you will love the game. We've played this game for hours and hours. It's witty and challenging, and will make you laugh. The soundtrack is good as well. Some of the 'news updates' are repetitive, but it's not a big issue, because the gameplay is fun. I had experiences of the game locking up and losing my progress, but it may have been my xbox.
Summary: Tropico 4 is quite fun. It has a wry sense of humor that is surprisingly well informed about the lamentable aspects of Latin American and Caribbean history. The gameplay is interesting and fairly addicting. But that just makes it difficult to tolerate the myriad serious bugs. The main campaign is relatively stable, although you will get assigned tasks that you cannot complete because they require things only available in the expansion pack.