Tropico 3

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Great game!

on 9/17/2011

There are not too many games of this nature on the xbox 360. It is a fun thinking game. Who doesn't want to be "El Presidente". The controls are not to bad considering this game was ported over from the pc version of the game, but it is still just as fun. Each game can take hours.....

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The time is yesterday and the Cold War is in full swing. Through means devious and dubious you have seized power in the Caribbean island country of Tropico, where you now rule as the all-powerful "El Presidente". You decide whether you want to use your army to secure your power base in the best traditions of corrupt, unscrupulous tyrants everywhere or lead your people to prosperity in your role as generous elder statesman.


Manufacturer Jack of All Games
SKU 212218030
UPC 853490002005
UPC 14 00853490002005
Format Xbox 360
Review Among my personal list of career goals, I can't really say that becoming a Communist-Pirate dictator (secretly installed into power by the CIA) running an island in the middle of the Caribbean is at the top of my list. Yet somehow, Tropico 3 has me squandering hours - if not days - of my life wholeheartedly embracing this idea...Maybe it's the executions I can order at the slightest perceived sign of dissent, visually enacted in all of the game's 3D glory. Maybe it's the perverse pleasure I get of corralling all of my low-income, low-education citizens into a quiet shanty-town on some forgotten corner of my island, leaving the more worthy citizens to live in their high-class Condos in peace. Maybe it's just the amusement I get from randomly enacting a book-burning edict while standing safely behind a wall of loyal soldiers. Whatever it is, there's no doubt that Tropico 3 is one of the most addictive "Sim"-styled games I've played to date, which is no small claim given the number of clones and knock-offs that have popped up over the years...The only other real complaint I have that these kinds of games are always missing some form of real-time multiplayer mode; Tropico 3 to its credit does offer some online options for sharing scores and favored island layouts, but nothing near the kind of thrill you'd get from setting up your island in tandem with a friend, watching how they deal with challenges, and perhaps setting up trade routes or forms of sabotage using a few additional options...Beyond that, Tropico 3 is a fantastically addictive single player game that will have you up until the wee hours of the morning -- who knew a Castro sim could be so much fun?
Reviewer Dave VanDyk
ReviewRating 9
Review City-building games are about choices, and the overall appeal of the design depends on whether or not those choices are interesting and interrelated. The Tropico series has scored high in this regard, giving players a system that feels logical and consistent but also charming and unpredictable. The third game in the series and the first for consoles, Tropico 3, is due out next week and captures this appeal very well. Far from stopping at the "chop wood, process lumber, make furniture" dynamic that comprises the sum total of most city-builders, Tropico 3 adds a layer of political action that makes you feel like a real leader and not just a businessman...You can keep track of all of this in the game's handy almanac, a book that not only tells you about your financial bottom line but also shows which factions do or don't like you and why. The nationalists might be angry that you've allied with the US, while the intellectuals might be mixed because you're a religious zealot who also happens to believe in a free press. Trying to figure out why you are or aren't hated by a particular group becomes just as important as whether or not your jewelry shop is getting enough raw gold and has a close enough garage to take it to the dock...Tropico 3 combines a very good city building game with an intriguing political game. In that regard, it's fairly unique in the 360 catalog. The city builder portions are driven by lots of logical choices and consequences that leave the player feeling free to explore their own paths to success. This isn't a game where the associations are so rigid that you end up building the same city again and again. On top of that, the political system gives you a motivation to succeed on your own terms without locking you into any specific strategy. On the downside, the pace of the game is a bit slow and the interface could be a bit clearer in spots, but these are minor issues that won't keep fans of the genre from enjoying all the other things the game gets right.
Reviewer Steve Butts
ReviewRating 8
Activate Amulet Power-Ups to Help Complete Levels.
Build Egypt's Most Famous Monuments.
Complete 30 Levels of Play.
Construct Housing, Ports, Schools, Temples and a variety of other buildings to complete Egyptian cities.
Play Imhotep's Challenge Minigame for Special Rewards.
Use Your Magic Staff to banish mummies and eliminate locust plagues.
A Latin music soundtrack, as well as a variety of online-functions such as high scores or visiting islands belonging to other players.
Comprehensive campaign with 15 different missions, and mission generator for random map creation.
A variety of business sectors to dabble in, including: Tourism, petroleum, mining, agriculture, etc.
A timeline editor allowing you to create your own fictive historical events or enter real ones and avatar functionality allowing players to wander the island as El Presidente and change the course of play.
Interactive functionality including, political speeches, edicts and "other" means of influence, as well as a wide range of editing and modification functions.
Adam Biessener, The expected sandbox mode complements Tropico's excellent campaign, and it's exactly what you'd expect.
Jon Wills, You will be pleasantly surprised by what this simulator offers. A must buy any day. Tropico 3 is a one of a kind game...
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