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Previously I used to play a lot of simulation games like the Sims, Sim City, Caesar and more but having fallen out of love of the genre for a period I felt that I would go back and give it a try and found Tropico 3 whilst searching through some websites so thought I would give it a shot and boy am I glad that I did.
This game is all about you having to run and devlop your own island and take decisions on the direction you wish to take things with the reserves available...got a lot of beaches then how about tourism? got a lot of gems then set about mining them but bear in mind that once the reserves are gone then you will need to do something with the land, loads of trees then how about deforestation? Just keep in mind that each decision is important to your people.
The game is beautifully developed with excellent graphics and smooth transitions allowing for an enjoyable experience with no jumping when travelling around your island which is something very simple but if this is not done right then it can really detract from the entire package.
The game offers up a variety of buildings and so it is important to be careful when deciding on what you want to put on your island and where it should be built as cheaper housing options will lead to higher chances of crime and also more frequent rebellions but the expensive housing will only be an option available when you are able to bring in a good income to your island (this in itself may need you to have lower paying jobs so you will need to have cheaper housing options in place but ensure you work with these residents through police stations in the local area, clinics for medical care and marketplaces to ensure that your people can eat). As things get better on your island then you can develop to have a more up market feel but don't forget those who got you there. For me this all adds to a game which was brilliantly thought out and thankfully delivered in a great end product.
One of the best things about the game is the sound as you hear great music on the local radio station with Juanito leading you through the game and letting you know of things going on. Simple yet superb it really draws you into the game and makes the island feel more tropical than would have been able to be derived without this little feature.
A great game which is well thought out and delivers on all that it promises. Precision and excellence delivered throughout and a game I highly recommend.
In Tropico 3 you take control of the newly elected leader of a tropical island who must complete your main objective. This objective is different depending on what the island yields and what map you are playing in the campaign. The game is a city building and management simulation so the player must build up their small town to meet the primary goal of the island. Different buildings give different effects and services to the population (otherwise known as Tropicans), for example a Clinic stops them from all dying quickly by offering healthcare while a farm will produce food that can be used to feed the population, used as a raw material in a factory or exported. Campaign mode takes the player through a series of pre-determined islands with goals for them to achieve such as keeping happiness above a certain level or by exporting enough gold.
This is a very good game and will appeal to anyone that wants a very well made in depth strategy game.
The arrival of Tropico 3 was of great surprise to me, having enjoyed the original in 2001 and disliked the sequel 'Pirates Cove', I firmly believed we'd seen that last of this franchise.
But here we are and a 3rd has appeared. Less of a sequel and more of a reboot. Tropico 3 is very much a modern remake of the original to make it more suited to today's expectations of graphics and sound.
You are 'El Presidente', a leader of a Caribbean Island during the Cold War. You must balance the needs of your citizens against the need to make money. You'll also have to try and appease Russia and America as they both have an interest in your affairs and wont hesitate to attack your island should you fall foul of their expectations.
If you're looking for a strategy/City Building game with a little more depth, this may interest you. Not only are there the usual responsibilities of keeping your people happy, you'll also have to deal with various factions, elections, rebels and more. Balancing the politics and finance can be difficult at times, but you'll be rewarded for your perseverance.
It's funny, deep and a little different from everything else.