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On an Island in the Sun
Tropico 3 (Xbox 360)
Member Name: goat10
Tropico 3 (Xbox 360)
Date: 21/05/10, updated on 21/05/10 (69 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to play, hard to master, plenty of replay factor
Disadvantages: Controls feel a little tacked on
Tropico 3 is the first version of the series to make its way from the PC to the Xbox 360. As in previous versions you are in charge of a tropical Island with the choice of being a Dictator or a more democratic leader. Chances are whichever you choose someone will complain.
Tropico 3 is a city building game with a twist, it's the political angle that drives the game on and the decisions you make not only affect you but the lives of your fellow Tropicans.
The games features plenty of missions with varying objectives, most with the goal of filling the Islands bank account ( and your secret Swiss account ). These missions start off at a gentle pace with an in-depth tutorial explaining how to move around the Island and what button does what and when, this tutorial is voiced by your second in command and this fella is seriously helpful and well acted so that's a bonus.
Once your comfy with getting from A to B you can then jump straight into the game, the learning curve is gentle but can still be unforgiving. A lot of your time early on is spent building affordable accommodation and making sure your islanders have enough food and work before you start on the mission in hand. The missions themselves are not totally different and all involve hitting targets either materially or socially such as exporting x number of bananas or having y number of happy people living there.
Where the game offers its replay value is in its random events. The most unpredictable is the weather and an earthquake or hurricane can undo a lot of your hard work and planning. The other problem waiting to happen are your fellow Tropicans, not all of them are fans of you and a lot have their own agendas, for example there can be a large religious faction with the hump that your handing out free condoms or a military faction that feel you're not paying enough.
If you find yourself bored of racing against time trying to sell cigars you can always move on to the sandbox mode. Here you start by creating your own Dictator by using actual traits of others, so if you fancy a bit of Castro with a hint of Peron you can. These choices are not cosmetic however and due influence how your people see you and also your relationship with the USA or Russia, having gunboats off your coast isn't good for anyone.
Graphically the game is stunning, the island does look like a paradise and the level of detail is superb, slight drawback is that you can spend a lot of time zooming in and out to do certain things like selecting people.
Musically theres a Latin soundtrack which is to be expected really and unlike a lot of music in games it doesn't get annoying. The islanders themselves all have voices to give them a bit of personality.
The game does have one very slight drawback, as this was a PC game ported to the Xbox the controls are a little iffy and would benefit more from mouse control. Although it's still very playable it can get frustrating sometimes when you have to do some finger gymnastics to do something simple like setting all the farmers to the same wage.
To sum up this is a very intelligent game that will offer hours of fun and due to the randomness should offer a good challenge, the slight control pad problems may not be an issue to everyone but it did annoy me a bit.
Summary: Add a hint of Sim City, a dash of the Sims and a large dollop of Fidel Castro and you get Tropico 3