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Cerebral Bore Aug 23, 2013 @ 11:28am
The first game is the best?
I have only played Tropico 3 and 4, so I can't really tell which one is the best. Got this, its expansion pack and Tropico 2 from the Tropico bundle (
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The first two and the next two are different in character. The first two are harder, but more laid-back and slower-paced. I'd say they're both good, really.
Bashar Aug 23, 2013 @ 8:46pm 
Tropico 1 might be a hard sell to a fan of 3 & 4. The thing you'll notice is that there's simply less stuff (buildings, edicts, features), particularly compared to 4 with all of the DLC. You'll probably also miss the road system of 3, which is probably the best thing that game introduced. There's also no leader unit you can move around and you don't have as much direct influence over the political process, though you still have plenty of indirect influence.

From my perspective, Tropico 3 was designed with the philosophy that more is better. The reason I'm a fan of 1 is that I don't agree. For instance, there are fewer political factions but because of that each one has a bigger impact. You have to have foresight in your planning because you can't mollify factions with campaign speeches and promises. A bribe might work, but only if you have skilled bankers able to reach the target in time. Upset any faction too much and you'll start to feel the impact. The religious and communists will oppose you in elections, the high brow intellectuals and capitalists will simply leave, taking their valuable college educations with them. Upset two or more factions and you're in trouble.

Another big difference you'll find is that housing in 1 tends to occupy more land area while at the same time have half of the population capacity. That makes building housing a major consideration in 1 where in 3 it seemed more like an afterthought. I guess some people thought that was frustrating or difficult but I felt it make urban planning more of a challenge.

I don't have a lot of experience of 3, having only played the demo, and the articles I read of 4 made be uninterested in purchasing it. My impressions, though, are that the newer titles are more straight up city builders while the original game leans more toward a social simulator. That's not to say that the original isn't also a city builder (it is, first and foremost), but for me it does a better job of hiding it.

I don't think it's possible to say that one is really better over the other. I believe that the designers of each took a like model and approached it with different philosophies. 3 and especially 4 have a lot more options and tools to play with and are in some regards are a little more polished, but I think the core design was more coherent in 1. Ultimately I think anybody familiar with playing one though will feel at home playing the other.
Kim Sep 28, 2013 @ 5:40pm 
I'm much in line with what is posted above. My best summary being that if you're looking for a finely crafted social and economic simulator that is responsive to your individual decisions, plans, and sense of policy, and NOT meant to follow a story arc, Tropico 1 is far and away better. If you're looking for a game built on aesthetics and outward imagination, 3 and 4 are better. That said, I believe as well that the both sets of games were built with different ideas in mind, but the latter have done an excellent job in staying true to the spirit of Tropico 1, and are certainly worthy descendants of what PopTop put together.
iki_balam Nov 6, 2013 @ 11:53pm 
Agree with everything above. I feel like T1 gives the latin/caribbean vibe better, but thats IMO
Finger Dec 12, 2013 @ 5:15am 
Same as above, music is best, imo, in Tropico 1. Tropico 1 also takes less hard drive space, and less computer to run. True classic!
Ryan Gillam Dec 27, 2013 @ 6:11am 
I prefer Tropico 4. Although I have much love for the first three.
Potato Jan 26, 2014 @ 11:16am 
I prefer tropico 4 for 1 simple reason;
Quick build

Waiting YEARS for the place right next to the construction office to build somtimes drove me insanely crazy, but Overall, I think 1 is the most solid foundation, 4 with modern times has the best campaigns though.

2 Is a whole different game from the other 3.
SH0RT_R1BZ Feb 21, 2014 @ 8:48pm 
surprisingly, 3 got old for me quite quickly.

i used to own reloaded and i miss it. may buy it soon. and yes, T2 is very different. it's like sid meier's pirates, but you're stuck on an island managing it and sending out boats for loot. nothing wrong with that if that's your play style.
EternalMagus Mar 17, 2014 @ 1:51pm 
Tropico reloaded is currently on sale at for the next 3 days 14 hours @ 60% off i.e. $2.39- this is your chance to get the "best" version (DRM free).
MaebeKnot Jun 2, 2014 @ 9:01pm 
I love me some Tropico 2. I don't really think it should be "Tropico 2". Yet, I would love a sequal for it. I feel like after Tropico 3 they haven't added enough each installment to make them really stand out. They are good games none the less. Maybe that is why I really like Tropico 2, since it feels like a different experience.
Kineast Jun 29, 2014 @ 3:31am 
Yes i love tropico 1 ^^
cmk7 Jul 18, 2014 @ 1:54pm 
I like the first one. I have the fourth with all the DLC, but it's the original that still has me hooked. I'm more of a slow build pause a lot to think type player, so the first tropico suits me well.
lazee_dragon Aug 17, 2014 @ 10:25am 
i love T1 and it took me awhile to get used to the different interface and controls on 3; 4 is not much different than 3 on controls aka moving about and buildings...what i found that i was pleasantly surprised was that you have a character in the game! and you can change the look and personality of your character. did not care too much for the pirate one tho...not much of a tutorial on moving and stuff. all the others are wonderful for me anyway...i have reloaded i got cheap from amazon and have had the retail T1 since it came out :D
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