Posted: May 19
Tropico is a unique franchise. It is a city builder that takes its strength from the historical, socio-economical and geographical context it is based in.
First of all it is FUN. It is easy to play and understand in the city builder aspect of it.
You play through a series of missions which basically give you a few buildings and a context, and you need to build from there. (sometimes, you will have access to only one type of resource... or specific goals)
The game is set in a cold war period on various paradise islands of the caribbean.
Basically, you need your people to be happy, they need buildings, buildings need money, you need to make money.
there are several ways to do that : tourism (make your island nice, build tourism buildings) , farming (different crops in different places like high or low altitude, humidity for example), industry (transform farming products, or use mining/logging resources.) Or all of them combined.
You can be a "good" dictator, trying to please the people, you can be a ruthless leader, with police control, fake elections, strong army presence, or a combination you want of these.
Many of the missions and dialogs are humorous and tongue-in-cheek in nature, and often makes me laugh aloud. This is quite an addition for this genre, and coupled with the geographical setting and rich historical period, it makes quite a unique game.
The background music is very well made and feels right at home in this setting. It makes you hum the salsa tunes all day.
If you have played tropico 3, well this is almost the same, with some notable additions in terms of buildings and missions but basically it's the same engine, same graphics, same everything. I would still recommend getting it with all DLC on sale.
If you haven't played any of the tropico series, you will no doubt enjoy this very funny - nice to watch - easy to get into city builder