Posted: November 26
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+ beautiful tropical landscapes
+ detailed units and buildings
+ nice weather change
+ high sight
- little working animation
+ successful caribbean cliche flair
+ credible settlements instead of chess boards
+ funny radio messages
+ funny texts
- to much in text windows
+ very good speakers
+ nice calypso rhythms
- otherwise thin soundscape
+ very good interaction of all elements
+ many possible settings for difficulty
+ Islander lead traceable life of its own
+ very well linked fractions
+ ministers and staff give good tips
- no computer opponents
Units & Buildings:
+ many buildings can be upgraded
+ many options for influencing
+ own avatar has an effect
- simple production chains
+ very good links between construction, economy and politics
+ many primary and secondary tasks
+ many events
+ solo playtime around 80 hours
+ very long campaign with 20 islands
+ configurable individual scenarios and endless games
+ many types of buildings
- no multiplayer
Tropico 4 by Haemimont Games and Kalypso is the construction game Tropico 3 already should have been.
El Presidente is back, the dictator (a bit like fidel castro) of the island paradise of Tropico. You can watch as your presidente transforms an island from a wild, undeveloped garden into a bastion of industry and wealth.
For those new to Tropico, you are a Caribbean dictator who can create his own banana republic, a tourist resort, or a industrial empire on different island maps. There is an RPG-esque character creator. You can choose from a list of real dictators to play as, you can make your own custom character too since then you can choose the bonuses to suit your play style.
A large part of Tropico 4 vocation is to prevail in the decision, but the rest is in the mere satisfaction of building a city.
Like an elaborate set of LEGOs, you can drag and drop buildings, lay roads, and set up infrastructure to create a land of your devising. Tropico 4 features all new missions across new maps and includes exciting and fun new features to keep the action fresh and challenging. You can even select ministers to help you at your decisions.
The city government and political is a good combo. You always have something to build, a political or international faction to appease, or an election to win. Life on the island is never boring, and is an addictive and enjoyable endeavor. Overcoming a challenging scenario, such as building up a successful economy on an island with virtually no resources, teaches new skills and keeps me from feeling like I'm doing the same thing over and over.
There isn’t much new here so it feels more like an expansion to me than a true sequel. If you’re new to the series this is a great place to start and long time. Impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding it back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash. If you like Civilization or Sim City, or has an unhealthy need to be in control, then it’s time to become el presidente.
Score: 85 / 100
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