Tropico 4 tasks you with building a settlement on an island, gathering resources and maintaining your grasp on the populace.
To advance through each level; of which there are 20, you need to complete a number of tasks to achieve a particular final goal. There's plenty of variety in these missions, and you can see why when you boot up the comprehensive challenge editor. Needless to say, winning levels is more than just gathering so many resources.
It is a bit of a drag how you have to start each mission from the beginning. As such, missions begin with about half an hour of placing down clinics and churches and placating the communists before you can get to the interesting stuff of going through those missions. They won't dissapoint - for example, in one, you have to host the olympics.
You can run your island as a benevolent ruler or a tyrant by enacting laws, denying/permitting elections and executing/arresting your opponents or having a free press.
10 August 2012