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Tropico 3

Platform(s): PC, Xbox 360
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Kalypso
Developer: Haemimont Games
Release Date: Oct. 16, 2009

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'Tropico 3' (ALL) Tyrant or Benevolent Ruler ? Pros And Cons - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 6, 2009 @ 2:15 p.m. PDT

As in the original Tropico, the player will again be able to play the role of “El Presidente” taking over the control of a tropical island. You decide whether you want to use your army to secure your power base in the best traditions of corrupt, unscrupulous tyrants everywhere, or alternatively to lead your people to prosperity in your role as generous elder statesman.

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As in the original Tropico, the player will again be able to play the role of “El Presidente” taking over the control of a tropical island. You decide whether you want to use your army to secure your power base in the best traditions of corrupt, unscrupulous tyrants everywhere, or alternatively to lead your people to prosperity in your role as generous elder statesman.

Danger lurks on every corner. There are militant rebels planning a Coup d'État for a communistic Junta, while in the background there are two lurking superpowers, the USA and the Soviet Union, who would perhaps prefer a more pliable president in the strategically important island of Tropico!

One of the most prominent features of the sequel is your own, freely customizable avatar. This time, you will be able to slip into the clothes of El Presidente, wander about Tropico Island and directly influence your people.

Tropico 3 on the Xbox 360 will be an almost identical port of the PC version except for some of the interface elements which will be specially adapted for the console.

Dictator or Diplomat?  You decide how to rule your island, but choose wisely as each course of action has its pros and cons. To help you navigate the slippery slope of nation-building, here is some insight into both options:

The world of Tropico 3 can be a big, scary place for presidentes who don’t know how to properly rule over their people. In an effort to enlighten those of us who do not have any previous experience as a dictator, we’ll be doing a weekly write-up focusing on different scenarios and strategies that you can use to maximize your Tropico experience. Today we’ll start off with something simple: the effects of being a tyrant vs. the effects of being a benevolent ruler. Both styles of play are fun in their own way, but if you don’t handle your term as Presidente with style and grace (along with deception and subterfuge), you may find yourself on a rowboat heading out of Tropico earlier than you would like.


We’re all aware that politicians sometimes make promises that they have trouble fulfilling. Change that perception in Tropico 3 by playing as a gentle father to your people and leading them into prosperity. You can do this by making sure everyone on your little island is well fed and that people have a nice place to live in– nobody wants to live in a shack. Good healthcare and proper education never fail to satisfy the ever-demanding citizens. But you must also tend to their spiritual needs, and thus building a church will instantly make you a favorite among the majority of the populace.  When all these basics are met, you'll want to expand further. Making sure that Tropicans feel secure, are well entertained and live in eco-friendly environment will make them feel that you can do no wrong. Last, but not least - your little subjects must at least think that they possess some freedom in their lives, even if it's is not exactly objective reality. Allow them to vote, brainwash them with propaganda via TV and radio stations, and let your people pat themselves on the back for electing such a great leader.

Pleasing your subjects all the time can be stressful and time-consuming; there may be a point in Tropico 3 where you’ve had enough of all the complaints from your citizens over trivial matters. You may decide to embrace a more oppressive approach towards your little virtual subjects, and show them that life wasn’t so bad before they tested your patience and wisdom; limiting their freedom and lowering their wages will put things in perspective very quickly for your people. If you choose to rule your Caribbean island with an iron first you must be prepared to face some serious opposition from the ever-growing rebels. Bolstering your military forces is essential if you want to incite fear and respect among your populace. Political opponents can be easily intimidated and forced into submission. And if they disagree, there are always other ways. Accidents happen in Tropico, and your oppressive secret police will quietly and swiftly take care of anyone who disagrees with your rule. And don’t worry about those pesky elections anymore- surely no one can replace a "just" ruler like you, so why bother with such a lengthy and tedious process? Corruption can grow in your green garden like a poisonous weed and a healthy dose of paranoia is necessary to stay one step ahead of your competition. Play your cards right and you will stay in office for a long time, regardless of what the Tropicans want.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • CPU: 2.4 GHz CPU
  • Graphics Card: a SM3.0 capable discrete GPU ( NVIDIA Geforce 6 or higher, ATI X1300 or higher )
  • DirectX 9
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Hard Disk Space: 5 Gigabyte

Recommended System Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13GHz / Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4800+ or better
  • Graphics Card: Geforce 7600 GT 256MB / Radeon X1600 Series or better
  • DirectX 9
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Hard Disk Space: 5GBs

The game will attract the fans of the Tropico series, as well as newcomers with state-of-the-art graphics, complex gameplay similar to the other titles in the series and a comprehensive multiplayer mode.


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