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Tropico: Paradise Island is GOLD

by Thomas on Jan. 30, 2002 @ 10:46 p.m. PST

Computer and video game publisher Gathering of Developers, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., along with developer BreakAway Games, today announced that the expansion pack for "Tropico" has gone gold. "Tropico: Paradise Island" is an expansion pack for the best-selling simulation, and is set to ship February 5, 2002.



"Tropico" is an island building simulation based on a remote Caribbean paradise. As an all-powerful dictator, the player must create a life of prosperity and happiness for the island residents while secretly lining his own Swiss bank account. "Playboy" calls "Tropico" "one of the finest and most dangerously addictive gaming experiences of the year." "Computer Games Magazine" wrote in April 2001 that "Tropico" is "the perfect game to sit down with for a couple of hours, with a margarita in one hand and the mouse in the other."

The "Tropico: Paradise Island" expansion pack offers players new twists and turns, making this best-selling game even better.

"Players will have new ways to dictate their island country's diplomatic, developmental, and political fate," said Phil Steinmeyer, president of PopTop Software. "The 'Paradise Island' expansion pack features new scenarios, people, vehicles and buildings to increase the power of El Presidente and further intensify his lust for power."

Welcome to "Paradise Island" With the expansion pack, the disastrous effects of tropical weather force players to contend with hurricanes, tropical storms, hoof and mouth disease and red tide. These disasters translate into both economic and human losses. Fragile buildings crumble, including homes, docks and bunkhouses. Crops are lost and morale decreases. As El Presidente, the player must restore the island's beauty and the people's faith in him.

Other new features include:

More than 20 new scenarios, with new tourism options and military challenges

More than a dozen new building types, including El Presidente's Childhood Home, a Colonial Fort and a Duty-Free Shop

New characters, including "Eco-Tourist" and "Spring Break Tourist," with boats catered to their personalities

Upgrades and new edicts, such as a "World Geographic Special" that draws more Eco-Tourists, and a Social Security system to increase El Presidente's respect among voters

New dictator attributes that allow ruthless rulers to lord over their specialized tourist meccas

Over an hour of new music by the same award-winning composer (Daniel Indart) of the original Tropico soundtrack, which has been awarded "Best Music of 2001" by GameSpot

Game play enhancements, including full rotation of many buildings, a more powerful version of Martial Law, and faster construction

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