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Tropico 3 [Download]

by Kalypso Media
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews) 79 / 100

Price: $9.99
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Platform: PC Download
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  • Comprehensive Campaign With 15 Different Missions.
  • Mission Generator For Random Map Creation.
  • Wide Range Of Editing And Modification Functions.
  • Online Funcions Such As High Scores And Visiting Other Players' Islands.
  • Great Latin soundtrack

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Platform: PC Download
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  • ASIN: B003HKS110
  • Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,296 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform: PC Download

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The time is yesterday and the Cold War is in full swing. Through means devious and dubious you have seized power in the Caribbean island country of Tropico, where you now rule as the all-powerful "El Presidente". Whether you turn Tropico into a vacation paradise, a police state or a modern industrial nation - you will always have to defend your actions before your people!

From the Manufacturer

Tropico 3 is a single player simulation and strategy game for Windows based PCs. Packed with a blend of classic city building gameplay that requires both the decision-making expertise of a manager, as well as strategic elements that give the player political options ranging from winning the hearts and minds of your people, to crushing their will to resist, it is a twist on traditional city sim games that is not to be missed.

Looking out on a city of Tropico from the jungle in Tropico 3
Take control of the island of Tropico.
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A mix of old and new architecture in Tropico 3
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An in-game water environment from Tropico 3
Diverse gameplay environments.
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Sunset over the island in Tropico 3
Cinematic graphics quality.
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Story and Gameplay
In Tropico 3 players take on the role of "El Presidente," the leader of a millitary coup that has recently taken power over the Banana Republic island nation of Tropico. Simulation aspects of the game play out in a heavy emphasis on civic, residential, millitary and institution building across the island, as well as resource management, with the player given the choice as to how to economically facilitate this growth. Regardless whether you turn Tropico into a vacation paradise, a police state or a modern industrial nation - you will always have to defend your actions before your people. Players wander through Tropico as El Presidente in order to intimidate political opponents, hold populist speeches or just to enjoy your country's own Caribbean flair.

The strategy angle of the game requires players to keep a sharp eye on the dangers and side-effects of your absolute power. Built on the precedant of your own coup, danger lurks on every corner, be it militant revolutionaries plotting to supplant you, or the machinations of the superpowers USA and the Soviet Union, both of whom would like to see a more amenable ruler in strategically important Tropico. Within the game's 15 missions history takes its course with events such as the Cuba crisis, papal visits and other actual decisive historical events. The choice of the means of governing, and persuasion is entirely yours, and the only question is whether or not your vision of Tropico will survive to play a role in history.

Key Game Features

  • Comprehensive campaign with 15 different missions.
  • A variety of business sectors: Tourism, petroleum, mining, agriculture, etc.
  • A timeline editor allows you to create your own fictive historical events or enter real ones.
  • Avatar functionality allowing players to wander the island as El Presidente and change the course of play.
  • Political speeches, edicts and "other" means of influence.
  • A wide range of editing and modification functions.
  • Mission generator for random map creation.
  • The cinematic, highly detailed graphics perfectly reflect.
  • A variety of online-functions such as high scores or visiting islands belonging to other players.
  • Latin music soundtrack.

System Requirements:

Minimum Specifications: Recommended Specifications:
OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
Processor: 2.4 GHz Single-Core 2.4 GHz Dual-Core
Hard Drive: 5GB or more
Video Card: 256MB DirectX9c, Shader Model 3.0 (Geforce 6 Series, ATI X1300) 512MB DirectX9c, Shader Model 3.0 (Geforce 8 Series, ATI HD4800)
Sound Card: DirectX9-compatible
Input Device: Mouse and keyboard

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but short lived November 22, 2009
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I never played Tropico 1 or 2, but I do enjoy Evil Genius, Dungeon Keeper and Dwarf Fortress. I love games that let me build up an empire and repel attacks without being completely focused on combat all the time as in a standard RTS.

This game has a lot going for it. Think "Sim City" with the additional need to balance out political factions and put up with rebels. In Sim City, unhappy sims would simply leave. In Tropico 3, they're more likely to pick up a gun and try to overthrow you directly.

That said, the game has some faults that are making it into a pretty short lived affair. I've put in maybe 8 full sandbox rounds and I don't think I've got many more left in me.

The problems I had:

* It's too easy. It's not hard to go through the whole game without a single rebel. Factions are easily made happy and the extreme measures of dealing with rowdy individuals available to a tropical dictator seem to be unnecessary. Even if I configure a custom game with politics as unstable as it will let me and with "Rebel Yell" turned on, which makes my citizens even more likely to rebel, I still find rebellions aren't that big of a threat. They're even less of a threat than the occasional invading party in Dungeon Keeper.

* Combat is too forgiving. You don't really have any control during combat, which is fine, really, but the mechanics of it are still rather silly. When the rebels do finally show up, they will try to sabotage a structure and run away -- except before they do this, they will politely stand near it until literally your entire army has shown up. Consequently there's no reason to plan out how to distribute your guard towers to deal with threats quickly. Just build all your military stuff in one place and put a parking garage nearby.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NO NEW TRICKS FOR EL PRESIDENTE - BUT STILL GREAT FUN! October 22, 2009
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Every regime turns old and stale. Every banana-republic runs out of national resources to sell-out for kickbacks. And every dictator can hide only so many populist aces up his sleeve. So in the end he calls for ...degenerate capitalist image-makers to reinvent his persona and make the beard hip again. It's the same old story.
Power corrupts - and absolute power corrupts absolutely. True - but aren't you tempted? Not even a little?

The original Tropico and its expansions were of those rare RTS games that manage to blend absurd stereotypes with classic gaming genres and reinvent them with humor. From the old Dungeon Keeper to the unsurpassed Evil Genius most of these games are hard to fail. And how could they - what is there not to like?

The economy must be tended to: from agriculture, fisheries and tourism, to oil and mining, you must decide on how to keep your regime solvent and well into the black. On the other hand, neglect the well-being of your citizens at your own risk. Both superpowers as well as brewing guerrillas are always at your heels, ready to dispose of you and install their puppet in your boots.
So make sure to strut around and let your subjects take a good hard look at their leader. If that is not enough to discourage dissidents, making a long-winded populist speech surely will. Push come to shove, you can always rig the elections of course...

This installment's sin is that it offers little new besides improved graphics and minor gameplay touch-ups. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If it ain't broken, don't fix it. Calypso has created Tropico 3 to the full extent of the maxim.

Other than the different scenarios and the new ability to customize your own avatar, Tropico 3 is essentially a Tropico 1 + expansion pack with 3D rendered graphics.
However, I'd hasten to add that it's still as fun as the original and you will spend countless hours managing your banana republic.

- Still as fun as the first one
- Graphics have been updated
- Ability to Customize Avatar

- It's still as fun as the first one...because it's almost identical to the first one plus the expansion pack...gameplay is identical.
- fact, it has lost a few of the cool little features (i.e., the little videos that followed the issuing of an edict are now gone :()
- Tropico reloaded, the bundled pack, is available for download at much better value, it's not in 3D but Tropico has always been about gameplay and not graphics.

5 stars for fun, but 3 stars for overall value. Imagine if Civilization 4 was simply Civ with 3D.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works fine (as of July 15) July 16, 2010
Platform for Display:PC Download
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I've downloaded and played this game without any problem. Issues mentioned by the previous reviewer seem to have been resolved. Great graphics and storyline--lots of fun to play.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Same great game, better graphics May 8, 2011
Platform for Display:PC Download|Verified Purchase
Tropico 3 is pretty much the same game as before but with way better graphics and a few new additions. I rate this game a 4 because I like the game but it just gets old fast. I downloaded and installed this game from Amazon, and I have not had a single problem with how it works on my computer.

Great game but gets old fast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great game
Published 17 days ago by James
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the original Tropico better
Its just ok. I liked the original Tropico better.
Published 29 days ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Rule your own island! A little harder than the original but basic play is the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars El Presidente!
One of the best tropico versions. Fun game. Rule your own country.
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Love this game, and I like that you can find challenges that others created. The campaign definitely keeps you busy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great game! Since it's release
A truly great game! Since it's release, Kalyso, the house that built this, has released Tropico 4 then Tropico 5. T3 is the best and most complicated of them. Read more
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