Tropico 4 [Download]

3.9 out of 5 stars 144 customer reviews
Rated: Teen
Metascore: 78 / 100
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Platform: PC Download

From the Manufacturer

Tropico 4 is a single player Strategy-City Building game in which players again take on the role of El Presidente, the dictator of the island paradise of Tropico. As in previous game releases in the franchise, you must take full control of the island, and in charting its path be and be seen by residents as anything from tyrannical to benevolent. Features include: a new campaign consisting of 20 missions across 10 new maps, 20 new building types, new interactive disasters, national agendas, a trading system, Facebook and Twitter integration and much more.

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The New Challenges of El Presidente

The world is changing and Tropico is moving with the times - geographical powers rise and fall and the world market is dominated by new players with new demands and offers, and you, as El Presidente, face a whole new set of challenges. If you are to triumph over your naysayers you will need to gain as much support from your people as possible. Your decisions will shape the future of your nation, and more importantly, the size of your offshore bank account.


Tropico 4 expands on the gameplay of the previous game with new political additions, including more superpowers to negotiate with, and the ability to elect ministers into power to help get your more controversial policies passed. But remember to keep your friends close and your enemies closer as everyone has an agenda. Your political mettle will be thoroughly tested, as new natural disasters will have the populace clamoring for you and your cabinet to help them recover from some of the worst Mother Nature can dish out.

Choosing a new build site in Tropico 4
Accept all-new challenges as El Presidente in Tropico 4.
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A close-up of an industrial site in Tropico 4
Manage interactive disasters.
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Facebook and Twitter Integration

Tropico 4 also brings a new level of social interaction with the addition of Facebook and Twitter integration (Windows PC version only). Post comments on Twitter direct from the game and have updates go out when you complete missions or unlock new achievements. You can even take screenshots of your burgeoning island and post your dream creation on your Tropico 4 Facebook page and compare your interactive Dictator Ranking on the online leaderboards.

Key Game Features

  • New campaign consisting of 20 missions on 10 new maps
  • 20 new buildings including Stock Exchange, Shopping mall, Aqua Park and a Mausoleum to El Presidente
  • Six new interactive disasters including volcanoes, droughts and tornadoes
  • Council of Ministers - selected citizens to ministerial posts in the government to help push through your more controversial decisions
  • National Agenda - receive objectives from Tropican factions, foreign geopolitical powers or opportunities relating to current island events such as ongoing disasters
  • Facebook and Twitter integration (PC-only features)
  • Screenshot gallery - take screenshots of your tropical paradise and share on your Facebook page (PC-only feature)
  • Trading system - import and export goods to/from other nations to boost your economy or production

Additional Screenshots

In-game main menu from Tropico 4
Facebook & Twitter integration.
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A retail city scene from Tropico 4
Pursue national agendas.
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An advisor screen from Tropico 4
Consult your council of ministers.
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Making a building choice on the water in Tropico 4
An extensive trading system.
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System Requirements
 Minimum Specifications:Recommended Specifications:
OS: Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Vista / 7 (32 or 64-bit)
Processor:2 GHz Dual Core CPU 2 GHz Quad Core CPU
Hard Drive:5 GB
Video Card:Shader Model 3.0 (Geforce 6600 or higher, Radeon X1600-Series), 256 MB, DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3.0 (Geforce 8800 or higher, Radeon HD4000-Series or higher), 512 MB, DirectX 9.0c
Additional Info:Sound Card - DirectX9-compatible

 *Kalypso account needed for activation.

Product Information

Platform:PC Download
Release date August 23, 2011
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 144 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
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I've read people saying "should have been an expansion" - just like Tropico 3, etc. and I have to wonder how long they played it before they wrote their review. I've played through all the missions (20 in total) and I can say that Tropico 4 holds its own as a new addition to the series. There are a ton of differences. Here are all the NEW elements of Tropico 4.

1) All new radio announcements/announcers throughout the game. Yes, Juanito is gone, but he does get his "revenge" on you in one of the missions. My favorite radio line after I ruled for 50 years... "it is with great sadness that I must announce the passing of El Presidente (pause)... JUST KIDDING! We all know El Presidente will never die."

2) Voice acting. This is separate from the radio announcers. All the characters now talk, something they didn't do in Tropico 3. And there are a lot of characters too. This alone is a huge improvement over Tropico 3.

3) Interactive Disasters (plus several new disasters too). What's an "interactive disaster?" It's where you play a role and your decisions dictate some of the disaster effects. For example, during an oil spill, you determine how much you want to clean up. That dictates how polluted your waters become. During a drought you have to manually water your fields if you chose to conserve water. And the disasters are all animated. You see the tsunami hit your island and it even deposits a crashed ship somewhere on your island. You may get anywhere from 1-3 tornadoes hitting your island at once.

3) Tons of new buildings. I think I read there were 20. And these aren't puny buildings either. The Stock Market, for example, allows you to control the privatization of your island.
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For those of you who've played and loved the previous Tropicos: Tropico 4 is very similar to Tropico 3 - same graphics, same edicts, identical descriptions for many items, many of the same buildings, same overall idea. I bought Tropico 4 (through Steam) because to me, the new missions are worth it and it's still going to give me hours of entertainment but I do think the price is high for what is essentially an expansion pack (otherwise I'd have given it 5 stars).

So what IS new in Tropico 4? First of all, there's the most annoying part - you have to sign up for an account with Kalypso (the publisher) in order to play the game (so for your $40 you get a game AND spam!). In the game itself, you get some new buildings (Academy of Science, Stock Exchange, a bunch of tourism buildings, and a few others). You can choose to "Quick build" stuff, which costs more money, but could be handy in some cases. You also get little optional objectives throughout the game, which reward you with money or other things. There are a few new disasters, and more countries to be friendly with aside from the US and USSR. Oh yeah, and you can post your achievements on Facebook and Twitter (which I personally don't care about).

If you've never played the Tropico series, here's the review for you: it's a simulation where you play the president of a Caribbean island. You can't control the residents' actions directly, but they'll respond to the stuff you build and the policies you enact. Each mission has different objectives but in a nutshell, you have to get Tropico's economy up and running and keep your people happy, and you make money by exporting your resources (agriculture, ores, oil, finished products) and through tourism.
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The downloaded version works great. I had no trouble downloading and installing. There is an update to wait through before playing, but it takes about the right amount of time to kiss up to the wife before gaming non-stop for several days. Buy her some cho-co-la-te before you install the game. It'll give her something to do.
This game is so addicting I lost two days to it. My wife is asking if I'm alright.

"Si," I answer. "I jost haf to beeld una mas factory before deener."
"OK, Honey. We're at the table waiting for you."
"That's Senor Presidente to joo, mami linda."
Buy the game. Run your own island country.
The people are so friendly, especially Miss Pineapple.
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I love this game. I am not a 'gamer' and don't enjoy the games revolving around shooting people and things of this sort. This game centers around the idea of being a ruler of a small island. The gameplay is easy, and doesn't require lightning fast reflexes, which makes it a nice game for relaxing. I can also play this from my laptop while sitting in bed, so it is good for comfortable playing.
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I enjoyed a few rounds of Tropico. Then I realized I could use the same cookie-cutter strategy for every scenario, and I lost interest. There's no strategic depth. You can beat every scenario by building factories and importing raw materials for them to process -- you buy materials for $X, process them and sell them for $X times 10, and you have an infinite supply of money over time. Once you have that infinite supply of money, which has nothing to do with your map or any sort of strategic choices, you can just buy whatever you need to satisfy the mission goals. It gets boring after a few rounds.

It's also frustrating that your citizens can't be ordered to do anything, so you build up a perfectly reasonable city and then wait...and wait...and wait...until your citizens finally realize what they should be doing. You spend most of this game sitting around waiting for the game to catch up with you.
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