Tropico 3: Gold Edition - PC

3.9 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
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  • 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 function: Wander the island as El Presidente and change the course of play
  • Political speeches, edicts and "other" means of influence

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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". You decide whether you want to use your army to secure your power base in the best traditions of corrupt, unscrupulous tyrants everywhere or lead your people to prosperity in your role as generous elder statesman. No matter 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! 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. Don't forget to keep a sharp eye on the dangers and side-effects of your absolute power! Danger lurks on every corner, be it militant revolutionaries bent on installing a communist junta, 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! History takes its course with events such as the Cuba crisis, papal visits and other actual decisive historical events. The only question is whether or not you can play a role in that history!

Product Information

ASIN B003YBROYC
Release date September 28, 2010
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3.9 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
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This game does not deserve a 1 star for a rating! It is a fabulous and fun game!

I won't review the full game, as it's been reviewed before, and this is the gold edition. Instead, I will be reviewing the product being sold as the gold edition, keeping it short and simple so you know what you're getting.

The Good:

*No DRM! The game comes with a serial that you put in when you first install the game. It does not use internet activation. It does not have limited installs. All that it requires is the serial number put in after you first time you start the game. Play the game on all your computers without worry! Thank you!
*It comes with the original Tropico 3 and it's expansion, Absolute Power. They are both on 1 DVD, which makes it a whole lot easier to install and back-up.
*It comes with a full fleshed out manual! I'm disapointed in todays games, a lot never seem to come with manuals. This game comes with a full printed manual that you can read and learn about the game. Lets face it, manuals rock!
*The game comes fully patched with the latest patch.

The Bad:

To be honest, after playing for over 30 hours, I have yet to find anything bad about the game. It is one of the funnest city sim building type games I have ever played. I am finding it very addciting! I missed out on Tropico 1 and 2, and now I'm sorry I did! Tropico is truly a great city sim building game, with it's own unique humor on you being El Presidente.

If you want more information on Tropico 3, read some of the reviews for Tropico 3 here on Amazon. All that I can say, is that The Tropico 3 Gold Edition is a great deal and a great buy!
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Have been a fan of 'Tropico' for years and love this version. Lots of new buildings and the graphics are very good. But it absolutely drives me nuts that I every time I start this game, I have to enter the 25 character product key, or code, to start playing. And that's EVERY time. The game is loaded on a laptop that I never go on-line with, and it's totally unconscionable that the software developers would it make it mandatory that I have to manually enter in this code to start the game. I could understand it if I was going on-line to play others, but that's not the case. For that reason, I can only give it 4 stars. Once you enter in the code, that should unlock the game so you can play it any time you want.
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The game follows the same format as the original Tropico. You are the recently installed dictator of a small Caribbean island. Build stuff, make money, try to keep everyone happy. (see my Tropico review for more details)

The game installs without problems. You have to enter the code from the printed manual before you can start playing. You don't have to go online.

Changes from original game:

2 new factions
cars (have to build garages)
several new buildings (zoo, ferris wheel, city dump, etc.)
an annoying radio announcer who complains about everything you do
some new edicts to issue

The major change is you now have an avatar to represent yourself. Select male or female, hair, outfit, glasses, etc. There is very limited customization. You have just one male or female body and face. There are a few options for hair style and outfits. (you keep the same outfit for 20 - 50 years or however long the scenario lasts) You can move yourself to a contruction site to speed up the workers, go to a factory to boost production, etc.

Overall it is a fun tycoon game. The current price (under $10) is reasonable. Play it too long and it gets repetitive but it is the type of game you can come back to and replay.

Note to the designers: In its current format there is not any reason to come out with another sequel. If you converted it to a role playing game with a truly customizable character (as in Oblivion) and a fully explorable 3D world, that would be a different story. Imagine going to the casino and gambling, decorating your palace, leading an expedition into the jungle to look for a lost Mayan city, or leading your armed forces on a raid of the rebels' base - that could be a lot of fun. Highly detailed graphics wouldn't be necessary, you could even have Roger Rabbit style toon characters.
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This game will not load. I get a critical error saying that I do not own a DirectX 9.0 supported video card, which I do. Not much else to say, there are a few "fixes" posted online by various gamers, but nothing from Kalypso themselves. Some of these "fixes" are simple, for example, disable secondary moniters or delete a file in a hidden folder, and some are extremely complex, which no one should have to go through just to play a game (an old one now, 2 sequels later). Anyway, long story short, after 2 hours of trying, still no luck. Tropico 3 will not load. I have Windows 7. I'd suggest NOT buying this game without doing research on whether or not you can run this game.
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If you like the Tropico series, or dream one day of ruling your own island, this is a great game. You chose what resources to develop, deal with the politics local and international, and spend your budget as to your priorities - and hope not the get voted off the island - literally- or overrun by the US, Russia, or rebals. There are many campaigns were you are given a set of problems to overcome. These are great for learning how to rule, but are not your only option. You can become an infamouse dictator, or customize your characteristics and then chose the size, physical attributes, and natural resources of your island, and then chose the difficulty level. So there is never an end to the variety of game play. I would have been completely happy if I had not payed Tropico 4 which refined the process. My advice - buy the game and start ruling.
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