Tropico 3

Reviewed by Syrsly on Oct 08, 2010
Game Overview
Kalypso Media
Haemimont Games
Release Date:
October 20, 2009
Platform Reviewed:
Personal Computer
Platforms Available:
Sandbox | Simulation
At least 1gb RAM (2gb for Windows Vista or 7), DirectX 9.0c with Shader Model 3.0 support, 5gb of HDD space, 2.4Ghz processor (32 or 64-bit).

Tropico 3 is one of those "what's that?" titles, meaning you don't quite know what it is until you see it. It's a civilization-building game, and it's based in tropical lands.

Tropico 3 is extensively detailed. From the graphics to the sound effects, everything seems authentic to the tropical theme. The only complaint I have is with the system requirements. I have to play the game in 800x600 to keep from lagging or freezing the game. I also have to play the game at an extremely low quality visual state that looks very dated. If your system is powerful enough, however, the game should look gorgeous.

user created imageIn Tropico 3, you can play a fictional island country and build it up, or you can visit historical events in tropical areas. I prefer the fictional option. It's always fun to make your own country!

In the beginning of the game, you can create a customized character that acts as you, the player, and as the governor of the land. You can actually interact with your citizens, which really adds to the feeling of having a real civilization to build.

I never tried playing online, but the options included playing on LAN and playing over Windows Live. I also noticed scoreboards (or highscores), which should tickle the fancy of many overly competitive players.

Keep in mind that this is not a strategy game and does not focus on combat. It has some combat in it (not much), but it is not focused on that, and it really isn't about raising an army.

To summarize, I must say this is a great game, and it's definitely worth buying, if you're interested in civilization-building games. However, you should check out Civilization V first.

PC When we refer to PC, we mean personal computers, so be sure you read what operating systems support this game. Currently, we review games for Mac, Windows, Linux, and DOS.

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Just be careful when buying PC games. Read reviews carefully. If a game gets a 1/5, don't buy it. If your PC is a cheapie, don't expect modern 3d games to work. Read the system requirements very carefully. If you don't know anything about your system, you can find help in the PC Stuff forum.
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