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Tropico 4

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
78
3.1
Xbox 360
80
3.1
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Description

In Tropico 4 the player takes the role of the dictator of a (fictional) tropical island. The gameplay mechanics are very close to the predecessor Tropico 3: the player builds up the island so it functions both economically and politically. And of course he also needs to ensure his own maintenance of power.

The start of a game offers the usual traits of games of this genre: constructing buildings which are used for different purposes, e.g. mining, schools, hotels or army training. Those are needed to build up production cycles and fulfill the needs of state and people. Depending on the island it may be needed to concentrate on production or tourism. Later, when the economical basics are covered, the game shifts to politics and optimizations. Different countries will have requests, e.g. building a military base or allowing atomic tests, or the people have additional demands. How the player handles those matters, have a big influence on diplomatic relations and the people's content.

The latter is especially important because angry people strike or become rebellious. This can result in unwanted outcomes in (optional) elections or even an attack on the palace. This is the reason why it is important to have an army at hand, even if there are no real war situations in the game. The player does not control his army; only his avatar. This avatar can be controlled directly and perform special tasks, depending on his abilities. The game features a campaign with 20 missions (including scripted events with political decisions) and a free playing mode.

The main additions to the predecessor are a new trading system, 20 new buildings, new disasters and the already mentioned request system. Windows exclusive is the integration of Facebook and Twitter.

Screenshots

Tropico 4 Windows The result of the tsunami
Tropico 4 Windows Shacks near the dock
Tropico 4 Windows Immigration office under construction
Tropico 4 Windows The faction in the game. This is why the loyalists don't like El Presidente too much.

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User Reviews

Would be really fun if it worked. Windows Pixelspeech (955)

The Press Says

ZTGameDomain Windows Sep 13, 2011 9 out of 10 90
MondoXbox Xbox 360 Nov 19, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Vortex Xbox 360 Oct 30, 2011 84 out of 100 84
GamingXP Xbox 360 Oct 20, 2011 82 out of 100 82
Strategy Informer Xbox 360 Nov 11, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Game Arena Windows Sep 12, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Official XBox Magazine Xbox 360 Oct 18, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Ten Ton Hammer Windows Sep 29, 2011 80 out of 100 80
GameTrailers Windows Sep 09, 2011 7.9 out of 10 79
Cyber Stratege Windows Sep 15, 2011 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Contributed to by Patrick Bregger (111431)