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Armchair Empire, The (Mar 05, 2002)
From the new gameplay and scenario options to the additional building choices and award-winning music, Tropico: Paradise Island delivers more of everything good to the promising original game. You will find that all the added features of the nicely-priced expansion pack provide an absolutely enjoyable and unique city-building gaming experience that will keep you entertained each and every visit you make to the sunny beaches that make up the sultry and sometimes dangerous paradise of Tropico.
GameStar (Germany) (Feb, 2002)
Mit neuen Gebäuden, spannenden Zufallsereignissen sowie abwechslungsreichen Szenarios hat Breakaway Games mein Aufbau-Eldorado sinn- und liebevoll erweitert. Zwar vermisse ich einen Editor, und Verbesserungen wie die Überprüfung der Wählergunst kann man auch per Patch nachreichen. Hobby-Diktatoren sollten darüber jedoch gnädig hinwegsehen und sich diese paradiesisch gute Amtszeit-Verlängerung gönnen.
86 (Jan 24, 2002)
Wer schon Tropico liebte, wird auch seinen Spaß am Add-On haben. Ein 3/4 Jahr nach dem Release des Hauptprogramms aalen sich wieder Touristen an den karibischen Stränden und bauen Farmer Tabak und Bananen im Inneren der Insel an. Mit den neuen Missionen habt ihr für Wochen ausgesorgt.
PC Gamer Brasil (Jun, 2002)
A Ilha do Paraíso amplia o território da ilha com 23 novos cenários. Portanto, faça as malas, recapitule seus erros e acertos, e pegue o próximo vôo para a Ilha do Paraíso. Seus habitantes e turistas precisam de alguém com pulso forte no comando. Não falhe!
IGN (Feb 14, 2002)
So do I recommend picking Paradise Island up? Sure thing. There's plenty here to enjoy if you're a fan of Tropico. It really does fix most of the main annoyances even if some issues are still prevalent. The new additions and the new fantastic music all are worth the time to experience. The humor and charm that was so good in the original are still there waiting to surprise you as well. If you've been itching to get back into the dictatorial saddle, then Tropico: Paradise Island is certainly a good excuse.
84 (Jan 28, 2002)
Paradise Island ist ein durch und durch gelungenes Add-On für Tropico. Sinnvolle Erweiterungen und Zufallsereignisse bringen frischen Wind in die karibische Inselwelt. Recht positiv fällt auch auf, dass Publisher Take 2 nicht auf den Zug der überteuerten Zusatz-CDs aufgesprungen ist. Für knapp 15 - 20 Euro bekommt Ihr ein gutes Add-On mit vielen Neuerungen. Tropico-Fans und solche, die es werden wollen, können unbesorgt zugreifen und ihre Insel zum wahren Paradies machen!
GameSpot (Feb 11, 2002)
Though the focus is on tourism, the additions to the other areas of the game are just as notable, if not as numerous. Paradise Island is an expansion that every Tropico fan will be pleased to own. And if you're not a fan already, pick them both up and save yourself the return trip. Tropico was a great game, and Paradise Island does exactly what you want from an expansion--it makes it even better.
Paradise Island is een add-on zoals een add-on moet zijn: vernieuwend, zonder al te veel aan een beproefde gameplayformule te raken. De sterk uitgebreide scenariolijst zal zelfs menig 'random island map'-gamer knarsetandend 'een laatste keer opnieuw' doen proberen.
PC Games (Germany) (Feb 20, 2002)
Paradise Island hat es nur kurz geschafft, meine Leidenschaft für Tropico wieder zu entfachen. Das Add-on kommt einfach zu spät und bringt zu wenig Neues, um langfristig fesseln zu können.
GameSpy (Feb 23, 2002)
If you enjoyed the original Tropico, Paradise Island should provide quite a few additional hours of entertainment, but if you didn't, the expansion adds nothing to entice you to give dictatorship a try.
Joystick (French) (Feb, 2002)
Un très bon add-on pour un très bon jeu. Les scénarios sont encore bien plus délirants que dans le premier jeu et chacun d'entre eux offre des challenges bien variés. quel dommage qu'aucune nouvelle caractéristique ou variable n'ai été ajoutée dans l'éditeur de missions !
Still, you wouldn't want to change Tropico's great gameplay too much, because that would surely make a lot of El Presidentes quite mad.
Strategy Gaming Online (Aug 04, 2002)
The best part about playing a game of Tropico is that you get to be really, really mean. Not just mean, but a real bastard—someone that inspires phlegm to consistently be propelled in your direction. I have no qualms about it. After all, the game is a dictatorship simulator, and where is the fun in being a nice dictator? Sure there were all these options in the original to have things like free elections, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. I say lock up all the Tropicans and throw away the key (that is of course unless they are working in one of my many sweatshops).
ActionTrip (Jan 28, 2002)
In short, this expansion pack has nothing drastically new to offer, but instead, it makes up for all the flaws of the original and expands it, giving it new qualities and an increased replay value. The developers managed to vividly depict the hard life of an autocrat, which is hanging by the thread.
Game Over Online (Mar 25, 2002)
Overall, Tropico: Paradise Island is a fairly lukewarm expansion pack. But it’s budget priced at $20, and its 23 scenarios provide 75+ hours of gameplay. So -- and you knew I was going to say this eventually, right? -- if you liked Tropico then you’ll probably like Paradise Island. It’s almost the same game, after all.
While I was happy with the updates that were available, I was looking for a little more detail in this version. As it stands, however, Paradise Island delivers what I think it wanted to: a good-looking expansion of a game that had a lot of good instincts to being with.
75 (Jan 29, 2002)
En clair Paradise Island devrait tout à fait renforcer l'intérêt pour Tropico auprès des fans de ce jeu de gestion. De nombreux scénarios, des nouveaux bâtiments et deux axes au niveau desquels les possibilités ont été renforcées. Le jeu n'est pas modifié en profondeur et la réalisation reste fidèle à ce qu'elle était avant mais c'est avec plaisir que l'on découvrira de nouvelles fonctionnalités avec une extension placée sous le signe des petits plus.
Svenska PC Gamer (Mar, 2002)
Paradise Island bjuder egentligen inte på några stora nyheter eller några drastiska ändringar, men de nya scenarierna ger tillräckligt mycket spelvärde för att det ska kännas intressant. Dessutom har utvecklarna lyckats sopa bort många av de irritationsmoment som förpestade originalet. Bland annat har de snabbat upp byggnadsprocessen och förenklat valsystemet, som numera ger riktiga prognoser inför ett val vilket gör det enklare för dig som diktator att bestämma om valet bör hållas. Om du gillade originalet och fortfarande inte vill släppa makten över ditt örike är Paradise Island ett bra köp.
Paradise Island is one of those disappointing additions that’s barely a step above a patch. An expansion pack like this makes you ask “Is that all?”