The European version of the cover has a Castro-ish dictator standing on the island.
designer Phil Steinmeyer
contributed a running series of articles to Computer Games magazine throughout the game's development. His topics ranged from play balance to determining and managing system requirements. He even mentioned designing the box and the reasons for the general/no general versions.
The game comes with a collection of biographical sketches of (in)famous world leaders such as Fidel Castro and Eva Peron.
Lou Bega, a German musician and songwriter, appears as playable dictator. He also contributed a song which is exclusive to the German version.
The game was meant to be named Banana Republic
, but it had to be changed to Tropico
since there is a clothes brand named Banana Republic
Information also contributed by
- Computer Gaming World
- April 2002 (Issue #213) – Best Music of the Year