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Tropico 2: Pirate Cove (Windows)

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Overall MobyScore (16 votes) 3.7


The Press Says

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95
Game Chronicles
If you liked Tropico you'll love Tropico 2: Pirate Cove. It's like the developers read my review and fixed everything I complained about in the first game. City management fans, gamers looking for something with originality, or people who can appreciate a well-designed game are all advised to check it out.
90
Eurogamer.net (UK)
These are relatively minor problems however, and overall we're delighted with how Tropico 2 has turned out. Any fan of management games is bound to enjoy the game, and it's a definite candidate for causing some very, very late nights in front of your PC screen. Graphics whores will inevitably be put off by the old school look and feel of the title, but if you can get past that, this is one of the best god games the PC has seen in quite a while. Plus, for those of you with terribly decrepit PCs (and we know you're out there), the low system requirements of the game will undoubtedly be a bonus.
88
Gamesmania
Klasse, die Arbeit als Insel-Manager in der Karibik macht durchgängig Spaß. "Tropico 2" bietet so viele Optionen und Möglichkeiten, dass das Spielen nicht langweilig wird. Hobby-Piraten und Südseefans werden sich dem Aufbau-Hit nicht verschließen können.
88
GameStar (Germany)
In Sachen Spieldesign fesselt Tropico 2 die versammelte Anno- und Siedler-Konkurrenz gnadenlos an den Mast. Meine Möglichkeiten als Piratenkönig scheinen unbegrenzt: Jage ich mit meiner Fregatten-Flotte englische Handelskoggen, oder konzentriere ich mich auf den Zigarrenschmuggel? Langeweile ist auf den Pirateninseln ein Fremdwort, irgendwo gibt es immer was zu tun. Und dank der vorbildlichen Bedienung mit vielen tollen Hilfs-Funktionen bleibt Tropico 2 trotz aller Komplexität immer ein Spiel. Anders als die Kapitäns-Kollegen Mick und Markus habe ich keine Probleme mit den abstrakten Schiffschlachten. Bei einem Aufbauspiel möchte ich hauptsächlich bauen, auf taktische Kämpfe kann ich verzichten. Viel mehr ärgert mich die spröde präsentierte Kampagne. Das ändert aber nichts am positiven Fazit: Tropico 2 ist für mich schlichtweg das beste Aufbauspiel!
88
GameSpy
None of that, of course, should be taken as anything more than constructive criticism. They are, rather, the kinds of minor annoyances that keep an otherwise excellent title from moving into the "outstanding" category. Taken as a whole, Tropico 2: Pirate Cove is the kind of great sequel that should be encouraged - it builds on the solid base of the original, cleans up most of the problems and manages to stake out its own territory in the process. Tropico 2 is a (parrot) feather in the cap of Frog City and a treasure for strategy gamers.
87
Strategy Gaming Online
From one Tropico fan to hopefully another, I can honestly say that I was pleased with how Tropico 2: Pirate Cove turned out. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the subject matter or historical period, as it is brimming with atmosphere. Those of you who just didn't get Tropico's appeal will probably dismiss this excellent title, and that's a shame. Tropico retains its status as one of the most unique series in computer gaming. I can only imagine where the third iteration will take us.
87
Armchair Empire, The
I personally miss the island leader plots of the original game, but Tropico 2 proves even dastardly pirates can be a lot of fun under the hot island sun. Enough new upgrades help enhance the gameplay and create the perfect title for PC gamers who want something similar to SimCity 4 without having to spend a week studying the instruction manual learning how to play. It also brings humorous Sims-style gaming into the mix. Tropico 2 is a wonderful game worth its weight in buried golden treasure.
85
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
De nadruk ligt hier duidelijk meer op de fun dan op de diehard simulatie end at is ook wel eens leuk. Deze opvolger is trouwens voorzien van eg knappe graphics die de graphics van Tropico gewoonweg doen verbleken en ook de piratenhumor mag er zijn. PopTop en Frog City leveren een waardige en originele opvolger af voor Tropico. Voor ons graag deel 3 in space.
84
PC Action
Da ziehe ich doch glatt mal respektvoll mein Kopftuch und köpfe eine Buddel voll Rum! Tropico 2 ist eine prima Weiterentwicklung der spaßigen Diktator-Sim von 2001. Das unterhaltsame und mit einer netten Portion Humor gewürzte Piraten-Szenario sorgt mit der etwas strategischeren Ausrichtung für noch mehr Abwechslung und die Missionen und Szenarien versprechen wochenlangen Spielspaß. Schade nur, dass die wichtigen Seekämpfe derart unbefriedigend in Szene gesetzt wurden und nicht wenigstens ein paar überschaubare Handelsoptionen geboten werden.
84
IGN
Strategic simulations can be a delight or a ragged bore, and we’ve seen an explosion of the latter over the last year. Somehow, the word must have gotten around that this kind of game was an easy way to make a fortune; and just as with RTS and Diablo clones, we’ve been inundated with dreary wannabes that show little understanding of the genre and absolutely no imagination. Airport Tycoon 2? Car Tycoon? Ski Resort Tycoon? Rock Manager? May they all rest in peace; and if they won’t, I’ll be among the first to bring a stake and a little holy water.
83
Game Over Online
So, overall, Tropico 2: Pirate Cove is a nice game with sort of a serious problem. It looks good and sounds good and is fun and breezy to play, but it also gets repetitive after several missions, and it doesn’t offer the kind of variety other tycoon games do. Of course, Tropico itself didn’t really capture my interest, even with all the options it presented, and so fans of that game or fans of pirates in general might have fun with Pirate Cove.
82
PC Games (Germany)
Wenn uns die Käpt'n Blaubär-Stimme mit "Bringt mir Rum - nicht so'n Sssssspülwasser..." anpflaumt, wenn man England gegen Frankreich ausspielt und durch Edikte wie "Wahllose Exekutionen" Angst und Schrecken auf der Insel verbreitet - dann, ja dann hat einen Die Pirateninsel 2 endgültig gepackt. Und dann verzeiht man auch die vielen kleinen Detail-Schwächen - dass die Gebäude zeilenweise hochgezogen werden (hey, Siedler 2 ist sieben Jahre alt), dass die Grafik insgesamt nicht ganz so detailreich daherkommt wie in Anno 1503, dass der Schwierigkeitsgrad manche Landratte die Segel streichen lassen dürfte, dass man die Karibik nicht selbst erkunden, belagern, erobern darf (mehr als Schiff-losschicken-und-Daumen-drücken ist nämlich nicht drin). Tropico 2 ist anspruchsvoll, aber nicht allzu komplex und enthält eine Extraportion Humor - vergnügliche Software-Piraterie auf hohem Niveau.
80
Fragland.net
We are closing in on the conclusion, and I hope you’ve concluded that I quite like this game. If you know that one mission can take up to several hours, then you know that there’s nothing wrong with the length of the game (a common illness amongst games these days). The game is also very addictive, as you will notice very quickly when it appears that behind the drapes, the sun is already rising, and you are still building! Even if you’ve finished the campaigns, there is an editor to make your own perfect island, or just play one of the standalone missions. Are you a fan of sun, sea and buildinggames like settlers, then dust of your parrot (the real one), attach your wooden leg and cutthroat the software merchant to obtain your treasure box with two blinking cd’s! To end with the words on the back of the box: Argh, thar ain't nottin like bein a Pirate King!
80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
As an intellectual toy, Tropico 2 is fascinating and detailed; as a game, it’s enormously addictive. Running an island full of slaves and pirates is a unique twist, one that will satisfy anyone who laments the endless catalogue of near-identical RTS titles that the god-game genre has become. It will also annoy the right kind of people, by being morally questionable and technically excellent at the same time. There are problems: It is slow-paced, with your minions carrying out orders at a leisurely rate. The many logistical convolutions that get in the way of a smooth economy can grate, forcing players to keep a close eye on how slave labor is distributed. It’s also repetitive in the long run, and likely to lose its shine once you’ve become attuned to its mysteries. That’s the worst of it, however, so if you like the idea of Maxis meeting Molyneux on the Spanish Main, you’d be insane to miss this release.
80
Withingames
Wieder einmal ist den Jungs von PopTop ein wirkliches Spitzenspiel gelungen, das einmal mehr viele tausende Spieler genauso wie auch mich in seinen Bann ziehen dürfte. „Tropico 2“ ist eines der seltenen Spiele, die man auch nach Jahren noch immer wieder gerne aus dem Regal holt um eine Partie zu spielen, ohne dabei aus der Mode zu geraten. Damit katapultiert sich das Spiel für mich persönlich in den Olymp der Evergreen-Games, wo es sich vor den großen Namen wie „Civilization“ oder „Railroad Tycoon“ nicht verstecken muss.
80
GameZone
I've had a lot of fun with this game, and have enjoyed building my pirate kingdom while listening to some great music. The initial gameplay is varied and amusing, and will keep players busy for awhile. However, the depth of play after several days isn't quite as deep as games such as Warcraft, HOMM, Caesar 3 and Civilization. Still, a worthy entry into the simulation/strategy world for players who are looking for something a little different and who are not bothered by the brothel theme.
79
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Het is best leuk om een bruisende stad op te bouwen en je piraten op plundertochten te sturen, en tegelijkertijd een goed evenwicht te zoeken tussen de noden van je gevangen en piraten. Maar de fans van Tropico zullen het toch jammer vinden dat Tropico 2 - Pirate Cove geen echte opvolger is van het origineel - de gameplay is vaak dezelfde, maar het is toch een volledig nieuw game. Liefhebbers van het piratengenre zullen het dan weer jammer vinden dat het voor een groot deel gebaseerd is op het origineel. Wijzelf houden de kerk in het midden: Tropico 2 is een leuke mix van een management- en piratengame.
76
ActionTrip
In summary, there's really nothing else to say about Tropico 2: Pirate Cove. For those of you who are expecting radical changes or improvements over the original, it's safe to say you'll be slightly disappointed. Nonetheless, if you have enjoyed the previous two titles, this one could keep your attention for some time. There's no doubt that the game puts forth well-oiled gameplay dynamics and a revised economic system that appears to have done the trick. The key to success is stirring up your population growth and looking after the best interest of your community, taking care of your citizens both individually and collectively. In short if you're worried about not having any challenges, you can stop worrying, cause there will be plenty of things for you to do.
74
GameSpot
It can be fun to get your town up and running and send your pirates out on raids, and learning to balance the diverse requirements of your captives and your pirates is interesting. But fans of Tropico may wish that Frog City had developed a more direct descendant of the original--the mechanics are basically the same, but Tropico 2 is a very different game. And those who like the pirate theme may wish that Frog City had built a new game from scratch, instead of tying itself to the Tropico blueprint. It's a shaky marriage either way, with the pirate game and the town management game constantly fighting for dominance.
73
PC Zone Benelux
Tropico 2: Pirate Cove doet zijn voorganger eer aan. Frog City heeft duidelijk hard gewerkt aan de gameplay en kon zijn komische creativiteit volledig kwijt in dit project. Hoewel het resultaat er in eerste instantie niet erg vernieuwend en spannend uitziet, zijn er toch genoeg elementen die het waard maken om de piratenuitdaging aan te gaan. Wat er helaas niet in zit zijn interactieve zeeslagen en de mogelijkheid om zelf andere eilanden aan te vallen. Hierdoor had het resultaat nog meer kracht kunnen hebben.
70
Jeuxvideo.com
En somme si une fois encore Tropico se démarque dans la gestion avec un thème original, il souffre néanmoins des défauts de son aîné. La réalisation laisse un peu à désirer avec des environnements de jeux désormais désuets, ceux qui ne verront ici qu'un léger point de détail se régaleront en revanche en découvrant les nouveautés apportées au titre grâce à ce nouveau thème qu'est la piraterie. Les amateurs de Tropico 1 devraient donc apprécier.
60
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Developer Frog City should be commended for trying to make Tropico 2 different from the original. Unfortunately, some of the new features just aren’t all that fun despite the appeal of creating a swashbuckling pirate empire.
60
Gamesdog
While the idea is interesting enough, the game's reliance on lumber before you can really do anything does border on the frustrating and annoying. Even on the very fast setting game setting it took some time to collect lumber with three timber yards and three saw mills so we could start building stuff. Bar that, the game will keep you going as you try to balance the job of looking after a workforce always looking to escape and a population always looking for the next pint of beer and lady to go with.
50
Joystick (French)
Tropico 2 est un petit jeu sympatoche qui joue sur les tableaux du développement économique, de la gestion et de la flibuste. On aurait pu voir pire comme thèmes, mais il n'empêche qu'en reprenant leur ancien moteur de Tropico, Frog City dessert dans les grandes largeurs un gameplay qui se retrouve handicapé par une technique trop datée.