Tropico 4 (Windows)

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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.


Tropico 4 Windows Shacks near the dock
Tropico 4 Windows Immigration office under construction
Tropico 4 Windows Select an avatar
Tropico 4 Windows Finding a good spot for the immigration office

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Would be really fun if it worked. Pixelspeech (955) 1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameStar (Germany) Aug 25, 2011 87 out of 100 87
Gameswelt Sep 09, 2011 87 out of 100 87
Digital Entertainment News (den) Sep 16, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
Ten Ton Hammer Sep 29, 2011 80 out of 100 80
Cheat Happens Sep 27, 2011 8 out of 10 80 Oct 19, 2011 77 out of 100 77
Game Over Online Sep 14, 2011 76 out of 100 76
CPU Gamer Nov 17, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
PC Gamer Sep 11, 2011 72 out of 100 72 Sep 14, 2011 7 out of 10 70


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Patrick Bregger (143303) added Tropico 4 (Windows) on Sep 27, 2011
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