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Tropico (Windows)

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
82
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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.0
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Written by  :  William Shawn McDonie (1152)
Written on  :  Jun 19, 2001
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

Game Rating 71%

The Good

I loved the setting for the game. Your a Latin American dictator and its all up to you. Music was outstanding and really boosted the score that I gave it.

I really wanted to like tropico, the Latin music, a refreshing concept, great graphics, and generally lots of potential. However.......

The Bad

....Well if the music had been cheesy then this would have to be rated at about 52%. Tropico just gets old very fast. Once I played a couple of the scenerios, and tried to design my own island I quickly ran out of challenges. Really there isnt much difference between the scenarios and the regular game. After a very short time Tropico just goes flat. There was so much potential to this game its a shame that did use its license better.

Another example of what I mean is that I downloaded the demo of this game from the net. After playing a few hours, I felt that if this was half the game, then tropico would be fantastic. The only problem was that there is almost no difference between the demo and the full game! Only a couple of options are excluded and frankly you can live with out them. So it was a surprise when I started playing the full version and found almost no difference at all! I hoped that in the full version that there would be more options and lots more fun. However much to my sadness there wasn't.

The Bottom Line

Save yourself 40 bucks download the demo. The demo is just as enjoyable as the full version. Plus you can save your money and buy something else.