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True Game Headz (Nov 11, 2009)
If you’re a fan of city building games, this is a must purchase. It is one of the best looking games in the genre with a unique theme that almost anyone can understand. With its logical mechanics, dynamic citizen system, and politically incorrect writing, this is definitely an island worth visiting.
Game Shark (Nov 06, 2009)
The only other real complaint I have that these kinds of games are always missing some form of real-time multiplayer mode; Tropico 3 to its credit does offer some online options for sharing scores and favored island layouts, but nothing near the kind of thrill you'd get from setting up your island in tandem with a friend, watching how they deal with challenges, and perhaps setting up trade routes or forms of sabotage using a few additional options. Beyond that, Tropico 3 is a fantastically addictive single player game that will have you up until the wee hours of the morning — who knew a Castro sim could be so much fun?
Cheat Happens (Oct 23, 2009)
Tropico 3 is a great game with a few kinks that keep it from being an incredible one. You’ll enjoy this one, as long as you have the time to devote to it, and the patience to pick play through its flaws. Fans of the series have found a new standard, and those looking to try out the genre have found a great jumping in point with Tropico 3.
88 (Dec 15, 2009)
Tropico 3 on mielenkiintoinen yhdistelmä rakentelua ja yhteiskunnallista hallintaa, jossa riittää tekemistä ja monipuolisuutta hyväksi aikaa. Jos vain tietoruudut ja taulukot olisivat helpommin esillä ja paremmin luettavissa, olisi oman saarivaltion hallinta helpompaa. Erityismaininnan muuten ansaitsee erinomaisesti aiheeseen sopiva musiikki sekä saaren tapahtumia kommentoiva radio-DJ. Hasta la victoria siempre!
Atomic Gamer (Oct 20, 2009)
The best part about Tropico 3 is that, as opposed to most city management games, it's as much of a political simulator and study in finance and microeconomics as it is a challenge to build a working city. You'll have to plan the layout of your urban areas correctly, but you'll also have to learn how to make investments, plan for your financial future, maintain diplomatic relations with the superpowers, deal with dissenters, and either keep people happy or scare them enough to not leave the island or rise up against you. Tropico 3 is a fantastic game that captures a uniquely lighthearted essence of Cold War-era life in a Latin country, and it will keep you working hard to stay in power once you get into the tougher difficulties. With a reasonable $40 price tag and some solid visuals to go along, this one crosses genres nicely to appeal to both RTS fans and city management-types alike.
Game Informer Magazine (Oct 22, 2009)
The expected sandbox mode complements Tropico’s excellent campaign, and it’s exactly what you’d expect. All told, one could happily spend as much time here as with any top-shelf simulation or strategy game. Anyone who is willing to deal with the game’s imposing impenetrability will be well rewarded.
GamingTrend (Nov, 2009)
Despite these complaints, Tropico 3 is a terrific game that will appeal to anyone looking for an intricate management sim. The various interactions and events that you can experience during the course of the game are too numerous to mention here. Suffice it to say, the more you play the more in-depth and rewarding the game becomes. The presentation is top-notch for a game of this genre, with beautiful visuals bringing your island to life and a rollicking score to keep your ears happy. There is some question as to how popular the online challenges will be – it’s a nice feature, but don’t base your buying decision on them. Instead, enjoy the game for the moderately lengthy campaign and the ability to jump into sandbox mode. With the game available from retailers now for $10-$15 less than most newer releases, it’s definitely a great way to unleash your inner dictator.
GameZone (Oct 23, 2009)
Despite intense competition from similar games, Tropico 3 really stands out as a thoughtfully-designed and beautifully executed piece of software. It manages to safely balance familiar mechanics with a fresh spin on city-building and national management. Even if you aren’t a big fan of the genre, Tropico 3 is one of the rare experiences that is simply too good to pass up.
Vandal Online (Oct 22, 2009)
Tropico 3 es un gran juego. .De buena presencia y base jugable, divertido y muy humorístico, Tropico 3 tiene casi cualquier ingrediente para ser considerado un clásico dentro de su género, y cumple todo aquello que se le reclama por pertenecer a la saga a la que pertenece. Quizás podría pecar de ser poco innovador con respecto a sus entregas anteriores (recordamos que es un remake actualizado de su primera parte) o de ser ligeramente corto si se es un experto en el estilo de juego. Pero son aspectos que para nada empeñan un excelente resultado global por parte de HAEMIMONT Games. Si queréis una experiencia nueva dentro del género de gestión, y queréis pasar un buen rato, la opción está bastante clara. Cojed vuestros mejores puros y cigarros habanos y ataviaros con cualquier ropa militar. Hay trabajo que hacer. Tropico 3 está disponible para Xbox 360 y PC.
Gamer Limit (Oct 31, 2009)
Regardless of minor niggles, there is so much to do in this game, and so much to get involved with that you will lose many hours of your life if you decide to start playing Tropico 3. But like so many things on the sunny island, that choice is up to you El Presidente.
GamingXP (Oct 09, 2009)
„Tropico 3“ ist was der zweite Teil der Reihe nicht war. Ein würdiger Nachfolger und ein tolles Spiel. Die tolle Grafik und die angenehme Musik, zusammen mit dem Politik-System und den Wirtschaftszweigen machen den Titel zu einem Aufbau-Strategie-Erlebnis, dass vor allem die Generation ansprechen wird, die bereits den ersten Teil miterlebte.
Play Magazine (Nov 11, 2009)
Tropico 3 is a well-designed sim with just the right balance of complexity and micromanagement. It looks good, it sounds good and playing it just might teach you something. How many games can you say that about?
Cheat Code Central (Oct, 2009)
Gamers should find that Tropico 3 is one of the better city-building RTS games to come out in a while, and although it may not be much different from its predecessors and its online "features" don't amount to more than social media "lite," what it does offer is simply solid and polished gameplay. Newcomers to the series will love the depth of Tropico 3, while veterans may be disappointed with the lack of new features, meanwhile appreciating the visual upgrade.
IGN (Oct 16, 2009)
Tropico 3 combines a very good city building game with an intriguing political game. The city builder portions are driven by lots of logical choices and consequences that leave the player feeling free to explore their own paths to success. This isn't a game where the associations are so rigid that you end up building the same city again and again. On top of that, the pleasantly unpredictable event system gives you a chance to change your focus and add a little more context to your game. The political system gives you a motivation to succeed on your own terms without locking you into any specific strategy. On the downside, the pace of the game is a bit slow and the interface could be a bit clearer in spots, but these are minor issues that won't keep fans of the genre from enjoying all the other things the game gets right.
PC Games (Germany) (Sep 24, 2009)
Besonders freut mich, dass Kalypso auf die Anregungen unserer Sneak-Peek-Teilnehmer gehört hat: Einfluss-Anzeige für Gebäude, mehr Musikstücke, bessere Hilfestellungen – alles seit August neu eingebaut! Spieltiefe, Atmosphäre und Humor waren eh schon auf hohem Niveau. Einzig eine durchgehende Geschichte fehlt mir. Aber wie wusste schon Fidel: „Eine Revolution ist kein Rosenbett!“ Daher: Glückwunsch zur gelungenen Auferstehung, Tropico!
82 (Dec 01, 2009)
As mentioned earlier, there are a few flaws in the process. For example, it is incredibly challenging throughout the whole game, with lots of stuff happening at one time, and not being able to control it. Couple this with the overriding each-other voiceovers and even more confusion can occur. Also, if you have a normal-small- standard-def TV you will encounter some graphical issues. Apart from these minor omissions, there is nothing really wrong with the title, it is a fun, enjoyable city-building simulator, with good music and a flexible control system. A silent title it may be, but a great one nevertheless!
3D Juegos (Oct 28, 2009)
Tropico 3 se convierte por méritos propios en uno de los mejores videojuegos de estrategia civil que se pueden encontrar en el mercado. De un ritmo apacible pero también de una jugabilidad muy adictiva, el título se convierte por méritos propios en algo genuino y cargado de personalidad.
There’s an awful lot to do – especially when you take into account the fact you have to give speeches and put face time in with the public to improve your vice-like grip on the country of Tropico, or positioning your forces to quell an uprising or international interfering – but everything seems to be done with a healthy dose of good old-fashioned fun. And that’s not something most political strategy games can boast about.
FOK!games (Nov 13, 2009)
Tropico 3 is een lekkere lichtvoetige citybuilder/tycoon-game geworden. Je kunt op een lekkere manier je stad bouwen en steeds groter worden in alles en dat allemaal met wat lichte humor in een prettige omgeving. De game gaat nergens echt de mist in, speelt lekker en krijgt meer dan voldoende support van de developer. Koppel dit aan de mogelijkheid om zelfgemaakte challenges te spelen en je hebt een erg leuke game.
Girl Gamers UK (Oct 30, 2009)
All in all, Tropico 3 is a deep and enjoyable game. There are a couple of minor niggles, but these can be overlooked. Tropico 3 will offer players, who are willing to put in the time, an engrossing experience and a lot of fun.
80 (Dec 01, 2009)
Alt i alt er Tropico 3 et strategispill jeg varmt vil anbefale. Det er usedvanlig vanedannende, og byr på en intelligent og spennende blanding av bybygging og politikk. Erfarne Tropico-veteraner vil finne et spill som har alle forgjengernes styrker og flere flotte nyheter, mens nye spillere vil finne et dypt og velprodusert strategispill som ikke minner alt for mye om andre spill på markedet i dag (rent bortsett fra at forgjengerne nylig ble lansert i en samlepakke, selvsagt). Det hele toppes av utrolig lekker grafikk og et lykkelig latinamerikansk lydspor som inspirerer deg til å synge og danse i kontorstolen. «Saksofon!»
80 (UK) (Nov 13, 2009)
Maybe also, whereas I quite like my statistics hidden away so I can peek at them every now and then but generally avoid stomach-dropping sensations of economic fear, there's no doubt that hardcore strategists would rather have their graphs a little more loud and proud. Overall, however, you can't help but feel that the sheer charm, visual allure and fascinating setting more than straddles the genre-enthusiast divide. And, of course, there's the music. Which, as we've already is discussed, is awesome. The fight to have this music piped through every PA, loudspeaker and radio station in Britain begins now. Viva la revolution.
Tropico 3 skuffer ikke. Det er ikke det perfekte simulationsspil, for det har bestemt sine fejl, men det er underholdende og sjovt i rigtigt lang tid. Det, der kan sættes fingre på, er småting, og de dybe lag i spillet er tilfredsstillende. Alle de små valg, der træffes, har logiske konsekvenser, og hvis man ikke har succes i det første spil, kan udfaldet af det næste altid være mere fordelagtigt.
80 PC Gaming (Nov 19, 2009)
Tropico 3 is not only a faithful adaptation of a classic idea, it’s also the best game Haemimont has ever made. It would have been very easy for them to not improve anything about the basic design and simply rely on nostalgia to move units, and it would have been even easier to stick to the ancient Roman mold they’d used previously and churn out another middling bore like last year’s Imperium Romanum. They’ve done neither and have instead produced one of the best city-builders in a year surprisingly filled with them.
80 (Oct 30, 2009)
Tropico 3 è un solido e divertentissimo ritorno al primo capitolo, da cui prende grande parte delle opzioni, ampliandole in alcuni casi e aggiungendoci una piacevole nuova veste tridimensionale. Forse una dose maggior di coraggio non avrebbe guastato e un miglior bilanciamento della difficoltà aiuterebbe i meno esperti, ma anche così gli appassionati avranno di che divertirsi per molto tempo.
80 (Oct 28, 2009)
Tropico 3 smeedt het politieke en economische aspect van het runnen van een eilandstaatje geweldig samen en doet dat met veel humor en gevoel voor het onderwerp. Dat het opvallend dicht bij het eerste deel blijft, is eerder een pluspunt.
GameSpy (Oct 20, 2009)
Whatever your inclinations, Tropico 3 is an enjoyable city simulator that offers the same sort of replayability that others of its kind do; this one just emphasizes experimentation with moral behavior rather than perfecting a building grid. Outside of the refined graphics and Latin soundtrack, it doesn't reach too far beyond the original Tropico. But that's fine with me, as it was the best of its kind since the original SimCity. The Tropico caretakers at Haemimont Games have a solid revival on their hands... the question now is how they'll build on it.
GameSpot (Oct 23, 2009)
"Viva Fidel!" is a touch out of step in today's climate, although such a sentiment feels perfectly apropos after spending some time with Tropico 3. A more thorough tutorial is needed to better allow you to understand the game's political concepts, but the reward of the captivating scenarios make it worth your while to ascend this learning curve.
Game Watcher (Oct, 2009)
I’ve never really been much of a dancer. Being the socially inept and naturally awkward person my hobby dictates I am, randomly gyrating on a dance floor full of strangers has never really been one of my favourite pastimes. That said however, within minutes of starting up the latest title to find its way onto my desk, I found myself not only jigging away in my chair, but I was so overwhelmed by the soundtrack I just had to get up and do the hokey-cokey. Caribbean style. Half an hour of random gyration later, I was finally calm enough to get down to business: the critical evaluation of Tropico 3.
80 (Nov 02, 2009)
Tropico 3 ne prend pas beaucoup de risques en s'appuyant sur les concepts érigés par les deux premiers épisodes de la série. Toujours aussi immoral, le titre nous offre le plaisir coupable de régner en tyran sur une petite île paradisiaque, où soleil et palmiers cohabitent avec les geôles et les exécutions sommaires. Et ça marche ! Avec son ambiance décalée et son gameplay bien ficelé, Tropico 3 constitue une digne suite et s'impose comme un des meilleurs jeux de gestion de l'année.
GamersGlobal (Sep 23, 2009)
Trotz vorbildlicher Einführung in das Spiel ist Tropico 3 ein Titel für gestandene Aufbauspieler. Die freuen sich über das umfangreiche und komplexe Wirtschafts- sowie Politiksystem, dank derer jedes Spiel tatsächlich anders abläuft und euch lange Zeit bei Laune halten wird. Zudem sind eure Bewohner keine bloßen Statistiken, sondern haben einen Namen, eine Familie, ein Leben. Da wird das Regieren zu mehr als nur Zahlenschieberei und Planwirtschaft!
GameStar (Germany) (Sep 24, 2009)
Tropico hat sich für sein Comeback zwar mächtig herausgeputzt, hinter der schicken 3D-Fassade steckt aber im Prinzip immer noch das gleiche Spiel wie vor acht Jahren. Vieles ist einfach nicht mehr zeitgemäß, vor allem bei der Kampagne und der Inszenierung baut Konkurrent Anno gleich mehrere Ligen besser. Trotzdem rührt es mich fast zu Tränen, wie liebevoll die Entwickler hier einen legendären Strategie-Klassiker wieder zum Leben erweckt haben. Schließlich ist das erneut großartig eingefangene Karibik-Szenario ebenso zeitlos wie die einzigartige Mischung aus Aufbau, Wirtschaft, Politik und schwarzem Humor. Wer das erste Tropcio gemocht hat, wird die Neuauflage zweifellos lieben. Alle anderen bekommen zwar kein revolutionäres, aber zumindest ein ungewöhnlich gutes Aufbauspiel.
79 (Oct 13, 2009)
Einen Moment,... ich suche gerade nach der Mehrzahl von Déjà-vu. Ach, ist aber auch egal - ihr wisst ja sicher was ich meine, denn als Fan des ersten Teils hat man bei Tropico 3 mehr als ein Mal das Gefühl, alles schon einmal gesehen und vor allem gespielt zu haben. Einerseits sehr erfreulich, weil das Original nach wie vor ein tolles Spiel ist, andererseits hätte ich mir für eine Fortsetzung mehr Neuerungen erwartet. So bleibt mein Urteil über Tropico selbst acht Jahren nach dem ersten Teil nahezu unverändert: Eine nette Aufbausimulation mit einem erfrischenden, ungewöhnlichen Szenario, aber auch mit spielerischen Schwächen.
78 (Sep 25, 2009)
Es ist beachtlich, wie sehr sich Haemimont Games ans Original hält, denn Thema, Spielmechanik und Grafikstil erinnern an den Klassiker. Tropico 3 spielt sich auch fast genau so wie der erste Teil, was Fans freuen dürfte. Man muss als Präsident ohne Skrupel im karibischen Haifischbecken überleben, die Wirtschaft ankurbeln und die ersten Pauschaltouristen anlocken. "Segnungen" wie Waffenfabriken, Polizeistationen oder Geheimgefängnisse baut unser geliebter El Presidente ebenso, was das subversive Radio auch gleich verkündet. Allerdings geht der satirisch gefärbten Diktatoren-Simulation irgendwann die Puste aus, denn die Missionen ähneln sich auf lange Sicht zu stark. Im Endeffekt geht man immer auf dieselbe Art vor - egal ob man nun Fidel Castro, Augusto Pinochet oder einen eigenen El Presidente verkörpert.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Oct 28, 2009)
Een niet onaardige managementsim die door een gebrek aan overzicht echter niet het niveau van het origineel haalt.
1UP (Oct 28, 2009)
In facing players with barely fictionalized situations like ludicrous export taxes imposed on former colonies, or the tempting aid agreements that quickly turn exploitative, Tropico 3 makes it very easy to understand why, say, Che Guevara was so pissed off about the United Fruit Company, or how after the third attempt on your life, it'd be tempting to round up all the foreigners and rebels and ship them off to Florida. You might even feel a little bit galled that tourists don't want to have to see where your people actually live, and maybe feel like justice has been served in a small way when they pay through the nose for your watery liquor with an umbrella in it. Tropico 3 beats the hell out of history books, and strangely, most games of its kind.
Mana Pool (Oct 13, 2010)
Overall the game is very enjoyable and I love it for the fact that it’s very easy to dip in an out of it, playing the odd mission here and there. The balance of city building and politics provides a different set of challenges every game and keeps it interesting enough to replay quite regularly. For fans of building and strategy games, Tropico 3 is a most enjoyable game!
70 (Nov 02, 2009)
Une excellente surprise que ce Tropico 3. Drôle, beau, stable, complet et prenant, il ravira les amateurs de gestion ainsi que les vieux briscards du genre qui tenteront diverses approches pour se compliquer la vie. On regrette seulement de découvrir un peu vite le gameplay dans son ensemble et que la répétitivité pointe rapidement le bout de son nez. Pas de quoi enterrer le jeu d’Haemimont qui nous concocte sans doute quelques surprises dans les prochaines mises à jour.
JeuxActu (Nov 10, 2009)
Cocktail ensoleillé de city builder et de simulation politique, Tropico 3 s’inscrit dans la lignée joyeusement immorale de la saga. Leader tout puissant d’une république bananière, vous pourrez pleinement profiter des pouvoirs que vous confère votre fonction. Dirigeant démocrate et éclairé ou dictateur décidé à défendre vos seuls intérêts, notamment financiers, vous pourrez emprunter la voie de votre choix, voire trouver un juste milieu… et changer d’avis en cours de route. Comme d’habitude avec la politique, la réalité n’est toutefois pas totalement à la hauteur des promesses. Trop répétitif, trop gourmand, dépourvu de tout outil de terraformage, d’éditeur de carte et de mode multijoueur, Tropico 3 tourne trop rapidement à vide.
Gamekult (Nov 02, 2009)
Tropico 3 est un jeu de gestion bien fait, un city builder efficace doté d'une réalisation solide, d'un humour parfois féroce et d'une bande-son latino très agréable. On prend un vrai plaisir à jouer le petit constructeur en chef d'une petite île paradisiaque et à la voir se recouvrir d'usines de cigares et d'hôtels de luxe dont on détournera les profits pour alimenter un compte en Suisse. Mais il est un peu trop facile d'en faire le tour, d'en voir tous les bâtiments (on accède aux constructions les plus avancées en moins de six heures de jeu) et de comprendre les astuces pour rester au pouvoir en se faisant des montagnes d'argent. Tropico 3 est donc un divertissement de qualité dont on regrettera le manque de contenu, et qu'on conseillera plus aux débutants qu'aux vieux habitués qui ont déjà écumé les meilleurs titres du genre.