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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 A mission event
Tropico 4 Windows A tsunami is coming... Yikes!
Tropico 4 Windows Shacks near the dock
Tropico 4 Windows Finding a good spot for the immigration office

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Would be really fun if it worked. Asinine (1006) 1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars

Critic Reviews

Meristation Oct 27, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
Original Gamer Sep 19, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine Aug 30, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
Hooked Gamers Aug 26, 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
Games Finder Dec 22, 2013 7.5 out of 10 75 Oct 04, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
Cyber Stratege Sep 15, 2011 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpot Jan 25, 2017 7 out of 10 70


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Patrick Bregger (256918) added Tropico 4 (Windows) on Sep 27, 2011
Other platforms contributed by Patrick Bregger (256918), Kennyannydenny (122660) and firefang9212 (73807)