The Steam Special Edition of Tropico 3 contains the following additional content: Two additional maps for the sandbox mode: Verde Playa Coco Chico Map Two additional costumes for the el presidente avatar editor: Female Avatar: Casual Clothes Male Avatar: Casual Clothes Two additional accessories for the el presidente avatar editor: Female
User reviews: Very Positive (808 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 20, 2009

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"The tropico everyone says is the best one. Its plenty good but I prefer 4."

About This Game

The Steam Special Edition of Tropico 3 contains the following additional content:
Two additional maps for the sandbox mode:
  • Verde Playa
  • Coco Chico Map
Two additional costumes for the el presidente avatar editor:
  • Female Avatar: Casual Clothes
  • Male Avatar: Casual Clothes
Two additional accessories for the el presidente avatar editor:
  • Female Avatar: Baseball Hat
  • Male Avatar: Commie Hat
Engage in a tropical power trip! Become the dictator of a remote island during the Cold War. Charm, persuade, intimidate, oppress, or cheat your people to stay in power! Are you a kind and generous leader? A corrupt and ruthless tyrant ruling with an iron fist? Turn your island into a tourist paradise or an industrial power. Make promises to the electorate or slander political adversaries to get the crucial votes for the upcoming elections. Send your avatar to congratulate the people, visit the island of another player, or just sun-bathe on the Caribbean beach.
Play the Cold War superpowers against each other to your maximum advantage. Tropico 3 offers a tongue-in-cheek, light-hearted take on real world issues like third world politics, corruption and totalitarian regimes.
  • A campaign consisting of 15 missions
  • Random map generator
  • Timeline editor
  • The Avatar — customizable and under the player's control
  • Election speeches
  • Simulation of the life, family, and political views of each Tropican
  • Vehicles and Roads
  • New buildings and new units
  • Online Scoring
  • Visits to islands controlled by other players

System Requirements

    • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: CPU with 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 5 GB Available HDD Space
    • Video Card: 128 MB 3D Graphic Card with Shader Model 3.0 support
    • Sound Card: 16-bit Sound Card
    • DirectX® Version: DirectX® 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
108 of 114 people (95%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I own all the Tropico games and I enjoy them all.I would pick Tropico 3 as the most fun of them all.It is not as challenging as Tropico 2 but that is not the kind of challenge I'm into so I didn't mind. The original and it's expansion are classics but I prefer #3

Tropico #3

Pros-

#1.Good Graphics

#2.Many Buildings to build

#3.Custom El Presidente

#4.Rebels will fight you if you don't please your people

#5.Some good music

#6.The radio guy can be helpful and funny



Cons-

#1.Building buildings gets old

#2.The roads are too big

#3.You can't make roads anywhere on the map.You would think you could get a bulldozer or dynamite and have enough slaves I mean your people lol to lower/raise/flatten any land you want.Not being able to connect all the roads sucks

#4.It is really easy to beat the rebels once you learn how to play

#5.One of the songs in the game I don't like it and they don't allow us to control what song is played.I just mute the music for a few minutes and then turn it back on.They could of added more songs also

#6.The radio guy gets really repetitive and I'm sure some can't stand him.I can tolerate him for awhile but I get sick of him too

#7.The maps are so small and it makes putting the tourists buildings in a area they can all fit and is allowed a serious problem.You can't place the buildings anywhere or less people will go to them.It would be like telling you to stay at a hotel in the ghetto part of the island.Some tourists just wont do it.That is realistic but the maps are so small.If they fix this the roads can remain big

#8.The majority of edits you never ever use.A few are good but most of them there is no reason to do them

#9.USA and USSR will circle your waters if you don't do something better.You will just lose if you don't fix it.If I am going to lose come on my island and shoot it out with me and my soldiers then

#10.I don't think the cops do anything.I saw they drive around and arrest people when you tell them to.I don't know if it lowers crime rates but if you are playing to help your people you wont need cops

#11.Prisons are even less needed.Unless you are going to act evil you wont need a prison for sure.I never saw a cop arrest anyone unless I told them to


The Bottom Line -

Tropico 3 is a fun game that will let you create your own city.I found the rebels first attack on me to be a wtf moment.It was funny and cool.I would also call that realistic.Once I got the hang of it I could make my people happy and defend myself and make plenty of money

I played as an evil El Presidente and it was ok but I could kill anyone that wasn't related to the military or cops/prison officers and get away with it.The rebels couldn't beat me because I treated the military so much better than everyone else and I always had an army.I never killed the wives of my soldiers and I wonder what happens then.I doubt it would of mattered I could just replace them.I found it less fun to act evil because they can't beat you once you have the military setup the right way

Once you are making good money the game gets really boring.I would of liked it had I been able to make a full military.Have buildings create Tanks,Fighter Jets ect and prepare for war.Then after that conquer another island or be invaded by a country that was a more even fight.I don't mean fight the USA or USSR but a similar country.It would of made a multiplayer game really fun

Tropico 4 could have 2 settings

#1 Financial

All it is about is building and money and they remove the rebels.This is great for kids and people who don't even like the rebels killing you or you killing them

#2 Financial and War

You have the same buildings as #1 but also weapons buildings and navy/air force/army/marines related buildings.The rebels would be there but the rebels would create and/or even take over your buildings.Make them tougher with more tactics.Plus the objective of the game is to stay in control of your own island which would be harder and then take over other islands.Then you got the multiplayer version

This would create not only a better game but it would appeal to more people.I hope Tropico 4 looks something like this as I have not played it yet but if it doesn't I hope Tropico 5 does.

My 2 cents

Dan
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42 of 43 people (98%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Tropico 3 is a pretty fun game. While you don't have as many options of creation and aren't really in battle with any other nation as you would in Civilization games, you're faced with a much different, and in my opinion player-friendly playstyle.

You're essentially in control of an island. As "El Presidente", you're given the options of running said island however you wish. Want to be an industry titan, producing oil, cigars and rum in mass quantity to make your city prosper? Or will you make the island a "paradise" and profit off tourists in hotels? The choice is yours.

Well, ish. The industry option MASSIVELY overpowers tourism in revenue, and also is better of when you focus on just one type of product. However, the game is still quite fun and the possibilites endless.

The events and occur in the campaign are interesting and add a twist to your gameplay, which by the way, is still themed as you being a dictator on an island. The said island has different interest groups, and some are more powerful than others. You may wish to build a church over a factory if elections are close and the religious group is upset. Or maybe even an army base, lest you wish your own generals and soldiers turn on you.

The way you control these groups is up to you. Do you praise democracy and have free elections? Or do you declare martial law and shoot any protesters on sight? The choice is yours, Presidente.

I got this game through a Humble Bundle, and do not regret the purchase.
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46 of 64 people (72%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Like Skyrim with Cubans
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Tropico 3 is just as great as any tropico but just as simple and limited. Actually i would say it aint worth playing tropico 4 if you got tropico 3 and vice versa... Its a series that doesnt change much... most changes look like mods or tiny expansions... the dlc of tropico 3 for example, was pathetic and 1 of the biggest wastes of money in my steam history...

Tropico is an original idea and a refreshing series, but unfortunetly the changes are pathetic and playing 1 of them is more than enough....
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
When I was a born Tropican I use to listen to Juanito speak on the radio. He would say news good and bad especially about El Presidente. He said that everyone is dying from starvation and shacks are built almost everywhere. He was on El Presidente's side when things got bad and good and will never stop accepting his failures. El Presidente was joining the Communist superpower and Juanito still cheered for him. There was a lot of houses being built, tenements, apartments, country houses and farms. Our island OIPKWQGIJWGPIYOLOSWAGVILLE was getting circled around by American gunships. The Russians defended OIPKWQGIJWGPIYOLOSWAGVILLE and I knew there was hope for El Presidente.
20 years later it turned into Las Vegas but with 50x the tourists.













EL PRESIDENTE IS LOVE, EL PRESIDENTE IS LIFE.
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31 of 41 people (76%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Great game,I never before played Tropico.
This is my first time playing Tropico,and i must say the game amazing !
it is really relaxing game and really fan too play.
Will definitely enjoy playing Tropico 4,5 it the future when i can buy the games :)
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
El Presidente Version 3

This is my first Tropico Game and after some time of frustrating restarts and head meets desk moments,
i finally figured out how to be a good El Presidente.
Sure some folks are always bothering me, but meh i got a prison.

You have many ways of getting rid of negative people as well as options to make your people happy.
Beating these small shacks, your worst enemies, can be difficult, since they tend to pop up in the worst moments.
Also your workers are damn lazy, they dont build your houses and ignore the big ♥♥♥ transport ships in your harbor -.-
Overtime, you can teach them how to work better and soon you can grab the great ressources like oil and rum ^^
Just sayin, but the street tool is damn awful >.<
Oh and lamas tend to assassinate your favourite dog >.<

But yeah, you are EL PRESIDENTE, this makes all the bad stuff up ^^
Become a good friend of the USA or UDSSR or stay neutral and raise an army to defend yourself.
This game is slow, but when shit hits the fan you know someone invades your place >.<

Also make sure you dont provoke a traffic jam! And attract loads of tourists!

Important note:
The most important persons in your state are your people. Make them happy and you can stay El Presidente forever!
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
I was almost assassinated by a Llama.
I Survived.
I proceeded to install Martial Law.

11/10
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Having never played a Tropico game before I didn't know what to expect in this game. I got this free from Humble Bundle and I have found it incredibly enjoyable, sometimes too easy and also slightly frustrating at times but on the whole fun.

The scenario you're placed in is a fantastic idea (small banana republic torn between capitalism and communism) and gives your small towns a personal feel rather than just a mass of housing in a giant metropolis. Essentially you're a poor nation building up a small island to become a global success through tourism or commerce. Your main aim in the game is to please these sims and you can view each one and what they're upto by clicking on them or completely ignore them and play the game like you would simcity, the choice is yours.

I will also try the new games of the series. Anyway If you like City Sim games you'll probably love this. [8.5/10]
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
More of a slower paced game. If you like games like Zoo Tycoon, Sims, etc, you will like this game.
This game's humor is pretty good. Games like these don't change much as new ones come out but any Steam sale, get Tropico 4 or later if it is on sale.

El Presidente for life!!!!!!!!!!!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Used aid money to buy a solid gold statue of myself and placed it at the dock so dem immigrants see my superiority
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Brilliant city building game with lots of tropical flavour, lush graphics and a fun soundtrack. There's a nice political element to the game which means you have to keep citizens with different tastes and needs happy so that you are re-elected and avoid rebel attacks etc. There's also plenty of things to build that cover different aspects such as housing, entertainment, tourism and industry etc. Every citizens life plays out in great detail too and from the moment they arrive on the island you can follow them around from work to home and everything inbetween. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Great game, got a great feeling, having you watch your every move to make sure you do not ♥♥♥♥ up
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
A great Nation building simulation game, it's fun and addictive. It can be easy or hard depending on settings you decide. It has great strategy, in which you have to monitor money, happiness, population, politics and more. You can choose how you run your city, whether it be capitalist or communist, dictatorship or democracy, you decide.

Hours of fun gameplay a good game I recommend to anyone who loves city builders, games about politics or economics as this game features all of those things.

8/10
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
i freaking loved this game! Great gameplay, very nice looks, simples mechanics, easy to get into.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Its a fun game. But you can get bored of it pretty quickly.
I recomend playing it for once a week or so.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Great game!!
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
i got this free. totally worth it for that price
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
I like this game. It's something I COULD play if I knew what I was doing... It's like a more stripped down version of SimCity, and I like that. I love the depth of it, and I just love it. Tropico is a YES from me.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
56.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
If you like town building/management game then you might like this game. This game is fun to play but it can get bored quickly if you play it like everyday because it can be repetitive. However, if you play this game like once a week then you should be fine.

It takes a bit of time to get used to this game and I suggest you to read the guides in the community hub if you do not know how to play it. Overall this is a good game. Give it a try if you like town building/management game.
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