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
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Very Positive (17 reviews) - 88% of the 17 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,260 reviews) - 87% of the 1,260 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 20, 2009

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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
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Very Positive (17 reviews)
Overall:
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ThrillTroll
27.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
Product received for free
Good morning tropico! I am Juanito, and this is Tropico News Today!
Breaking news!: A Llama has attempted to assasainate El Presidente's Favorite Hat! The hat is in grave condition. Meanwhile, animal activists accross the island are boycotting El Presidente, demanding the Llama's release.
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Rewdragon
6.6 hrs
Posted: August 23
I'll just start off by saying that I caught Tropico 3 on sale, about 3 or 4 bucks.
And a price like that is literally a STEAL for a game like this.

One thing I'd like to say is that it's a good solid game. With plenty of challenges and acheivements to acheive (Sadly though, they aren't Steam Acheivements) So you can get a good amount of hours from this game depending what you do, it's also a good time killer, if you're into those.

Another thing I would like to say about this, is that it follows up on history pretty well. Game starting about late/after WWII and taking place mostly during the Cold War. Meaning you will take sides with the USSR or the US, or if you want, juggle relations with both of them.

There are also plenty of some real life problems that you can deal with in the game as you dictate your Tropico Island Paradise.

I would also like to point out that this game runs well on even weak machines. I'll have you know that at the time I made this review, my Desktop sucks and runs Cities Skylines at 7 FPS average. That's actually one of the main reasons I bought Tropico 3 so I have a City Builder to play until I get an actual Gaming Computer.
I think in my opinion that it's fantastic for a game to run on weak machines, so EVERYONE can play, regardless of Computer specs. (Well, unless you play on a computer made in the 1990's, there's no hope for you) Also, Tropico 3 looks VERY GOOD with some lower graphics, so that's also a plus.

The only problem I really have with this game is the lack of variety in Buildings. Sure there's plenty of buildings you can place, but they almost always look the same, making kinda of look un-realistic. Not to mention, you don't want to put a Clinic next to a Hospital, because there's already health care in that area.
That's mostly just me, what you'll think is up to you, really.

So I'm going to end it with me asking myself...:

Do I recommend this game? Yes
I also recommend you should find a day to catch this on sale, because it's like, super cheap by then.
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ResidentBilly
34.7 hrs
Posted: August 20
I do believe this was the first Tropico game that I played. Very enjoyable. If you have already played Tropico 4 or Tropico 5, then you might find this game a little under par. But you're going to get that when you play an older game like this one. But with that said, it's still fun to play!
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Dank Hill
1.9 hrs
Posted: August 19
Product received for free
hey thats pretty good
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ivan
14.4 hrs
Posted: August 15
Got it on sale for 2.50, the world is vibrant on ultra settings and unlike other games I actually felt evil and like fidel castro and ♥♥♥♥. Buy it now when its stilll on sale
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GMB Hungary
12.4 hrs
Posted: August 14
The best tropico game.
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ThePCGamer101
5.3 hrs
Posted: August 12
Product received for free
DISCLAIMER: This is a first impressions review, and NOT a full review, if you want a full review, then please read better reviews then mine

PLEASE NOTE: This review is being re-posted onto Steam as for some reason, a few years ago when I still had this Steam account and Tropico 3, it removed my review without my permission (thanks Valve), hence why this review is way shorter than most of my current reviews which go more into detail

ALSO NOTE: Although Steam says that I have played Tropico 3 for 5 hours, I have played more hours than what it states as I had a copy of Tropico 3 before getting a Steam key for it

ALSO, ALSO NOTE: I am marking this as 'received product for free', because I had a copy of Tropico 3 long before I got my free Steam key of the game

Tropico 3 is the third game in the Tropico franchise and it is a welcoming change from the two previous Tropico games; Tropico and Tropico 2: Pirates Cove as it is now in full 3D! Tropico 3 is a fun game to play and is even better if you have played or loved the previous Tropico games!

RECOMMENDED :)
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Kosiaell
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 11
Boring and slow paced.
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DappleFish
16.6 hrs
Posted: August 2
I like this game !!!
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stupidhass
33.6 hrs
Posted: July 27
Product received for free
Fun time in spite of being somewhat difficult for me to wrap my head around.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I'll just start off by saying that I caught Tropico 3 on sale, about 3 or 4 bucks.
And a price like that is literally a STEAL for a game like this.

One thing I'd like to say is that it's a good solid game. With plenty of challenges and acheivements to acheive (Sadly though, they aren't Steam Acheivements) So you can get a good amount of hours from this game depending what you do, it's also a good time killer, if you're into those.

Another thing I would like to say about this, is that it follows up on history pretty well. Game starting about late/after WWII and taking place mostly during the Cold War. Meaning you will take sides with the USSR or the US, or if you want, juggle relations with both of them.

There are also plenty of some real life problems that you can deal with in the game as you dictate your Tropico Island Paradise.

I would also like to point out that this game runs well on even weak machines. I'll have you know that at the time I made this review, my Desktop sucks and runs Cities Skylines at 7 FPS average. That's actually one of the main reasons I bought Tropico 3 so I have a City Builder to play until I get an actual Gaming Computer.
I think in my opinion that it's fantastic for a game to run on weak machines, so EVERYONE can play, regardless of Computer specs. (Well, unless you play on a computer made in the 1990's, there's no hope for you) Also, Tropico 3 looks VERY GOOD with some lower graphics, so that's also a plus.

The only problem I really have with this game is the lack of variety in Buildings. Sure there's plenty of buildings you can place, but they almost always look the same, making kinda of look un-realistic. Not to mention, you don't want to put a Clinic next to a Hospital, because there's already health care in that area.
That's mostly just me, what you'll think is up to you, really.

So I'm going to end it with me asking myself...:

Do I recommend this game? Yes
I also recommend you should find a day to catch this on sale, because it's like, super cheap by then.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Product received for free
hey thats pretty good
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
117 of 125 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 29, 2014
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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263 of 348 people (76%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 27, 2014
Haha, once, a fruit-exporting company made me an offer, which could wipe away company's debt.
I declined the offer, and 2 weeks after that, the head of the company jumped from Empire State Building roof.
I bought their company for 10000$

10/10
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61 of 63 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2014
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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58 of 64 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Tropico 3 is a light city/state building simulator.
+ Nice graphics
+ Polished gameplay
+ It gets you in to that tropican mood.
+ Funny

- If you've played an older Tropico, its more of the same. Even the character traits are the same. I expected more or different elements to the game compared to Tropico 1.
- Building roads is a hassle in this game.
- Experienced some CTD's
- its a bit light if you are looking for a serious city game.

Overall a fun game but more of the same
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67 of 79 people (85%) found this review helpful
76 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
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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66 of 82 people (80%) found this review helpful
54 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
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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39 of 41 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: December 31, 2013
Originally posted on April 9, 2011

Tropico 3 is a delight of a game. It features funny and charming music, atmosphere, and little details that continue to make me smile. The varieties of different approaches you can take to building an economy or satisfying your people are great, and the balance between diplomacy, economics, and and politics is very good. My major complaints with this game are that many game mechanics are not explained at all (very poor tutorial) and the ways things effect each other are not readily apparent in many situations. When first playing the game, youll often find your economy suddenly tanking, and youll have to dig through the economy hunting for clues as to why it is doing so. The constant effect of each building and policy should be more visible immediately within the UI, in order to avoid situations where the player doesn't understand the causes of an event. Also, the AI needs a lot of work, and the garage and combat systems are very flawed. Overall, I'm excited to see where they take it.
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49 of 57 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 26, 2014
Very fun game. My only issue is that the maps are incredibly small. I have a city that brings in almost 150,000 dollars per cargo shipment but I have nothing to do with my wealth because my island is packed.
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