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 (971 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
12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
733.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Day 1:start game ,listen to a overly excited probably bribed anouncer welcome you in,build house,no one lives in said house,
Day 2:i want to build a farm,builders refuse to build farm,i get mad,i use army to "convince" the builders to build,
Day 3: the people no longer like me now, i have 8 rebels on my small island...my army still cant find them,
i cower in fear in my palace.
Day 4: They have attacked, i'm the only one left, the one last man in the army. i've taken out only 2, now i retreat in shame. where are my people?
Day 5: russian leader mikhali gorbachev has taken to mocking me i feel terrible. It's just me and penultimo now...
Day 6:The U.S has stopped visiting me. I'm a terrible El presidente.
Day 7: i've left the island, moved to America live in a...a...A Tenement whhhhhhyyyyy.
Day 8: they've made a game about me...You have to go in kill the commies and save my lonely little self.
Day 9:My dreams of being a dictator have failed,now i sit watching soap operas in my small 200sq ft home on the 8th floor of a tenement in chicago.
Day 10...:here lies El presidente,the Dictator wannabe,never has anyone failed so greatly at ruling a 3 mile island than him.May he rest in peace....



Day 184: THEY THOUGHT I WAS DEAD HAHA INCORRECT. now to cuba to give Fidel some...advice.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
63.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Tropico 4 and 5 are so similar to this that if you are on a budget just get Tropico 3 instead. (4 literaly reuses many of the models)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Ive played all tropicos and i still enjoy playing this one. This is a great city builder game. You are the presidente of your island and you must make a city while making sure the citizens love you and enjoy their housing. While doing this you must face war with russia or u.s depending on your relationships, aswell as citizens turning to rebels to fight you. The game has a lot of cool things such as making choices on what to say on your speech, facing assassination attempts, election day, and weather disasters.

Pros
Good Graphics
Good building choices
Custom El Presidente (your person)
Rebels will fight you
Election day
good music for the game setting
Citizens will voice their concerns
College grads and high school are a big thing on this game

Cons
Roads are to big
Map sizes some are big but most of the land is high hills so you cant build much
once you die the game ends (wish your kid could retake the throne.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Played as Che Guevara. Did not get executed.
10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
This game is pretty fun if you know how to play it, in my opinion its pretty realistic but there should be better military system.I recommende the game tho.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
The nostalgia of previous versions of Tropico linger and I still enjoy this version as much as I did the last couple. There are a few bugs here and there, such as hearing multiple voice overs simultaneously in the tutorial and a frustrating amount talking where one should be playing, however once the tutorials are passed and the game begins, it's a world of fun. The game requires a bit of patience and sum of time, but for those who enjoy problem solving, this game is for you. A good buy and worth every cent.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
103.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
For an old game and it was free on Steam this has given me more hours of enjoyable gaming than most Ive paid for. Ive not played any other Tropico.

I start up my little plot to rule and I get lost looking into my citizens. their thoughts, who they live with, the drama when i notice someone replaced their spouse with a younger version :3 Its also fun to rulebut can be tough at times, you are the presidente
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
9/10

+Beutiful Graphics
+Replayability
+Long Game Play (Unless you don't like long gameplay)
+The Humor
+So Many Posibilites To Getting A Simple Task Done
+Fun Way To Slightly Learn Some History
+Che Guevara Is In This!!! (My hero, good only if you like Che Guevara)
+The Difficulty Is Very Custumizable
+Hey! It's On Steam!
-This Game Doesn't Make Toast (This is only bad if you want toast)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
No other game can have me dancing salsa instead of playing, that's a winning formula for me.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
I had always heard good things about this game series and was able to pick this one up with a promo code. I have really enjoyed playing it. The only down side was sometimes it a little annoying when you are trying to build something and all the builders are resting. I am looking forward to playing some of the other games in the line.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
A game where i can become dictator?
why thank you :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
This is a very good game. I enjoyed playing it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Good:)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Ah Tropico, where the money is so colourful, you'll forget it's worthless :D

Tropico 3 is a mix of city building, (Tropical island themed) and The Sims franchise, where as filling happiness factors is key to smooth gameplay. It does well enough to fit the atmosphere of the title with radio broadcasts, spanish accents and the lavitan background music. As "El Presidente" you must get enough votes to remain in power which makes it sometimes satisfying to win the election after some hard citizens to win over, however not much else is done to deepen the voting system in the game. Once you lose an election it is game over, If you win you may continue on until the next election rinse and repeat. You are a leader of a small island nation that seems to be soverign in it's own right, owing no alleginace to any superpower.
You can however do dealings with Russia or America, building favour with the Communists or Capitalists, respectivly.

It boils down to how you would like to run your nation, (in each mission or map scenario) leaning towards communism, keeps your citizens happier and housing cheaper, albiet loss of export profits. If heading towards the Capitalist end of the spectrum, favoring infastructure, power plants and of course export profits. As an island nation, the economy relies on exports whether or not you are predominatly Communist or Capitalist.

Much of the game is spent setting up enough housing for your population, building structures to keep certain politcal groups on the island happy enough to vote for you next election and on occasion, defending your buildings from rebel attacks.
Tropican citizens turn rebel when thier satisfaction levels drop too low, clicking on an indivdual citzen will show stars next to factors that determine his happiness. These stars usally 3 factors are noted, represent what is most important to this indivual, for expample job secruity or relgious satisfaction, if these needs are not met for a while he will cease to be a citizen of Tropico and join others hiding out in the island's wilderness.

Special buildings can re-educate captured rebels, turning them back into a useful workforce.

Another important factor in the economic stability of the Tropican islands is tourism.

Tourism can be a huge boost to your government treasury, however care should be taken when you are planning your constructon phase as location of buildings is important, an ideal resort would have garages which produce cars, readily available for quick transport, hotels, entertainmt buildings and other money making buildings found under the tourism tab.
Also of note, is the tourism industry can at times cause a flood of people to land on the island, causing traffic jams and lengthy, expensive, holdups, not good for any busy island nation. Take care when expanding.

This may seem like a detailed review, however I have only covered some parts of the game, there is still more and I think continuing would only create a bigger wall of text and uncover all things best left undiscovered until one actually buys this game.


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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
This is just like AoE, Total War, Civ, Banished, etc. It gets you playing then next thing you know its the next day. This is one of those games that is hard to walk away from as it has the spark that most, if not all, RTS' and City Builders have. I love this game you its core mechanics and its comical nature as it is not as hardcore as a game like Banished and makes you laugh at times. It has great voice actors that make the expirence entertaining and keep you sitting in your chair for hours. The game is very involving and very well done. I would recommend buying this game over the others although I have not played the others I have read reviews and most say this is the best one. Hope this helps your decision making process! HAVE FUN!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Tropico 3 is a great jump from the previous games, it has many features implanted, it's 3D and a beautiful game. If you enjoyed Tropico 1 and 2, you will like this.

The main problem is that Tropico 4 is exactly the same game with some fixes, new features, better campaign and better performance; much more polished. So, if you pretend to buy Tropico 3 and Tropico 4 expecting another game, ignore this one and buy Tropico 4, the differences don't worth aquiring both.

CONCLUSION: this is an awesome game, and I recommend it together with 4, as the same game. If you want a complete game and don't have money for both, go for Tropico 4 , it's more satisfying.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Best F.Castro sim EVER! 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
I didn't know I would like this so much when I got it. It reminds me a bit about Simcity-ish games, but this however feels more superior than Simcity. It's about politics, making people like you, and have a decent structure of a city. Another great plus is that it's PACKED with references. It's that perfect game that you play in the middle of the night.
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