After much debate, this game gets a thumbs up, for one main reason: nostalgia. I played the crap out of this game when I was a kid, and upon rediscovering it, proceeded to continue to play the crap out of it. If you're unfamiliar, this is a simulation where you play a dictator of a small caribbean island. The plots and themes are all very cliche'd, but humorously delivered by a suck-up lackey of yours, Penultimo ("the second to last," if you're keeping up with your spanish). You can be kind or ruthless, out for a buck or for glory, but in the end, this is a solid, interesting game worthy, I think, of a modern gamer's time. HOWEVER... if you have played the newest Tropico (4, at this point), I would not recommend this one to you. The gameplay is more or less identical, but the options are significantly fewer and the graphics aren't remotely of the caliber of modern games. Additionally, it should be noted that this game relies very heavily on latino sterotypes, and while I (a Latin American History major, but with no soul) found it amusing, many of the japes could be found highly offensive. So, in essence:
Recommended for: players of strategy simulations, people who enjoy latin american history in a comical simulated retelling, or those who are interested to see how a game series has evolved from it's origins.
Not recommended for: Enthusiasts of the newest games, those demanding high quality graphics, or folk who will be easily offended by latino sterotypes.