TROPICO RELOADED is the ultimate game compilation for hobby-dictators and those dreaming of their own Caribbean island. Tropico combines real-time strategy and simulation elements with a healthy dose of political intrigue and Caribbean flair to create a unique and critically acclaimed game experience.
User reviews: Very Positive (124 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 24, 2009

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Includes 4 items: Tropico 3 - Steam Special Edition, Tropico Reloaded, Tropico 3: Absolute Power , Tropico 2: Pirate Cove

 

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TROPICO RELOADED is the ultimate game compilation for hobby-dictators and those dreaming of their own Caribbean island. Tropico combines real-time strategy and simulation elements with a healthy dose of political intrigue and Caribbean flair to create a unique and critically acclaimed game experience.

TROPICO

You are the sole ruler of a remote banana republic. Fight against poverty, corruption and rebels, make your own people happy or enforce your rule through military strength. However, do not forget to set aside a few dollars for your own retirement on a swiss bank account!



TROPICO — PARADISE ISLAND

The official expansion for the original game not only brings natural disasters like tropical storms but also new tourist attractions to your island. Face the challenges of tons of new scenarios, prove yourself a worthy leader to your own people and make Tropico a paradise for wealthy visitors from overseas.


TROPICO 2 — PIRATE COVE

As a feared Pirate King, you have to keep both your buccaneers and prisoners under control and send your ships on the prowl for treasury. Apart from an entirely new setting, the official sequel to the original Tropico offers gameplay improvements, new features and scenarios.



Key features:
  • Includes the original Tropico, the expansion Paradise Island and Tropico 2: Pirate Cove
  • Over 100 scenarios
  • Random map generator for an infinite number of challenges

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB
    • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX® 9 graphics card
    • DirectX®: 9
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB
    • Sound: DirectX-compatible
Helpful customer reviews
23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
37.9 hrs on record
The amount of time I've spent on this game is uncountable, and when I saw it on Steam, well I just had to buy it. Tropico allows you to unleash your inner dictator (of cause you can also lead you island in a fair and democratic way, but what’s the fun in that?). Tropico is an awesome game in the way it manages to capture that "el presidente"-feeling.

The game is really a sort of “Banana republics for dummies” in the way it quite humorously touches serious matters such as totalitarianism, corruption (for instance hinted through the role that the Swiss bank plays), election fraud, and the interventions the Cold War superpowers (the United States and Soviet Union).

The primary goal in Tropico is to stay in power! If you can manage this you’re on the right track. You can play a “Scenario” in which staying in power alone isn’t enough to grant you the victory. The scenarios will challenge different aspects of your leadership and somewhat improve your skills. If you don’t feel like play a scenario, the “Custom game”-mode allows you to set the goal and premises of the game.

All in all, it’s just a brilliant game! Great humour and the music is awesome, it really helps setting the mood!

If you’re a fan of the Tropico-series and you somehow haven’t yet played the first title, you should really consider buying this game. Also, it delivers great entertainment without demanding to much of your computer (which makes it ideal for older computers).

The entire series is really great fun, but this game is really a must have!
Posted: June 6
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
A charming and addictive city-simulator that shrinks the scale of your city in exchange for greater management over your people. This game is brimming with personality and while it's got a bit of a learning curve (as most games in the genre do), the game doesn't punish you for your mistakes. I have yet to play the later entries for comparison, but this is a fine game in its own right.
Posted: May 13
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29 of 57 people (51%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
This is a classic city builder or rather a 3rd world simulator. It is very different than games like Sim City and Cities XL. Those two games are more macro city builders, where in two or three mouse clicks you can make city blocks where 1,000 people might live. With Tropico and the Tropico series in general, you need to place each building, each road and your island along with the time it takes your construction company to build it. Your entire island might get to be 200 - 500 'Tropicans.'

Each Tropican has needs... Food, religion, job, healthcare, entertainment, safety and so on. The catch is every Tropican's needs have a certain weight to them based on what political party / faction they believe in. Each faction has major and minor demands. The military will want more soldiers, so you need to build an army base. The religious faction will want a church or cathedral. The capitalist party will want privatization or upscale entertainment. The communist party will want you to enable the free public housing edict or have etiquette healthcare.

The real main objective in the game is to get re-elected. If you don't, its game over. So to get re-elected, you need to keep your Tropicans happy. You don't have to have elections even. You're in charge. If you don't want an election, you don't need to have them, but eventually your Tropicans will rebel against you and make it game over! You can see preliminary poll results and you can even sway (cheat) elections. Tropico 1 seems extremely difficult to win an election compared to later Tropico games. On top of that, you balance political relations with the USA and USSR. If they get too bad, one of the two will basically take over your country and it will be game over. It is interesting how many ways that you can get game over.

When citizens hate you, and there will be plenty that do, they will either peacefully protest or become rebels. Once you have enough rebels against you, they will attack your most remote buildings. Your army will then go fight them, but if the rebels outnumber your army, the rebel will win and the buildings will be destroyed. The rebels can attack your palace or flat out assassinate you for a game over.

Tropico has a lot of scenarios, but it is not a campaign and the game doesn't check off completed scenarios. Some scenarios last 30 minutes, others a few hours as you take an island from 1950 - 1990 or so. At the start of each scenario you can pick a player character from historical tropican dictators or make your own avatar. You can even make personality traits that will result in pros and cons. It can drastically change your play style if you are incorruptible and never have any crime or have a green thumb and have high farm yields at the cost of low factory production.

The controls feel cumbersome compared to later Tropico games. You need to click something to open the building menu, then select the type of building, then click the rotate building button. Then plop the building down. Sure that's 4 clicks, but 4 clicks of specific areas and it could have been streamlined more maybe even with keyboard controls or having right mouse button or mouse wheel rotate the building as it does with later Tropico games.

The game feels a lot slower than later versions of Tropico, such as making buildings, you'll need to wait for your builders to clear the land of shacks, demolish them, clean up the rubble, then clear the land of trees, then actually construct the building. Later versions of Tropico merely have it all instantly done, but tell you that it will take 20% longer.

Another problem with Tropico 1 is there's not an easy way to tell what to do next. Sure every scenario has a major goal and clicking the almanac and looking through page after page can tell you statistical information and clicking every Tropican can show you their specific needs, but I never get an overall conscensus, your people want a church or whatever they need. Instead it feels like a 1 by 1 search basis. You can see an overall Tropican pay chart, but not a religious satasfaction chart. Even if the game tells you how many people believe in a religious faction or a military faction.

With all of that in mind, I can't really recommend Tropico 1 compared to Tropicos 3, 4 or 5. However, Tropico 1 is still a classic for an old PC and there is still a lot of fun and enjoyment here. If it was the year 2002 I would recommend this game. Also there are several cheap bundles where you can buy the first 3 Tropicos for $5 or so.
Posted: May 9
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
LOL...this is a SIM CITY like venture...fun once you get the gist of it...STFU ;-/
Posted: August 21
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
well it isnt new but it is Tropico! and always remember it is nice seeing what it all started from ,this game has a very nice amount of building's but it trully needs some sort of a good story line in game which in my opinion it misses out.
Posted: August 12
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58 of 64 people (91%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
UPD: I have not touched T5 yet so I'm not mentioning it till I get to play it! That said, it's got some very favorable and well written reviews thus far, so go check 'em out!

Tropico the first's a classic. Having been a huge fan of Sim City and Tropico games (SC4/2000 and original Tropico) for years, I keep coming back to those games at least once in a couple of years just for nostalgia's sake.

Tropico 1 possesses that unique charm that nearly all the other installations, sadly, lack, alongside with some great tongue-in-cheek humor. I can say with certainty however that Tropico 4 more than made up for it and it's probably the only game out of the entire franchise worth purchasing (besides the very first one of course), seeing as T3 is just a watered down version of T4. Trust me, if you just skip on T3 you won't be missing ANYTHING. Kalypso really dropped the ball on that one.

So if you're looking to jump into the franchise, I recommend starting with either the 1st or the 4th installation, or better yet both. If you just want a fancy looking and relatively new city-building game in the spirit of SimCity, Anno and Cities XL, just skip this bundle entirely and buy T4.

Long story short: T1 started it all, T2 has pirates, T3 is an attempted but shallow reboot and T4 is an upgraded version of the previous game and what T3 should have been in the first place. Take your pick.
Posted: December 6, 2013
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