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Release Date: May 17, 2010

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Tropico 3: Absolute Power is the first official expansion pack to the critically acclaimed Tropico 3 and provides all-new options as ruler of a small Caribbean island nation. It adds a new campaign, new missions, new island types, unique buildings and new powers to maximize the length and success of your term in power.

    New campaign featuring 10 all-new missions and islands

    New buildings garbage dump, marina, grade school, etc.

    New edicts declare an annual festival dedicated to yourself, print your own money or outlaw your most annoying political faction among others.

    New traits and appearances to take El Presidente's power to the next level.

    New huge landmarks huge decorations and structures as a reward for political and economical success to make your island unique.

    New "loyalist" faction comprised of your die-hard supporters.

    More radio announcements and a new radio station with witty comments on your actions in the game.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP 2 / Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.4GHz Single Core
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Video: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 256 MB (Shader Model 3.0 required)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB
    • Sound: DirectX compatible
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71 of 77 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
32.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2014
Tropico 3 is a surprisingly good 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 adequate healthcare.

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. The most common way to get a game over is to lose an election. You don't have to have elections even. You're in charge. If you don't want an election, the nationalist party will hate you and your loyalist party will love you. If you opt to have elections, it will be vise versca. People will call for early elections and when you have elections, you can see preliminary results and you can even sway (cheat) elections. Its all at the risk of a party's love.

It is pretty cool having to pick 3 things to make a speech about and then fulfill campaign promises, but its all pretty easy. Winning elections is pretty easy, especially compared to how difficult it was to win any elections in the original Tropico. It was so bad in that game, that it was almost impossible to win an election without stuffing the ballot box.

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 single player campaign with a lot of scenarios. You don't just pick scenarios, you unlock them. Each scenario seems to have scenario specific events that only occur in the 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.

Your businesses, mines, farms, and everything requires citizens in them to function and make you money. Every citizen has different education levels that will impact who does what. So you need to build high schools and colleges. Once built, there are options to gear students to military or religion. You can also click vacant positions to hire foreign experts for a price. If you have more businesses than citizens, build an immigration office and let anyone into the country or change it to only let in skilled workers so you keep bums out of your country.

Nothing is done automatically. You place a building, then wait for your teamsters and construction crews to build it. The more crews and personnel you have working, the faster it'll get done. I'm happy with that. Its part of the realism. If there's a building you want developed faster, you can increase or decrease its priority. If its still taking too long, just have your avatar stand next to the building to get it done faster.

The graphics are beautiful and you'll see every Tropican walking around, hopping in their car and driving to locations. The music is nice and very Tropican / Salsa music. The radio DJ and the rebel DJ will provide a lot of flavor to what you're doing. The rebel DJ will always heckle you and every line is said with tongue in cheek humor. The game knows you're all powerful and while being a dictator is usually seen as a horrifyingly negative thing, the humor twists it into a silly positive thing.

The only letdown is the fact there are no Steam achievements, yet it is the Steam Special Edition.
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34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
Nothing is better than having El Presendente's Solid Gold Statue revolving around the city's town square and Nuclear Launch site, while a Civil War breaks out.
11/10, would worship Glorious Leader
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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
52.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
This game is like sim city but better for one reason. you can be a total ♥♥♥♥. dont like someone? have them killed. people protesting over low wages? lock em up. need some cash? let superpowers test nuclear weapons offshore of your tiny island nation. runs very well on average hardware and i have never encountered a single bug in many hours of gameplay. well polished and worth every cent
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
I recommend Tropico 3 for many reasons:
1. The aim of the game is to rule, and to rule for many years. You have work hard to do just that, managing the economy, maintaining your popularity, evading coups, balancing the factions on the island are a few examples. I enjoyed having to deal with all these.

2. The graphics are nice, I haven't played the earlier versions of the game (the original Tropico or Tropico 2) but this one has nice buildings and landmarks to choose from. The user interface is also well designed (unlike Tropico 4 - see below).

3. The game gives you an objective for each scenario, and you have only so many years to complete that objective. Having a single objective gives you a lot of freedom, you get to decide about other matters on the island.

4. The game has really good music, the tracks certainly fit the 'Tropical' atmosphere.

5. There is a plethora of different scenarios. Although it gets repetitive as you play, the game still has a good replay level.

Comparing Tropico 3 & 4:
So, if you are new to the Tropico series (like I once was), I would recommend getting Tropico 3 instead of Tropico 4. In my opinion, it definitely has a better user interface, a nicer objective system (Tropico 4 keeps giving you objectives - it is, as far as I have seen, endless and boring) and better music. One thing Tropico 3 may be lacking is imports (you can only export goods in T3), which is included in T4, but other than that, T4 is no better than T3, and I think T3 outweighs T4.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2014
The first time I bought Tropico I was looking for something different. Tired of the same old shoot-em-up stuff. Tropico had just come on the market and looked interesting. I was supprised at how much fun it was. i found it very addictive and ended up spending a lot of time in it. I tryed Tropico Pirate's cove but couldn't get into it. I saw that Tropico 3 had gone back to more the way it was and I wanted to play it again so I bought it. I am not sorry I did. There are some things I don't care as much for but overall I think it is a great game. I would recomend this to anyone.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
54.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 4, 2014
Eats Simcity for breakfast
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
84.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 2, 2014
The hardest of all Tropico games IMHO. I personally enjoyed Tropico 4MT more, but this is a great game and beating it is a real challenge
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2013
Sandbox is a blast once you understand how to run a great economy. Fun to increase the chance of revolution just to watch your lil police officers fight some rebegls.

It's fun running your own island exporting and importing, making it a tourist attraction, and supplying your people with education. If that's your kind of game then get this :P

Customazation for your lil character isnt huge but it's okay.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 3, 2014
• Extremely Fun
• Excellent Storyline
• Visually Appealing World

• Low Level Of Optimizationa
• Light Bugs/Glitches
• Restricted

6/10 "Decent"
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2014
It is by far the best Tropico I have ever played.
Relaxed gameplay, nice soundtrack, good graphics, funny sarcasm.
Tropico III learned what was good and what was bad from Tropico & Tropico II, and Tropico IV was just a mere copy of this game.

My one and only complaint: once you've learned how to manage your business, everything seems easier.
It doesn't mean you won't play it anymore. As you can see by my playtime, I really enjoyed playing different maps and characters.

Buy this game and enjoy your dictatorship.
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30.0 hrs
Posted: September 12
Tropico is the pinnacle of dictator simulators while still being a good city builder game with in depth mechanics. Visually is has visibly aged, yet it remains perfectly playable.

A milestone back then, probably still the most fun of all Tropico games and a great game as of today.
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Craig Hicks is an american hero
42.9 hrs
Posted: August 16
Dictator simulator 2009
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Bobby Gontarski
36.8 hrs
Posted: April 23
Nice game.
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0.0 hrs
Posted: October 5, 2014
A great expansion.
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16.8 hrs
Posted: September 25, 2014
After installing this game, not only did it crash on start, but it caused all other games in my steam library to crash on start, as well (even after validating all files for all games). Uninstalling this game does not fix the problem, but restarting my computer completely does, although I have to do so for each game I want to play (i.e. I want to play Unturned, so I restart my computer and launch Unturned. It works fine, but later I want to play TF2, so I restart my computer, again, and launch TF2. It works fine, but Unturned now crashes on start up).
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5.8 hrs
Posted: September 8, 2014
Very intresting games , a good time with Tropico 3 :)
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7.3 hrs
Posted: August 23, 2014
Good game
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27.2 hrs
Posted: August 20, 2014
Great DLC, Adds many buildings like Nuclear Launch Facility, Marina, Balloons, Wind Turbines, Etc.
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38.3 hrs
Posted: August 17, 2014
This is a really nice city building game it is amazing, its kinda boring because it takes a while to complete one mission but if you have time to spare I suggest playing it.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: August 4, 2014
Well, this game can simulate in every political situation. Hope our leader play this game to understand how civilization works. This game is perfect, just too perfect, that some countries with political issue have to ban this game from people. "Presidente" welcome you to your heaven.
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