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Release Date: May 17, 2010

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Includes 2 items: Tropico 3 - Steam Special Edition, Tropico 3: Absolute Power

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


About This Content

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
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
A great expansion.
Posted: October 5
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39 of 41 people (95%) found this review helpful
32.0 hrs on record
This 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 etiquette 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.

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.
Posted: May 6
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
32.6 hrs on record
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
Posted: June 19
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
• Extremely Fun
• Excellent Storyline
• Visually Appealing World

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

6/10 "Decent"
Posted: June 3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
This is actually pretty good. I did not expect it to be this good. Pick it up if you get the chance!
Posted: June 11
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
79.9 hrs on record
Good game. Enjoy the missions and the difficulty settings. Hate the roading system!
Posted: June 7
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Brock The Rock and Ricky are Stalin
Posted: June 8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
a grate game lots of thing to only for $2.50
Posted: May 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
122.4 hrs on record
Challenging game, but that's what I like about it. Trying to get the balance to keep all your subjects happy is quite tough. Provided me with hours of entertainment :)
Posted: June 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
So. What is Tropico? Put simply it's a city builder crossed with The Sims set on remote islands where you are placed in the shoes of a satirical Castro type dictator. For those familiar with the series I'd like to point out that players complained about the move to dlc for every little thing in version 4 and the new 5 seems set to continue in that direction. T3 and the Absolute Power expansion were the first attempts of Haemimont Games to recreate and update the original (T2 much loved by many was a bit of a departure using a completely different 'pirate' setting). By all accounts there have been no major changes to the series since V3 to this date (until 5 catches up with all it's dlc or a complete pack). Therefore, this is probably your best bet in terms of bang per buck at present. The humour is great, the game itself is highly addictive and absorbing, and there are plenty of scenarios here to keep you going for hundreds of hours. More importantly you can get this (along with T1 T2 T3, the excellent Inquisitor and a few other games) in the Reboot 4.00 bundle on BundleStars for an absolute pittance. I got that bundle in the first 24 hours for a ridiculous £1.50. It is now around the £3 mark and is easilly the best buy I've made in YEARS. For Tropico itself I'm giving 79%. For the bundle it's 100%. No-brainer.
Posted: June 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
60.2 hrs on record
I always wondered about Tropico, since the 5th title of the game has been just realeased. I got Tropico 3 for pennies and it was more than worth it. It's a build-up / survival on a tropical island, but the best part about it is the humor. I loved the two radio hosts Juanito and Betty Boom. Lot's of fun!
Posted: June 5
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
30.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 17
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Buy it, its awesome!
Posted: May 30
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Tropico 3 is really fun, but it doesn't offer anything over Tropico 4, so for most gamers I think its better to skip to the newest available series of Tropico. If you are a big Sim fan and the game is on a good deal, its worth a grab, but for most of us its best just to kip to the newer title.
Posted: July 26
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Ever dreamed of dictating, I mean owning your own island?

Well look no further, as Tropico 3 is the throne/game for you!

Construct your island nation through your skilled sla... workers and make yourself a great friend-enemy to the United States and the U.S.S.R.

Assume your position as the dictator, or leader as your people would like better probably, and guide them through challenges and their impending doom as only you know it... and not them.

And have a charming and enthusiatic radio announcer to voice out your every mistake and mis-mistake.

Very fun game, although it is meant for a more mature gamer (Knowledge-wise)
8 out of 10
Posted: September 14
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
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).
Posted: September 25
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
It seems fun at first, but then, when you buy and play the game, it's buggy, hard to control, and low fps.
It's best to just cheat money
Posted: July 15
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9.9 hrs on record
God damn rebels ruining el presidente's hard work.
Posted: June 21
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