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This content requires the base game Tropico 3 - Steam Special Edition on Steam in order to play.

Release Date: May 17, 2010

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This content requires the base game Tropico 3 - Steam Special Edition on Steam in order to play.

Buy Tropico 3: Absolute Power

$9.99

Packages that include this game

Buy Tropico 3: Gold Edition

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

Buy Tropico Trilogy

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

About the Game

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
32 of 33 people (97%) 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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5 of 5 people (100%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Pros:
Extremely Fun
Excellent Storyline
Visually Appealing World

Cons:
Low Level Of Optimizationa
Light Bugs/Glitches
Restricted

6/10"Decent"
Posted: June 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.9 hrs on record
Very nice game, love the campaign.
Posted: August 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
I was reluctant to try the 3rd game in the Tropic series given Kalypso media's penchant for producing low-quality games IMO. But I was really surprised given the depth of detail for this series. Overall I can confidently say this is an improvement over the previous two games. The graphics aren't bad but what sets the game apart is the level of detail, from the radio, to the election speechs. I've only played it for several hours but so far I am impressed and eager to play more. The only gripe I have is the camera movement, which at times can be irritating.
Posted: April 20
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