Tropico 4 – Great New Addition to the Series I’ve read people saying “should have been an expansion” – just like Tropico 3, etc. and I have to wonder how long they played it before they wrote their review. I’ve played through all the missions (20 in total) and I can say that Tropico 4 holds its own as a new addition to the series. There are a ton of differences. Here are all the NEW elements of Tropico 4.1) All new radio announcements/announcers throughout the game. Yes, Juanito is gone, but he does get his “revenge” on you in one of the missions. My favorite radio line after I ruled for 50 years… “it is with great sadness that I must announce the passing of El Presidente (pause)… JUST KIDDING! We all know El Presidente will never die.”2) Voice acting. This is separate from the radio announcers. All the characters now talk, something they didn’t do in Tropico 3. And there are a lot of characters too. This alone is a huge improvement over Tropico 3.3) Interactive Disasters (plus several new disasters too). What’s an “interactive disaster?” It’s where you play a role and your decisions dictate some of the disaster effects. For example, during an oil spill, you determine how much you want to clean up. That dictates how polluted your waters become. During a drought you have to manually water your fields if you chose to conserve water. And the disasters are all animated. You see the tsunami hit your island and it even deposits a crashed ship somewhere on your island. You may get anywhere from 1-3 tornadoes hitting your island at once.3) Tons of new buildings. I think I read there were 20. And these aren’t puny buildings either. The Stock Market, for example, allows you to control the privatization of your island. So one building comes with an entire network of new features to give you another approach to making money in the game. The weather station helps forecast disasters so that your citizens can be warned. You’ll still lose buildings, but your citizens will get out of harms way and loss of life will be minimized. The fire station helps put out fires. Fire trucks race to the building, and little firemen get out with their hoses and fight the fire. These are all huge advances over Tropico 3.4) Rebuild Feature. In Tropico 3, when you lost a building, you had to go search for it again in the menu, rebuild it, then reapply any upgrades you had on the building. In Tropico 4 when a building is lost, you have a little Rebuild icon that shows up. Click it and your building is automatically rebuilt with all the features you had applied to it before (you have to pay for it, of course).5) Quick Build. One of the frustrations of Tropico 3 was trying to build a bunch of buildings and having to wait forever for your builders to get them all done. Tropico 4 has a Quick Build option where, for a premium price, you can instantly construct the building. I probably use this more than any other feature.6) A new in-depth campaign with several cut scenes. The campaign is the most in-depth storyline in the history of the Tropico series. There are 20 missions on 10 maps (wish it was 20 maps). Now the interesting thing about this is that after you start the campaign, through the course of the first several missions there are “cut scenes” that help move the story along. Now this is great and a huge improvement over Tropico 3. HOWEVER… it appears that the developers ran out of time or got lazy at the end because as the missions go on the cut scenes get fewer and fewer then disappear altogether. So I have mixed feelings about this. But as far as stories go, this is a pretty darn good one.7) Remembering your deeds. The game remembers your deeds. So something you do in one of the first several missions can come back to play a role in missions later on when you least expect it. I like this feature.8) Instead of just dealing with the U.S. and USSR, you are now also dealing with China, Europe, and the Middle East. Now unlike the U.S. and USSR, they don’t send you financial aid. But your relationship with them does have import/export ramifications.9) In game challenges. One of the biggest new additions to Tropico 4 is in-game challenges that have an effect on your relationship with different factions or foreign countries. The USSR may want you to quietly send them exports of Iron. The environmentalists may want you to build new gardens, etc. These challenges appear as icons over buildings. You click it, read the challenge/reward, and decide if you want to take on the challenge or not. This helps you dictate the direction of your game and improve with factions your having problems gaining respect from.10) You can now import! If you’re lacking a resource on your island, you can still build an industry around it by importing. You can also dictate what countries to allow importing from and how much to import. It’s a huge new feature for those dependent…
Very similar to Tropico 3, some new additions For those of you who’ve played and loved the previous Tropicos: Tropico 4 is very similar to Tropico 3 – same graphics, same edicts, identical descriptions for many items, many of the same buildings, same overall idea. I bought Tropico 4 (through Steam) because to me, the new missions are worth it and it’s still going to give me hours of entertainment but I do think the price is high for what is essentially an expansion pack (otherwise I’d have given it 5 stars).So what IS new in Tropico 4? First of all, there’s the most annoying part – you have to sign up for an account with Kalypso (the publisher) in order to play the game (so for your $40 you get a game AND spam!). In the game itself, you get some new buildings (Academy of Science, Stock Exchange, a bunch of tourism buildings, and a few others). You can choose to “Quick build” stuff, which costs more money, but could be handy in some cases. You also get little optional objectives throughout the game, which reward you with money or other things. There are a few new disasters, and more countries to be friendly with aside from the US and USSR. Oh yeah, and you can post your achievements on Facebook and Twitter (which I personally don’t care about).If you’ve never played the Tropico series, here’s the review for you: it’s a simulation where you play the president of a Caribbean island. You can’t control the residents’ actions directly, but they’ll respond to the stuff you build and the policies you enact. Each mission has different objectives but in a nutshell, you have to get Tropico’s economy up and running and keep your people happy, and you make money by exporting your resources (agriculture, ores, oil, finished products) and through tourism. You can build farms, factories, churches, schools, military facilities, hotels, and so on. My favorite part of the game is the implicit optimization – choosing what to build especially in the beginning when you have very limited money and choosing where to place your buildings to make use of your resources and minimize travel distances (as your island grows, traffic congestion becomes a pain in the neck). It’s fun if you like that sort of thing!
It’s Tropico 3 with UI improvements and new missions I’m currently playing the Steam version of this game, I bough it right away because I loved Tropico 3 so much. But who are we kidding here? This is a very minor upgrade to Tropico 3 and I’m not sure if it’s worth the price they’re asking for it right now. If you already own Tropico 3 I would say wait for a Steam sale in the future to grab this.There are some UI improvements, a fast-build button for buildings and some new buildings all around. It plays smoother than Tropico 3 on higher graphics settings, I’m getting now lag or FPS drop whatsoever even with shadows and clouds maxed out, in comparison Tropico 3 could barely handly medium graphics on the exact same computer.So overall, if you love this type of building sim, you’ll probably like Tropico and you should buy this instead of Tropico 3, if you already own the aforementioned game then it really depends on if you want to spend $39 on new missions and UI improvements.