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Tropico 3 Review

Back in 2001, PopTop Software put out a great little economic and political management title called Tropico. Tropico was a satirical simulation of operating your own banana republic

Tropico 3 contains three modes of play

When starting a typical scenario you will be given a certain number of pre-built structures and roads, and are then set free to accomplish the scenario

While all this sounds like a great deal to manage, Tropico 3 provides a fairly intuitive interface to keep things straight. You can quickly look at your populace

Speaking of graphics, Tropico 3 raises the bar for graphics in an economic management sim. The game is now fully three-dimensional, allowing you to zoom in on individual citizens or rotate buildings and the map for optimum placement. While the game

As fun as Tropico 3 is, there are some flaws that keep it from becoming a perfect game. First  among these is the aforementioned learning curve. I was fortunate to have some previous Tropico experience under my belt, but newcomers may find it difficult to fully understand the underlying concepts of the game until they

Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).

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