Become "El Presidente" in Tropico 4

Become "El Presidente" in Tropico 4

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Grab your cigar and mix a pina colada; Tropico 4 is your chance to rule over a tropical paradise.

With an endless supply of cigars and an island paradise all of his own, Fidel Castro had quite the life back in the day. It's almost enough to make one jealous, but alas, there are so few tropical republics up for grabs these days. Fortunately for me (and for would-be dictators worldwide), Haemimont Games has filled that gap quite nicely with its Tropico series. The fourth game in the simulation series, announced today, looks like it will continue that tradition, expanding on last year's Tropico 3 in a number of significant ways.

The Tropico games place players in the role of "El Presidente," the self-appointed ruler of the Caribbean island of Tropico. As dictator, you exercise control over all aspects of your island, from construction projects to economic structure. You must also find ways to efficiently deal with weather disasters and the machinations of rivals political factions. Picture Sim City mixed with a tongue-in-cheek satire of the Cold War era and you're on the right track.

Tropico 4 packs in a new twenty-mission campaign spread over ten maps. Players will be able to construct twenty new buildings, such as shopping malls, a water park, and a stock exchange. You'll also have to contend with six new disaster types, including volcanoes, tornadoes, and droughts. On the political side, you will be able to appoint citizens to a "Council of Ministers," who will vote on laws that you propose (or, if you choose them carefully, will enact any edict that you shoot their way).

For players that enjoy sharing their gaming activities with friends, Haemimont is incorporating a number of social networking elements into Tropico 4. Players can share important events, screenshots, and achievements on Twitter or Facebook.

Tropico 4 will be released for the PC during the second quarter of 2011. No console versions have been confirmed at this time, but publisher Kalypso Media hinted in its press release that we would hear more on that soon.

Source: 1Up

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That's a hell of a lot faster than the wait between Tropico 2 and 3!

Excellent. I loved Tropico 3. Hopefully there will be some gameplay changes a bit bigger than what's been described here, though.

Take the social gaming thing to the next level. Having your Facebook friends on your Council, or even setting up trade economies with their own islands would be great. Sure, you would have to rely on your friends in order for the game to progress, but if they made it so you could update certain aspects of your island through a Facebook app would be awesome.

I dunno, the original Tropico is still far and away my favorite. Hopefully this will impress me.

sounds awesome!

Great, I loved Tropico 3. All I ask is for the DJ to say "Good moooooorniiiiing Tropicoooooo!" a bit less.

YES! YES! YES!

Holy crap i did not see that coming! 2011, please hurry up and get here!!

Looks good, but... it doesn't really sound that different from Tropico 3. Don't get me wrong, I loved Tropico 3, but this looks and sounds more like an expansion pack than a sequel.

Waw, they are developing a 4 already? I haven't even gotten around to playing 3 yet. =(

The original was a underappretiated gem and an excellent management game. Looking forward to what they come up with in the next instalment.

Viva El Presidente!

Wonderful game. Unpolitically correct and all the better for it.

I've never heard of Tropico 1-3, but it sounds like a pretty fun game, and I really don't like city simulators at all.

Loved number 3, tis a great lil game to play when your bored! So, 4 will be as good...or, at least I hope.

Looking forward to seeing more optimisation options with your character though

I didn't really enjoy the demo for Tropico 3, I found that if I am a dictator and I can do whatever I please, why do I have to satisfy their wants?

I really find it hard to enjoy the political humor when I have to memorize hundreds of indicators and pay attention to twenty things at once.

Hey, thats a Bulgarian game!
Shame Bulgarian games arent released in Bulgaria. I would buy that to support our studio. Besides I like building and ruling shit.
I hate my country!

I'd never heard of Tropico before reading this review, but I think I'll buy it now. It sounds hilarious.

I would like a new pirate themed tropico.

I would like a new Pirate themed tropico.
EDIT: Sorry for double posting...

Already?
Darn i'm still playing tropico 3 so this is a pleasant surprise.

If it were almost any other series i'd rage about being ripped off about them producing a sequel so soon, but this is tropico and i love being el presidente :D

I should really play the first one some more...this may be controversial but first time I played through it it wasn't THAT fun.
Ah well.

I'm still pretty bummed that they don't make these for Mac anymore. Even more bummed now that there's less reason to avoid it, post Intel guts.

Anyway, for those who do play it, I hope it scratches the itch, and I also hope that they decide to do a port to OS X sometime.

I still prefer the Anno games a lot more than Tropico.

back then i really enjoyed tropico 2... the first one was way too much bugged, i'm not saying the second wasn't, but the piraty thingy was funnier, compared to the pseudo Dictatorships that tries to transform themselves into "democracys" XD

Tattaglia:
Great, I loved Tropico 3. All I ask is for the DJ to say "Good moooooorniiiiing Tropicoooooo!" a bit less.

get the expansion, there's an edict you can pass that shoots him.

also, i've only played 3 (steam sales) and i really like it, but this seems like an expansion. hopefully it's got 6-9 months to add more, and it can't be that hard to add stuff to a sim city game.

All I ask for is more llama humor

Tropico 3 on the 360 was actually, surprise surprise, very good and not just "for a port". Granted the control scheme wasn't PC quality either but it was perfectly playable.

They used to call this sort of thing an expansion ... god I feel old ...

I got bored of the Tropico series due to its lack of depth. When it comes to city builders, I prefer the insanely additive Anno 1404. Could easily spend a whole day on that game and not get bored.

no oneder:
I've never heard of Tropico 1-3, but it sounds like a pretty fun game, and I really don't like city simulators at all.

I have only played Tropico 2, and if that's the same system as the others, then it's basically like Evil Genius with a pinch of RTS mixed in. I rather enjoyed 2, but couldn't justify the moneys for 3. Glad to see the franchise continues.

I'll look forward to this! Just recently purchased Tropico 3 and its expansion pack after having been introduced to it by a friend. Not as irritating as Sim City and not as unsatisfying as the Settlers if you ask me. A solid gameplay with alot of humor.

I would like them to implement veichles to your armies though. I want tanks!

samsonguy920:

no oneder:
I've never heard of Tropico 1-3, but it sounds like a pretty fun game, and I really don't like city simulators at all.

I have only played Tropico 2, and if that's the same system as the others, then it's basically like Evil Genius with a pinch of RTS mixed in. I rather enjoyed 2, but couldn't justify the moneys for 3. Glad to see the franchise continues.

How's Evil Genius? Somehow I managed to never get my hands on computer games that I've always wanted.

 

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