Spotlight On - Tropico 4 (at GDC 2011)

We take a quick look at the fourth game in the Tropico series from Haemimont Games.


No Caption Provided Tropico 4 is one of many new games on display at the 2011 Game Developers Conference, and from the looks of it, this sequel will build on everything people enjoyed in Haemimont's Tropico 3 and offer more of it. In Tropico 4, you'll still play the role of El Presidente of the tiny, fictional-but-a-lot-like-Cuba island of Tropico during the nation's tumultuous, fictional-but-a-lot-like-Cuban history across the 20th century.

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In Tropico 4, you'll still create a new dictator with different traits and will still need to balance the needs of the people against your nation's burgeoning economy, as well as the requests of foreign superpowers. This time around, you won't just be meeting with the USA and the Soviet Republic. China will also play a role as an economic superpower that you must consider in your administration. To help you attain absolute power and completely above-the-board riches, Tropico 4 will now let you appoint citizens to a council of ministers to support your political initiatives.

Otherwise, Tropico 4 will have a much bigger campaign than the previous game--20 missions across 10 new maps, in fact. The game will also have 20 new structures to build that will reflect the game's latter-day sensibilities, such as a stock exchange, a shopping mall, and a water park. In response to demand from the fan community, the new game will also have more natural disasters (volcanoes, droughts, tornadoes, among others) that will randomly pop up and potentially change the complexion of your current course of action. The game will even integrate functionality for Facebook and Twitter, so if you're the sort of dictator who needs to broadcast every new exploit of your benevolent regime to your followers, you'll be able to do that, too.

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Tropico 4 will give Tropico 3 players more of what they want: more missions, more structures, more natural disasters, and more politics. The game is scheduled for release this August on the PC and on the Xbox 360.

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I see the people still don't have hands, only fists. Minor quibble, I know, but really, how hard can it be to put fingers on a character model?

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I wanted more power over military and I wanted to feel rewards for oppressing or liberating an island. I also wanted a mini game where you seized power initially (say an hour-2 hours in length) and for areas of the island to become under rebel control and lose power over them until you fought them back. But oh well.

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@cjf187x I am aware of the Tropico 3's Xbox 360 version. Official reviews of that version don't seem to be favorable of its launch state though. If you considered that there weren't many performance issues, you may have played updated versions. Either that, or you are very, very forgiving of any deficiencies the launch build that the Xbox 360 version has compared to the PC version's.

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@Gelugon_baat Did you even play Tropico 3 on the 360? Besides the glitch with the 500 population affected all versions and there weren't any performance issues.

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I loved Tropico 1, 2 and 3! I cannot wait for a new addition with better graphics and more buildings!

Avatar image for Gelugon_baat

I wonder if Haemimont can optimize the game for the Xbox 360. Tropico 4 appears to be still computing-heavy, like its predecessor, if not more so. After all, the Xbox 360 appears to have issues with strategy games that are computing-heavy, like its predecessor and the first Supreme Commander.

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interesting combination of Xbox and PC as the gaming console of choice.

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I love Tropico exciting

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never have been a fan of this series but this looks interesting