A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
You must communicate and compromise to save the world's environment.
Violence & Scariness
Cutscenes show the results of natural disasters and chemical spills.
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Products & Purchases
Without asking, the game places an icon for an unknown gaming Web site on your desktop.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while this is a complicated ecological simulation game that comes with a poor tutorial. Players will see devastation resulting from natural disasters as well as chemical spills.
Is It Any Good?
While the soundtrack soothes with a kind of techno-tinged new age music, the tutorial frustrates. You can't move back and forth between tips and if you do something wrong, there's nothing to help you but a frozen screen. Also, the program places a very unwanted link to a casual game site on your PC. After loading, the game changes not only the resolution of the game window, but It also changes your monitor's resolution as well, making it a pain to find your desktop items. And you haven't even started the game yet.
The game suffers from poor graphics and the tiny, confusing dialog from characters that appears on the screen. They're trying to be helpful, yet the misspelled words and odd syntax is confusing. With text and still graphics, government advisors make suggestions on everything from mining to politics to research. To cut down on emissions, for instance, you can introduce a carbon tax. But, filled with statistics, bar graphs and no soul, Eco Tycoon is far too taxing in itself.
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