Parents' Guide to

Tropico 3

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sophisticated, deep city builder lets players be tyrants.

Game Windows 2009
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As city builders go Tropico 3 is deep and satisfying. This isn't just a game about building farms, roads, and houses; the range of options at the player's disposal is exceptional. You can control everything from workers' salaries to the cost of rent in your citizens' apartments. And that's to say nothing of the speeches you'll write to quell citizen concerns, the fishy deals you'll strike with foreign companies to bring business to the island and earn a bit of cash foryourselves, or the rebellions you'll need deal with in order to stay in power. With 15 missions in the box plus thousands of player-created challenges to download, you may still be playing Tropico 3 come next holiday.

However, the depth may also prove an annoyance for some. The quick tutorial covers only the bare basics of play, meaning players need to learn by trial and error once the game starts. Veteran city builders shouldn't have too much trouble, but it will be daunting for rookies. Aside from the steep learning curve and the dictatorship themes that might offend some players, Tropico 3 looks good and offers a very interesting strategy game experience.

Online interaction: Players can create and share "challenges" (maps with specific goals) with the rest of the game's community online.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Kalypso Media USA
  • Release date: October 18, 2009
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: T for Alcohol Reference, Tobacco Reference, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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