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Tropico 4

 

 

SCORE: 71

 

Tropico 4 

 

Tropico 4 is the most cerebral game this reviewer has ever played. This game requires thought, patience, and a lot of finesse. The player takes on the role of El Presidente. He is the ruler of a small poor island. Your goal is to change that. In case you are wondering you are to change that for the better. Players have to deal with political factions, the happiness of the people, and the economy. If you enjoy micro-managing an entire small third world country, then you will love Tropico 4.

Family Friendly Gaming was provided a reviewable copy of Tropico 4 on the Xbox 360. This game is also on the Personal Computer. There are updated download packs to add even more game play to Tropico 4 - for a price of course.

Tropico 4 earns its 'T' for Teen rating on a few fronts. Certain female characters could dress better. Yes we understand it is a tropical island, but still. Players may have to deal with a rebel uprising, and squash it militarily. Your island can also be invaded in Tropico 4 if you offend one of the super powers too much.

Intelligent players will spend their first hour with Tropico 4 in the tutorial. This teaches how to navigate and where things are. Don't worry if you forget where a few things are. The game can be paused while you search around later to find it. Speaking of the menu screens - there is an insane amount of content in Tropico 4. Players can build all kinds of things.

Tropico 4 includes a real world logic to it. You need farms to feed the people. Garages near by for workers to get to and from work. Build a logging camp so the furniture store has materials. Or you can import them. In certain cases you will need to import at first. Your island needs clinics for the people. The clinic needs doctors. Doctors must be college educated. Does you island have a high school, and then a college for them to learn?

One of the ways families can use Tropico 4 is to learn basic governmental, and economic structures. This home console game can be used to help teenagers grasp the concepts of the economy and government. Some of the bad content could have been left out so more members of the family could enjoy this game.

Loading screens in Tropico 4 contain interesting quotes from various well known figures. The WMG kept expecting to see a quote from our editor in chief since he has been known to say some powerful things. The biggest problem with Tropico 4 is the words are really tiny on the screens. Most gamers playing Tropico 4 had to get very close to read it. Certain portions of text is read to the player, but other parts are not.
- Working Man Gamer

 

Graphics: 63%
Sound: 72%
Replay/Extras: 75%
Gameplay: 79%
Family Friendly Factor: 65%
System: PC/Xbox 360
Publisher: Kalypso Media
Rating:
‘T’ - Teen
{Alcohol Reference, Tobacco Reference, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence}

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