Tropico 4

7.5 Overall Score
Graphics: 8/10
Gameplay: 7/10
Audio: 7/10

Freedom to do what you please

Hefty price-tag | Nothing new

What is Tropico 4?

Tropico 4 expands on the gameplay of the previous game with new political additions ∼ including more superpowers to negotiate with, along with the ability to elect ministers into power to help get your more controversial policies passed.

Game Info

GAME NAME: Tropico 4

DEVELOPER(S): Haemimont Games

PUBLISHER(S): Kalypso Media Digital

PLATFORM(S): PC, Xbox 360

GENRE(S): Strategy, Simulation

RELEASE DATE(S): 1 Sep 2011

The world is changing and Tropico is moving with the times – geographical powers rise and fall and the world market is dominated by new players with new demands and offers – and you, as El Presidente, face a whole new set of challenges. If you are to triumph over your naysayers you will need to gain as much support from your people as possible. Your decisions will shape the future of your nation, and more importantly, the size of your off-shore bank account.

My Thoughts

I’ve been meaning to purchase this for a while but have been waiting for the price of it to go down, GetGames did indeed put the game on sale on February 29th in their leap year sale and I snatched it up.

First off I’d like to add that I really enjoyed Tropico 3, it was the first Tropico game that I’ve played despite owning the original Tropico since it’s release, the freedom the game gives you to make decisions is very rewarding and it allows you to progress at your own pace and do things the way you want.

Tropico 3 impressed me and I enjoyed playing it for hours, you may consider this game to be in the same vein as the Simcity franchise but I don’t agree with that. When I play Tropico, I really care about the island and it’s citizens and I want to succeed as ruler of the land, in Simcity I just want to create the biggest city I can and then destroy it and watch the city that I’ve created be burnt to a crisp.

So should you buy Tropico 4? If you already own Tropico 3 then I’d advise against purchasing Tropico 4 because it doesn’t really add anything major to the mix, it has DLC but the DLC on offer is hardly anything to sing home about.

Tropico 4 is a pretty looking game, even when you zoom in to have a closer inspection of the island. The graphics are bright and vibrant and it really is pleasing to look at but if you stack it side-by-side next to Tropico 3, again it’s nothing to shout about because the two games are very, very similar.

The interface is worse than it was in Tropico 3, Tropico 3’s interface felt very PC-friendly and it felt natural when navigating it with your mouse but Tropico 4 has had a few changes on the interface front and they aren’t for the better, I really don’t see the point in the social integration with Facebook and Twitter either. I mean it’s a nice little feature but it just seems fairly pointless.

I don’t find the humour in this installment of Tropico to be very amusing, I found it okay in Tropico 3 but the humour in Tropico 4 just feels stale and forced and the voice acting doesn’t seem as good as it was in Tropico 3.

Overall it’s a great game but I would recommend getting Tropico 3 over it because it’s much cheaper and you’re getting the same gameplay, visuals and pretty much the same content.

The Good

– Good graphics
– Hours of gameplay
– Freedom to do what you please

The Bad

– Few improvements over Tropico 3
– Hefty price-tag
– Nothing new


Thanks for reading and good gaming.