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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great game!, 30 May 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars
This was my first Tropico game and being a Sims fan, this game ticks all the boxes. There is a lot of choice in what crops you can grow to feed your nation and export, as well as a good variety of other ways to generate wealth for your country (rum distillery, cigar factory etc). Complete control of the island is basically yours and you can play in a variety of different modes (Story, Challenge, Freeplay) depending on what you feel like doing. I never read instructions for how to play games so the tutorials on the game are great and easy to pick up.
The food and raw materials you grow can make or break your little island's economy so finding the right balance and keeping your people from rebelling by giving them different choices of food, entertainment, police/fire presence etc is the fun part! There are challenges/requests from foreign countries and you gain or lose respect with these depending on what you choose to do so adds politics to the mix too. You can also choose to attract tourists to the island and set the island immigration policy as well. There are different factions on the island so making one decision will probably annoy the other so again, finding the balance so you get respect from all the faction leaders is fun to do.
The freeplay option I found to be great as it gives you the option to do whatever you want to do without loads of challenges to complete. In this mode too you can make your people happy one minute and completely change everything which can cause a massive rebellion the next! The secret police option is also great fun. As previous reviewers have said, this game is very addictive!! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves Sim related games.