Tropico 4 is the fourth installment to the simulator series by Kalyspo and Haemimont Games.
It wasn't long since Tropico 3 made it's debut to consoles and already we have another Tropico game in our hands. If you've played the previous titles, Tropico 4 will feel very natural to you, but for those who haven't heard of the series, Tropico is a construction and management simulator that puts you in the shoes of El Presidente. You have the power to run, or should I say try to run a tropical island set in the Caribbean. If your used to other sim games like Sim City for example you will see a little resemblance here but Tropico stands out more than other simulator games.
For newcomers, Tropico 4 can be a little confusing and frustrating to get used to. It can take a while before you get the hang of how things work. Navigating around some of the menus can also leave you scratching your head at times. But if you spend enough time on Tropico 4 there's a lot of fun to be had, especially for strategy fans. A nicely illustrated Tutorial is added to the game and it gives you the basics needed to play. Travelling around the island feels fluid and it's all done with the analog sticks. The left stick turns directions and the other zooms in and out for a better view of the island. Whilst the controls work well, there's no option to change the layout and it's a slight set back if your not happy with inverted controls. You can tell that Tropico 4 is made for PC but it still works well on console and is one of the best available.
Tropico 4 is one of those games you can lose plenty of hours in. Get sucked in and you may find yourself into the next day. There's many different ways to experience Tropico 4. From a sandbox mode, challenges mode and campaign. Sandbox is an endless game mode where you can play constantly without any set objectives, but if you prefer more of a challenge it's better to go for the campaign mode. The campaign spans across twenty objectives. But before you start ruling the tropical island you must first create an avatar. There's a nice selection to chose from but if you feel creative can create your own from scratch. From outfits, hairstyles, accessories and traits. It's not deep like The Sims but that's not what Tropico is about.
The island might look beautiful and inviting but it's poor. That's where you come in. You must build the Island and make it a happy place to live. The island is full of citizens and they all have needs. If it be finding a job or simply needing something to eat. You must fulfil their needs by placing buildings within the island. There's a wide range of building structures to choose. From hospitals, farms, houses, etc. Whilst your trying to help out the citizens you are also faced with other goals. Certain objectives will pop up. For example, it could be for building a certain structure, exporting certain crops and more. You are constantly given goals to keep you busy and you never feel like there's little to do once you have the island up and running.
Overall, Tropico 4 is much like it's predecessor. If you've played Tropico 3 then there's not much more to see here. But if your new to the series and enjoy strategy games, it's certainly worth checking out.
Review by Gareth Smith