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  • genre strategy / real-time / managerial
  • download size 3.3 GB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 164 user ratings.
  • release date October 20, 2009
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8)
  • languages English, French, Italian, German, Spanish.
  • developer / publisher Haemimont Games / Kalypso Media Digital
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • artwork
  • 2 avatars
  • manual
  • soundtrack
  • wallpaper

What's cool about it:

  • Tropico 3 Gold Edition includes the original Tropico 3 and its expansion: Tropico 3: Absolute Power.
  • Run your island as a benevolent dictator or a diabolical despot
  • Wander the island in “avatar mode” as El Presidente and directly influence the course of play!
  • Use political speeches, edicts, and “other” means of influence to control your people.
  • A random mission generator means no two games will be the same.


Vote El Presidente--or else!

You decide whether you want to use your army to secure your power base in the best traditions of corrupt, unscrupulous tyrants everywhere or lead your people to prosperity in your role as generous elder statesman.

Don´t forget to keep a sharp eye on the dangers and side-effects of your absolute power! Obstacles lurk on around every corner, whether it’s militant revolutionaries bent on installing a communist junta, or the machinations of the superpowers USA and the Soviet Union, both of whom would like to see a more amenable ruler in strategically important Tropico!

It’s good to be El Presidente. As your “election” campaign said, “Vote El Presidente. Vote often!”

Additional bonus content included:

- 2 maps for the sandbox mode(Verde Playa, Coco Chico Map).
- 2 additional costumes for the El Presidente avatar editor.
- 2 additional accessories for the El Presidente avatar editor(Baseball Hat, Commie Hat).

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence. PEGI Rating: 16+ with Violence.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, 2.4 GHz Single-Core processor, 1GB RAM, free HDD Space: 5 GB, 3d graphics card: 256MB DirectX9c, Shader Model 3.0 , sound card: DirectX 9-compatible.
Compatibility notice: Integrated nVidia GeForce 6-series video devices (eg. 6150 SE on nForce 430) do not meet this game's minimum requirements.

All user reviews:

User reviews:

Not much more different than Tropico 1

Posted on 2012-06-07 07:35:40 bygeoguy2011's avatargeoguy2011:

At $10 Tropico 3 gold edition is not only a good game, but is a steal. Allow me to suggest why this is the case. 1) There are a number of different edicts and directions that you can take your island, be they environmental, religious, economic, etc. 2) It borrows heavily from the original Tropico, although it does update its graphics considerable. The campaigns however are different,read more at least from what I can recall and help to keep the game playable longer. 3) Juanito, one of two radio hosts in the game, is awesome.
However, it should be noted that even the gold edition can't be spared criticism. For those that have played the original tropico, the game has most of the same edicts, character traits, and gameplay mechanics as the first one. It mostly is a graphical update. So basically, I would say if you can tolerate the reduced graphics play Tropico #1. It has more options in game, and as a result it will probably keep you interested longer.

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Great game, just needs better installation options

Posted on 2012-08-08 14:14:02 bytnrkitect's avatartnrkitect:

As many others have stated, Tropico 3 is Tropico 1 with updated graphics and a few minor additions. This is NOT a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination.
Where the GOG version falls short is in the installation and troubleshooting instructions.
I have a brand new WIN 7 AMD/ATI laptop that more than exceeds the system requirements for the game. I updated all the drivers andread more installed the game. The game refused to play due to "video card not supporting DX9". OK, the computer came with DX11, so off to install DX9 for compatibility. Try again, same issue.
Search the GOG help files, nada. Google is my friend, and I was able to determine in a round about fashion that the issue is with the initial install defaulting to displaying full screen at a resolution that is incompatible with the laptop display. The laptop display is 1600x900 (16:9 screen ration, 720p HD compatible) and the default game resolution is higher, but the only way to change the game resolution is from within the game, which will not start because of the resolution issue.
The solution is to modify the config.lua file in the game base directory to run in a window, then change the game resolution to match your laptops native resolution.
Unfortunately, this file is encrypted, however a program was written to decrypt this file, which is documented here:
By running this decrypt program, changing the value for config.IsFullscreen = 1 to 0 (zero) and saving the file, it will allow the program to start with no errors. You can then set the screen resolution to what ever you want within the game and play away!
GOG needs to document this or fix the game install to default to starting up in a windowed mode.

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A good game at a great price.

Posted on 2012-06-07 10:44:11 byHollow5000's avatarHollow5000:

Tropico 3 is one of those games that fits into a niche and does it perfectly. Running your own banana republic and running it to a budget while keeping both your people and foreign allies happy is a tricky but pleasing challenge. The campaign missions focus on different aspects of the game but usually fall into economy or military scenarios, all with a different island and thereforeread more different amounts of usable space and resources. The game has the full and complete set of features that you'd expect from any RTS/city-builder game and a surprisingly elaborate but functional and easy-to-learn political system. This game has depth.
The only downside to the Tropico IP is that all the games in the series are pretty much the same. The fact it's got to the 4th in the series recently is testament to how well this works and actually this works in your favour when buying Tropico 3 Gold for a low, low, price because you're actually getting essentially the same game as you get with Tropico 4 but much cheaper. You really owe it to yourself to try this game out if you're at all interested in the genre and though the same could be said for Tropico 1, I still think you'd do yourself a better favour buying Tropico 3.

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