Tropico 4 is a video game developed by Haemimont Games and published by Kalypso Media and Feral Interactive for Mac OS X, PC, and Xbox 360. It is a construction and management simulation video game, which focuses around a city building simulation. Like the first and third game in the series, the game centers on a customizable main character by the title of "El Presidente" - the dictator that runs the island banana republic.
- A narrative campaign that consists of 20 missions, following the rise of El Presidente.
- The ability to import food and raw resources for manufacturing.
- The minor global powers of China, the European Union, and the Middle East.
- The ability to appoint ministers.
- Natural disasters.
- 20 new buildings.
The game follows the protagonist, El Presidente, as he works towards restoring the power that he lost in the Caribbean after averting a nuclear war perpetrated by the US vice president in order to rise to power. It is divided into three acts:
Rise To Power
El Presidente arrives at his new island where he begins his goal to build an ideal nation for his people. To do so, he focuses his administration on several islands, developing the economic potential of each one, until he is ousted from power after being framed for the murder of the current US president. He is then forced to flee his country and heads off to other parts of Tropico.
Forced to take a new identity and flee his republic, El Presidente begins his revenge by establishing a base of power at Isla Oscura. There El Presidente learns that he was victim of a conspiracy involving Keith Preston, the CEO of Fruitas LTD. (a parody of the United Fruit Company), the rebel leader Marco Moreno (a parody of Che Guevara), UN Inspector Brunhilde Van Hoof (a parody of Margaret Thatcher) and his former mentor Generalissimo Santana (A Parody of Fidel Castro). After enacting his revenge on the conspirators and clearing his name, El Presidente regains his position as rightful ruler of Tropico.
Reinstated into power, El Presidente focuses on rebuilding his nation, until his former enemies reappear and sell him information about the true mastermind behind his downfall, the US Vice President Nick Richards (a parody of Richard Nixon), who had the US president killed to assume his place. Around this time, perestroika hits the USSR and Tropico offers their assistance to the nation in exchange for evidence incriminating Nick Richards that leads to his demise. El Presidente then puts the final touches to make Tropico a powerful and prosperous nation.
The game was announced in the middle of August 2010 in a press release by publisher, Kalypso Media. Tropico 4 was released on both Xbox 360 and PC, as was predecessor Tropico 3. However, unlike its predecessors, Tropico 4 can be played through the Onlive platform.
A demo version was released on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and Steam. It contains 4 tutorial missions and 1 campaign mission. Many buildings are not available for construction.
Expansion & DLC
An expansion, titled Modern Times (Tropico 4), was released on March 27, 2012.
On December 15, the first of many DLC packs was released, titled Junta. Since then, several more DLC packs have been released, including Plantador, Quick Dry Cement, Pirate Heaven, Megalopolis, Vigilante, Voodoo, Propaganda, and the most recent DLC The Academy. Each pack includes new buildings, a new island, a new mission, a new trait, and, depending on the DLC, new clothing options for El Presidente and new decor.
The game has received generally positive reviews and holds a 78/100 score on Metacritic based on 46 reviews (77/100 on Xbox). Most critics had praised the title for its addictive gameplay, great sense of humor and the excess of variety. However a number of reviews had cited Tropico 4 for bearing too many similarities to its predecessor, as well as a lack of innovation. GameSpot commented that "Tropico 4 is a likeable and engaging sequel that expands on its predecessor but doesn't offer much new depth." IGN stated that "if you’re the type that's spent hours with the likes of Civilization or SimCity, or has an unhealthy need to be in control, then it’s time to become El Presidente."
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