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Author: honestgamer
Posted: January 30, 2024 (03:32 PM)
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I liked Tropico 3 (the vanilla version) a lot when I played it. Of course it reminds me a lot of SimCity, which I still prefer. A lot of the limitations are similar, as well. These games seem to have trouble with roads/pathfinding in general. I remember my massive city in the more recent SimCity burned to the ground because fire trucks couldn't navigate to get to fires... even though there were plenty of avenues available. Anyway, this was a nicely detailed review for a game a lot of people won't play anymore (as you allude to in your concluding paragraphs). But maybe they should still play it, because sometimes the simple pleasures are better.

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"What if everything you see is more than what you see--the person next to you is a warrior and the space that appears empty is a secret door to another world? What if something appears that shouldn't? You either dismiss it, or you accept that there is much more to the world than you think. Perhaps it really is a doorway, and if you choose to go inside, you'll find many unexpected things." - Shigeru Miyamoto on secret doors to another world2

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Author: Cavalary
Posted: January 30, 2024 (05:28 PM)
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Somehow, I have this feeling that those interested in this sort of game may be more likely to be interested in it now than when I originally wrote this, 12 years ago (now I just modified that last paragraph to reflect the current situation), because back then you had Tropico 4 which was largely Tropico 3: Absolute Power with a few additions, while Tropico 5 and 6 (and also Tropico 4: Modern Times, for that matter, which can be seen as a different game really) seem to deviate from that formula, and I for one have no interest in them.

Never thought of it as similar to SimCity though. But then again my definition of SimCity is 2000, that was the one I mainly played, while I just poked around 3 or 4 (can't even remember exactly which) a little, and obviously never touched that more recent one with its on-line only crap. Now that I think more of 3 or 4, whichever it was, I can see some similarities. But definitely prefer Tropico to those.

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