Tropico 3 is a sequel to the construction and management simulation video game, Tropico. It was developed by Haemimont Games and Feral Interactive, and was published in 2012 by Kalypso Media and Feral Interactive for the platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and Mac OS X.
The gameplay of Tropico 3 is just like that of other Tropico games (with the exception of Pirate Cove). The player will take on the role of the dictator named El Presidente, ruler of a politically unstable island. It is apparent that Tropico 3 also adds more emphasis on the city building aspect of the game than certain other titles in the series.
Tropico 3 starts off with the player in control of the island Tropico as El Presidente. There are a total of fifteen missions with various objectives in Tropico 3’s campaign. The main goal of the player as El Presidente is to keep track of the islands progress by collecting resources (e.g. by mining, farming, fishing etc.), industry, and service buildings. The player must effectively utilize resource to use them to his advantage, in terms of balancing worker’s salaries with the island’s wealth.
Governmental edicts, or announcements of laws, are also returning in Tropico from the original Tropico so that the player is able to influence the people on the island via state decisions. This includes propaganda edits, edicts required to boost tourism, environmental edicts etc.
There are seven political factions that the people of the island are split up into in Tropico 3: communists, capitalists, militarists, environmentalists, nationalists, religious, and intellectuals. Each of these different groups ask of different things from the player as the ruler, such as building them a special building or creating a law unique to their beliefs (i.e. the religious faction will often demand building churches, cathedrals, and having a high religious satisfaction rating).
Since Tropico 3 is set in the Cold War the player will continue to balance the relations with the East and West, namely nations such as the USA and the USSR. It is important for the player to please these nations because they provide the island with financial assistance every year.
By creating a closer bond with one of the super power nations means that the island will gain greater assistance and an alliance, which will boost the economy and military. If the player manages to weaken the relation between one of these powers he risks receiving less assistance and is in danger of being invaded by that nation. However, an invasion is avoided if the player is allied to the other superpower.
Tropico 3 features a new mechanic that enables the player to edit their character’s timeline and create their own events in history. It also includes customizable options like their avatar, political speeches, a mission generator, and several online tools that allow for modification.
There is comedy aspect to Tropico 3 with the addition of an in-game radio station called Tropico News Today, which features some hilarious propaganda snippets. There are also various quotes from different dictators, leaders, politicians, and revolutionaries on the loading screen of Tropico 3 keeping the player entertained while waiting for the map to load.
There is also an expansion pack available for Tropico 3, Tropico 3: Absolute Power, that adds the ability to print out money (causing inflation), give out free housing to citizens, remove factions from the game, and new government edicts.