• Tropico 4
78
Based on 25 scores, 32 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    5
  • Good:
    14
  • Average:
    4
  • Bad:
    2

Pros:

  • Same addictive strategy game as its predecessor.
  • New intracampaign missions add direction to the gameplay.
  • More awesome salsa music.

Cons:

  • Not much has changed from Tropico 3.
  • Lacks a sense of overarching campaign impetus.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Gaming Nexus on 85

City-building games can be a dry lot. Constant worries over zoning minutiae and travel distances can turn the fun of building a city into a micro-management nightmare. While there are gamers for whom poring over every detail is the fun part, they...

By Atomic MPC on 84

A worthy successor that could have done with a bit more content in this iteration...

By GameZone on 70

This is the perfect city simulation game for people that always wanted to oppress their citizens in Sim City. Tropico 4 is full of humor and detail—lots of detail. Like, it’s almost too much detail. Some people might enjoy controlling the number...

By Game Chronicles Magazine on 75

For a game with revolution constantly under the surface, or on its sleeve, Tropico 4 takes a pretty conservative stance to pushing the series forward. Filled with incremental improvements that make it easier and more engaging than ever to fill the...

By Ocaholic on -

Tropico 4 von Kalypso Media versucht mit Detailerweiterungen und sinnvollen Verbesserungen den Einstieg für Anfänger zu erleichtern. Durch die hohe Komplexität gilt es jedoch weiter Statistiken zu wälzen um Versorgungslücken vorzubeugen und die...

By ign.com on 85

I’m having a blast with Tropico 4, but I know it’s not for everyone. Tracking stats, managing an economy and building a million projects at once keeps me engaged, but without a little patience to learn the interface it’ll overwhelm many a strategy...

By GamingShogun on -

In the new Tropico 4, players take on the mantle of “El Presidente” in their very own third-world, island nation. Players are tasked with building industry, entertainment, and tourism structures (as well as a plethora of other building categories) in...

By Gaming Age on 77

Tropico 4 puts you in the role of the dictator of your choice, or your own creation, as you attempt to build your own banana republic centered in a lush island environment. How you manage your island is up to you, and while the game does have a focus...

By PC Gamer on 72

It’s not a great leap forward, but growing bananas and rigging elections remains remarkably...

By AtomicGamer on 80

A couple of years ago, Haemimont Games and publisher Kalypso put together a pleasant surprise in Tropico 3, a well-made revival of the classic Caribbean Island sim/strategy game, and already they're back with a sequel. No one expected much of this...

By New Game Network on 84

After a successful reboot of the island city building sim a couple of years ago, developer Haemimont Games is back with a full-fledged sequel. Tropico 4 offers much of the familiar tropical island gameplay, with a few new twists and an expanded array...

By PC Advisor on 70

For good and ill, this comedy management game is fundamentally similar to its endearing predecessor. A little more direction in some ways, less in others - but the salsa soundtrack covers up a great many cracks....

By itreviews.com on 60

Tropico 4 has avoided going seriously off-message (like Tropico 2) but aficionados could have done with more than just relatively minor improvements to a successful formula. Newcomers, though, will enjoy a fun and addictive take on the god game....

By GamePro on 70

More of the same deliciously megalomaniacal island rule can't be a bad thing... right?"They want 500 units of what? Smoked meat? Well, we can't afford to disappoint our European benefactors -- convert our slaughterhouses immediately!" I find it helps...

By Strategy Informer on 80

It's official - the UK has had one of its coldest summers for twenty years. The prospect of flying off to a tropical island in the Caribbean is too difficult to resist. You can picture it now – beautiful white sand beaches, a gentle breeze soothing...

By GameSpot on -

Tropico 4 is a likeable and engaging sequel that expands on its predecessor but doesn't offer much new...

By GameSpy on 80

Pros: Everything that Tropico 3 was, with more consistent feedback mechanics.

Cons: Everything that Tropico 3 was, right down to the recycled graphics.

By Cheat Code Central on 84

It hasn't even been two years since Tropico 3 came out, so Tropico 4 might feel a little premature to longtime fans. I suppose that's fair; the last time two Tropico games came out within a two-year period, it didn't go very well. The result was...

International Review By PCMweb on 80

Tropico 4 gebruikt een formule die al honderden malen eerder is gebruikt in het genre, maar het mag gezegd worden dat Tropico 4 bijzonder goed speelt en vooral ook erg leuk is. Als je klaar bent met de campaign kan je je eigen challenges maken voor...

International Review By Gamers on 80

Ich persönlich kann mich an kein Aufbauspiel erinnern, das mir so gut die Mischung aus Urlaubsfeeling und harter Arbeit vermittelt hat. „Tropico 4“ ist auch in seiner vierten Generation ein absolut empfehlenswertes Wirtschaftsspiel mit jeder Menge...