Appropriately-named publisher Kalypso has announced a PC compilation of the first four Tropico management sim games, coming to the UK on 12 September. In each one, you play as the despotic leader of a corrupt tropical island nation, and must balance political unrest with your own bank balance. Apart from the second one, where you were a pirate for some reason.
The Tropico Dictator Pack also includes one of each game's expansion packs. That means you get Tropico plus the Paradise Island add-on, Tropico 2 with Pirate Cove, Tropico 3 comes with the Absolute Power DLC and Tropico 4 boasts the Modern Times expansion.
Tropico 5 was released earlier this year. Eurogamer's review delivered a 7/10 verdict. "Tropico 5 is clearly more concerned with introducing new concepts atop the old than it is with overhauling its base mechanics," said Stace Harman, probably while chewing a cigar and wearing mirrored sunglasses. "Looking ahead to the future, this long-running series would benefit from having the fires of revolution lit beneath it."
Tropico 4 is a lot like taking an extended two-week holiday to the resort where you spent your honeymoon. At first the familiarity is wonderful and comforting. You slip back into old routines and it's immediately enjoyable.
But then the days start to drag. You realise there's not much to do. You wonder if the management has bothered to improve things at all, or if they're relying on tourists like yourself, returning out of nostalgia. By the time you leave, you're feeling strangely disenchanted. You couldn't say you didn't have a nice time, but the magic you remember has long gone revealing something rather ordinary underneath.
Tropico 3, released in 2009, was a welcome update of the 2001 original. Taking the city building, resource gathering gameplay of Sim City and The Settlers and giving it a cheeky satirical Cold War twist, it cast you as the dictator of a small Caribbean nation, free to be as corrupt or idealistic as you wished. Driven by catchy calypso rhythms and with a flavour all of its own in a genre not known for colour and personality, it was a deserving hit.
Strategy sequel Tropico 4 is heading to Xbox 360 as well as PC, publisher Kalypso Media has confirmed.
First announced for PC back in August, the latest entry in the franchise follows the traditional Tropico template. As El Presidente you'll have to manage the resources of your tropical island nation, fend of insurgencies, keep your people happy and, ideally, swell your own off-shore bank account.
Features confirmed for Tropico 4 include 20 new campaign missions across 10 new maps, 20 new buildings, six new interactive disasters, and Facebook and Twitter integration.