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Posted 06 September 2005 - 09:47 AM

Applelinks recently reviewed Tropico 2: Pirate Cove. A sequel to the original Tropico, which allowed players to step into the shoes of a banana republic dictator, Pirate Cove steps back in time and drops players into the parrot toting role of a pirate king. Applelinks gave the game a cutlass swinging 4 out of 5.

From the review:

T2PC takes the basic mechanic of Tropico and puts a new spin on it. You no longer have to worry about keeping the workforce happy: your workforce is composed of slaves taken during raids. You don't need their cooperation: you need to keep them terrified! The group you're really beholden to is your mutinous crew. You've got to keep them happy with rum and brothels until you send them off to see to plunder and bring back a fair ("fair" being a relative term) share of the loot to you.

But let's take a step back. For all its trappings, T2PC is not a game about villainy on the bounding main. It's a game about town building. Every scenario has a set of goals (raise X amount of gold, build such-and-such a building), and while pursuing that goal, you have two basic things you have to do: keep the slaves scared, and keep the pirates happy.
To read the full review click the link below. If you missed it, check out IMG's review of Pirate Cove as well.
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