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Friday, February 9, 2001

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Tropico in Testing
9:59 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

VoodooExtreme has received a new update and a few screen shots from PopTop on their upcoming sim Tropico. The game's lead, Phil Steinemeyer, reports the team is doing well, with the title just entering testing. The music is now in place, and game balancing is now one of their largest priorities.

In case you're wondering what Tropico is about, imagine your standard sim game set on a tropical south american island with you as the dictator. You must learn to rule over your people, quelling coups and other uprisings while trying to make your island prosper. Being a dictator isn't easy, and tropico is looking to prove it.

Here's a clip from the development update with more on the Tropico's status:

The political model in the game is pretty much in now, and reasonably balanced. I started tinkering with it earlier this week - first it was too hard - 2 coups and 3 uprisings in 20 years, and I was actually doing a decent job running the island. I've got it toned down now and it's really cool.

Finally, the game's entering regular testing. I got a bug report from Take 2 - London two days ago - 150 bugs - yikes! A lot of them were trivial (typos and stuff), and some others we had already fixed. Still, we've got our work cut out for us.

Head over to VoodooExtreme for the rest of the update, as well as some new screen shots of the in-game action. Tropico is set to be released for Mac and PC later this spring.

VoodooExtreme Tropico Dev Update
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