Yet Another Tropico Interview
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For those people that just can't get enough Tropico news, Blue's News has recently noted
that Russian site GamePort.ru has posted a Q&A session with David Deen of PopTop Software. Tropico, for those as of yet
unfamiliar with this title, is PopTop's upcoming island nation management simulation game, cut in the mold of SimCity.
One of the more interesting aspects brought to light in the interview is the ability of the player
to ruthlessly control the citizens if so desired. A player can mobilize his military, brand people heretics, make arrests,
and even "eliminate" troublemakers. If a player wishes to be kinder, they have the options of
controlling pollution, making charitable donations, and defending their populace.
The possible intrusions/influences between the two superpowers of the U.S. and Russia are also remarked upon:
[GP]: Will we have to fight off the intrusions in our internal politics by USA?For those that are worried that Tropico may be too complex for the unseasoned gamer to handle, fear not.
[Deen]: To a certain extent, yes. If you give them reason, both the U.S. and Russia can try to tell you how to run your country.
If you don't agree with their policies and ignore them, they can decrease their financial support or even send gun
boats down to, "protect their interests." Get one of the two mad enough without the support of the other and you'll
be ousted by a world power.
Deen asserts that even though Tropico contains much depth and detail, the overall gameplay experience is still
easily accessible to "newcomers and housewives alike."
The rest of the interview contains more insight into PopTop's motivations and hopes behind creating Tropico. The Mac
version of Tropico is scheduled for release sometime after April 2001, most likely less than a month behind the PC version.
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