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Monday, April 2, 2001

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Adrenaline Vault Anticipates Tropico
11:16 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The Adrenaline Vault has published a detailed preview of Tropico, the upcoming sim game from PopTop in which you rule as dictator over a small tropical island. The game is getting very close to release, with a Mac version set to follow the PC build by about a month. Tropico will feature an enhanced graphics engine based on the technology used in Railroad Tycoon II, quirky leaders and inhabitants, a complex management system and a wicked sense of humor. Here's an excerpt from the preview:

Lest players think that PopTop has the emphasis on the micro rather than the macro, rest assured that the success of your country as a whole is the primary objective, even if you are forced to manipulate settings on an intricate level. Another factor affecting almost all of the various statistics is the personality of your dictator. When starting a new game, you are allowed to choose the makeup of your dictator to suit a wide variety of playing styles. Want a real challenge? Try setting the 'rise to power' of your dictator to "Installed by the CIA," and setting your personality flaws to "Paranoid," or "Womanizer." Players will find that each such choice will have a dramatic impact on the method of play needed to achieve victory. Some traits can present you with crippling flaws that may take years to overcome in the eyes of the people. So long as you keep a good supply of palace guards, your reign should continue unhindered for some time. If the people call for an election, you even have an option to rig the vote at the expense of your position if you are caught.
It is hoped that Gathering of Developers will publish the Mac version of Tropico in mid-May. For more details on the game, be sure to read through the rest of Adrenaline Vault's preview.

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