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Wednesday, July 26, 2000

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Tropico Interview, Images
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The Corporation has pulled aside PopTop's CEO for an interview about their upcoming 'dictator sim' Tropico. They also scored four new screenshots, showing off this game which is based on the Railroad Tycoon II-engine.

We were very impressed with Tropico at Macworld NY, as it is quite a different take on the genre. As opposed to other mundane sim games, Tropico is a set on a lovely tropical island, with you playing the dictator who must bring his third-world country into the 21st Century. For more details on this game, here's a clip from the interview:

Can we expect to see any features not yet seen in other strategy games because of the game's 'evil' nature?

Well actually Tropico is not evil by nature. It's more light hearted and something of a spoof of the regimes of the Latin American governments of the pre-1990's. We allow the player to determine if they will be "evil" or not, we make no demands on the player in the realm of ethics. We provide the player with the tools to rule and they take care of the HOW.

Keeping your population in check is a large part of the game, since they can put together a revolution to overthrow you, if you let them get out of hand. The final release of this game won't be for a while, since much of the artwork has yet to be done, but the engine features are complete, and they are shooting for a Mac/PC release early next year.

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