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Hey, Tropico 6 Is Pretty Fun

El Presidente approves

A.J. Maciejewski

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I may be late to the game but I've finally played Tropico 6 after being curious about it for a while so allow me to share my thoughts.

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Don't cry for me, Tropico

Simulation games don't always work well on console but ever since I played the excellent Railway Empire, my faith in console adaptations in the genre has been renewed. Because of that, I've been intrigued by the Tropico franchise and had some time on my hands lately so I figured it was about time to check it out and I'm glad that I did with this latest installment. Tropico 6 has you play as El Presidente who's in charge of the titular nation of Tropico. It plays impressively well on console as you flip through radial menus and browse various info screens while making many decisions that impact your citizens as well as your country's prosperity. That being said, the tutorials don't quite explain how to play all that well yet I did enjoy experimenting on my own a great deal so I opted to learn that way instead. v1d30chumz 18-232-56-9

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It's good to keep the masses happy

The main aspect about Tropico 6 that impressed me is how much logic the developers put into every little detail. Whenever I couldn't figure out how to do something, I'd look it up only to realise that the answer was obvious. For example, I couldn't get coal supplied to my power station so I set up housing around the coal mine so workers could have a place to live and there you go; problem solved! Having to rely on your own intuition like this is something that won't appeal to everyone but I appreciate this aspect a great deal as I love playing around while I learn and become more efficient at these sandbox experiences. Plus, the constant stream of objectives and complexities makes juggling tasks extremely rewarding. If that sounds appealing to you then you might just enjoy it as much as I do.

Another aspect of Tropico 6 that's fantastic is its humour. It's hard not to laugh at the absurd real-life facts about dictators that display during the loading screens and interacting with characters often results in humorous situations. One minute, I was listening to a liberal who wanted free housing and the next, a capitalist forced me into another task that undermined my efforts in creating a comfortable society for my citizens. These sorts of political scenarios act as brilliant reflections of the ridiculousness of real-world issues and as a centrist, I couldn't help but laugh at many of the presented situations. Whether I'm locking up my citizens who want to revolt, manufacturing drones, or making same-sex marriage legal, I can't help but feel like I'm a part of this crazy game world and I love every minute of it.

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Who said dictators couldn't prosper?

It's been out for a while but if you enjoy simulation games and have been sleeping on Tropico 6 for as long as I have then you should definitely give it a go. Plus, there's plenty of cool DLC to tide you over until Tropico 7 releases; whenever that will be.

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Gameplay video for Tropico 6: Caribbean Skies
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