|Min OS X: 10.6|
Mac OS X: 10.6.8 | CPU: 2 GHz Intel | RAM: 2 GB | HD Space: 7 GB | Graphics: 256 MB - The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, NVIDIA 9400, NVIDIA 7xxx series and Intel GMA series.
The following cards require you to have 4GB of System RAM: NVIDIA 320M, Intel HD 3000
Review:How many simulation games do you know of where you can get shot? There aren't many. In Tropico 3: Gold Edition, brought to Macs by Feral Interactive. it happens all the time, and for good reason. Your avatar is the (mostly) benevolent dictator of a Caribbean nation whose goals are to stay in power, get rich, and avoid being assassinated by the KGB. That isn't easy, but if you treat your people right it isn't that hard either. You may have to occasionally cow the United States with a nuclear missile or bribe the USSR with a special edict or two, but the true danger are the people in your fine nation.
One of the primary examples of this is the rebel faction. If you don't keep your people happy, fed, and respectful, citizens will begin converting to rebels. As a rebel, they don't contribute to your profits, regularly raid your buildings, attempt to assassinate you, and generally act as a pain in the neck. They are, thankfully, bad at all those things. All it really takes for you to fight off an assault is for your avatar to rush in and draw fire while the army rushes them from the sides. If your avatar is a War Hero, he can even kill a few of them by himself. If you don't like their frequent failures at assassination, you can even start the secret police and let them "handle" your problems.
Not that using them is good for your chances at reelection, which is the other major threat to your rule. At any time, your people can begin demanding elections. If you've been dropping their respect through dominating edicts or just not providing for their well-being, you can get voted out. If you are, the game is over and you have to restart the scenario. You can theoretically declare martial law and stop all elections if you're in danger of losing, but that just fuels the rebels further. They may be easy to defeat in smaller numbers, but when they hit 15-30 rebels you'll find yourself killed in your mansion before you know it.
So what is a dictator to do? Entertain them, give them churches, provide reasonable housing, build hospitals, distract them with a sports center, educate them, provide social security, and much much more. They'll demand a lot from you, but they generally won't demand what you can't achieve in a few years. The first demand is always good housing. There are few scenarios that don't begin with a good portion of your population in shacks, so you'll be hearing about it within the first year for sure. After that's taken care of, they move on to religion and healthcare. After that, education and liberty.
Not that you should give them what they want at the start. You'll tend to start close to broke, so your primary concern should always be your economy. You can generally just take care of that with a few farms, but some scenarios also give you easy access to gold. So, build a few moneymakers, connect them to your road network, make sure your population centers have garages, and let it run. After about half a year the money should start rolling in. It's very important to have a positive balance at the end of the year, though, so don't overspend. You won't receive your annual $4,000+ in financial aid from overseas if you're in debt.
Once your economy is going at a good rate, you can start to consider fulfilling your people's desires and expanding your industries. Tourism is often a great passive moneymaker, even if you just build a bunch of hotels with a single tour guide nearby. So long as they have something to do, they'll keep spending ridiculous fees to stare at your trees. A balloon ride helps with that a lot. You can also buy a cigar factory to convert your tobacco to the more premium products, start mining iron and making weapons (if you don't mind being hated overseas), and even get into the furniture business using local logs. Your environmentalists will hate you for it, but they tend to be a small faction anyway.