Tropico 3

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Tropico 3
Tropico 3.png
Release dates
October 20, 2009
January 9, 2012
Tropico 3 at WineHQ
Tropico 3 at Steam Charts
Tropico 3 at SteamDB
 Tropico 3 at Wikipedia
Tropico 2001
Tropico: Paradise Island
Tropico 2: Pirate Cove 2003
Tropico 3 2009
Absolute Power
Tropico 4 2011
Modern Times
Quick Dry Cement
Pirate Heaven
Tropico 5 2014

General information

More information Official forums
More information Community Discussions for game series
More information Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys DRM details are not known Retail and download (Windows and OS X)
GamersGate DRM details are not known Gold Edition; Incorrect store name. See here for available options. sold separately.
GameStop Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg DRM-free Gold Edition
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Gold Edition
Mac App Store Availability Table Icons - Mac App Store.svg Gold Edition
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Steam Special Edition
Information Download mirrors for the (Windows-only) demo is available at the official site.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows <path-to-game>\config.lua

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %APPDATA%\Tropico 3\Saves

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Visual settings
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Bronze.svg
Multi-monitor Unknown Grading incomplete See also Windows Vista/Windows 7 multimonitor crash.
Windowed Hackable See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native 120Hz option available.[1]


Fix Download Decompress Config

  1. Download Decompress Config.
  2. Run the program, find config.lua in your Tropico 3 folder (if not already found) and press "Open with Notepad".
  3. Find config.IsFullscreen = 1 and change the value to 0.
  4. Set the resolution in-game.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Unknown
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Unknown
Controller support Hackable XInput controllers only; see Controller support.
Full controller support Unknown
Controller remapping Unknown
Controller Y-axis inversion Unknown

Controller support[edit]

Fix Download Decompress Config

  1. Download Decompress Config.
  2. Run the program, find config.lua in your Tropico 3 folder (if not already found) and press "Open with Notepad".
  3. Find config.XInput = 0 and change the value to 1.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native SFX, Voice and Music
Surround sound Impossible
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Impossible


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
German Native Unknown Unknown
French Native Unknown Unknown
Italian Native Unknown Unknown
Spanish Native Unknown Unknown

Issues fixed[edit]

Windows Vista/Windows 7 multimonitor crash[edit]

Fix Disable Aero, 2nd monitor or enable windowed

Information There are 3 ways to fix this crash.[2]
  1. Disable one of the monitors prior to playing. (Windows Key + P)
  2. Disable Aero:
    • Locate Tropico3.exe in the installation folder.
      • Steam - Right-click Tropico 3 in Library and choose Properties. Then choose "Browse local files".
      • Retail - C:\Program Files (x86)\Kalypso\Tropico3
        • Click on the "Compatibility" Tab, under Setting check the box "Disable desktop composition".
        • Click OK to confirm and close.
  3. Play in Windowed mode (works with Aero enabled).

The main menu does not appear after watching the intro[edit]

Fix Delete settings folder[3]

It is possible that your game configuration got corrupted by a system-crash.
  • Please delete the %APPDATA%\Tropico 3 folder completely (you may copy the "Saves" folder and paste it back there after deleting). The game configuration should be reset and your game should start without problems.
Information You'll need to enter your serial key afterwards.

"You need a supported DX9-compatible video card"[edit]

Fix Delete Userconfig2.lua[4]

  1. Go to %APPDATA%\Tropico 3
  2. Delete UserConfig2.lua.
Information You'll need to enter your serial key afterwards.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
5 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
512 MB of VRAM
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM


  1. - New 120Hz Games Report
  2. Steam forums - Tropico 3 crash on launch with two displays enabled.
  3. Kalypso forums - Technical FAQ
  4. forums - Will not start, claims I do not have the required chipset