Tropico 3

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Tropico 3
Tropico 3 cover
Developers
Haemimont Games
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
Publishers
Windows Kalypso Media
OS X Feral Interactive
Release dates
Windows October 20, 2009
OS X January 9, 2012
Tropico
Tropico 2001
Tropico 2: Pirate Cove 2003
Tropico 3 2009
Tropico 4 2011
Tropico 5 2014

General information

Official forums
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Amazon.com Retail and download (Windows and OS X)
GamersGate Gold Edition; OS X version sold separately.
Gamesplanet Steam Special Edition.
GameStop
GOG.com Gold Edition.
Green Man Gaming Gold Edition.
Mac App Store Gold Edition.
Steam Steam Special Edition.
Download mirrors for the (Windows-only) demo is available at the official site.
In game requires a special key to enable the game which Steam provide it

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config.lua
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Tropico 3\Saves
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Visual settings
Visual settings

Windowed[edit]

Download Decompress Config[citation needed]
  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
Input settings

Controller support[edit]

Download Decompress Config[citation needed]
  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
SFX, Voice and Music
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
German
French
Italian
Spanish

Issues fixed[edit]

Windows Vista/Windows 7 multimonitor crash[edit]

There are 3 ways to fix this crash.[3]
Disable Aero, 2nd monitor or enable windowed[citation needed]
  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]

Delete settings folder[4]
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.
You'll need to enter your serial key afterwards.

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

Delete Userconfig2.lua[5]
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\Tropico 3
  2. Delete UserConfig2.lua.

Notes

You'll need to enter your serial key afterwards.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
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
OS X
Minimum
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

References

  1. Tropico 3 21:9 Gameplay (2560x1080) (60fps) (Ultrawide) - YouTube
  2. 120Hz.net - New 120Hz Games Report
  3. Steam forums - Tropico 3 crash on launch with two displays enabled.
  4. Kalypso forums - Technical FAQ
  5. GOG.com forums - Will not start, claims I do not have the required chipset