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
macOS (OS X) January 9, 2012
Tropico 3 at Wikipedia
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Tropico 6 2019

General information

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

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 7 DRM.
Windows
Developer website
CD key
Requires online activation
Can only be used x times
Gold Edition. Five machines limit.
macOS (OS X)
Amazon.com
DRM details are not known
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Gold Edition.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Gold Edition.
Windows
Mac App Store
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Gold Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Steam Special Edition.
Windows
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)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/23490/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Tropico 3\Saves
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/23490/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
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. Change config.IsFullscreen = 1 to config.IsFullscreen = 0.
  4. Close Decompress Config and launch the game.
  5. 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. Change config.XInput = 0 to config.XInput = 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 Sub Notes
English
German
French
Italian
Spanish

Issues fixed[edit]

Windows Vista/Windows 7 multi-monitor 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]

It is possible that your game configuration got corrupted by a system-crash.
Delete settings folder[4]

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.

Notes

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.
Run the game in Windowed mode[6]

If the previous fix didn't work, run Tropico 3 in Windowed mode.

Notes

You'll need to enter your serial key afterwards.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

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
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8 10.7.2
Processor (CPU) Intel 2.0 GHz Intel 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM 512 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/23490/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (23490) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References