Jason Venter writes: "If I were feeling especially lazy and you asked me to describe Tropico 3, I would probably say something like "It's SimCity set in Cuba and you're Fidel Castro."
If the conversation ended there, you would leave with a working idea of how the game functions. You'd know that it's a tycoon game, for instance, which says a lot about the basic flow of things. You'd probably anticipate some tropical scenery, maybe some feisty Latin music. And of course, you'd be right."