You are the President of your own island, manage it any way you like... become a dictator, design the layout of your cities, fend off protests, build an army or build a tourist trap. Everything is up to you. Will you build a successful civilization or will it crumble?
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Tropico 3 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the GOG version of Tropico 3. Other versions may require additional steps.
Tips & Specs:
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Mint 17.3 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.8.5
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.8.5 is installed and you can close this window
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name the virtual drive: tropico3
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.8.5
Windows version: Windows 7
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
Desktop size: 1920x1080
PlayOnLinux Packages (DLL's, Libraries, Components)
Check the following:
Note: All packages will automatically download and install
Click Next again...
Uncheck "Create desktop icons"
Check "Yes, I have read and accept EULA"
Name the shortcut: Tropico 3
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select "Tropico 3"
Wine version: 1.8.5
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine.
Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
Close PlayOnLinux Configure
Launching Tropico 3
Select Tropico 3
Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs
Click Visuals Tab
Click OK to apply
- Display Resolution
- Screen Refresh Rate
- View Distance
- Scene Resolution
- Water Quality
Rule of Thumb:
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
Tropico 3 ran fairly well on my Geforce GTX 950. I experienced some slowness when everything was cranked to high, so I lowered a few settings liks Antialiasing and Postprocessing and Shadows to get a better frame rate.