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Techstination feature for Friday, March 16, 2001

Another new twist on those sim games. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. They're among the most popular computer games... .the sim... or simulation genre. From the Sim City series... .that let you control the fate of a metropolis... to The Sims... .a top seller that put you in charge of a family... .making decisions on everything from choosing the right mate... .to choosing the right job... .computer game players have spent countless hours figuring out what to do next. From the makers of another popular sim title... Railroad Tycoon II... .comes your chance to be what you've always wanted... .

"It's a game that puts you in the shoes of a Carribean leader of a Carribean island. What the game is trying to do is have you try to stay in power. Try and balance the different factions of people against each other... the low class farmers against the doctors. They have different needs. The people that are sympathetic to the U.S. against the people that are sympathetic to Russia. This is set in the '50s, '50s Carribean."

Sounds like a vaguely familiar story line. PopTop Software's Brent Smith says you guessed right... .it's sort of like Sim Dictator. The name of the game is Tropico...

"Basically, there are two aspects to the game. Part of it is a builder, like a Sim City game where you're concerned with the economics, building up a base of money. Building buildings to make your island attractive enough for immigrants, tourism. The other part of the game is political, where you're trying to appease different factions or trying to take care of your people via political edicts that you can issue. You can invite the Pope to visit, which makes your religious factions more happy."

Tropico arrives on store shelves next month. Cigar not included. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg Radio.