RE: Questions about the 360 version.
I don't have the 360 version, so I am not sure how relevant this is, but here are some tips for the PC version:
Make sure you build Garages. I usually build one for the town center first, then one at the dock, and if I have mines or housing at a remote location, I build one there too. They might not be moving in because it is too far to walk home from work.
Make sure your housing and entertainment venues are priced low enough for your Tropicans to afford. Housing must be 1/3 of the income of the individual or married couple. You can put the price of entertainment at the same price of the wage. So, if you want everyone to be able to go to the Archeological Museum, for example, you would need to bring the price down to the lowest wage.
This is usually my starting strategy:
No Education Jobs: $6
High School Jobs: $12
College Jobs: $20
Tenement Rent: $2 (single, uneducated)
Apartment Rent: $4 or $6 (married and/or high school workers/college workers)
House and Condominium Rent: $8 or $10 (Usually by the time I am building these, I've raised the College-level wages to $25 so the condos and houses are for married and/or college-level workers.)
I usually raise the wages and rents as the game progresses. If you issue the Social Security edict, then the elderly, students, and unemployed move in if the rent is low enough. It pays them 2/3 of the average wage when they retire. (Sometimes it seems as if it pays according to their education level. Once, I noticed when I had my Tenements set at $3 (minimum wage $9), the unemployed could not move in, but could at $1.) If there is no Social Security, these groups live in shacks.
I try to keep my rent higher in the beginning to fill housing with married couples rather than single when housing is limited. If I have lots of empty spaces, then I lower it to allow singles to move in.
Pollution: Be sure to apply the "Anti-Litter Ordinance" and "Pollution Standards" Edicts as soon as possible. To further cut down on pollution, I build the pipes addon for the Lumber Mill and I don't add the fan for the Furniture Factory. There really isn't much you can do with the other industrial buildings except to group them near the dock to keep the pollution as localized to one side of the island as possible. Decorations might help too, but I don't use them much.
Military: Make sure their wages are a bit higher than everyone elses. I usually set my soldiers at $18 or $20 and my generals at $25.
Starting Out: Different players have different strategies. This is my strategy for most games: I build one Garage and a Diplomatic Ministry (High Priority for builders). (If you are low on funds, skip the Diplomatic Ministry and invest in mines or cash crops, but try to build it as soon as possible since it allows for Humanitarian Aid, lower housing cost, and raises relations = foreign money and less chance for invasion.) If I have very few educated workers (but at least 1 high school female) and enough cash, I might invest in an immigration office. I look at export prices and check my mining and oil resources and ground quality for different crops. If I have some good iron and bauxite deposits, I start building mines, 2 or 3 per deposit, depending on funds. Mines bring more immediate revenue. With gold mines, I try to hold off and save it until I can build a jewelry factory and have one or two educated workers to work there to get the most bang out of it. I usually keep the corn farms already there growing corn to make sure Tropicans have enough food. I build a few farms (2 or 3 of the same type): pineapple (food and export), tobacco (export only), or coffee bean (export only), often dependent on ground quality for each crop. It is good to keep in mind that Cigar Factories are cheaper to buy than Canneries and Hand-rolled cigars are often priced around the same as freeze-dried coffee. You can diversify as the game progresses. You may want to buy a pub starting off to give them a bit of entertainment while you save up for a clinic and church. (Humanitarian Aid can supplement healthcare if you have no college-level men to start with.) If I have about $500-$1000 left after purchasing some mines and farms, I issue the Social Security edict and Anti-Litter Ordinance.
A Message from the Religious Faction: "Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." (Jude 1:21)
(This post was last modified: 01-12-2009 01:24 PM by Haumea.)