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Release Date: Mar 29, 2012

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The times are changing and the island nation of Tropico is evolving. The Internet, a New World Order, terrorists, global financial markets and space exploration are on the rise and pose new challenges to El Presidente and his regime.

Old buildings and structures are becoming obsolete and need to be upgraded or even replaced by their modern counterparts. Cars and transportation need modernization to meet the needs of a changing economy; and now El Presidente can even send people to the International Space Station! El Presidente and his ministers must now join the war against terror and control Internet regulation and freedom of speech on Tropico.

Key Features:

  • Make Tropico fit for the 21st century: Evolve the island from the Cold War era to modern times and even into the future
  • 30 new buildings become available as time progresses, including condos, skyscrapers, Organic Ranches and Biofarms. Replace obsolete buildings with these modern and inspiring designs
  • Upgrade old buildings to new variants – modernized apartment buildings, banks, museums and much more
  • 10 new edicts allow even more control over your citizens’ lives. Block or limit citizens’ Internet use, create a police state or be a “good guy” and launch the Festival of Love edict
  • New single player campaign comprised of 12 comprehensive scenario missions. Protect Tropico from unseen and sinister forces

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP3 (32 bit)
    • Processor:2 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader Model 3.0 (Geforce 6600, Radeon X1600), 256 MB, DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:2 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader Model 3.0 (Geforce 8800, Radeon HD4000), 512 MB, DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8.5
    • Processor: 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 4GB Memory
    • Graphics: 256MB*
    • Hard Drive:6GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel GMA series, NVIDIA 7xxx series and NVIDIA 8xxx series.

      The following cards require you to have 8GB of system RAM: Intel HD3000, NVIDIA 9400, Intel HD4000 and NVIDIA 320M.
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9.4
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 8GB Memory
    • Graphics: 512GB*
    • Hard Drive: 6GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel GMA series, NVIDIA 7xxx series and NVIDIA 8xxx series.

      The following cards require you to have 8GB of system RAM: Intel HD3000, NVIDIA 9400, Intel HD4000 and NVIDIA 320M.
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Overall:
Positive (44 reviews)
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87Oscar87
Posted: July 12
Adds a whole new campaign and some amazing new structures. Quite a lot of other stuff too. Worth it if you like the game (especially sandbox).
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Minde
Posted: May 16
I THINK THIS IS THE BEST DLC FOR TROPICO 4
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Mačka Bruchomluvec
Posted: May 15
This is the best Tropico 4 DLC!
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Blanchflower
Posted: April 28
There are 12 extra missions for this DLC. Each one of them is challenging and fun to play. The price tag is also great compared to the fun you would get playing these missions. I highly recommend this DLC for all the hardcore Tropico fans out there.
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rstockton21
Posted: April 21
the gaam is gooooooood
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[A-Reaper]OrionRider
Posted: March 16
I love some of the buildings especially the business centre

+The Bio Farm is good cause the crops doesnt randomly grow anywhere like the normal farm, Also I love the new workmodes where the "Cash Crops' grows sugar,tobacco and coffee in together,

+The business centre helped me make tons of money, and what i love that it doesnt require educated workers to work on the Business Centre, I built 20 Business Centres and helped me make money without the need to build more schools,

+The Organic ranch works the same like the Bio Farm, The Animals doesnt wonder around the whole city

+ Unlike normal banks, the new bank makes much more money with the "Investment Banking" work mode


-The modern apartment look so ugly, I Like the ordinary apartment more

-Also the ziggurat is useless and also ugly


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MLGesus
Posted: February 21
Tropico 4: Modern Times Expansion Pack Review

Modern Times is an expansion pack for Tropico 4. This expansion pack has a lot of content to offer, such as a new campaign, new buildings, edicts, and much more. It also adds some new mechanics such as timeline events which are historical events that affect gameplay. These events will affect export prices, relations, immigrants, and etc. There are also some new achievements as well.

The new campaign adds 12 new missions. At the start you will only unlock a few modern buildings, but as time progresses, you will unlock more modern buildings. As the campaign progresses, you will unlock more and more modern buildings at the start of each mission. There are some plot twists in this campaign and it also adds some new characters as well. The campaign should take about 20 hours or so to finish as they are quite challenging. However, thereis a bug in the 6th mission of the campaign "Keep Calm and Carry On", where after you completed an objective you will be given a failure state. If the index is under 200, you will lose the game. The objective I finished should've gaven me an extra 300 index, but it didn't so I instantly lose the mission. Thankfully, I found the solution online.

The new modern buildings are mostly upgrades that replaces the old buildings such as farms replaced by bio farms, which takes up more space than the usual farm, employ fewer people, and can yield multiple crops at the same time at a much higher rate. But once you unlock these newer buildings, you can't build the old cheaper ones. There are also some modern buildings which is new and is not an upgrade such as the space program, the electronic factory, telecom HQ and more. The new edicts are also great and useful. Edicts such as fertilize, which permanently increases the soil fertility of the island is very useful. Some DLC missions use the Modern Times mechanics as well.

In summary, Modern Times is a fantastic expansion pack. It adds a lot of new great things. However, there are also some minor bugs. I recommend turning on the auto-save from the settings so you won't lose progress if the bug happens to you. But overall, Modern Times is must-have if you like Tropico 4.
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Alaah
Posted: January 1
+Add a timeline which random global events happen (it's random for each new game)
+Add new buildings which will be unlocked in certain time
+Add a full campaign with new 12 missions
+New Edicts
+Can make people pay for their healthcare

-Most of the new buildings are overpower
-The game become really easy after building them, even on the hardest difficult
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Foxysen
Posted: November 20, 2015
Modern Times is DLC that is comparable to Expansion Pack for your Tropico 4. Yep, every other DLC is tiny. It adds more gameplay mechanics, buildings and a whooping new campaign.

There are 12 campaign missions. I didn't beat them all, but they feel like fun, with interesting challenges and amousing story with characters. Well, you know, text deal.

What it adds gameplay wise are year-dependant changes and events. You can now check a timeline which will show you what to expect from the future in each year. It could be that you can't hire any foreign worker. Or forced edict. Or most often, you will get to build a new building or to have one of those upgraded. Well, upgraded forcefully, the ones that were already constructed stay as-is, but you can build only new ones. Like, apartament for 10 persons changes to 20 person one that requires electricity. From one point it's great, from another, if you didn't plan to build any power stations, then you may not like it.
But hey, progress doesn't wait for no one! I still think it adds more positive challenge and changes to gameplay.

Oh, and a bunch of edicts to issue.

No, classic campaign doesn't get any of these changes, as far as I am aware.

And it's pretty much a must-have expansion. Well, must-have mostly because base Tropico 4 was extremely similar to Tropico 3: Absolute Power edition. This will bring more unique elements into it.
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the psychopath for life
Posted: November 18, 2015
yes and no first it sadly replaces some of the useful buildings with the new ones however most of them are even more useful either way is worth buying espeiclaly if you get it with the other dlc
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
64 of 67 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: April 1, 2012
If you like Tropico 4 then it's definitely worth the money as it adds an entire new campaign and the new buildings and edicts really do add a lot to sandbox mode. Some of the new buildings and edicts make the original campaign a bit too easy though especially if you have some of the other DLC.

Basically Tropico 4 is a very fun city builder that does not take itself seriously at all and if you enjoyed it I highly reccomend the expansion. If you're not into city builders then I don't think this will change your mind about the game either.
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42 of 46 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: September 1, 2012
Mixed opinion. While the updated buildings are neat features (they generally are higher quality/capacity), after you unlock the upgrade (based on year/timeline), you no longer are able to build the older (cheaper) versions. New Campaign is a nice feature though.
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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: April 15, 2013
Modern times is an expansion pack to Tropico 4, that adds a new campaign and a whole set of new buildings and a new edict tab. The new buildings are not had all at once- this time the date actually means something, and over the course of a mission, new buildings will be unlocked for you as you hit certain dates. They nearly all replace old buildings, and you get things like a giant pyramid house, a skyscraper office building, a car factory, and more. The missions are well done but the difficulty is kind of lacking- the new structures are really "overpowered", like a farm that grows all kinds of crops and a borehole mine that will mine a thousand minerals each month. You end up with gobs of money really fast, and so you mostly just go through the motions. Worth picking up if you liked Tropico 4's campaign.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: December 17, 2014
The capaign is great, and the possibility of modernizing older buildings adds A new layer of depth to your economic plan.

BUT

once you unlock a modern building, it replaces an old one on the building menu. Normally this would be fine, but modern buildings are bigger and more expensive than old ones.

Doesn't stop the whole thing from being good, but it's a bit of a nuisance
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: April 18, 2012
These expansion change everything you knew in Tropico 4. It's bring main game to nearly perfection. 9/10 from me :)
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: April 28
There are 12 extra missions for this DLC. Each one of them is challenging and fun to play. The price tag is also great compared to the fun you would get playing these missions. I highly recommend this DLC for all the hardcore Tropico fans out there.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: November 20, 2015
Modern Times is DLC that is comparable to Expansion Pack for your Tropico 4. Yep, every other DLC is tiny. It adds more gameplay mechanics, buildings and a whooping new campaign.

There are 12 campaign missions. I didn't beat them all, but they feel like fun, with interesting challenges and amousing story with characters. Well, you know, text deal.

What it adds gameplay wise are year-dependant changes and events. You can now check a timeline which will show you what to expect from the future in each year. It could be that you can't hire any foreign worker. Or forced edict. Or most often, you will get to build a new building or to have one of those upgraded. Well, upgraded forcefully, the ones that were already constructed stay as-is, but you can build only new ones. Like, apartament for 10 persons changes to 20 person one that requires electricity. From one point it's great, from another, if you didn't plan to build any power stations, then you may not like it.
But hey, progress doesn't wait for no one! I still think it adds more positive challenge and changes to gameplay.

Oh, and a bunch of edicts to issue.

No, classic campaign doesn't get any of these changes, as far as I am aware.

And it's pretty much a must-have expansion. Well, must-have mostly because base Tropico 4 was extremely similar to Tropico 3: Absolute Power edition. This will bring more unique elements into it.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: November 21, 2012
If you own Tropico 4 then you have to get this DLC. The additional content is awesome and the new 12-mission campaign is wonderful.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: February 21
Tropico 4: Modern Times Expansion Pack Review

Modern Times is an expansion pack for Tropico 4. This expansion pack has a lot of content to offer, such as a new campaign, new buildings, edicts, and much more. It also adds some new mechanics such as timeline events which are historical events that affect gameplay. These events will affect export prices, relations, immigrants, and etc. There are also some new achievements as well.

The new campaign adds 12 new missions. At the start you will only unlock a few modern buildings, but as time progresses, you will unlock more modern buildings. As the campaign progresses, you will unlock more and more modern buildings at the start of each mission. There are some plot twists in this campaign and it also adds some new characters as well. The campaign should take about 20 hours or so to finish as they are quite challenging. However, thereis a bug in the 6th mission of the campaign "Keep Calm and Carry On", where after you completed an objective you will be given a failure state. If the index is under 200, you will lose the game. The objective I finished should've gaven me an extra 300 index, but it didn't so I instantly lose the mission. Thankfully, I found the solution online.

The new modern buildings are mostly upgrades that replaces the old buildings such as farms replaced by bio farms, which takes up more space than the usual farm, employ fewer people, and can yield multiple crops at the same time at a much higher rate. But once you unlock these newer buildings, you can't build the old cheaper ones. There are also some modern buildings which is new and is not an upgrade such as the space program, the electronic factory, telecom HQ and more. The new edicts are also great and useful. Edicts such as fertilize, which permanently increases the soil fertility of the island is very useful. Some DLC missions use the Modern Times mechanics as well.

In summary, Modern Times is a fantastic expansion pack. It adds a lot of new great things. However, there are also some minor bugs. I recommend turning on the auto-save from the settings so you won't lose progress if the bug happens to you. But overall, Modern Times is must-have if you like Tropico 4.
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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: November 15, 2012
This is a must have for Tropico 4
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