Return to the remote island nation of Tropico and expand your Dynasty’s reign from the early colonial period to beyond the 21st Century, facing new challenges including advanced trading mechanics, technology and scientific research, exploration, cooperative and competitive MULTIPLAYER for up to 4 players.
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Release Date: May 23, 2014

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September 1

Steam Workshop Hotfix now live!

Fellow Tropicans, as a true and beloved leader of his people, El Presidente put an end to platform discrimination and redundant work.

A hotfix addressing issues with the Steam Workshop integration of Tropico 5 is now available and introduces the following fixes and changes:

- Fixed duplicate tasks when playing missions/maps from steam workshop
- Fixed unability to select dynasty when playing custom missions/maps
- Steam Workshop content can now be downloaded with Linux and Mac versions
- Added additional sand color for map editor

In addition, El Presidente wishes to thank the community for their amazing work creating amazing (and sometimes not so amazing) maps and missions to extend his virtual rule over Tropico! Check out the Workshop for Tropico 5 today and be amazed!

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July 23

Tropico 5 Update 1.10 adds Steam Workshop & Free Content!

Put your presents under a palm tree and hang your Tropican flags with pride, because Tropico day is here!
Kalypso Media is required by Tropican law excited to announce that 23rd July brings a host of festivities to veteran dictators and fresh-off-the-boat newbies alike. Tropico Day features free content and updates, as well as the launch of Tropico 5’s latest DLC add-on – ‘T-Day.’

Tropico 5 has also been updated to version 1.10, bringing with it a host of new updates including five new maps – Gran Mano, Isla del Halcon, Costa Siesta, Pesada Cruz and Ultimo, all free of charge. This update also includes support for Steam Workshop (Windows only), adding a Map & Mission editor for Steam users to customize islands within Tropico 5.

See the full changelog below:

- Added Steam Workshop Map & Missions editor (Windows Steam version only)
- Fixed visual corruption with latest AMD Omega driver
- Localization fixes
- Fixed issue with a Waterborne task
- Fixed issues with minimap drawing
- Fixed counting of discredited citizens in Mad World mission

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“Flies in the face of other strategy games”

“As delightfully corrupt as ever”
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“Tropico 5 is a city-builder worth getting excited about”

Beinhaltet Karten- & Missionseditor

Now available for Tropico 5: Steam Workshop integration with map & mission editor for endless replayability. Create your own unique maps and scenarios or download and enjoy other players' creations! Get creative, Presidente!

About This Game

Return to the remote island nation of Tropico in the next installment of the critically acclaimed and hugely popular ‘dictator sim’ series. Expand your Dynasty’s reign from the early colonial period to beyond the 21st Century, facing an all-new set of challenges, including advanced trading mechanics, technology and scientific research, exploration and for the first time in Tropico history – cooperative and competitive MULTIPLAYER for up to 4 players.

    The Eras - Start your reign during colonial times, survive the World Wars and the Great Depression, be a dictator during the Cold War, and advance your country to modern times and beyond. From the 19th century to the 21st, each era carries its own challenges and opportunities.
    The Dynasty - Each member of El Presidente’s extended family is present on the island and may be appointed as a ruler, a manager, an ambassador or a general. Invest in the members of your Dynasty to unlock new traits and turn them into your most valuable assets.
    Research and Renovate - Advance your nation by discovering new buildings, technologies and resources. Renovate your old buildings to more efficient modern buildings.
    Advanced trade system and trade fleet - Amass a global trade fleet and use your ships to secure trade routes to neighboring islands or world superpowers, both for export and import.
    Explore your island - Discover what lies beyond the fog of war. Find valuable resource deposits and explore the ruins of ancient civilizations.
    All new art - All artwork has been re-designed from scratch to provide Tropico 5 with a unique visual identity. Choose from over 100 buildings from each of the individual eras.
    Cooperative and competitive multiplayer – Up to 4 players can build up their own cities and economies on any given island map. Players can choose to share resources, supplies and population or declare war on each other.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 400 or higher, AMD Radeon HD 4000 or higher, Intel HD 4000 or higher (DirectX 11 hardware support required)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • OS: Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8 (64 bit)
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 500 or higher, AMD Radeon HD 5000 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.9
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 400 or higher, AMD Radeon HD 4000 or higher, Intel HD 4000 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 500 or higher, AMD Radeon HD 5000 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu/SteamOS (latest)
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 400 or higher, AMD Radeon HD 4000 or higher, Intel HD 4000 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 500 or higher, AMD Radeon HD 5000 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
590 of 652 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
I liked Tropico 3, bought Tropico 4 and LOVE it. I didn't think Kalypso/Haemimont could screw Tropico 5 up. They did. The game has far less content than Tropico 4 did on release day. This is so you can buy content later as DLC!

The economy controls are dumbed down. Rent, wages, and all other economic factors are frustratingly simplified and broad.

Shipping was a bit of an annoyance in Tropico 4, goods could stack at docks faster than it could be shipped. In Tropico 5, that has been remedied (sort of) but the new way of shipping goods is an annoying, island clogging, minutiae-filled chore that makes me long for T4's flawed but ultimately less annoying shipping system.

T4's troops worked automatically and you had no control over them. In T5, you do have control. A good thing, right? Wrong. The troops controls are clunky and unresponsive. Another chore, not fun.

Rebels in Tropico 4 would appear if you were doing things wrong or didn't have enough jobs. There was a reason (and cure) to having rebels on your island. In Tropico 5, you have rebels for no reason. Your island could be a perfect paradise, but huge rebel attacks will still occur. The Developers have admitted the rebels are arbitrary and for no reason other than some lame excuse about it being an upstart island with political turmoil; it just (and does, often) happens.

In Tropico 4, you could be a benevolent ruler, or a brutal Tyrant, which is what Tropico was all about. In Tropico 5, you are an impotent and weak governor that can only survive by doing your best in hopes of pleasing the fickle masses to desperately stay in power.

Then there is DLC. Tropico 4, when it came out, was quickly buried in DLC. BUT! The first several DLC were handy, useful DLC. The DLC had VERY useful buildings, cool decorator pieces, a mission, and outfit. Over time though, the Tropico 4 DLC became cheap, useless cash grabs. This crappy DLC content continued on into Tropico 5. All the DLC in Tropico 5 is pointless and adds nothing interesting. Not only that, but a few skilled gamers actually found large chunks and entirely complete, usuable DLC in the RELEASE DAY game files. Which the Devs tried to patch out and B.S. away.

In Hindsight, you could offer me Tropico 5 for free, and i'd decline the offer. Tropico 4 is superior in nearly every way. With Tropico 4 being available on Steam, there is absolutely no point, reason, or need to buy Tropico 5.

This really, for me, is a bummer. This isn't some game I saw, tried, and didn't like. I LOVE Tropico 4. I WANTED to see this game succeed. Kalypso/Haemimont are the little guys in the gaming industry. But when they got greedy and released a content-weak game and put that content (that isn't that great to begin with) in DLC, they sold their integrity to nickel-and-dime their customers.

I was dissapointed when Kalypso started rushing out several shoddy DLC at the end of Tropico 4's run. Now, with Tropico 5, Kalypso/Haemimont are no longer on my radar, I don't care about their games.

That's okay. I still have Tropico 4.

EDIT: Some people have posted below with some very good arguments about where my review may be wrong. I still feel my review stands, but if you are truly looking into whether you should spend your money on this game or not, it wouldn't hurt in reading the comments below for some very valid responses that may change your mind.
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330 of 389 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
If you're going to play a Tropico game, play either 3 or 4, they're superior in almost every way. Tropico 5 is the Michael Bay of Tropico, big, dumb and colorful. All the systems, variety and control seemed to be streamlined and simplified. The game was rather simple before, but going from 3 to 4 to 5, you notice a trend downwards. The DLC is overpriced and unsatisfactory. If you've beaten every other Tropico game and this one is on sale, i guess get it, you'll beat the main campaign within 20-30 hours. But I wouldn't say its much worth it.
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133 of 160 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
60.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Sadly another franchise in decline..

It feels very much unfinished, lacking in detail and polish. This game was released long before it was ready.. which is a shame, as it features some very interesting ideas that given more thought and development time would have made this game really something special. Sadly it appears to have been carved up and rushed out for a rather shameless DLC cash grab.

If your looking for a game in the series to buy Pick up Tropico 4 with the DLC in the next sale. Skip this

Era's - your island now advances through various eras from colonial to modern times each with its own set of available buildings, technologies, politics and edicts

You now have family members forming a dynasty

Multiplayer Mode - a feature that this game really could have run with.

Its still tropico

Many of the building options are gone (some can allready be found in the overpriced DLC shop) the build options for each era are also therefore painfully limited especially the early ones. Often what is available in each era makes little historical sense at all. Also most of the buildngs most notably housing only has one skin per type.

Much of the fine tweeking from the previous games is now simplified or simply gone, the new system often leads to seemingly random swings of popularity, unrest, strikes and uprisings with no clear reason why or control over the events that follow, just hit fast forward and hope for the best.

The dynasty members dont really do anything interesting; theres a handfull of scripted events that rotate for them.

The humour is tired and repetitive very much a one gag pony.

The campaign missions are for the most part all very much the same set of scripted events on rotation and the story doesnt really go anywhere it just peters out.

It is entirely possible to totally cripple yourself for later on in the campaign with no way short of going back two levels of fixing it (if you happened to save it). The alternative is also true you can set yourself up so well you will just face roll through half of the missions.
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62 of 75 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
85.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Ultimately disappointing

I was a big fan of Tropico 3 and 4. This one is still playable, but just doesn't feel like it has the depth of the previous titles. Some of the additions I liked and thought were interesting changes, such as:

- You know have a ruling dynasty and you gain new family members as you go, with different abilities and bonuses

- You have different eras that you move through and different building available in each era. There is also a constitution with options in each area. This is how you control things like open or closed borders, conscription vs high quality military etc.

However, things I didn't like:

- It seems much harder to really get a picture of how your society is going. Little things like : previously in a school you could see all the students and click on them, now you just get '5/10 students' and you can't drill down on them. You can't seem to get a list of your whole population by education level, only the unemployed people. You can't see an individual persons needs anymore, just their ratings. It's harder to watch or track a single person. You can see thoughts, but not what they are currently doing, whereas they used to tell you they were going to the doctor, or to get food. You can't see how many people are using a garage or railway station. Lots of small features like this that they have removed make it really hard to diagnose problems, like whether people are able to commute effectively, or have enough services around them.

- Because of the above, when things go wrong, you often have no idea why. Why is the happiness rating high but my approval rating low? Why do I have so many of every type of entertainment building but the entertainment happiness is still low? Why do I have lots of teamsters but my factories are full on un picked-up goods? It's often hard to tell if it is something you are doing wrong, inconsistencies in the game or bugs. Why do I have so many homeless people who won't move into the housing I have built that is in a good location and appropriate for their wealth level? Why do I still have people listed as 'broke' when I have the social security edict turned on. Why is there a group protesting against my government, but when I click on them many have 85+ approval rating and happiness? What are they upset about? No idea.

All of that being said, the game is still fairly easy to complete, but for those like me that like to not just finish the mission but build the ultimate society in the process, it is so frustrating seeing things like a low approval rating due to homelessness when I have dozens of houses standing empty and other similar things. I ended up giving up because I just wasn't enjoying it any more.

For anyone new to the franchise, go and play 3 or 4, they are awesome.
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48 of 59 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
This game is fun, however.. not finished.

I've already had alot of fun with the game,
Let me start with saying that this is my first Tropico game.
I'll state my opinion on the positive and negative aspects below:


This game has a great sense of humor, everytime you research something you'll get your general reporting to you in a somewhat.. weird form. It can certainly provide you with a laugh from time to time.

I still haven't got far due to the invasions and rebels, but i've already notices that there is a variety of missions to play.
You can even pick one of the two islands which you are going to play a certain mission on.

Lots of quests and tasks, there is always a goal for you.


The first thing i noticed, and which also became my downfall and got me quite angry with the game.. is the military(war) system. You build military posts which exist out of one squad of soldiers. Can you control them? No! During invasions or rebel events you cannot control your forces. Even if it's 10 squads against five you will probably still lose due to the horrible path-finding system. You cannot control your squad. They go to a certain building and will not engage with any enemy troops on the way. Mostly the squads will just walk around aimlessy, not defending anything.. while your building are being burned down. For instance, one squad gets to the enemy and gets into a fight.. they'll get slaughtered because it'll most likely be 5 squads versus 1. And that's basically how i lost all the time. Not to mention that the rebels are quite overpowered.

Trading & Items
I am quite disappointed with this, In the beginning i had the idea i could control my economy. But there isn't even a storage building where your people bring the goods to, they just ship off at regular prices automatically. You can browse the trade offers manually and send one of your own ships to buy or sell products, however. But yet no actual gather and build system, that's a big thing that's just missing..

Alive atmosphere.
I am missing the Stronghold idea.
What i mean with this is basically i'm missing to see my country workers actually work, going to the taverns, church, free time spendations.. etc soldiers patrolling the streets, vehicles picking up goods and the delivering them to a certain location(A to B), more depth in the building constructions carryíng planks and goods and hammeríng, sawíng buildings together. That's one big thing that's missing for me.

Sad'ly there is more negativity in my mind than positive, thus the reason i marked my review as negative.
However it's still a fun game, but i do not agree with the 50,00 euro's we're getting charged.

In-Fact, I had an update today.. a minor updates but no 'new' things. I doubt they'll ever be coming. There are still DLC'S coming along the way.
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