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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January 29

Tropico 5 – Complete Collection Out Now on PC


Own it all with the ultimate Tropico 5 bundle complete with all released expansions and DLC!

Tropico, 29th January, 2016
Tired of petty rebellions and the cries of austerity from his 'beloved' citizens, El Presidente has instructed Kalypso Media to release the PC version of Tropico 5 – Complete Collection, bringing the most comprehensive Tropico package yet to his adoring fans and prospective dictators everywhere. Packing in both full expansions ‘Espionage’ and ‘Waterborne’ along with all 10 DLC add-ons released to date, Tropico 5 - Complete Collection delivers overs 100 hours of gameplay, giving fans the best ever chance to test their mettle as the Caribbean’s latest mastermind dictator.
More maps, more missions, more buildings, more beards.
You really are spoilt for choice - the only question is, how will you rule your island paradise?

Find the full list of all included expansions and DLCs here:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/245620/discussions/0/458606248616396237/

Tropico 5 - Complete Collection is available now as a boxed retail edition and as a digital download here:
http://store.steampowered.com/sub/88780/


Watch the Tropico 5 – Complete Collection trailer on YouTube here:
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“Flies in the face of other strategy games”
Gamespot

“As delightfully corrupt as ever”
PC Gamer

“Tropico 5 is a city-builder worth getting excited about”
IGN

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    Recommended:
    • 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
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 500 or higher, AMD Radeon HD 5000 or higher
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 500 or higher, AMD Radeon HD 5000 or higher
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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phmon
( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Good : More fun than Tropico 4
You can research your tech, and customize your Law.
You can not get everything. You should choose.
You should make sure your strategy as each stage has specific mission.

Bad : uncomfortable than Tropico 4
To play with the mouse you should disconnect the game pad.
You can not cancel your actions.
And I could not find old hot-keys.
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WindHawk4
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
i liked the demo i wish i chould play more
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Washtali
( 115.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Generally pretty good. Have no issues with Single Player. Multiplayer, however, is a different story. When playing co-op, there are many instances where I cannot remove roads, even though they are right next to my buildings. Also Multiplayer is unreliable, when my friend and I are playing one of us often gets booted out of the game for no reason and with no warning. Even if we save, we are unable to reload and start playing the game again it simply does not work.

As a single player experience though this is a great game. Difficult if you want it to be, easy if you want it to be. Great character, great music, and very tongue-in-cheek. The DLC are totally worth it if you get them on sale.
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gablamy
( 15.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Cool game
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Evil_Lord_Proteus
( 24.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Having played Tropico 3, 4 and 5, I can say that while Tropico 5 had some good ideas, they were typically implimented poorly. The game also falls into the trap of having less content than the game before it, including cutting the featuers that were in previous games down to bare bones. Everything in Tropico 3 and 4 should have been in Tropico 5. No excuses.

Ultimately, as I played this game, it felt like the game was deliberately programmed to stack the deck against you and to make things as frustrating and difficult as possible. Doing well? Have a rebellion for no reason, and an Earthquake. 500 ciitzens and 700 available homes? Rest assured only 200 homes will have residents, even if you give everyone a raise so they can live in any home they want. Shacks everywhere, regardless of wealth and home.

And they still have not addressed Tropicans being stupid and living in shacks next to theie workplace instead of just walking or driving there. Didn't matter how many garages I built, where they were and if they were staffed, people still lived in shacks next to their workplace.

With those two things in mind, THEY STILL HAVE THE GAUL TO COMPLAIN ABOUT NOT HAVING HOUSES AND VOTING AGAINST ME.

My final act as a Tropico 5 Presidente is to construct the "Ultimate Agony Engine", a machine which will be used to preserve the lives of my wretched Tropico 5 citizens and subject them to eternal torment. This torment will be converted to energy and be used to power the homes and workplaces of my Tropico 4 islands. I am truly best Presidente. Kalyso, please just update Tropico 4, it's the better game.
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Dama
( 15.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
I can't build a city that makes any money! 10/10 would be kicked out again and again
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BrotherLewis
( 41.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Good game spoiled by very poor taste 'jokes' made by the developers at the expense of Latin American people
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Max Steve
( 16.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Well made game :D
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valkyrie
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
If you enjoy strat and city builder games, you will really love this. I normally get put off by alot of the politics in games of this type but not this its very fun and once you start to understand whats going on your addicted. certainly do the tutorial first, they did a good job with it and its very helpful.
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DockingRequestDenied
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Worse in pretty much every way to Tropico 4 other than slightly improved graphics.

Get Tropico 4 instead.

The console rot has finally infested this series.

I literally do not get how you can make the UI worse.

- It's less user friendly ingame (bulky and no favourites).
- You're forced to cycle through options instead of having dropdowns (terrible in char creation).
- Stripped out the decent sandbox creation features.
- No difficulty rating.
- No descriptive tooltips on settings, so I am sat here wondering how temperature will effect the experience.
- Have to pay 1000 dollars to "explore" the fog of war with your miltary, whom sometimes dont even reach their destination, so exploring the entire island costs a fortune.
- Game is too easy, you have no problem with cashflow.
- Mines are now placed snugly into ugly horseshoe-shaped rocks.
- Trading is shallow and removes the challenge of limited resources.
- Military is a badly designed uncontrollable mess.
- DLC doesn't add enough to be worth it either.
- The largest maps just aren't very big!

It just feels like several half arsed elements of a game slapped together for consoles.

The devs really need to sit down and fix this shambles by returning to their roots of the original Tropico and some good elements of T2 and T4, and then looking at other games that do certain elements right:
Building, simulation, zoning, districts etc: Cities Skylines
Concise ship combat and trading: Anno 1404
Land combat and deforestation: Aoe2

Uninstalled, back to T4.
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i3luntsaw
( 28.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Me like game, good. buy game you. if city build you like. a game for you this is
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Wadena
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
I don`t get "all" the bad reviews out there of this game?
I find it both fun and enjoyable with a funny humoristic take on things.
No problems whatsoever in recommending this game if you are into city builders and "light" logistics.
Tropico 5 is (for me at least) a relaxing yet stressful game with the right mix of components, and the music is stirring that Caribbean feeling well.
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armyman275
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
About to lose an election, kills oponent

10/10 would shove people into shacks and make the work for Pablo De Dictatoro again.
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ALTA2017
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
10/10 Would dictate again
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kokii888
( 79.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
This is amazing game this game is amazing
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badmin
( 28.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
at the beginning is very addictive but then you realise that is repetitive and doesn't bring may features.
for single player let's say that the game is quite ok, multiplayer is a joke though.
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jmsuncity
( 100.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Too many rebel attacks, they are constant and completely annoying. Even when you have over 70% approval rating, you still get 5 divisions of rebels who are able to destroy TANKS!! I went back to playing Tropico 4 after being totaly frustrated with this version.
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nekoden
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Thank God I didn't waste my money buying this. It might impress with the graphics and all, but unless you play this type of games all the time, or if you played the older games, you cannot, I reapeat, CANNOT start with this game, because it is so complex, it has way too many menus and sub menus, and frankly, if I didn't have a controller and a mouse, I wouldn't even have reached that far into the tutorial, which I never managed to finish, because it either made me mad, or it caused for my screen to stop responding for some reason. So instead of spending money on this, run away, or just donate that money to a good cause.
The concept was nice, but too bad that the game is not more user friendly, and expecting of the client to have played it's previous versions.
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Quality_House
( 18.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Tropico is a fun rts game with an incredible amount of detail. I will caution you that this game can be mind numbingly difficult if you try to rush your colony, this is a wait-and-see game and if you dont like politics dont even bother to buy it. That being said, the game does make an attempt to make you laugh, with some very funny adviser dialog which is read to you. I look forward to the next Tropico game.
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tdk5001
( 35.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
The Tropico series has been great and although the game keeps its character, it evolves with every series in different directions - which is something the developers can and should be proud of.

I do like the history timeline that was added to this latest edition and I think some of the mechanics in terms of transportation have been improved!

What I would like to see in the next edition is:
- return to more micromanagement of the people. I do think that the managers' system that was introduced in this edition is a very good idea but yet I would like to see more individuality in this and almost would like to be able to employ the closest and best managers to work for me from when I find them until they die.. (pretty much)
- I would like to see more competition from the different faction leaders and more individuality to those throughout the game as part of the resistence, maybe introducing parades, protests etc. against "the regime" so that they feel like real competitive individuals and not just random computer generated people who run against you in elections..
- I would like to see more customisation of your own character and your managers (based on the idea above) and maybe potentially your main opponents (my second point above).. that would further enhance the individuality and the presence of real opponents.
- I would like to see more technology, more choice of buildings of the same type, maybe even be able to somehow affect the cars/transportation your people are using.. (obviously all of that can and probably should be done in following DLCs)
- I think the dynasty idea in this edition has been handled very well and the fact that you can have a number of dynasty members is a great introduction, but I would like to see more traits, more character and, again, individuality in each member.. almost on the principles of traits in Total War series.. or maybe even Sims..
- I think the economy in this edition has been handled amazingly well but I would like to have more control on the import / export and production / consumption of goods. This has been addressed to an extent in this game but I think it would be cool if, for instance, when people only have one type of food - they protest... or for instance you can do edicts which are related to all products in trade and consumption.. the whole geopolitics and trade has to be developed further and resources have to be made renewable or inexhaustible (mainly mines)..

Anyway.. that's just a few ideas off the top of my mind.. and I realize they are very onerous and time/budjet consuming ideas probably.. but I do think that this is the direction that this game has to be evolving into. Nevertheless, amazing work by all and everyone who has been part of this project! The graphics, the gameplay, the character of the game, the sound effects, music, voices, the mechanics of the game... great great job!
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
62.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
If you’ve never played a Tropico game, you may not realize the difference between this series and any other simulation game. You might not realize all the political parody that defines Tropico. If you follow along with campaign narration and read the additional commentary tucked into the corners of the game, you will no doubt laugh at the subtle — and not so subtle — jabs at things like communism, capitalism, certain famous figures in history, and cultures that might be found in such a fictional place as Tropico. In Tropico 5, it only gets better as you, El Presidente, bring your island up from Colonial times, wedged between other superpowers, through all the familiar eras of our planet’s history.

The fun of this game comes from experimenting with the exact ways you can choose to run your little country. Seeing what you can get away with, or seeing just how happy and loyal you can make your citizens, is the real appeal of this game. Yes, you have to research new technology, make money with farming or mining etc., and construct housing for your citizens, but every one of those choices has its own weight on political aspects. You can construct churches to increase quality of housing in the area, but if you are an atheist country by your constitution, this may lower your approval rating. If your approval rating gets too low, you may not win the next election (if you have those), or a rebellion may threaten to overthrow your rule.

One thing you can do to help your situation is create a dynasty. Each ruler, the first being customized by you at the beginning of the game, has a special trait. Eventually, the game prompts you to find a new heir (by ridiculous means like a singing competition or thumb-wrestling match), and that new person will be selectable as a candidate for any election. Also, if you upset one of them too much by not siding with them on other trivial matters, they can rebel and try to overthrow you. You can also send them off to do special tasks like spy on an enemy faction or get a fancy degree to add merit to your regime. This is a really unique gameplay mechanic that I have not seen before, and your dynasty even carries over to multiplayer and sandbox modes. The game feels more robust with such a lasting element that can possibly produce much varying gameplay.

Another sneaky, new mechanic is your personal Swiss bank account. This is represented by two dollar signs in front of any amount that concerns your personal account. This is where you can really become a corrupt leader and laugh all the while. The purpose of this account is to get you out of tight spots in the campaign, or to level up your dynasty members. If you are lucky enough to discover a manager that siphons off a percentage of a building’s revenue to put into your account, saving up becomes easy.

Combat is in Tropico 5, but to be honest it probably shouldn't be, at least not in this form. While almost everything else in the game feels smooth and refined, the battles are fiddly and tedious. When you're attacked, whether by a traitorous squad of rebels or by foreign powers, you'll see tiny squads pop up on the map. They'll head off to destroy your key structures, and whatever defences you possess, militia squads or your personal guard, will automatically rush over to ineffectually swat at them, often before waiting for backup. Pretty much all you can do at that point is sit back and wait to mop up the pieces.

It's not too much of a problem honestly, because larger combats generally only happen when you've lost control of the situation completely anyway. The smaller skirmishes, like the occasional uprising that happens if you irritate one of the game's factions too much, thankfully don't last too long. Combat is the game's most obvious weakness, but it doesn't soil the rest of Tropico 5.

The characters of Tropico are drawn in broad strokes, but the canvas they’re drawn on is broader. Everyone and everything is a caricature: your underling, Penultimo, is a dimwitted, unceasing bootlicker; capitalists and opportunists within your staff seethe with delight as they suggest profiting off other nations’ needs, while communist revolutionaries are naively passionate about their cause despite not knowing exactly what they’re fighting for. Entire political institutions are mocked; early in the single-player campaign, a Marxist reveals that the Russians are exporting the Communist Revolution as a buyable service.

I won’t bother going through how the basics of a city builder work, as I think you understand most of it if you live in any civilization in real life. But I will say that they scope of Tropico 5, with the added intricacies of politics, makes this game much more fun and in-depth. That’s something other city sims don’t have.

The parody in particular is especially entertaining. Once you progress out of the colonial era, you get to hear the perky ramblings of a girl who manages a tavern called the Jolly Rodger, which I think is supposed to represent pirate radio and a public truth-teller you cannot control. She has something to say about almost every new milestone, and she makes sure to embarrass El Presidente any chance she gets, like when you hire surveillance to warn you of any new rebel leaders. The voice acting is top-notch, mainly because it’s so spirited and spot-on for whatever person is being parodied. I appreciate that in a city sim. After all, why build up a regular ol’ society when you could be building one that makes fun of things that have happened in our actual history?

Unlike previous games in the series, Tropico 5 includes multiplayer modes - and while these function just fine, they feel like they're missing something. Up to four players can compete or cooperate in pursuing a number of objectives, and the fact that everyone shares the same island elevates the pressure in some interesting ways. If there’s an oil deposit between two dictators, the first person to build a road to that resource can claim it and expand their territory at the same time.

In a cooperative scenario, roads become friendly lifelines that players use to share teamsters or construction workers. The lack of an omnipresent scoreboard forces players to visually observe each other’s progress, but it also leaves them data-starved. Regardless of the mode or objective, players still need to tend to all of the responsibilities of a single-player game, which pile up fast. The lack of chrono controls, while inevitable, muddles the series’ traditionally relaxed atmosphere, and most players will eventually turn back to single player in order get the true Tropico experience.

Visually, this game is stunning. On high specs it looks beautiful and the effects like wind and waves are really nice. A lot of detail is gone into the look of the game. Which is probably why the developers have opted for a hollow grid look for the best areas to place buildings as opposed to the filled in grid that came before. I really didn’t like this, it makes it far more difficult to read the lay of the land. This is about the only thing in the game I really didn’t like.

Fives games in and the Tropico series has really found its feet, creating a cheery and relaxing ambience that sets it quite apart from other city-builders out there. From the music to the bright and colourful graphics and the irreverent wit of your various staff, it’s got a very unique character that makes the simple gameplay very addictive. Okay, so it holds your hand a little too much, and combat is a bit dull, but it’s certainly the high point of the series so far. A very good city management and political strategy game that’s got a relaxed attitude quite unlike anything else out there.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Having played Tropico 3, 4 and 5, I can say that while Tropico 5 had some good ideas, they were typically implimented poorly. The game also falls into the trap of having less content than the game before it, including cutting the featuers that were in previous games down to bare bones. Everything in Tropico 3 and 4 should have been in Tropico 5. No excuses.

Ultimately, as I played this game, it felt like the game was deliberately programmed to stack the deck against you and to make things as frustrating and difficult as possible. Doing well? Have a rebellion for no reason, and an Earthquake. 500 ciitzens and 700 available homes? Rest assured only 200 homes will have residents, even if you give everyone a raise so they can live in any home they want. Shacks everywhere, regardless of wealth and home.

And they still have not addressed Tropicans being stupid and living in shacks next to theie workplace instead of just walking or driving there. Didn't matter how many garages I built, where they were and if they were staffed, people still lived in shacks next to their workplace.

With those two things in mind, THEY STILL HAVE THE GAUL TO COMPLAIN ABOUT NOT HAVING HOUSES AND VOTING AGAINST ME.

My final act as a Tropico 5 Presidente is to construct the "Ultimate Agony Engine", a machine which will be used to preserve the lives of my wretched Tropico 5 citizens and subject them to eternal torment. This torment will be converted to energy and be used to power the homes and workplaces of my Tropico 4 islands. I am truly best Presidente. Kalyso, please just update Tropico 4, it's the better game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
As a longtime fan of the Tropico series I had good expectations for this game. Sadly they turned this game into a cash cow. They have LESS buildings than the predecessor Tropico 4. Also some of the main buildings that i enjoyed building are now locked out in Tropico 5 FORCING you to purchase the DLC for even the basics. All in all a huge let down and i doubt that I will purchase any future Tropico games after the let down of a cash cow presented.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
City building part is fun.
Combat part is horrible. No control over troops and AI sucks. I lost many battles were I outnumbered the enemy 2 to 1. AI walks by, doesn't return fire and die. Troops don't respawn so if you lose some they never return as reinforcements in the same battle, even if that battle lasts more than a year(!).
Rebels appear out of thin air. 90% approval and still they decide to go allah akbar on my buildings.
This really killed the game for me.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
I only play sandbox mode and everytime I play it I start from the very beginning. Anyone with me?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Let me tell you a tale of how I lost my country.

It was just after we gained independence when the Illuminati wanted me to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand. I refused knowing that it would cause WWI.

I later held elections and I had more support than my competitor. Then the Illuminati riged the election and I lost everything.

This is game of the year 1914. 92/100.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
I love Tropico 5. I was a little hesitant after reading some of the other reviews, especially since I had only played Tropico 2 before and hadn't played the last few versions of the game. I have to say though, the most recent installment definitely is what I'm looking for. Foreign policy, winning elections, and charting new trade routes keep the game feeling fresh and fun, plus the eras help provide the player with new challenges and abilities as the years go by. Overall, great game and I definitely recommend it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Tropico 5 is a very nice improvement to Tropico 4. i like Many of the features

pros

-Co-op
-Time Periods
-Many new Buildings
-Ability to raise your own army

Cons (in my opinion)
-There seem to be alot of DLC for the product listed.
-Disasters happen alot even when its set on occasional

Neutrals
-Approval seems very fluctuating, very difficult to keep above normal. while i do like this, it gets annoying at times.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
210.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
(Note my comments are strictly holding to the base game. I have not played a single expac/dlc.)

T4 just felt like a more compelling and engaging product. Managing the army felt better, and also playing the tourism side felt more interesting. The Campaign for 4 definitely felt superior too. 5 has some improvements: less guess work with construction, and I like managing the plantations/ranches in 5 (unless you are talking hydroponic farms. Really Calypso? High school graduates?! You don't think that doesn't totally bork your game?) but I do miss running the prison farms from 4.

In short, I may remember a few small details wrong because it's been years since I played 4, but I do remember being super satisfied with my experience with 4. Not quite with 5. I liked it enough, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Oh and Calypso, after playing Prison Architect, the only way you are getting me to buy the eventual T6 is if you provide a layout mode. Guessing, placing, cancelling construction, replacing, maybe cancelling again, etc. until i get the building placement perfect (I hope) for my future plans is something we need to get passed. Presidente' has access to paper and pencil. It is well within his/her capabilities to plan ahead.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
If you enjoy strat and city builder games, you will really love this. I normally get put off by alot of the politics in games of this type but not this its very fun and once you start to understand whats going on your addicted. certainly do the tutorial first, they did a good job with it and its very helpful.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
I can't build a city that makes any money! 10/10 would be kicked out again and again
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Worse in pretty much every way to Tropico 4 other than slightly improved graphics.

Get Tropico 4 instead.

The console rot has finally infested this series.

I literally do not get how you can make the UI worse.

- It's less user friendly ingame (bulky and no favourites).
- You're forced to cycle through options instead of having dropdowns (terrible in char creation).
- Stripped out the decent sandbox creation features.
- No difficulty rating.
- No descriptive tooltips on settings, so I am sat here wondering how temperature will effect the experience.
- Have to pay 1000 dollars to "explore" the fog of war with your miltary, whom sometimes dont even reach their destination, so exploring the entire island costs a fortune.
- Game is too easy, you have no problem with cashflow.
- Mines are now placed snugly into ugly horseshoe-shaped rocks.
- Trading is shallow and removes the challenge of limited resources.
- Military is a badly designed uncontrollable mess.
- DLC doesn't add enough to be worth it either.
- The largest maps just aren't very big!

It just feels like several half arsed elements of a game slapped together for consoles.

The devs really need to sit down and fix this shambles by returning to their roots of the original Tropico and some good elements of T2 and T4, and then looking at other games that do certain elements right:
Building, simulation, zoning, districts etc: Cities Skylines
Concise ship combat and trading: Anno 1404
Land combat and deforestation: Aoe2

Uninstalled, back to T4.
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
173.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
I really love Tropico games and would not doubt if the entire team is tripping on LSD as they code it. The graphics are solid this time around. They have a much more polished feel over the others. The musics always solid and you can import your own into the game without much effort.

With that being said I'll go into a few negatives. With this one you really do want all of the DLC as too much was withheld from the base game. Once you have everything it's a beauty.This time around you can't zoom out as far as previous versions. There is a script available to undo this but it doesn't work in multiplayer. So now they have multiplayer but it desyncs often which ruins the match. It's definitely playable but there aren't many people online. It helps to know someone with the game if you want all of the achievements because several are tied to multiplayer. I've been trying for a long time to get the final 3 I have left. At least they have it which is a step in the right direction. Then they removed some of El Presidente's previous features. Now you can't follow him around or engage in a shootout. Instead it's all about dynasty members which would be fine... if they let me follow them around, give my speeches, and shoot up the enemy. They must undo this in the next one as it removes part of the charm. I'll also argue that they made it way too difficult to be a ruthless dictator. You'll make money hand over fist being a swell guy, but if you so much as look in the other direction you're going to have a military mutiny. It doesn't matter how well prepared you are for your own troops toppling you. Sure, you deserved it but I invite you to try running a North Korean style of government on this game. You might even find yourself in awe of what that dictatorship has accomplished. It probably is more realistic in that regard but it's also almost impossible since most of the features that could make it a reality aren't available until much later in the game.

There is so much to this game that I am overwhelmed by attempting to describe the positives. Teamsters and construction workers are no longer an achilles heal. The army doesn't wander off during a crucial battle. Traffic jams are no longer an issue whatsoever. Parking garages and metros have been nerfed to the point that there doesn't seem to be a penalty for not having them at all. I'd argue that they went too far but micro managing roads was annoying. The military additions, the espionage, industries, trade, and so on are all well done. You have people flying rocket powered gliders all over the place, blimps, airlines, and so on. It's no longer just micro managing a banana republic and more like you're running a western power. I'm really interested to see what they will do with Tropico 6. I hope they add more wildlife as they removed a bit too much this time, give us back control over El Presidente, and work on the different forms of government. If they do those simple things I'll be happy.

I will place the script to edit music into the game as well as the camera zoom into the comments section.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
67.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
A great game, held back by one huge flaw. You lose everything at each era change, so everything you have built becomes negative income. And since all of your trade routes go away too, there is zero incentive to spend any time in any era but the final one. During one game, I had $260,000 entering the World War era, and it was increasing. 2 years into the World War era, I was in the red, being invaded, and dealing with uprisings. I didn't have the money to upgrade my army, and got thrashed.

In a subsequent game, I was rushing each era, and managed to get through to the modern era with little trouble. IMHO, any game that penalizes you for playing the game isn't a good game. Get rid of that horrible transition problem, and this would be a 9/10 game. With it, 5/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
great graphics, great soundtrack, been playing the series since the orginal game. my first experiance with tropico was back in the day when i got a pc gamer demo disk and i have been a fan of the series ever since. tropico 5 is faster paced then the rest of the series which i like. there are a ton of mods for the game that gives it great value. the mp is pretty fun which suprised me i enjoyed co op a lot. make sure your co op partner has proper soldiers to fight off rebels and armies. i had a friend who got molested by the king it was hilarious. plently of humor in the game and i love selling the russians chocolate and rum :). my biggest gripes are the wage system, every building has a budget but that budget ranges are varied some people getting paid hundreds while others make less then 40. i really would love the old wage system back i felt so bad for dock workers :*(. i wish the game was harder and military invasions and rebellions happened more often, there are plently of mods for this game and overall this was a fun experiance i would love to see another tropico game :).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
402.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Tropico games are always great! Next please.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
This game is pretty fun. I enjoy what I have seen thus far. I have yet to play much, but I'm a huge fan of the series and this one seems on par with its predecessors. Definitely recommend it for those who enjoy the Tropico series or need a new city-builder to play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Want to be a dictator? Buy it. Like city sim games? You won't find something better. Want a PC game you can pour hours into? Tropico is your game. Nothing more to say. Tropico 5.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
Couldnt decide between a thumbs up or down if only there was a meh option

stuff changes a little from tropico 4 building style the way you explore etc im going to keep this very brief

is it a good game? yes it is

does it add on to tropico 4 and add more stuff? well i personally think it has less stuff in the game even with all dlc compared to tropico 4 and all of its dlc

hows the missions are they long? I personally dont think so i clocked a whopping 140 hours into tropico 4 to beat it and all of its dlc missions tropico 5 only a mere 20 hours and by no means am i the best tropico player out there

Why you giving it a thumbs down? The games kind of dry it adds some stuff removes some stuff its an apple to oranges comparison to this and tropico 4 cant directly compare cause there different enough this game just feels like it has a massive lack of content and customization however it is fun though

overall: wait for a steam sale for the complete bundle with all dlc it will be worth every penny then and please dont play this game vanilla ether you will cry yourself to sleep at night i literally opened the game when i had it vanilla and said this is it? :P
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