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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May 29

Tropico 5 - Espionage

The world is full of intrigue and mystery. Even Tropico harbors valuable treasures and there is the need to defend tooth and nail against the Global Powers. In the new Tropico 5 expansion ‘Espionage’, only you, as El Presidente, can keep Tropico safe from enemy spies and foreign powers who might try to steal your island’s best kept secrets for their own gain. Protect Tropico’s borders and reveal enemy agents by installing Security Checkpoints and throw them in the island’s Dungeon. Train your own spies in the new Spy Academy building and send them off to steal foreign capital or top secret technology. Foil attacks on your beautiful island paradise by building the Ministry Of Information and monitor your citizens according to the strict Tropican data privacy laws. For additional air security you can call on the new Police Blimp and for serious military scenarios you will be equipped with some new toys; the Mechanized Garrison is battle seasoned and ready for any state of emergency.

• New campaign and thrilling story spanning 6 challenging missions
• 9 new spy and military themed buildings
• 4 new island maps (also available for sandbox games)
• 4 new music tracks
• 4 new avatar costumes
• 6 new avatar accessories - e.g. "Spy" (hat), "Long Curls" (hair)
• New sandbox tasks and events to go with the new ‘espionage’ setting

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March 26

Supervillain available now!

El Presidente is getting tired of this ruthless dictator image, so he’s decided it is time to become the most famous supervillain in the whole Caribbean. Bent on destroying mankind as we know it, El Prez will bathe in ultimate evilness! So go all out, build a magnificent lair with a giant laser hidden inside and use it to fire at those pesky rebels! Over the course of this action-packed new storyline you can choose your own supervillain moniker, build a heavily defended, top secret hideout and then launch a campaign towards world domination! Viva El Prez!


- New standalone scenario: “Supervillain“ – Prepare to conquer the world from your top secret hideout
- New building: Giant Laser – The ultimate tool of destruction. Let them come!
- New dynasty avatar accessory: A villainous mustache
- New sandbox map: Isla del Pescado
- New music track and additional voice recordings

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

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Now available for Mac and Linux/SteamOS! - SteamPlay: Cross-Platform Multiplayer & Steam Cloud - Added Big Picture & Full Controller Support

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
491 of 559 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Okay. This is coming from a big, big Tropico fan. I played Tropico 3, 4 and 5. Let's get into this review.

I was very excited about the game before release. Ever since Tropico 4 came out, I've been waiting and waiting for news about the newer one. But sadly, this game disappointed me. First, let me talk about the things I liked.

The textures and graphics are amazing. They have been improved alot. I played the old versions on my Xbox 360, and right when I changed to PC and tried this one out, I noticed the differences. The buildings look very nice, and when you zoom in, full in, you see all the details. The interiors of a shack, the faces on the people and sometimes just the trees. The developers went all out on this game and I say that the graphics are a plus.

The new online mode is awesome. You can play against three other people in an island, and race to finish quests or even try to invade the other person.

But those are really the only things I liked about this game.

In Tropico 5, you play alot of missions in the same island. You're basically switching islands and going back to them. I didn't like this move. Alot of times you feel like you're handed the island to you again. I know how this would have worked, but I don't really like it. In the old versions, every single mission is another challenge to you. You go on a different, all new island and building it out of nothing. Alot of times this game just feels repetitive.

I feel like the direction Kalypso is moving is not helping the game. The game relies on DLC after DLC to try to keep it fresh again. A game shouldn't fully rely on expansions to make it better. Those DLC's could instead be implemented to the actual game and when you play the old game and the new one, you feel like it's a big step.

There have already been four DLC's out that could have instead been in the original game, that would have made it better. I still don't know how there's no offline multiplayer yet. It would be awesome to have people controlling different part of the island.

And also, the soundtrack. I loved the older soundtracks, but when you compare Tropico 5's to the older ones, it's just not as good.

Tropico 3 and 4 both amazed me. I loved both of those games instantly. I expected the same to happen with Tropico 5, but sadly that was not the case. It feels like this whole series just relies on DLC's to make the game fresh again. I can't see many people buying DLC after DLC after DLC. It's just, not how it should go. I feel like Tropico can be one of the biggest strategy/city-building games out there if it just fills in all the gaps. After just a few hours of playing this game, I was already disappointed. I felt at times I was forcing myself to continue, and that it felt like a chore to keep playing.

If you've never played a Tropico game before, or you're just new at city-building games, I recommend you try this out. But if you are a hardcore gamer, or a just experienced at Tropico, chances are you won't like this game - at least not as much as the older ones.

And for this, I give the game a 5/10.
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259 of 292 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
35.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
I'm a pretty big fan of games of this kind. I grew up playing the different versions of Sim City.

I'm also a big fan of Tropico 3 and 4, and bought this game on sale. Even on sale, I can't really recommend it and here's why:

They haven't fixed the most important problem.

If you've played Tropico extensively, like I have, you've run into the problem with road congestion. It has not been fixed. You must plan out very meticulously your road network from the VERY beginning of the game. Each subsequent story mission builds upon the progress you've made in previous missions. You use the same Island and city as before (there's 2 different islands, and thus two different cities). If you're not very careful, you'll end up like I did, 6 or 7 missions in without the means to really go in and rework everything, and it's not until that far in that the problem becomes very large and difficult to solve.

If you have a diverse economy, which is actually very easy to achieve in Tropico 5, it's not difficult to make quite a lot of money that can be invested into infrastructure, but the problem for me doesn't lie in having to rework infrastructure, it's that I'm working to circumvent poor coding (the road system I mentioned earlier) that has been in every Tropico game I've ever played.

Road management is a part of the game, I'm fully aware, but there is no management options. Tropicans will take the shortest route available. There are no one way street, or high volume highway like options. I can't do anything but build a singular type of road which nearly every building needs to be attached to. The only way to be completely efficient is to have EXTREMELY ugly circle roads that never connect to each other except by adjacent garages. Someone actually developed a circumvention system for Tropico 3 (which has persisted into 4 and 5 out of necessity). If you google "road congestion tropico", I'm sure you can find more information (if interested).

This Tropico is a little bit more challenging than the last ones in terms of Rebels and their threats. They attack much more often, and your army cannot be controlled beyond telling them which buildings you value the most. Rebels will attack from multiple points and your army sallies out of wherever you built your buildings. Since all you have is men on foot and eventually very slow tanks, the rebels will usually destroy several buildings before your army can even respond.

Rebels are also able to target your army squads while you are unable to control and choose targets for your own. What this means is that your army will be running to defend a certain building, and the rebels will follow along and continually fire at them while your army DOES NOT RETURN FIRE, and simply dies. It's EXTREMELY frustrating.

There's also a huge problem that persists with housing.

As you might remember, people get old and retire and their income falls. There are children, unemployed and students as well. In Tropico 5, Houses now have budgets like employment buildings do. It is essentially the rent charge.

NO MATTER WHAT JOB PEOPLE HAVE, most of them will not live in a house because it is too expensive. Even if you've maximized the budget (and thus their pay) at their place of employment. You must lower the rent to a single point (out of a maximum of 5) in order to allow people to live there. YOU MUST turn on social security. Otherwise you will CONSTANTLY be attacked by rebels. YOU MUST do this for every housing building.

People will also not live in a building that is too far from where they work. Couples make a decision based upon both their work locations. If not satisfied with how close they live to work, they toss up a shack!

It is not uncommon to see shacks right beside housing units that are completely empty.

For some ungodly reason, Tenements lose housing value over time. There is no option to remedy this. This only way to circumvent is to completely destroy the building and replace it. It would have taken a few lines of code to add a renovate option, but no, they didn't do that. I wouldn't be surprised if it was in a DLC.

The graphics are improved, a lot of the mechanics of the game have been streamlined, but not fixed. There are improvements here, although the dynasty system is tacked on, stupid, and useless.

It feels like it's still Tropico. I don't know what it is that provides that feeling, the enjoyment of the game, and the music (I've always really enjoyed it) or the same bloody bugs that have persisted forever without attention.
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141 of 165 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 simply 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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90 of 98 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people 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.

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94 of 105 people (90%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Good fun but suffers from the curse of endless overpriced DLCs, (you're charging me that much for one building? really?) also lacking in content compared to older titles, lack of detail in almanac leads to infuriating situations (everybody loves me yet rebels are shooting up my city being one example).
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