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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (2,297 reviews)
Release Date: May 23, 2014

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October 16

Attention Cadets: New Tropico 5 DLC 'Generalissimo' Available Now!

Help El Presidente save the island with an all new scenario, building, and a brand new sandbox map – plus a new music track!

Is the Cold War over yet? Far from it! History is repeating itself with the Tropican Missile Crisis! In 'Generalissimo,' the latest DLC for Tropico 5, El Presidente is preparing for all-out invasion and large-scale warfare. Guide him to victory against a foreign military invasion by building a fearsome Defense HQ to instill fear in your enemies and rallying the nation in the name of the island. 'Generalissimo' includes a new scenario, a Defense HQ allowing you to train Elite Commandos, the Madre de Dios sandbox map, the intimidating General’s Hat avatar accessory and a brand new music track – with all new voice recordings bringing the tumultuous days of the 1960s back to life!

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September 25

Brand New Tropico 5 DLC ‘Mad World’ Available Now!

Extra content adds new scenario, building and sandbox map
The ‘Mad World’ DLC for Tropico 5 is out today and El Prez needs your help in the brand new ‘Madness’ scenario! Set in the ‘World War’ Era, things have gone a bit too far for the mighty El Prez this time and the loving support of Penultimo just isn’t enough. Return him to his usual sharp self and share the benefit of advanced health care using the new Asylum building – though be warned: as with all things Tropico, there are two sides to every story. Will you provide health and happiness to the people, or push your enemies to the brink of madness? ‘Mad World’ includes the new ’Madness’ scenario, the all new Asylum building, St. Dimpa sandbox map, the very serious Funnel Hat avatar accessory, and a spicy salsa music track to help lift the mood of the troubled Tropicans!

The ‘Mad World’ DLC for Tropico 5 is available now from Steam for £2.49/€2.99/$3.99 and can be downloaded here.

For non-Steam users, the DLC is also available via the Kalypso Launcher here here.

Included in ‘Mad World’ DLC
• New standalone scenario: “Madness”
• New building: The Asylum – Provides health care and reduces negative effects of discrediting citizens
• New dynasty avatar accessory: The Funnel Hat makes you look super serious
• New sandbox map: St. Dimpna
• New music track

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“Flies in the face of other strategy games”
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“As delightfully corrupt as ever”
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“Tropico 5 is a city-builder worth getting excited about”
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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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
    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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
306 of 373 people (82%) found this review helpful
37.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Yep, it's another Tropico game...

There really isn't much more to say other than that. It just feels lazy. All your old favourite buildings return, very few new ones. DLC is silly expensive, customization is meh. Save your money and go play one of the other tropicos. Either 1, or if you like roads, 3.

To elaborate.

Building Variety - Tropico has never been big on this, but it's 2014. Would it kill to have 2 models for a Bunhouse/house/etc?

Eras - These are esentially mini-goals. If you fail to achieve them within the time limit, you lose. That's about it. All they do is lock buildings from you, making it harder to layout a good city -from the start-

Ships - You get to own ships, that sounds cool, and I really thought it was going to be like Tropico 2 managing pirate fleets. But it's not. You couldn't have any less interaction with them, No naming, no colouring, and with each era, the ship just poofs into the next eras ship and keeps doing what it does. Huge let down.

Mines - Ugly eyesores that just look silly when you upgrade them. A mini Bagger 288 just sits there, and it's grosly undersized.

Tanks - Yep, I'm gonna say this too. The introduction of Tropico tanks. They are T-34. That's it. Every nation be it america, soviets, modern armour,, oh and of course Tropico, all use the same model T-34.

Bring Back TNT radio - I mean the Tropico 3 one, (but 4 is even better than this schlock).

Some of these sound nitpicky, but this is why the game just feels lazy. Would it of killed them to make a few differnt tank models? Woud it of been that much of an effort to make another bunk house?

Sure, these are just visuals, but this game is very difficult to mod. And there are virtually no new gameplay from say Tropico 3, or 4. So if the game play is the same, then the visuals better be amazing......but they aren't. Hence a lazy, forgetable, "next tropico game".
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94 of 143 people (66%) found this review helpful
73.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
I see that Tropico 5 share the curse of all the good series, the curse of predecessor. If you already have a very succesful game in your hands, developers are facing somehow a dilemma: if they try to keep the old mechanics and game design, fans will accuse them of copying the old game. And if they try to implement new mechanics, then fans will complain about how the new game spoiled what it was good. The curse of homm3 over its succesors is the best example of that.

In case you had great fun playing tropico 3 or 4, this game probably won't give more to you only because it's developed few years later. In this perspective, i find most of fan's critics are right. Yet, for those who didn't play a tropico game before and for those who seek an enjoyable simulation, i strongly recommend Tropico 5. Particularly the campaign is well designed, and most of all game is fun.
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
37.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Kalypso has recently implemented a 2000 population cap into the game to cater to people with computers from 2002. Worse, this population cap is shared in multiplayer games. In a 2 player game, with a cap of 1000 per player, you'll reach the population wall (resulting in a cliff-dive in productivity and happiness) by mid game. In 3 or 4 player games, it's possible to hit the wall before you even get out of the introductory colonial phase.

Until Kalypso implements a population slider and/or a mod toggle, I cannot recommend this.
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66 of 102 people (65%) found this review helpful
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Tropico 4 was better. Tropico 5 felt more like a slight improvement or DLC over 4, but that's it. Not worth buying on hindsight.
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94 of 153 people (61%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
I cannot stress enough how disappointing this game is. Tropico 4 was fresh, a worthy update, humourous. Tropico 5 descends into racialized caricatures of Latin Americans worthy of Family Guy. The gameplay itself is lacklustre at best, with a nonsensical tech system, overly difficult and repetitive mission objectives, this game is just crap. Also, they packed the DLC into the download, which is probably the most underhanded thing publishers do these days. This won't get much more play from me and I definitely won't be buying any DLC. Pirate this trash.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
67.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
We pre-ordered our copies. I didn't review this game until now, hoping that after the inital "shock" I would change my mind. I haven't.

I've been a huge fan of the Tropico series since 2001, but I'm afraid I've lost that lovin' feelin' with Tropico 5. We loved the Tropico games so much that we upgraded ALL our computers so we could run T5 (DX11) to the tune of about $400 (just for new hardware). We had no other reason/need to upgrade (nothing else, to this day, has required us to upgrade). IMHO, that is some pretty serious game love. :)

One complaint I have is muti-player: we purchased multiple copies to play TOGETHER, but it doesn't really work that way (read the forums to see why, they explain it better than I can).

The reason why I don't play anymore (single player) is because of how they make the scenaries work. It goes back and forth between TWO islands, each time continuing where you left off. That might sound good, but for me it's a total pain. I have a VERY hard time remembering which buildings were upgraded before, how upgraded were they, which ones need managers, etc. etc. etc. For me it was SOOOOO much better starting a new island each time. That way I could build not only for the general needs of my people, but for the needs of the scenario.

T5 was the only game I had looked forward to in years. My family and I are very disppointed.
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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
38.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
The main storyline mission is short. There's the signature silly Tropico feel – but it falls flat before anything really happens with it. There's still the typos and bugs from 4 that should've been taken care of. The DLC is insulting – overpriced installments for a stupid hat, an uninteresting map with buggy mission and a new building.

The game is... prettier than previous installments? It has that going for it. The Swiss bank account is an interesting mechanic now. The Manager system is a nice touch.

Go with Tropico 4.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
While the "eras" system is a plus, the lack of building variety and Islands compared to it's predecessor, abeit with DLCs, feels like a step forward and two steps back.
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31 of 55 people (56%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
couldn't spend more than 2hr each time I play,
compared to previous one this one seems not so charming to me.

still Better than simcity tho.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Tropico 5 well let's see... ah! It all began on May 23rd...

I recieved Tropico as a birthday present, which I was rather exicited about, I thought 'Oh boy Colonial era here we come! Finally I can rule in the land of Tropico with my trusty musket and sword!' but how wrong I was. I will explain why:

♦ No army reskins to match the era so enjoy modern soldiers and rebels (Even the invasions) so don't hope to get imersed visually, even the civilians are wearing the same clothes as their modern era descendents.

♦ The whole era aspect is basically a way of slowing down the game, remember Tropico 4's version where you had to buy the blue prints? Well screw that idea let's make it so that is takes you an hour just to get to the modern era where you have no choice over what you research due to you having to research everything before you can advance.

♦ Remember that whole selling point of the colonial era? Well enjoy it quickly fly by as it is one of the quickest era's to research out of with little to no significantly memorable features to it.

♦Remember that whole selling point of the future era? Well enjoy it quickly fall flat as it has barely anything deemed 'Futuristic' in it basically what we have today meaning there are little to no significantly memorable features to it.

♦ I would say the only decent feature is the decendents feature due to it being a rather snazzy idea where rather than having a singular person lead the country you instead over the course of the game have El Presidente’s family tree expanded and thrive depending on how you play.

♦Combat, Oh god don't even mention it. They made it sound like you had real control where you chose where your units went and what they attacked. What we got it the usual automatic movement and attack where all you do it decide which one is the highest priorty target.

♦Multiplayer, Barely played any due to my friend not understanding what to do so swiftly lost in the colonial era, but from what I saw the islands sorry Island is a standard sized area split between however many of you their are making it quickly become cramped, BUT I have not even got to the worst part, want to join a friend? Well have fun going through the tedious system of seeing the name but then have it vanish rapidly within the space of a second while names of others whom plan on joining a game battle to to click on the names of their friends or others which turns a simple joining of a friend into a race to which happenes first, you throwing your computer throught a window or you joining the game.

Sure you may say that I have only played seven hours of the game so I don't really understand the game to well but I had kept an eye on the game for months previous where they made it sound better than it really was.

In the end it is just over priced DLC where they had planned all their DLC for the game before it was even released.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
If you like sandbox-like citybuilding games then you can't go wrong with Tropico 5.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
I was introduced to the Tropico franchise around the time when the newest Sim City came out. Sim City was a massive dud and Calypso Games decided to capitalize with a 75% sale on Tropico 4. When Tropico 5 came around I was ready for more. I enjoyed Tropico 5 immensely. All the annoying little bits of Tropico 4 were wiped away and the new game style was great. Having to plan a city to last the entire franchise mode was fun. I got attached to my cities. I recommend Tropico 5.

Then I downloaded 'The Big Cheese' DLC. It was 5 bucks for a silly costume, new building, and extra missions. It was a ripoff but I was still loving Tropico so much I didn't care. The building was decent. I could never find the costume. The mission was impossible. I mean IMPOSSIBLE. I normally build my cities to use the resources well and keep my people happy. I tried this with the mission and failed to finish it within the time allotted. Begrudgingly I lowered the difficulty down to east and tried again. I failed. I was a little confused at what I was doing wrong. A month later I decided to load it up again and go for it one last time. I screwed over my citizens in the name of milk. I built as many of the creameries as possible and put all my resources into pumping out as much as possible. I failed. I see this as lazy game design. They made a great game and now are trying to just cash in until Tropico 6 comes around.

Get the game. Skip the Expansions.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
If you played tropico 4, and enjoyed it then it is ok to buy this game
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
might as well be tropico 4 with a ♥♥♥♥ty Multiplayer taped on the side
and i use the term multiplayer very losely
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
It is very fun game. It is not complicated economical simulator or hardcore war tactics strategy. No. You get colourful, pretty island in your hands and do whatever you want, enjoying humours things, that happen all time. It is a bit repetative, but still - very enjoyable.
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21 of 41 people (51%) found this review helpful
53.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
8/10
pros:better squared building system,no more worries of squeezing in buildings
new plantations help a lot
better combat
reserch is fun
el prez's dynasty is great
era system is better than the one of tropico 4
campaign is a improvement from missions
lotta industry
???:branched and devided tourism system
annoying radio host
cons:citizen visit entertainment and helthcare buildings way too much
lack of buildings like basic entertainment ones,prison,all those wonderful buildings from the morden age(is that the name)dlc
lousy trade system
buggy mutiplayer
cannot see who is at a building
useless dlcs(except big cheese)
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23 of 45 people (51%) found this review helpful
40.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Well , if you have already played previous tropico's then this review is for you , BUT if this is the first tropico you have ever play , then this review is for you aswell :D

Alright , for the previous players of tropico you may find this one is easy , with slight compeition and more realistic ways of getting things done , how? well they have added exporting/importing system to be more ''manual'' than just an automatic process , meaning is you can sell your production with higher prices if you get yourself a nice contract , and importing with all its types needs to be done manually. this might be abit harder for the players who first time play tropico through this 1. also the animation of military has been improved , got to be more realistic and more variable. soldiers / tanks / aircrafts / gun towers etc.

-The humor in this tropico is slightly less than the previous ones but it didn't vanish.
-The dosage of fun when you play either campaign , or single/multiplayer has much more improved than previous ones.
-Graphics , textures , buildings has been improved to fit a realistic standards without damaging the purpose of the game.
-Choices choices choices , well you get to do more things in this one , so u get to have everything in old tropicos with bounses. BUT HOW COME THEY FORGOT TO ADD PRISONS !!!!???
-Resources variation has been increased , also manufactoring system has been improved , to better.

in other words , if this is the first time you play tropico , you will find it one of its kind between the other games in this similar genre , and if tropico 5 isn't your first experince with this title , you will enjoy the variation and upgrades that shows the effort that was put on this one. i recommend having this game either in full/discount prices 10/10.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
153.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Tropico 5 is like a bag of mixed feelings if you loved Tropico 3 and it's Music but somehow this Game managed to make me oversee the Facts that it changed quite a bit which is strange to say the least. :p The only big problem I have with this Game is: The motherloving Population Cap. but luckiely enough there's a Fix/Mod for it so I guess... errr... everything's fine?! :P
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
67.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
it very fun to play And The era's It As And Wars.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
39.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Everyone treats me like the supreme gentleman I am, I coudn't be happier. And if someone disrespects me I just kill them. Best game I've ever played.



I owned Tropico 1 a long time ago and I had a blast. Earlier this year my dad got himself Tropico 4 on sale and we have played "together" (backseat gaming when I visited him). But Tropico 4 never felt as complete as Tropico 5.

In Tropico 5 you guide your colony through four distinct eras, and the game is much more polished but the game is still Tropico.
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