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 (2,124 reviews)
Release Date: May 23, 2014

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"I'm a sucker for tropico games. The multiplayer in this is cool but it comes at a cost of atmosphere like in 4, if your a fan get this. if not try 4."

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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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Reviews

“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”
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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

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    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
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
88.2 hrs on record
Tropico 5 is one of my favorite games. Being somebody who loves politics and government, I can play it for hours. I highly recommend it for anybody who likes strategy-simulation games. It is much similar to Simcity, but as a small tropical nation rather than a large city. So grab your dictator uniforms and hire some soldiers, and go get this game now. Why are you still reading this, I said to go get the game now. When I said now, I meant now. What about now don't you understand? GO GET IT NOW!
Posted: October 11
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.4 hrs on record
I saved my country's economy by exporting Rum to the Middle East 11/10
Posted: October 4
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.7 hrs on record
Eh, it's a bit underwhelming. Don't get me wrong, it's a good game, but Tropico 4 is one of my favourite games of all time, and this... it's a slight step up at best. Liked the new progression mechanics, but you just don't get as much of a sense of control, which is kinda one of the draws of playing a city sim as a stand-in for Fidel Castro. Additionally, there aren't as many characters to interact with and advise you and whatnot, I'm not too fond of Penultimo's new voice and there aren't as many building types (as far as I can tell).
Posted: September 25
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
THE GOOD:

Tropico 5's comedy is something that definitely keeps you laughing!

The gameplay that has been kept throughout the entire series has been improved slightly on this rendition of Tropico, and the gameplay that has been introduced makes this version incredibly unique and ultimately much more fun!

The developers really did do good with the music this time around as well, it really does capture the Tropican essence!

All hail El Presidente!

THE BAD:

Hah, what bad? There's nothing bad about this game! I'm not just saying that because I'm being forced against my will to do a review on the best game in the world!

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Tropico 5 is a very nice and very welcomed addition to the series, definitely worth checking out!

((I've managed to flee back to the United States after writing this review, and I do have a few bad things to say about it, but you'll have to go to a place that isn't monitored by the Tropican government to see what I have to say: http://laughingsgamerden.blogspot.com/2014/09/elite-9-tropico-5.html , see you there!))
Posted: September 28
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.4 hrs on record
A great alternative to the "other" city simulation franchise. Decent humour, moderately satisfying gameplay. Has issues though: Unrest issues, homelessness, traffic, lack of warehouses, non-replenishable resources, etc. The game's info screens are not good enough to give clear info on how to handle these issues.
Posted: October 2
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.2 hrs on record
A nice update from the previous titles in the series, this one new graphics and mechanics to make the experience new again. The campaign itself is very enjoyable as it takes place over several ages where you begin in the colonial time and progress to new periods as the campaign progresses.

Some of the new mechanics involve the economy, as you can now select specific commodities to import and export, granting you the ability to buy low and sell high, while also allowing you to target industries you'd normally lack resources to develop. Other changes also include military buildings also producing different kings of military units (e.g., Army Bases result in 3 tanks per base), which makes military expansion more strategic compared to the previous interations.

Also with this version is the inclusion of Online Multiplayer, which unfortunately, I have not been able to participate in.


Should you buy?
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Very much so. This is a fun macro-oriented city builder that provides an enjoyable experience. If you are a person who is compelled to buy DLC, then I suggest waiting for sales or special editions that bundle all the DLC together.

Posted: October 2
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
86.4 hrs on record
It's alright. Compared to Tropico 4 it's mediocre. You're better off getting Tropico 4 and all the DLC's at a fraction of the price (because the DLCs are still coming out for this one, and they're all full-price). If you'd like Tropico 5 you're better off waiting for Tropico 6 to come out, that way you can get this game with all the DLC at a fraction of the price of the current game.

I do like the Swiss Bank account mechanics of Tropico 5 more than the mechanics of Tropico 4, but that's about it. The additional complexity added to the trading system of Tropico 5 did not add more fun to the game, just more complexity.
Posted: October 13
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
suck my thumb
Posted: October 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
As of now I have not played multiplayer but have enjoyed playing various modes. A little too similar to the previous Tropicos but still enjoyable. However, you are best to wait for a sale.
Posted: October 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.0 hrs on record
Tropico 4 > Tropico 5 ..... After several hours of gameplay, I can conclude that the newer version of this game lacks the depth that the previous version had. Just my opinion though, I have more fun playing the previous version. I sure hope there are updates or add-ons other than the relatively lame cheese tycoon. I, however, recommend it.
Posted: October 14
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
good game little bit harder then 4 but its worth it
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.0 hrs on record
quite fun,but population is cap at 2000
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.8 hrs on record
Die hard fans of the Tropico series would find this game a bit of a disappointment but in no way a complete disaster. Some of the gameplay mechanics have been dumped down.

However for those players new to this series, I recommend this game to them. Something tells me that it is fun to be an absolute ruler of a banana republic.

Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
I've been waiting for this game to come to Mac since May. I played at least 150 hours of Tropico 4 (Mac App Store version). But I was nervous about this T5 release because of all the bugs and missing features reported by PC gamers.

I got it anyway on sale from Humble Bundle and I'm so happy I did. The developers have been hard at work since May, fixing many bugs, making gameplay smoother, and creating this wonderful Mac version. The graphics are amazing, especially compared to T4. The buildings and decorations are beautiful. Optimizing buildings with upgrades, budget, and managers is more fun and easier. The humor is fun. The research system and edicts work well.

I played the tutorial and a quick sandbox game up through the Cold War era on medium difficulty settings. I had no problems with managing happiness, rebels didn’t appear out of the blue, teamsters didn’t get stuck in the docks, my military performed decently, etc. So it seems like the game-breaking bugs have been fixed (at least for Mac).

Minor complaints:
  • I went onto multiplayer, but no one else was there. Granted, this was at 3 am CST. :p

  • I miss being able to zoom down to street level and “walk” around my city.

  • I hate the way the grid overlay looks. It was perfect in T4. Now all the lines of the grid are thick and they glow, making it difficult to see the ground for good placement.

Looking forward to more updates for more polish. And once all the planned DLC comes out in a bundle, then I'll buy 'em.
Posted: September 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Fans of the Tropico series will love Tropico 5. If you're new to the tropico series I recommend buying 4.

Good stuff.
- Looks good.
- Fun.
- Much better combat than Tropico 4.
- Easy to run.

Bad stuff.
- Not many buildings compared to Tropico 4.

8/10
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
I was a bit cautious about this new version of Tropico. We've had sort of love-hate relationship with the previous ones. First two were amazing, third was a complete disappointment, fourth was fun again, Modern Times was a total failure for us.

Well, logically Tropico 5 should have been great. It wasn't. It was AMAZING. On numerous occasions during the gameplay we've got a feeling that authors overheard our conversations and implemented all our wishes. We're not through the whole game yet, but for now everything feels perfect. The scenarios, the sense of humor (as usual), the game balance (yahoo! you don't have to build hundreds and hundreds of apartment buildings)...

Highly recommended for all Tropico fans!
Posted: October 4
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Best soundtrack of the decade

8/8
Posted: October 8
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
100.7 hrs on record
In terms of the options available to build your city, Tropico 5 fares worse than the previous versions. First, there is that fact that you have to alternate between two islands that keep the previous developments (i.e. you keep the same two islands for the duration of different stages in the campaign). Second, the various industries follow a timeline (e.g. the tourism industry is not unlocked until you reach Cold War era, if I'm not mistaken). These two factors basically force your island to develop on a specific path. Natural resources (logging and mining) to light industry to heavy industry or tourism then advanced stages of the industry and toursim. This makes logical sense in the real world but this is a video game. It doesn't have to make sense. It would have been better to letter the player develop the island anyway they wanted from the beginning.
I still recommend just because I am a fan of the previous Tropicos 3 & 4.
Posted: October 11
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
asfda
Posted: September 23
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
This game is fun and very enjoyable however, in single player mode it is fine, however, in multilayer mode after about 45 minutes into the game everything slows down, you can't do anything but scroll then it eventually locks up and you have to task manager close it after alt tabbing out. I do recommend it but that has to be fixed. both computers are able to handle it just fine seeing both computers can handle every other game just fine.
Posted: October 15
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