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 (2,151 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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Reviews

“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

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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
12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
89.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
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!
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I saved my country's economy by exporting Rum to the Middle East 11/10
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
86.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
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.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
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
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.2 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
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.

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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
The game is good its not great its a new tropico which means there should be lots of new features that actullay make the game better and if they don't add lots of new features they can add in expansions but no they have to make these stupid add on's with a new mission and building and clothing instead give us better expansions with new features or make the features that the game already has better with more options and just make this game better because i have found myself playing tropico 4 more than tropico 5 because there is more options in tropio 4 like more buildings,edicts and clothing
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
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.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
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!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
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.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
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.
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4 of 6 people (67%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
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.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
good game little bit harder then 4 but its worth it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
quite fun,but population is cap at 2000
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Best soundtrack of the decade

8/8
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
71.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
I'm really disapointed in this game. 4 with modern times DLC is way better than this one and now they are trying to cash in on a bunch of ♥♥♥♥ DLCs. The constitution and tech tree are the only good parts of this game everything else was ruined from the factions to buldings to the awesome humor. They ruined Tropico as fast as it jumped into the spotlight. I will NEVER buy from them again.


Do not buy, get 4 from a resale store and download the modern times DLC.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
32.6 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
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
I have been a longtime fan of the Tropico series. Honestly though I feel like the series peaked at Tropico 3, I enjoyed 4 and I enjoy 5 but they are both lacking some of the freedom and zaniness of 3. Tropico 5 has its good points, I am very greatful for Linux support and there was obvious effort put into switching things up from the normal model. However to me Tropico was a multiplayer game and the addition of that feature changed the dynamics of the gameplay a bit too much. I am not a fan of the Dynasty feature either, I prefered having my El Presidente having ultimate power and I miss some of the touches of the charicter creation system (no longer can you have the charming but flatulant El Presedente) instead you only assign a point to a charicter (+1 foriegn relations etc). Which builds when you have a dynasty, but it removes a little of the soul of the game. I am not a fan of the new Radio announcer either, I miss Penultimo. Finally I wish there were more diversity in the islands, while it's interesting to return to an island and continue building on it I miss the diversity. Overall it's a fun game, and if you like Tropico 1-4 you'll like it, but overall it feels like the weakest entry so far.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
55.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Very unique game where you build an island nation where you are in complete control to decide your nations fate. Everything from full going on Kim Jong Un communist dictatorship to full on M'urican Freedom style. It provides many hours of fun gameplay and has tons of replay value.
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