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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"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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“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
93 of 105 people (89%) found this review helpful
40.1 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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108 of 162 people (67%) 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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84 of 127 people (66%) 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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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
73.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Unfortunately I just can't recommend this game as much as I would have loved to.

When I first played it, it was a nice refresh and continuation of Tropico 4. As I played it more, I found more and more problems with the game. The fighting, the buildings, the overlays (pre building placement and post placement), rebels, population cap, to name a few. I'll summarise these quickly:

The fighting: Essentially, its build a huge military or be wiped out. Once rebels appear, if they break through your military (which they will as they are OP most of the time), they head straight to the palace and game over. Your military doesn't respawn, you cannot rebuild military buildings either. Even if your barracks refill with 8 troopers, they won't go and fight the rebels attacking the palace. Totally ridiculous and to me, its a game breaker.

The buildings: Only apartments have 'variations' and even then they look pretty much the same. Throughout the eras, the building all look the same, modern housing in colonial periods. Really? There needs to be much more variation in models. As it stands now, its bland. There are buildings missing too that should really be in there. Since when did a police station act as a fire station? Seems lazy. Modern tanks appearing in the cold war era too.

Overlays: When you place buildings that say 'Affects nearby plantations' or 'Generates funds off nearby housing', there is nothing to say how far this radius is. You have no idea what it will affect until its placed and built. These buildings often cost alot to make and many times where you place can be a total waste of resources. For a modern 2014 game, this is not acceptable to me. Kalypso merely say its meant to be this way and is fine, and then point about overlays in the Almanac which are irrelivent to the point raised to them. There is nothing to say what the radius is of any building. This is a poor effort.

Rebels - too common, too OP. Doesn't give the feeling of a dictatorship game at all. Even on high happiness (some people have rebel attacks at 100 happiness). There are no real reasons for rebels alot of the time, and to many, its unknown why they are attacking since everyone is happy. The only real way to counter rebels is to have a huge military, which generates more rebels in itself. Lose lose situation ultimately.

2000 people population cap. You have often use 1/4 of the island and reach this pop cap. Very poor. Dev excuses for this are poor and obsurd.

Last point i'll make is the DLC for this. £3 for most DLC, gives 1 building, an outfit you never see, 1 short mission and a music track. Most of the DLC was already included in the base game and can be unlocked via mods and working correctly. Your paying to play with what should have been there in the first place really. Considering the base price of the game is £29.99, its really not worth it.

Could only recommend the game if game price drops below £15 and all DLC included.
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34 of 48 people (71%) 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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
38.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
I'm a big fan of the series and tycoon games in general. Unfortunately, a low population cap makes Tropico 5 unplayable by its second half.

The player will find his citizens emigrating en masse starting around the beginning of the Cold War, which will cause his economy to collapse. Factories go unmanned, exports are never transported to the docks, expensive buildings are rendered useless by rolling blackouts as power plants run short on staff and fuel. Pulling people from entertainment and welfare buildings causes Happiness to plummet. Hiring even illiterate foreign workers quickly becomes prohibitively expensive, and pointless, as they're likely to leave on the next transport.

As the population cap is invisible to the player, he may spend many frustrating hours trying to placate his citizens before he realizes it's nothing he's doing wrong.

In order to play successfully, one has to very consciously limit expansion from the start of the campaign onwards. (Unlike in previous installments, scenarios don't start with a blank slate; everything you've built in earlier eras is still there, although the money in your treasury, mysteriously, is not.)

In short, this game is essentially broken without mods. I appreciate the detail, beauty and realism that Haemimont have added, but they are in no way worth the losses in gameplay.
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42 of 73 people (58%) 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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21 of 35 people (60%) 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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11 of 17 people (65%) 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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9 of 14 people (64%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
81.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
If you like city sims or village sims this is a must. If you really like helping people, or you are just a total ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ than this game is for you. Its like part 4 but with a fancier looking, less user friendly layout, but still worth getting as there is a little more content of course.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
The latest iteration of Kalypso Media's Tropico series, you take the reins of controlling your very own dynasty in order to create thriving metropolises right smack in the middle of a tropical island. Those familiar with the Tropcio series will feel right at home here with the fan favorite city building style that Tropico has to offer, but with some distinct gameplay, UI and graphical changes that spice up the series. For those unfamiliar with this game as well as the previous installments, the series is very Sim City-esque but with a refreshing take on the city building genre, giving you free rein on your citizens to do what you please. Want to be a absolute dictator, policing your city completely, riging elections and stopping the immigration of people all together? You can. Overall, I highly recommend this game, as well as the previous Tropico games. It might be worth it to pick up Tropico 3 or 4 with all DLC's if they go on sale before buying this game to get a feel for the series.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
A tropico game, plenty of fun and the campaign is awesome and if you played 4 you know what to expect though the game does have a few anachronisms, like......irrigating fields with a helicopter for $500 in colonial times.....

There is also a little less....detail to the game, such as as before you could see how many students went to a school, but now you cant. Also with building like clinics and banks their are less options to what they do such as in T4 you could have them helping a certain type of person e.g life expectancy, fertility, general health. Though now you cant.

Plenty of humour though =)

Overall very enjoyable.
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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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5 of 7 people (71%) 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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6 of 9 people (67%) 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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25 of 46 people (54%) found this review helpful
54.9 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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7 of 11 people (64%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
76.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Lacking so many features comparing to Tropico 4. Recommend T4 instead of this.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
62.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
The ethos of sequels back in the day used to be that they were bigger, better, and with more content. Unfortunatley the modern mindset seems to be that you can push out a minimal product at full price, and charge for "DLC" that should have been in the main game.
Every step taken by kalypso seems to be a step backwards. There are less buildings, less avenues for economy, less player agency. In tropico 4 you could entirely eschew certain areas of economy and still make it work. Want a industrial complex that sucks the minerals from the land for massive profit? No problem. Want to protect mother earth, build your economy by becoming a tourist trap, or an island vegas? Go for it! Do you want to create an atheist state, a complete theocracy, a communist regime, or a capitalist paradise? All do-able!
Not so with tropico 5. Make a single move that the people dont like, and you're done. in some cases there is no way to correct this (sign the wrong thing into your constitution, watch your approval tank. just watch, you can do nothing about it now.) its game over. You -must- build a church if you want to have any hope of making out of colonial era. You -must- build a mine if you want to have any economy at all. While in tropico 4 you had to keep citizen happiness in mind, now it is the single driving factor of the entire game, and you will have to play it their way, not yours. Now that buildings are tied to eras, the game is completely homogonized. Every game is "A" leads to "B" leads to "C". you -must- start with farming, which -must- lead to industrialization, with no options for tourism or even entertainment until the right era.
And the DLC that is planned for this game is beyond insulting. there are so many features from tropico 4 that were taken out so that they could be resold in bits and pieces. Remove jails and make the game activley punish you for trying to deal with criminals. Oh but dont worry, there is a prison DLC coming out that you can buy. It reminds me of a mobile free to play game, only i unfortunatley payed money for it.
Tropico 4 was one of my favotire city building games, with many interesting mechanics and conecpts that couldn't be found elsewhere. Tropico 5 is an incredible disappointment, i cant recomend anyone buy this game. To echo many other sentiments, buy tropico 4 if you are interested in it.
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