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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“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”
IGN

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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Mac OS X
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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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49 of 63 people (78%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
45.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
This is the first Tropico game I haven't enjoyed. You seem to spend the entre game fire fighting and the campaign is just freaking annoying. I'd rather have realistic economic goals for my island than some far fetched plot about the end of the world. You end up just not caring. It of course retains it's typical humour but really goes overkill to a point that any characters in the games are incredibly unlikable. Even your own president.

There's a wide array of buildings to choose from and I really liked the progression through the era's Colonial through to Present day but the games campaign revovles around heavy military usage yet you once again lack real control over your troops. It's highly annoying to watch them act consistently like brainless turds during an invasion or rebel uprising.

Futhermore the game has issues with the staffing of your buildings, as your island becomes ever more populous people seem unwilling to ever work in your manufacturing plants meaning they stand there empty most of the time. Frustrating is not the word. Not to mention that mining resources run out far too quickly meaning you can miss targets in game since you son't actually have anymore of that resource to mine.

And finally the targets are boring as hell. Given that there's now 5 countries (Yes Europe isnt a country but whatever) you can negiotate with, why do they want the same things all of the time.


I did enjoy playing Tropico at times, but it is a seriously lazy game. If the developers had spent more time balancing the above issues and ditching the cheesey puns that occur every 5 seconds then maybe just maybe i'd recommend it to you. Only ever buy on a Sale at a very generous rate.
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40 of 56 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
If you loved Tropico 4, Don't buy this game.
If you never played Tropico 4, Don't buy this game, instead, go buy Tropico 4.

They improved Tropico 5 over 4 by removing all humor, snark, Talented voice acting, cut out all the needless engaging story lines, and replaced them all with bad acting, humorless monologs, and a bunch of game bugs.
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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Tropico 5 is a okay game. Tropico 4 is much better in my opinion though.
The following concerns the game at medium difficulty settings.

The campaign
The campaign includes only 4 different islands. You start with two that you can (or need to) switch after each mission. Constructed buildings will persist between missions on each island. Thus you only really need to build a good economy once and you are done for all remaining missions. The campaign is also rather short.

Game mechanics
- General buildings: Several buildings grant additional advantages if they are build on higher terrain. However, 3 of the 4 campaign islands are completely flat.

- Housing: Compared to the previous Tropicos, the housing system has been improved. Even small buildings make sense now.

- Industry: Tropico 5 allows you to build larger industry production lines. You can start with a logging camp, then add a saw mill to generate planks and then use these planks to build furniture. That's quite a nice feature.

- Population: You can change a policy (~ every 5 years) that controls the number if immigrants. However, I never noticed any big difference between the options regarding the number of people arriving on my island. With open borders I got about 20 immigrants per ship. This leads to a problem, because you really need a lot of people on the island. The only other option is to increase the number of births by building clinics and hospital (up to 50% increase in births). But that's still not enough and I constantly ran out of workers (~200 workers missing in a population of 1400 people). This wouldn't be so bad if you didn't need to build lots of healthcare, religous and entertainment buildings to keep your population happy.

- Unrest: The unrest system appears to be out of control. For example, even if the military faction loves you, they just might start a coup to get rid of you. Also, I haven't found any reliable way to get rid of rebels (However, they only became annoying in 2-3 missions, thus it might be due to scripting).

- Military: The military mechanics are just horrible. Certain buildings are marked as targets once rebells or other forces attack. All your armys will then start moving towards these targets, ignoring any enemy forces that they may encounter on their way. The enemy will shoot at you though! This often leads to several causalties before your army even starts fighting back.
There is also an option to build an aircraft carrier that does not work at all, because the aircrafts won't fire if the enemy is close to buildings, which is usually the case. However, you can set it on "fire at will", which will make them shoot and set your buildings on fire. That would be perfectly okay, if the rockets would actually damage enemies that are moving, but it appears that they mostly do damage on stationary enemies.
Tropico 4 gave you more control over the movement of your armies, which made it much better in this respect.

- Dealing with criminals, rebels, etc.: Similar to the previous tropico you can banish, arrest or kill people that you don't like. Or... well, you can at least issue the order to arrest them. Apparently the police doesn't really care about it. It takes years for them to take them to the prison.

All in all it's an okay game, but I wouldn't buy it again. Get Tropico 4 instead of Tropico 5.
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
"Hey dude, Tropico 4 is free on Humble Bundle"
"Really?"

*We both get it and enjoy the game* Wish there was co-op in it like Tropico 5 though

*A few days later*

"Hey dude, Tropico 5 is on sale for super cheap"
"Really?"

*We both buy it and enjoy building our cities together*

Some highlights that have happened in the first 4 hours of playing:

- I lose twice in a row less than an hour into the games
- I finally get it together my third time
- The Allies of WWII demand money I don't have for not helping them in WWII (I didn't help the Axis either)
- I say no to Allies and they invade me (thanks Obama)
- I somehow defeat the recently victorious Allies of WWII
- Later the economy takes a gigantic nose dive. Negative money for days
- Friend's city gets invaded by (what's left of) the defeated Nazis from the WWII era. How that even works, I do not know
- His military gets obliterated as my troops make their way to his town to help
- Apparently cars are only for civilians and soldiers are forced to go everywhere by foot
- Tanks have to observe School Zone speed limits at all times
- My troops arrive, but at little numbers at a time. Yeah, they died
- Friend's palace gets burnt to the ground by Nazis

Nein/10 would watch Nazis topple my friend's dictatorship again

PS: Needs North Korea themed DLC
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
This game is great, it has a story content in the game as always, but i think it's even better.
Here are the reasons why i rate this game 8/10 tho.

- not really expensive game (bought it on discount)
- better graphic,
- i love the new combat system too
- more complex than the old series

I just love this game, great game!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
63.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
If you enjoyed Tropico 4 (which was great if you’ve never played it), you will likely enjoy Tropico 5. However, as someone who plays a lot of this genre of games, I will say Tropic 5 was the first Tropico where I actually had to become a dictator to survive. Note I only play on hard mode since I do have a lot of experience with Tropico games.

In every other Tropico game, all you had to do was give the people what they want (housing, food, religion, etc.) and they would vote for you. I almost never had to issue Martial Law or assassinate someone, unless I just wanted to do it for kicks. In Tropico 5, the factions have so much more power. You can have an overall happiness of 80% and an approval rating of 35%, so if you don’t rig the election, you’re going to lose. For example, if the majority of your population are environmentalists and you build a factory, you will take a huge hit in popularity.

It’s a pleasant surprise because no longer can you easily make huge island decisions and not be punished for it. If you’ve done mostly communist things for ten years and then all of a sudden become best friends with the USA and make the plebs pay for their own food and medicine, your population will resent you and rebel, even if their overall happiness keeps improving. And hope that those in your military aren’t part of those unhappy factions because even high wages won’t always save you from a coup d’etat.

Wages as they were in Tropico 3 and 4 are gone and have been replaced by something a little different. I’m not a fan of it because when I’m rolling in the rum and oil dough, I’d like to be able to raise everyone’s wage at the same time and now that can only be done on a per building type basis—and each type of farm is considered a different building, so you can’t even raise all farmers’ wages at the same time, you must go into each type of farm and change it. They also replaced Penultimo’s voice actor with someone much less annoying, and it bothers me.

Overall, it is definitely a buy if you can get it on sale. It’s quite different from previous versions but has the same feel-you definitely know you're playing a Tropico game. As I’ve said though, if you’ve historically been a loving, graceful, democratic leader who would never really use the Secret Police to aid you, this game might force you to change your ways.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
155.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
I love this game it has the same feel as the original but also has so many more options. While I mainly just play the sandbox game the main story and the DLC stories where very challanging and just plain fun to play. This was some of the best money I have spent on the game. I have not yet played an only game yet as there just doesnt seem to be that many still playing this game but I am sure it would be just as fub
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Tropico!!
I'm back!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
I perfer the older ones 1000% over the new ones like this. The games controls are confusing and frankly it has ♥♥♥♥♥♥ soundtrack, i didn't like how hard it is to control the interface as well troops for that matter. Never found out if you could move your avatar gave up after trying and getting the annoying menu pop up. Buy the third Tropico just not this one if you want to have fun.
the only good thing about his game is the dlc's and increased grpahics. I like the disaster annimations as well but thats it. Not worth $28. get this game on sale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
34.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
I haven't seen an interface this bad since the 1990s and some parts (roads) are just completely broken to use. Flip a coin, maybe it won't bug the road when you place it.
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Astronema
6.9 hrs
Posted: September 29
Get Tropico 4. Seriously. Everything is just not as good as Tropico 4.
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Cancer Food
2.7 hrs
Posted: September 29
Top guide how to stop rebelious butthurts
1. Raise and army leaded by kim Joung-un
2. start the purge
3. anhilate everyone cuz everyone is always rebelious
4. If you have done all these steps you have just killed everyone except your army congratulation you stopped the rebels
now enjoy as you sitt back with a redbull watch USA get nuked.
5. As USA has gotten anhilated it is time to join putin and the Russian federation to insure that they can shoot every immigrant ships heading your island.
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Anhora
42.7 hrs
Posted: September 28
El Presidente recommends this game fully! Still, not like the original first game.
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Kaiser Joseph I
28.7 hrs
Posted: September 28
Unfortunately this game is nowhere near as good as was Tropico 4 and earlier editions. Severely lacks costumisations, unbalanced in terms of popular support and need of buildings, way too many rebel attacks and the gameplay is now dull and lack many of the things that charmed the earlier versions of Tropico. The dynasty was a nice addition but simply failed to deliver, the members never die, you rarely receive new heirs, etc.

On the good side it has become a bit more difficult to become economically advanced.
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Dachi Akhaladze
14.9 hrs
Posted: September 28
The Rebels are attacking...
10/10
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DeKryation
16.2 hrs
Posted: September 26
Product received for free
Tropico 5 is a city-builder but is unique due to its economy system, overall satisfaction of populace and export-import prices depend on demand and supply through the eras. Its multiplayer is so satisfying, when playing with my friends our troops would help each other in every battle. But i wish that i could move my troops around manually, but i understand that this game is focused on being a city-builder but hey, a little rts mechanics wouldn't hurt right? ;). Overall i feel dis game deserves a 8/10 beacuse of the amount of content for it's current price. (without dlc)
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Jayde0
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 26
Lost this game from my library after buying it because I played it on a free demo weekend and lost my full version 0/10 for that.

10/10 for awesomeness.
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matthewmartine87
66.0 hrs
Posted: September 26
Good game. Bought this hoping to relive some of the joy I received as a kid playing the first Tropico. I was pleasantly surprised to find it even better. Graphics are fantastic, campaign flows nicely, and there are endless possibilities for how to build a successful island. And the characters are funny af. I recommend this dope ♥♥♥ game
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KarmageddonGR
6.5 hrs
Posted: September 26
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andreych123
20.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
Not as good as Tropico 4 with Modern Times, but still OK.
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