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Release Date: Jul 24, 2014

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It’s all about cheese in El Presidente’s latest venture. Create and promote an artisan cheese brand by introducing a new production chain with the Creamery: a new building that enables you to make the most of Tropico’s local goats and llamas. Face international competition in an epic quest to create the best cheese in the world and put on the chef’s hat! This add-on includes an all-new sandbox map and task, a standalone scenario, building, avatar accessory and music track!

  • New standalone scenario: “The Big Cheese” - Create and promote an artisan cheese brand
  • New building: The Creamery – Produces cheese from milk
  • New dynasty avatar accessory: The Chef’s Hat
  • New sandbox map: Arco Iris Beneditas
  • New music track

System Requirements

    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
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{I.R} AnotherGerman
Posted: April 2
First off, I pre-ordered the game so I got this as soon as it came out. This DLC adds one building that makes cheese, thats it! So it help you off a little in the beginning. It gives you some industry but later it is completey useless since there a far more efficient industry buildings. Just wait for a sale if you want this DLC, but overall pertty useless DLC.
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Xenomorph1981
Posted: February 18
While i see there are a lot of negative reviews about this dlc i disagree on only a couple of points. In my opinion the building is a useful economic stepping stone as it is available when the game starts. No other industry building is available at the start of the game. You might say lumber mill. WRONG!. You have to research it, which means it is not available at the absolute start of the game, shortly after yes, but you can't for example, queue up construction for a goat ranch and a cheese factory first thing at the start. Yes cheese sells for less than lumber, but it should for two reasons. One in real life cheese costs less than lumber. Two it is good balancing for the bulding that requires research to provide more income. Yet another problem about the lumber mill that is overlooked is that in the colonial age its operating cost is more. Yes the budget is about the same but i did not say budget i said operating cost. By way of explanation if you don't want to import logs you need lumber camps. In the colonial era you can't buy the reforestry upgrade for lumber camps. So what happens when the trees are deplted in the lumber camps area? KABOOM! That's what happens. Your lumber camp goes kaboom meaning you've just lost a 700-1000 dollar building and if you don't build another one you have to now import logs. So operating a lumber yard is more expensive than a cheese factory in the colonial era. For that reason alone it is more profitable in that era. Sure once you hit world wars era it is the least profitable industry from that point on. Yet going into the World Wars you will have more money starting off. It also only requires 4 high school workers. While the lumber yard only require illiterate workers it requires 8. If your computer is not capable of running more than 2000 citizens during a game, that is a problem once you reach the tail end of the cold war. In my case i can only run 3000 citizens, which during the modern era makes the building more valuable from a workforce stand point. If i could run a game with 4000 citizens well i might demolish those cheese factories. Amazingly enough, i run cheese factories throughout the entire game and they just work well.

As for the mission i agree meh.

Is it worth the price? I have to reply kind of. If you just love dlc from the bottom of your heart and you have a wallet filled to burst with money, than sure, absolutely. If you are like me and the dlc only matters for its functionality and the fun of the mission, than the answer is depends. Do you like missions more than game dynamics? If so it is not worth your money. If you like game dynamics more and your wallet is getting ready to burst from all the great amounts of cash in it, sure get it. Yet the way i got it since i only have a moderate income and my wallet is certainly never getting ready to start leaking 100 and thousand dollar bills cause it's just too full, i did the more economical thing which made the price worth it for me. I got it on sale for under a dollar. For those cents i spent i am really happy with my purchase.
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Lucky Dan
Posted: January 24
I got this because I pre-ordered, but it does help a lot having this building right in the beginning. The mission itself was a whole lot of "meh". I beat it just to say I did.
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Foxysen
Posted: January 5
Big Cheese is the first tiny DLC. One skin, one building, one mission, one map, yay. Oh, and unlike Tropico 4, one music track too. Here we go again. This time it's all about cheese.
And this is we got for pre-ordering Tropico 5. Should have knew better what kind of the first DLC it would be.

Mission is pretty nice. Aside from promoting Tropican cheeseyness it also locks you up in Colonian era, you can't advance. It's actually an interesting challenge. While you don't have to think of supporting revolutioners as much, they can also sometimes get angry. At least I got some "cmon cmon!" moments when I was waiting for next ship to come so I could complete The Crown's mission as my mandate time was running out, suspecting that I should have build another dock. So I am amused.

And then there is Cheese industrial building. It makes cheese out of milk that is produced by goats and cattle ranches, not goats and llamas as store info hints. It may not look much, but main point of it is that it's available during Colonial era, where the only other industry building is Lumber Mill, the planks that it produced being a mid-step between logs and furniture anyway. So it got it's use, yep. Even though I am not sure you are supposed to make lots of money at Colonial era.
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SimuLord
Posted: December 22, 2015
Here's the thing about DLC like this. Either it suits your playstyle, in which case you wait for a sale and get a spiffy addition to your game (I got this for a buck). Or it's not really in line with what you like to do when you play a game like this, in which case you ignore it or grab it as part of a DLC bundle later on down the line.

So that's the essence of my recommendation here. Wait for a sale (these things are frequently sold for less than the cost of a value-menu cheeseburger), and if you have a playstyle heavily oriented toward production chains and a self-contained island economy, get more value out of your cattle or goat ranching.
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ladyheather_86
Posted: November 16, 2015
Slightly challenging mission, given the need for constantly increasing your time limit.
Creamery building is a nice addition, but you don't get an achievement for completing it, which personally I think is daft as you get no recognition that you have actually done that mission. Bought it whilst on sale, definitely not worth the full price.
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The Swaggy Dictator
Posted: August 26, 2015
Helpful to have a really money-making industry right in the Colonial era.
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Antwog
Posted: August 2, 2015
This is a decent DLC. I got it on sale for $1.40, it is worth it at that price but I can't finish this mission. My economy is booming, problem is the cheese outputs didn't actually leave the dock at the rate I wanted it to (I had over 4,000 per shipment for export, only about 500 left) so that made things slow. To add to this, the mandate ends that quickly that for me on three attempts, the mandate offers you, as the president get, aren't enough.

The building is the only thing I overly like, it provides a good sustainble amount of income.

Purchase on sale, its a good challenge but after three attempts, I gave up. It isn't very optimised task wise as becoming independant barely happens, I got to 62% and nothing happened, I red on the internet someone reached 75%+ and he couldn't declare independance, so its a miss. 4/10.

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Ezri Steel
Posted: July 24, 2015
Though the price is a bit large, I would wait for a sale and buy this DLC.
Most of the DLC contains generally useless buildings that just do what can already be done a 'little' better or give you a minor little boost in some stat you forgot the game had, but the Creamery is extremely useful. It turns the Milk you get from Cattle Ranches into a very profitable source of income and makes the game much more interesting by adding a new trade good and source of income.
Though I would still think this DLC should have just been released as part of the base game, I see it kind of like the Quick Dry Cement DLC from Tropico 4: Containing a very helpful building that can assist you a great deal in expanding your nation's income and helping you grow.
Just wait for a sale and buy it for $2. It's worth it for $2, not $4.
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Helen_NZ
Posted: July 4, 2015
The campaign is not great (you can't get out of Colonial Age, which is always annoying) but the Cheese Factory is very useful for other scenarios and sandbox, since it's an early-game industrial building.
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Fromagon
Posted: July 2, 2015
Only one mission, taking place entirely in the colonial era. The new building is a nice addition but not worth the price for the DLC, neither is the mission nor the customization item for you dynasty members. If this DLC is on sale for under 1 dollar/euro or you can get it in a complete edition of some sort I would say go for it. But otherwise do not buy, cause it's not worth the money, cause you can complete the mission and use the content in about 30 minutes.
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sheiky
Posted: June 25, 2015
I got this DLC free for preordering Tropico 5 back when it came out so I can honestly say it was worth every penny.

I always use the creamery in my games, it's a good way to make money early on without having to build too much. The single mission included was fun and moderately challenging. I don't care about the outfits, they are all awful, and I'm sure the map was fine, I don't remember. It's not worth the full price, none of the DLC are, but I would pick it up on a half off sale.
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Lieutenant Lamb
Posted: June 25, 2015
Makes the colonial era more interesting with an industry building that makes cheese. Still is my top export in modern era.
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lmitana
Posted: June 20, 2015
While the mission was very short and easy to complete, the creamery building proved to be more than useful in later expansions.
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moomoo mouse cat pizza
Posted: June 19, 2015
all dlc in this game are ♥♥♥♥ing trash
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Timophil
Posted: June 18, 2015
I would say that this DLC is not too bad and it has a good and fun mission. If you are like me, I am almost 100% sure that there are no achievments for it. The creamery is a useful early-game industry that can bring in lots of money. This also adds a very cool map. In conclusion, I would recommend this to people who do the missions and the campaigns.
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DanGreat121
Posted: June 15, 2015
What do you think is in this DLC? Another building. Seriously. It's not even unique just another building that you won't even build and a outfit that only a luny would wear. I just wanted a great dictator role not a madman.
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Dr.Funkenstein D.D.S
Posted: June 13, 2015
Still bugged. You will not be able to get out of the colonial era.

I'm an experienced player of the series. I've finished the campaigns. I know what i'm doing and how to get out of the colonial era. I had 75% happiness and 80% revolutionary support. The mission to progress never appears.

I thought it was just me until i came here and read everyone elses review. Six months after another person raised the issue and it is still bugged.

I love the content and the idea but it makes this DLC unplayable.

Cons:
- You get a new scenario and new building. The bug in this scenario makes it unplayable and instantly you lose most of the value from buying a new DLC (the scenario).
- Cost. $4 USD is simply too much, i got it on sale for $1.99. You should not buy it for less.

Pros:
+ New building
+ A use for milk
+ An interesting scenario with good text and dialogue (until you cannot progress further)
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grandlocomon
Posted: June 12, 2015
I love cheese. You hate cheese compared to how much I love cheese.

10/10 I became king AND queen of cheese.

PS. If you accept that you are not getting out of the first era (no independence), you will be fine to pass the mission.
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Princess Inkbutt
Posted: May 17, 2015
Oh hi, me again, telling you why your 3.99 could be spent better buying a razor to shave a rather hairy baby with, than giving to Kalypso.


See, the shaved baby is funny, and interesting. This DLC is not. This DLC is boring.

What's it add? Nothing. Nothing because all the files are actually already on the game, you downloaded them already. It simply unlocks them.

What's it unlock?

More nothing. A scenario that is easy to do (make new DLC building, Make cows, wait...win!)

A hat

And a New Factory!! Oh boy!

But wait, it's a factory in the early game. You can't actually educate citizens to be High School level (which a factory needs) in the first era anyway. So you can't really build more than one, or really set up a massive cheese island until later on when you have access to considerably better industries.

So what's the point even.

What's funny is that the "Quick Dry" DLC for tropico 4 is very similar. It added a low tier factory that was esentially self sufficient. However, unlike that DLC, this doesn't actually help your island early on as it sucks up High School educated workers away from more important building. If you plan on having a Professional army in the next era, you'll be rudely awakened to how valuable High School education is.

Great job Kalypso.

Alas, this is the last review I can do on Tropico 5 DLC. At this point, giving them more money, even at a sale price, I feel is worse that giving them Honest reviews telling people not to buy them.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: April 2
First off, I pre-ordered the game so I got this as soon as it came out. This DLC adds one building that makes cheese, thats it! So it help you off a little in the beginning. It gives you some industry but later it is completey useless since there a far more efficient industry buildings. Just wait for a sale if you want this DLC, but overall pertty useless DLC.
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40 of 48 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: October 17, 2014
TL;DR at end

honestly, i didn't notice a change (pre-ordered so got this as soon as it came out and i don't play all that much) with this DLC. calling this a DLC is a strech as one building doesn't add much (and this building sucks)

don't get me wrong though. i have enjoyed tropico since i started playing (tropico 3 was my first of the series) and i also enjoy DLCs for games such as Crusader Kings II and Payday 2 - bought nearly all of them as the content was satisfactory. HOWEVER, adding one lack luster building for $3.99 is not worth the money. If say 5-10 buildings were added in then it would be worth the my money. Even probably $10 for 5-10 buildings.

TL;DR Tropico is a game about managing money and making your people happy. Devs want us to lose money and be ♥♥♥♥♥♥.
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45 of 58 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: October 6, 2014
It adds a building,a building that is complety useless since there a far more efficient industry buildings in the game and the scenario that it adds is really boring. Its a waste of time and money.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: July 2, 2015
Only one mission, taking place entirely in the colonial era. The new building is a nice addition but not worth the price for the DLC, neither is the mission nor the customization item for you dynasty members. If this DLC is on sale for under 1 dollar/euro or you can get it in a complete edition of some sort I would say go for it. But otherwise do not buy, cause it's not worth the money, cause you can complete the mission and use the content in about 30 minutes.
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: October 26, 2014
Got this as a pre-order bonus, so no money wasted there. You might wanna grab it -66% or something as it doesn't really add much.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: July 24, 2015
Though the price is a bit large, I would wait for a sale and buy this DLC.
Most of the DLC contains generally useless buildings that just do what can already be done a 'little' better or give you a minor little boost in some stat you forgot the game had, but the Creamery is extremely useful. It turns the Milk you get from Cattle Ranches into a very profitable source of income and makes the game much more interesting by adding a new trade good and source of income.
Though I would still think this DLC should have just been released as part of the base game, I see it kind of like the Quick Dry Cement DLC from Tropico 4: Containing a very helpful building that can assist you a great deal in expanding your nation's income and helping you grow.
Just wait for a sale and buy it for $2. It's worth it for $2, not $4.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: November 11, 2014
This DLC is really nice because it allows you to build another industry building in the starting Colonial era, namely the Creamery. It turns milk into cheese. Overall very usefull to have since you can't build any other industry buildings in the Colonial era apart from a lumber mill to turn logs into planks. It also provides some other bonuses including one that gains support of the nationalists.
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17 of 31 people (55%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: October 10, 2014
Buy only if you want to lose money, the music track sucks balls aswell.
Is there a way to remove it?
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: August 26, 2015
Helpful to have a really money-making industry right in the Colonial era.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: December 27, 2014
Really nice small dlc that adds a new building for some early industrial & money in the Colonial era.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: December 3, 2014
I had played this Tropico 5 DLC when it first came out. The Big Cheese storyline was very funny and creative. After beating the Big Cheese mission (which was a bit short), help keep my island rolling in money during the World Wars era (for the mission takes place in the Colony era). The DLC did seem too short, but the added building does help industry heavy players. I do hope they add more money making DLCs in the future.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: January 19, 2015
The buildings looks nice and fits very well in the Colonial Era.

That's pretty much it.

Get it on sale.
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: June 12, 2015
I love cheese. You hate cheese compared to how much I love cheese.

10/10 I became king AND queen of cheese.

PS. If you accept that you are not getting out of the first era (no independence), you will be fine to pass the mission.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: December 8, 2014
The creamery is useful and the DLC mission is pretty fun.
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6 of 13 people (46%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: November 9, 2014
Yes the potential for economic growth with this game is unlimited. I don't think people realize once you have the building you can use it in any other missions you are given. Where before missions may have began to feel tedious or overwhelming, it adds new ways to navigate your way thru the main story campaign or the side missions. The more DLC I purchase the more complete the game feels and more balanced it feels on any difficulty level, for any campaign/mission.

I love to see so many people taking the time to complain about a game, but not give any actual feedback as to how it hindered their gameplay experience or how they could have improved. Not very helpful to the creators if you just say it sucked and whine about the $5 you had to spend on it.

Just a heads up to future bad reviewers, give them info on how they could have improved it, don't just complain about it. I have a feeling all this DLC is adding up to another large campaign mission that will be much easier to complete provided you have these additional buildings. Although on their own they seem useless, as I go along here, the more has certainly been the merrier.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: June 18, 2015
I would say that this DLC is not too bad and it has a good and fun mission. If you are like me, I am almost 100% sure that there are no achievments for it. The creamery is a useful early-game industry that can bring in lots of money. This also adds a very cool map. In conclusion, I would recommend this to people who do the missions and the campaigns.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: June 13, 2015
Still bugged. You will not be able to get out of the colonial era.

I'm an experienced player of the series. I've finished the campaigns. I know what i'm doing and how to get out of the colonial era. I had 75% happiness and 80% revolutionary support. The mission to progress never appears.

I thought it was just me until i came here and read everyone elses review. Six months after another person raised the issue and it is still bugged.

I love the content and the idea but it makes this DLC unplayable.

Cons:
- You get a new scenario and new building. The bug in this scenario makes it unplayable and instantly you lose most of the value from buying a new DLC (the scenario).
- Cost. $4 USD is simply too much, i got it on sale for $1.99. You should not buy it for less.

Pros:
+ New building
+ A use for milk
+ An interesting scenario with good text and dialogue (until you cannot progress further)
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8 of 18 people (44%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: October 17, 2014
Sure, it doesn't add much. But I got this during a sale and wouldnt say it was a waste of money.



Also, one word:
Cheese
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: December 27, 2014
You Will Fail.
Many DLC for the tropic series paint you on a corner and asks you to get out of it, and that is a part of the charm of the content’s theme. Whether you are force to use military, science or gathering a mass of money, this time around you have to export your cheese and beat the competitor, but it is not your competitor that is the issue, it is your mandate.

You are in power as long as the throne allows it and you WILL run out of time. The game will provide mini missions with some choices on how to move forward but these choices can result in cutting your mandate in half or just provide some money to keep you up but these rewards and even if you use the “save, see what happens and reload” cheaty method of playing the game and always choose to extend you mandate you will STILL run out of time even at the very easiest difficulty!

This issue has been mentioned MANY times on many forums that talk about this game and it is Still not been addressed. Worst, Simmilar "You WILL LOOSE" issues can be found in other Tropico 5 DLC so Please BEWARE!
(Tropico 3 and 4 do not have these overlooked issues.)
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: June 19, 2015
all dlc in this game are ♥♥♥♥ing trash
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