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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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44 of 55 people (80%) 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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50 of 66 people (76%) 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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18 of 24 people (75%) 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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9 of 10 people (90%) 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 Colonial era. 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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19 of 34 people (56%) 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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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: May 21
The new building, called "The Creamery" is a fun and interesting addition to the game. A very useful building to have in the Colonial era.
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5 of 8 people (63%) 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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9 of 16 people (56%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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Dewittejager
Posted: September 14
i saved my self from buying a hamburger at mc donnands instead i spend €1,49 on this good investment instead of 2 minutes fun, 2 hours fun.
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magu2k
Posted: August 31
What is not to love about the very infrastructure which brings us cheese. I love cheese. You love cheese. Cheeses are yum. Buy this.
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BA971toLHR
Posted: May 25
For me this is one of the most helpful DLCs Kalypso has released for Tropico 5 because in the colonial era it's excellent to build the first industry (Creamery) and earn money by trading
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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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