TROPICO RELOADED is the ultimate game compilation for hobby-dictators and those dreaming of their own Caribbean island. Tropico combines real-time strategy and simulation elements with a healthy dose of political intrigue and Caribbean flair to create a unique and critically acclaimed game experience.
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Release Date: Jul 24, 2009

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TROPICO RELOADED is the ultimate game compilation for hobby-dictators and those dreaming of their own Caribbean island. Tropico combines real-time strategy and simulation elements with a healthy dose of political intrigue and Caribbean flair to create a unique and critically acclaimed game experience.


You are the sole ruler of a remote banana republic. Fight against poverty, corruption and rebels, make your own people happy or enforce your rule through military strength. However, do not forget to set aside a few dollars for your own retirement on a swiss bank account!


The official expansion for the original game not only brings natural disasters like tropical storms but also new tourist attractions to your island. Face the challenges of tons of new scenarios, prove yourself a worthy leader to your own people and make Tropico a paradise for wealthy visitors from overseas.


As a feared Pirate King, you have to keep both your buccaneers and prisoners under control and send your ships on the prowl for treasury. Apart from an entirely new setting, the official sequel to the original Tropico offers gameplay improvements, new features and scenarios.

Key features:
  • Includes the original Tropico, the expansion Paradise Island and Tropico 2: Pirate Cove
  • Over 100 scenarios
  • Random map generator for an infinite number of challenges

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB
    • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX® 9 graphics card
    • DirectX®: 9
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB
    • Sound: DirectX-compatible
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
43.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
I was introduced to this game back when it first came out through my deadbeat stepfather who was into games like this... I played it a little back then, but was frustrated and resumed playing Civ games.

Recently picked it up during a sale and got into it hard. Admittedly these sorts of games sometimes feel like an escapist narcotic... hours go by unnoticed, flashes of euphoria staring at the screen. And there's a sense of realism too since all of the little Tropicans have their own "personality" and there's very little hand-holding strategy written on the web (which led me to figure out a lot by myself...

Got my wisdom teeth pulled out... spent day 1 at home. Fired up Tropico and kept saying things out loud like "Damn! They want another election!" and "Hmm, it seems like I'm going to have switch my tobacco export to papaya or something.." Eventually, my girlfriend took notice and before I knew it we were co-ruling my little Tropican dystopia.

After we lost an election, she forced me to start a new map and we began again. This time she was in charge and I watched in awe as she beautifully laid out the map and started making money right away from a meticulously designed factory sector. A couple hours in, she went for a shower and I took over. Feeling confident, I got the electrical plant operational and started building condos. The election was surely in our favor but I gave everyone a tax cut and thew a big Mardi Gras party just in case.

"Hey babe, how's the city doing?"

Humiliated, we were voted out. She was very upset with me. Not sure if I can recommend this for couples... it gets real.

Oh, and the reason we lost (theoretically) was because our factories were blowing all their pollution into the "nice" part of town... watch out for that. :(
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Classic Game ever.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
For someone who came from Tropico 4, this game's interface is difficult to use. If you played it back then on a Windows 98 computer, you probably have good memories. Otherwise, try a newer version of the game.
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106 of 115 people (92%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2013
UPD: I have not touched T5 yet so I'm not mentioning it till I get to play it! That said, it's got some very favorable and well written reviews thus far, so go check 'em out!

Tropico the first's a classic. Having been a huge fan of Sim City and Tropico games (SC4/2000 and original Tropico) for years, I keep coming back to those games at least once in a couple of years just for nostalgia's sake.

Tropico 1 possesses that unique charm that nearly all the other installations, sadly, lack, alongside with some great tongue-in-cheek humor. I can say with certainty however that Tropico 4 more than made up for it and it's probably the only game out of the entire franchise worth purchasing (besides the very first one of course), seeing as T3 is just a watered down version of T4. Trust me, if you just skip on T3 you won't be missing ANYTHING. Kalypso really dropped the ball on that one.

So if you're looking to jump into the franchise, I recommend starting with either the 1st or the 4th installation, or better yet both. If you just want a fancy looking and relatively new city-building game in the spirit of SimCity, Anno and Cities XL, just skip this bundle entirely and buy T4.

Long story short: T1 started it all, T2 has pirates, T3 is an attempted but shallow reboot and T4 is an upgraded version of the previous game and what T3 should have been in the first place. Take your pick.
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60 of 61 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
39.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2013
Have you, like me, got an old, slow, crappy laptop as your only source of PC gaming? Are you wanting a game that will suck you in for most of your day off work or studies?
If so I highly recommend Tropico. I've been playing this game for many years and although it may be no where near as glossy as it's newer cousins in the series it still has a nice bit of depth to it, a superb soundtrack and a wicked sense of humour.
I love this game. It's one of the most re-visited in my collection. I hope you'll love it too.
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49 of 59 people (83%) found this review helpful
83 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 10, 2015
Today im going to tell you the story of TheDestr0ct0r, the first mentally ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ dictator of the world
He was many things, womanizer, alcoholic.... he really liked bathrooms and fountains, to the point that he filled the island with them
Yes, it's true, we had bad times, like that one time he made a pool next to the beach, or that time the hurricane destroyed it and he built it again, or that time that he build a pool next to the pool because nobody was using the other pool

We had good and bad times, but overall i think TheDestr0ct0r was a good presidente, i will rate him 7/10 because he isn't Kevin Panceta
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33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
41.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2014
After much debate, this game gets a thumbs up, for one main reason: nostalgia. I played the crap out of this game when I was a kid, and upon rediscovering it, proceeded to continue to play the crap out of it. If you're unfamiliar, this is a simulation where you play a dictator of a small caribbean island. The plots and themes are all very cliche'd, but humorously delivered by a suck-up lackey of yours, Penultimo ("the second to last," if you're keeping up with your spanish). You can be kind or ruthless, out for a buck or for glory, but in the end, this is a solid, interesting game worthy, I think, of a modern gamer's time. HOWEVER... if you have played the newest Tropico (4, at this point), I would not recommend this one to you. The gameplay is more or less identical, but the options are significantly fewer and the graphics aren't remotely of the caliber of modern games. Additionally, it should be noted that this game relies very heavily on latino sterotypes, and while I (a Latin American History major, but with no soul) found it amusing, many of the japes could be found highly offensive. So, in essence:

Recommended for: players of strategy simulations, people who enjoy latin american history in a comical simulated retelling, or those who are interested to see how a game series has evolved from it's origins.

Not recommended for: Enthusiasts of the newest games, those demanding high quality graphics, or folk who will be easily offended by latino sterotypes.
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30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
37.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
The amount of time I've spent on this game is uncountable, and when I saw it on Steam, well I just had to buy it. Tropico allows you to unleash your inner dictator (of cause you can also lead you island in a fair and democratic way, but what’s the fun in that?). Tropico is an awesome game in the way it manages to capture that "el presidente"-feeling.

The game is really a sort of “Banana republics for dummies” in the way it quite humorously touches serious matters such as totalitarianism, corruption (for instance hinted through the role that the Swiss bank plays), election fraud, and the interventions the Cold War superpowers (the United States and Soviet Union).

The primary goal in Tropico is to stay in power! If you can manage this you’re on the right track. You can play a “Scenario” in which staying in power alone isn’t enough to grant you the victory. The scenarios will challenge different aspects of your leadership and somewhat improve your skills. If you don’t feel like play a scenario, the “Custom game”-mode allows you to set the goal and premises of the game.

All in all, it’s just a brilliant game! Great humour and the music is awesome, it really helps setting the mood!

If you’re a fan of the Tropico-series and you somehow haven’t yet played the first title, you should really consider buying this game. Also, it delivers great entertainment without demanding to much of your computer (which makes it ideal for older computers).

The entire series is really great fun, but this game is really a must have!
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31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
107.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015

"Prezidente, the people's spiritual needs are not being met.
PerHAPS if you build a CHURCH the people will be more cONteNT."

10 Egor Putins out of 10
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2015
Tropico Reloaded is a pack that contains 2 first games of Tropico series, all of which are town-managment games. Tropico 1 makes you a dictator of tropical island during cold war. It also comes with Paradise Island expansion pack already patched in, which adds random storms and more buildings for tourists. And Tropico 2 makes you manage a pirate haven, with captives doing main force. No, you don't control fleet when they are out on the mission. They all came out in 2001-2003, used engine of Railroad Tycoon 2 and made by PopTop.

Now, technical side, how do these old games work now. Well, none support widescreen, as you guessed.
I had almost no trouble with Tropico 1. It just ran in full-screen in Software mode by default. It refused to switch to Hardware mode. The only shame is that because of that Steam overlay was not working.
Tropico 2 gave much more resistance, being filthy pirate and all. It would crash when it loaded any level. I had to go to game's folder, open Tropico2.ini file and enable "SoftwareDevice". After that, it still was unfriendly, as not only Steam overlay did not work, but Alt-Tab would cause annoying graphical bugs in game's interface.

Tropico 1 should be familiar to you if you played T3 or T4. You are Dictator who controls small island. The game is noted for combining SimCity with micromanagement elements. This game is much smaller scale of having around 100 persons in a town. As results it simulates every person indicidually, much less abstract than in SimCity. They got needs, wants, they need to travel distances to work, or wander around for enternainment. And yea, thus you get to get more personal. Ordering to take out individual person. Or having pain of making sure that they live nearby work.

And well, one of a flaw of a game is that it sometimes requires you to micromanage some stuff that you don't have good tools for. What I am mostly talking about is making sure that person lives in the best house, that is closest to work. The only thing you can do is firing person from work or such and that puts them into bad mood. Heck, one of the way you can fail in this game is by overextending. Most often you will end up taking only 1/3 of the island, otherwise you tend to drop into negative balance. The only thing that building road do is to make it easier to go up the hill.

You can order people to build, you can make edits or you can tweak wages and options of each building. You have to make your town work. Also, it's a very slow paced game. And it shows, like constructing can be a pain there. First workers will have to clean the land of shacks/trees by destroying them, then clean rubble, then they have to work on ground to put it into same level and only then they will start to actually build. Airport can end up being less worth than the time it takes, for example. Still enjoyable to watch people work.

You also have many political sides to satisfy. You can either build economy on tourists or industy. And you can be either more people-caring dictator or a forceful evil one with military might. It's fun as it's not so single-pathed. Though to be honest, it leans more toward satisfying needs of religious people, easier and more beneficial to appeal toward Soviets, tourists don't give much of strong economy and it's better to be more democratical than actually use edits for evil.

Pretty nice game, though I wish it made us use more dictatorship tools. And a bit clunky nowdays.

Tropico 2 is more pirate-themed though. It's quite unique, but it's also less fun somehow. You got two kind of people who do their own jobs and must be kept in separate zones of comfort. Captives work on industry and require fear and order. Pirates just satisfy their needs on lands and work on the ships, they need zones of defence and anarchy. And sadly pirate job is handled on a map and is mostly a game of chance where you can get screwed up. If you do screw up, well, you may not get out if you run out of gold. Though main recource there is lumber for buildings.

It's more linear game too. Some buildings produce certain recources for other buildings, all to satisfy pirates. You need industry from captives, you build ships, you send them and hope for the best. Every building needs to be made near road. Edics feel more like general orders. And you just need to keep happyness above middle, it doesn't feel as much of motivating to grow as in Tropico 1.
On good side, stats book was improved, letting you choose and control much easier. And to analyze.

It also got a campaign, though it still feels like just series of separate islands one after another. Still nice.

It doesn't really feel exciting for me for some reason. Kinda more one-lined. But some will love it. Makes a good bonus with Tropico 1.

Oh, and important thing to note: both Tropico games have simple yet catchy music. T1 has tons of them! There.
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12.7 hrs
Posted: September 17
GREAT! I prefer the 2D graphics over the new 3D. The game is funny, very easy to get used too. I thinkif you have a bit of a taste for politics you'll enjoy the game much more as there is a lot of satire going on in this.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: September 8
The traditional and best way to roleplay Kim Jong Un - with a Latin accent.
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2.6 hrs
Posted: August 8
a game about pretending something more than a few ships coming around will be caused by you literally taking sides in the cold war
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9.3 hrs
Posted: July 31
This is an excellent oldie. I played this some 100 hours, about 10 years ago. Very replayable.

However, it is irritating to manage your villagers movements. Building roads is essential for them to be efficient. As well, you should build in clumps so that the people who work there don't need to walk far to get to work or church or wherever.

Try it out and let me know what you think of it!
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5.3 hrs
Posted: July 27
This series is notoriously difficult to wrap your head around, but once you get it, there is no challenge at all. To finally get how it works can either be very satisfying or very frustrating depending on your tastes. I have fun with this game until I notice I essentially suck at running a country because I don't just can't seem to understand the approrpiate salary/fee/rant scale for each building, especially at the start.
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11.8 hrs
Posted: July 12
I think of myself as the greatest Presidente of Tropico the country had ever seen.
As soon as I could martial law was instated with guard towers on every corner.
There was 0 liberty on the entire island.
I was attacked by rebels almost bi-annually but my military always destroyed the attackers.
In 1987 I recieved a message saying how there was some grumbling in the officer corps. Raises for everyone!
1994. Another warning, another raise.
1999. The first coup d'etat. 16 loyalists against 4 rebels. I win easily.
Things seem good for next 19 years.
The economy collapses. I get told by the UN I must limit salaries to $20.
"There's been some grumbling in the officer corps."
Economy gets worse. $15 salary restriction.
Then begins what will now be known as the Tropican revolution.
4 loyalists against 16 rebels.
I was forced out of office with <1 year left in my term.

This was my most recent game and my most event filled. 9/10
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2.3 hrs
Posted: July 8
> create corrupt dictatorship

> rename castro "rico castro"

> rent for low end shack is $50 a month

>minimum wage set to 1 dollar

> 50,000 dollars later

> builds eletric factory

> happiness increases 10 fold

> immigrant comes over

> news paper headlines: "el presidente has been shot and killed in a invasion at his palace led by rebels"
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