...includes an exclusive island (Isla Nublar) and El Presidente avatar costume (Luchador) and 50 Steam achievements. El Presidente is back to rule it all!
User reviews: Very Positive (5,227 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 1, 2011

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"This is one of my favorite if not my favorite city builder. The atmostphere, the laid back gameplay its so immersive and just a fantastic experience."


“Welcome to Paradise.”
“This sequel will build on everything people enjoyed in Haemimont's Tropico 3 and offer more of it.”

Special Edition

...includes an exclusive island (Isla Nublar) and El Presidente avatar costume (Luchador) and 50 Steam achievements. El Presidente is back to rule it all!

About This Game

The world is changing and Tropico is moving with the times - geographical powers rise and fall and the world market is dominated by new players with new demands and offers - and you, as El Presidente, face a whole new set of challenges. If you are to triumph over your naysayers you will need to gain as much support from your people as possible. Your decisions will shape the future of your nation, and more importantly, the size of your off-shore bank account.
Tropico 4 expands on the gameplay of the previous game with new political additions ∼ including more superpowers to negotiate with, along with the ability to elect ministers into power to help get your more controversial policies passed. But remember to keep your friends close and your enemies closer as everyone has an agenda! Your political mettle will be thoroughly tested, as new natural disasters will have the populace clamoring for you and your cabinet to help them recover from some of the worst Mother Nature can dish out.
Tropico 4 also brings a new level of social interaction with the addition of Facebook and Twitter integration. Post comments on Twitter direct from the game and have updates go out when you complete missions or unlock new achievements. You can even take screenshots of your burgeoning island and post your dream creation on your Tropico 4 Facebook page and compare your interactive Dictator Ranking on the online leaderboards.

Key Features:

  • New campaign consisting of 20 missions on 10 new maps.
  • 20 new buildings including Stock Exchange, Shopping mall, Aqua Park and a Mausoleum to El Presidente.
  • Six new interactive disasters including volcanoes, droughts and tornadoes.
  • Council of Ministers – selected citizens to ministerial posts in the government to help push through your more controversial decisions.
  • National Agenda – receive objectives from Tropican factions, foreign geopolitical powers or opportunities relating to current island events such as ongoing disasters.
  • Facebook and Twitter integration.
  • Screenshot gallery – take screenshots of your tropical paradise and share on your Facebook page.
  • Trading system – import and export goods to/from other nations to boost your economy or production.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Vista / 7 (32 or 64-bit)
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 (Geforce 6600 or higher, Radeon X1600-Series), 256 MB, DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB free hard disk space
    • Sound: DirectX compatible
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 (32 or 64-bit)
    • Processor: 2 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 (Geforce 8800 or higher, Radeon HD4000-Series or higher), 512 MB, DirectX 9.0c
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB free hard disk space
    • Sound: DirectX compatible
    • OS: 10.8.5
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB Memory
    • Graphics: 256 MB*
    • Hard Drive:6GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel GMA series, NVIDIA 7xxx series and NVIDIA 8xxx series.

      The following cards require you to have 8GB of system RAM: Intel HD3000, NVIDIA 9400, Intel HD4000 and NVIDIA 320M.
    • OS: 10.9.4
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB Memory
    • Graphics: 512 MB*
    • Hard Drive: 6GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel GMA series, NVIDIA 7xxx series and NVIDIA 8xxx series.

      The following cards require you to have 8GB of system RAM: Intel HD3000, NVIDIA 9400, Intel HD4000 and NVIDIA 320M.
Helpful customer reviews
131 of 138 people (95%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
I started an island and in 3 minutes, I was in debt. After that beard guy gave me a final loan, somehow I got my economy up and running.

I dominated the market by having hundreds of tobacco and coffee farms everywhere.

Then, the hippies were annoying me with their voices and pleas to stop the farms and logging productions.

Being the great President I was, I paid $500 to assassinate their leader. $500 well spent.

I promised to build better houses and hospitals if I got elected.

But in order to build hospitals I had to build a power plant.

Around this time, the religious leaders were annoying me with "messages from god" saying I had to build cathedrals and churches for god.

I already had to spent 80% of my money build the cathedral and hiring priests.

So I demolished every single church and cathedral in my island, built a prison and arrested every religious person on my island.

Then the communists kept pestering me, I built another prison and arrested them.

Finally, the hippies were back. I was doomed.

So I arrested all of them and destroyed every single tree on the island with logging farms.

After this, I was awarded a win for being so awesome.

But no.

Since the game is over, I decided to throw my island into utter chaos.

But it was so ♥♥♥♥ing hard.

I printed money, did nuclear tests, demolished everything. Made wages super low.

Somehow, there were only 7 rebels.

I tried to do everything in my power to make the entire island rebel against me.
But they didnt.

I finally concluded I was such a good President, the people would follow me even if I killed all of them.

And I left the game.

liek if u cri everytiem
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
69.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Tropico 4 is city building simulation game published by Kalypso Media Digital. It is a sequel to the previous game Tropico 3.

Tropico 4 is one of my favorite city building game, it's so fun and feature rich. It's more like island nation simulation game. You can build many things, do many things... in fact many things can happen here. Greatest simulation game I ever play.

Gameplay of Tropico 4 is very rich, and they're so great! Start as a small town in an island on the Caribbean, we begin developing by building new living places such as houses, creating infrastructure and public services such as roads, church, hospital and ♥♥♥♥. Everything needs to be addressed here, the happiness of the people, the economy and industry, even diplomacy with other nation and the two world great superpowers, The USA and the USSR. Failed to address even one of these and bad things will happen, like rebellion, or military coup, or worse an invasion! But managing those problem are not easy too. ♥♥♥♥ happens mate. Volcano could erupt and explodes, tornadoes may attack or even tsunami can invade! But hey! You are the El Presidente right? Anything is possible.

Tropico 4 Graphics are quite decent, while it's not as pretty as SimCity, it's not bad. Still has its own beauty. Performances are great, but some small bug still present in this game, not a big deal though, just some graphical bug with those fisherman.

Tropico 4 are one of best city building simulation out there, with some small humor build into it. I recommend this! Become El Presidente today!

Rating 9/10
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
42.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
The best game in the series, good political system, many buildings, has a great sense of progression if you get the Modern DLC
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43 of 74 people (58%) found this review helpful
55.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Welcome back to Tropico my friends! Not much has changed since Tropico 3. There are new menus, new caricatures, new voice overs that lay on thick personality and accents. The graphics look the same and feel as if they're directly from Tropico 3. The are new disasters like tornadoes, tsunamis, droughts, and volcanoes. To compliment the disasters there are fire stations to put out the fires and a new weather station. To unlock edicts that help or opress your people, you'll not only need a ministry new to the series, but hire people to run each branch. You'll get to chose from viable candidates, or for a price you can import an expert. Buildings can now import resources. If you have a rum factory, but no sugar farms, you can simply import the sugar. There are also more foreign powers such as China, the UK and the Middle East. They won't donate money like the USA and USSR, but they'll give you goals to accomplish. There are new optional goals that you get by clicking the icons over buildings. New to the series is a quick build that will instantly construct a building for a price.

Tropico 4 is a surprisingly good city builder or rather a 3rd world simulator. It is very different than games like Sim City and Cities XL. Those two games are more macro city builders, where in two or three mouse clicks you can make city blocks where 1,000 people might live. With Tropico 4 and the Tropico series in general, you need to place each building, each road and your island along with the time it takes your construction company to build it. Your entire island might get to be 200 - 500 'Tropicans.'

Each Tropican has needs... Food, religion, job, healthcare, entertainment, safety and so on. The catch is every Tropican's needs have a certain weight to them based on what faction they believe in. Each faction has major and minor demands. The military will want more soldiers, so you need to build an army base. The religious faction will want a church or cathedral. The capitalist party will want privatization or upscale entertainment. The communist party will want you to enable the free public housing edict or have etiquette healthcare.

On top of that, you balance political relations with the USA and USSR. If they get too bad, one of the two will basically take over your country and it will be game over. It is interesting how many ways that you can get game over. The most common way to get a game over is to lose an election. You don't have to have elections even. You're in charge. If you don't want an election, the nationalist party will hate you and your loyalist party will love you. If you opt to have elections, it will be vise versca. People will call for early elections and when you have elections, you can see preliminary results and you can even sway (cheat) elections. Its all at the risk of a party's love.

It is pretty cool having to pick 3 things to make a speech about and then fulfill campaign promises, but its all pretty easy. Winning elections is pretty easy, especially compared to how difficult it was to win any elections in the original Tropico. It was so bad in that game, that it was almost impossible to win an election without stuffing the ballot box.

When citizens hate you, and there will be plenty that do, they will either peacefully protest or become rebels. Once you have enough rebels against you, they will attack your most remote buildings. Your army will then go fight them, but if the rebels outnumber your army, the rebel will win and the buildings will be destroyed. The rebels can attack your palace or flat out assassinate you for a game over.

Tropico has a single player campaign with 20 scenarios that each take an hour or two to complete. You don't just pick scenarios, you unlock them. Each scenario seems to have scenario specific events that only occur in the scenarios. Unlike Tropico 3, I don't get a sense in the scenarios of an ultimate goal I'm striving toward. I feel like I stumble into victory when its least expected. At the start of each scenario you can pick a player character from historical tropican dictators or make your own avatar. You can even make personality traits that will result in pros and cons. It can drastically change your play style if you are incorruptible and never have any crime or have a green thumb and have high farm yields at the cost of low factory production.

Your businesses, mines, farms, and everything requires citizens in them to function and make you money. Every citizen has different education levels that will impact who does what. So you need to build high schools and colleges. Once built, there are options to gear students to military or religion. You can also click vacant positions to hire foreign experts for a price. If you have more businesses than citizens, build an immigration office and let anyone into the country or change it to only let in skilled workers so you keep bums out of your country.

Nothing is done automatically. You place a building, then wait for your teamsters and construction crews to build it. The more crews and personnel you have working, the faster it'll get done. I'm happy with that. Its part of the realism. If there's a building you want developed faster, you can increase or decrease its priority. If its still taking too long, just have your avatar stand next to the building to get it done faster. The fire station works the same way.

The graphics are beautiful and you'll see every Tropican walking around, hopping in their car and driving to locations. The music is nice and very Tropican / Salsa music, but there's very little variety from Tropico 3. A few hours in I was bored with the music. The DJs feel gone for the most part. They're still in the game, but they do interviews with one liners here and there. The voice acting consists of great parodies of stereotypes. They really had fun embellishing on characters with tongue in cheek humor. The game knows you're all powerful and while being a dictator is usually seen as a horrifyingly negative thing, the humor twists it into a silly positive thing.

If you have Tropico 3, play Tropico 3. Tropico 4 is still a great game, but has a ton of DLC and feels like a cash grab with only minor upgrades. The menu feels more cumbersome and click heavy than Tropico 3. The disasters take way too long and it breaks the flow the game has. The quick build feature feels like a good addition that you don't have to use, but sometimes it takes forever for the construction crews to build, even with several construction offices at full capacity.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
"Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood."
Augusto Pinochet

I have made good working condions, high wages, free accomodation and high profit enterprise from my island Tropico. All the people must have had military education and training to be prepared for hostile actions of foreign powers which wants to exploit our great nation. Anyone who stands againts my will stands against all of us because I was the man of the people. Love Tropico or Leave it.


7.5 /10

Be El Presidente, make your own paradise and doesn't matter if that should be paradise for capitalists, communists, intelectuals, religious, militarists, environmentalists, nationalists or loyalists (These are the factions), or a mix of them, or you can even try to satisfy every faction. The game starts few years after the second world war and you can befriend US or USSR (also you can try to be friend with both), or make trades with Europe, Middle East and China, if you do not want to take sides in cold war. You are a leader of small tropical island named Tropico and with your almost unlimited power you can do there whatever you want. You can give food, education and accommodation for free in the price of hard work and low wages of your citizens, or you can try to create utopia. If there are rebels who wants to take you down from your imaginary throne, you can cancel next elections and declare martial law.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Love your presidente or die!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
-Quick Review-
Have you ever listened to the news, or reading a newspaper and you hear about those dictators who care little of their citizens, exploit their own homelands, or even assassinate political enemies?
Guess what! there's a game where you can do just that! No, not Roller Coaster Tycoon *Flash back to all the guests I drowned in my childhood* Tropico 4, is a simulation game, much like Rollercoaster Tycoon, where you attempt to accomplish various goals and earn money to get a higher score.

-Detailed breakdown review-
Story: You are "Presidenti", a fictional character who can be pretty much whoever you want him to be. Personally I can't shake the name "fidel castro" From my mind. Anyway, I digress; You're whole goal is to shape the Island of "Tropico" into a paradise/world-power/luxury-resort/tourist-attraction.
There are a number of missions or quests that you complete as you progress through the game, you start out with a tutorial where you're being taught about "rule and politics" by "generalissimo". (aka, the tutorial)

Game Play: There's several different modes, but generally it comes down to two ways to play: Missions, and Sandbox mode. On missions you have various objectives that you must succeed in to unlock the next mission.
The controls in the game feel like Rollercoster tycoon had woohoo with the Sims3, I've always disliked moving around the world with the cursor or the arrow keys, because whenever I press ASDW I bring up some rogue menu. However it's not too difficult to overcome the movement keys and zooming methods (mouse wheel).
Fair warning: There's a lot to take in when you start this game. Most people who have played Simulator games should already be aware of this quality, you micromanage a whole Island and have different objects that show up that you can choose to complete or not.

Achievements: My achievements wouldn't appear until I leave the game and re-enter, most the achievements require really getting into the game and accomplishing various tasks, you would do well to just play through the campaign and worry about what achievements are left once you're finished.

Price: Tropico is priced at $19.99, which is a fair price for how much content is in the game, as always; I suggest waiting for a sale so you can get the most out of your money.

Conclusion: One last thing to keep in mind about Tropico 4, it was released in 2011. Meaning the graphics look dated, since the graphics tried to go for "realism" it's quite obvious the game was designed in 2011.
Here's the real question: Do I like the game? Yes, and no. The game is fun, but I need to spend more time learning the mechanics. It's a sound working game, so there's that. But I didn't particularly enjoy this game more then other strategy games I've played.
In the end I don't feel one way or another about this game, there is a PC Demo, if you're considering getting this game I recommend trying that Demo to know for sure if you want it.

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Edit/Update February 25, 2015: Formatting correction.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
best city builder game ever ! love the graphics, the music, the gameplay ,this game is rly addictive ;)
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
fun until 19 tornados tear through your financial district
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Let me play as Fidel Cashflow and create a Cuban cigar trade empire

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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
39.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
A policeman married to a criminal

8/8 would play again
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
it made me into the friendly, blood thirtsty south american dictator i always wanted to be
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
65.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
Tropico is a really interesting series. In a time when the classic RTS is nearly dead on PC, the Tropico series really stands tall as a remaining vestiage from the old Westwood Studios days. Now that's not to say that Tropico is a classic PC-styled RTS, because it isn't at all, but it does have that same sort of one-more-game feeling.

Tropico is interesting because you never directly control any of your citizens. You really only can build things and watch and your people use them or not use them. That may sound boring but it becomes addictive trying to balance the needs of your citizens, versus the missions that the game presents you with. You may need to strengthen your economy but your citizens are not well educated enough to work in the factories... do you take the time to educate your citizens or do you invite foreign experts to help out or do you pass a law allowing uneducated to work in the factories even though it adds a large risk to their health and well-being? These kinds of decisions are commonplace in Tropico. At its very core I find that Tropico is slightly flawed in that each mission can be won by following a bit of a spreadsheet mentality and carefully crafting the perfect island... but finding that out is half the fun of the game.

Tropico uses an unusual asthetic, the island dictatorship, and combines it with an interesting tweek to traditional RTS roots and the result is pretty damn fun! It's also a game with excellent humor and many tongue-in-cheek charactures of the cold war era. I really recommend grabbing the full Tropico 4 game with DLC if you can find it for 30$ or less. I got well over 60 hours playing through ONLY the campign of 4 and the expansion. I only started playing custom games after about 60 hours of gametime, so it's well worth the value of your dollar spent.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
I'm not a dictator. It's just that I have a grumpy face. and I assassinate people who wear green shirts.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
This game is great, it manages to keep the city builder feel while still staying fun with events and challenges. I highly reccomend this game!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
What I imagined: Tropical Sims

What I got: Dictator Simulator
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Great city-building game, satire included, humor is spitting all around. Can't stress enough how this game is based around it and you're gonna love it or hate it!
Let's say number 4 is best for new players in Tropico, first one is best hands down for many reasons (including nostalgia and original concept) and 5 is basically combination of success.

+Quests in campaign "for being the world greatest el presidente!"
+Sandbox mode
+Advisors and voices
+City building mechanics
+Catastrophes and random events
-After medium-long time playing it get slightly repetitive
-6 PM: "I got a hour or so free...hmm let's play tropico? - 2 AM:" WTF JUST HAPPENED?

8,5/10 Our weathermen report that an enemy tornado is going to invade our island!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Hasta Siempre, Comandante. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr_g23qi9hg
Mama was queen of the mambo
Papa was king of the Congo
deep down in a jungle
I started banging my first bongo

The game is combination of social and economics infrastructure building game (like ... SimCity, Transport Tycoon Deluxe, ...) in communistic/socialistic/imperialistic Carribean island leaded by you.

Your role is to become an "famous" el Presidente.

In this game you must provide housing, work, food, goods (abroad) for your people which lives on your island. Also there is a lot of "social" buildings like ... school, church, mall, zoo, hotel, restaurant, pub, casino, ... hospital, police, ... farm, power plant, museum, ... and a lot of more.

There is also an RPG element ... of your "island leading" ... like pope visit, school reform, better health, ideology, military upgrade, secret police ... and a lot of more.

There is also a choise of "mansion" tunning ... for your main building.

Sometimes even "rebels" raise up ... and then you must "punish them" or "forgive".

There is a lot of new fun features from DLCs ... like smugglers ... modern times (takes tropico from 60's into years 1990-2000)... and a lot of more.

+ game type
+ a lot of new features (compares to Tropico 3)
+ great graphics
+ detailed graphics
+ "new RPG" elements (school, society, living, religion, housing, education, ... )
+ a lot of DLCs
+ GREAT SOUNDTRACK (familiar from my Cuba visit ... a lot of Cuban music)

- game type
- can be more choices of upgrade
- same and same things all over and over again
- DLCs not FREE !!!
- if you have a lot of money ... you dont need to care of anythin (ships will bring food from abroad, you can ship from abroad even workers!)

Graphics: 9/10
Level detail: 10/10
Sounds/Music : 10/10
Mechanics: 9/10
Idea: 7/10
Addicting: 9/10
RPG elements: 9/10
Story : 9/10
Verdict: 9,5/10 (cant decide between 9/10 or 10/10)
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
Took me two whole months to walk to my limo and drive to a construction site. pretty gr8 i r8 8/8 m8.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
163.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
To get this gem on sale with all the DLC is one of the better investments on steam you can make. It remains the most in-depth and rewarding Tropico game to date and is a contender for the best city builder title on the market. Great music, real customization, loads of content, freedom with very lax limitations, unique role-play opportunities that promotes a lot of replayability; which overall easily beats the previous and follow-up titles that are a bit lacking in comparison.

Rating: 8.5/10
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