Tropico Reloaded - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

Sure, sure, Tropico games are about as indistinguishable from each other as the founding staff of a PC games website circa 2007, but I can forgive that. There’s just something about their sun-kissed, low-stakes, silly-but-not-too-silly take on city-building. Every couple of years I really feel the itch to comfort-blanket myself with one, and lo and behold, every couple of years there’s a new one. That itch? I feel it RIGHT NOW.

Alas, alack, woe is me, Tropico 6, originally billed for 2018, won’t be out this year after all. I shall have to console myself with this eerily familiar trailer instead.

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Evil Genius - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

best-management

Base-building is de rigueur these days, what with all those survival games, Minecraft, Fallout 4 and now Fortnite, but before all that we had tiny top-down or isometric worlds in which we diligently built cities and dungeons and theme parks and rail networks. The central appeal of management games was and is that they give us an idealised sense of what it is like to create a game – to weave new worlds upon our screens, guided only by our imaginations, ingenuity and the limitations of the in-game taxation system. Magic, right there: the birth of your own universe.

For a while there, it looked as though the management flame was fading, choked by the low-grade tycoon games that littered supermarkets’ dusty games shelves. But this is The New Age Of PC Games, which means every near-abandoned idea of yesteryear has been revisited in thoughtful and ambitious new ways. Town sims and theme sims are now healthier and more vibrant than they’ve ever been, expanding. This round-up comprises the very best of the past and the very best of today: the twenty management games which are, by 2018 standards, most guaranteed to to consume your every waking thought.

These aren’t in any particular order, by-the-by: they are, simply, the 20 best management games. (more…)

Tropico Reloaded - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

tropico6

If I were going to steal the Eiffel Tower, I’d definitely strap a giant rocket to it and launch it into the sky. Once it was airborne, I’d remotely pilot it back to my volcano lair and then park it in the Monument Chamber next to the Statue of Liberty (also rocket-propelled) and the Great Sphinx of Giza (trundles around on little wheels).

It’s not clear how El Presidente nicks the various monuments scattered around his archipelago nation in Tropico 6, but a new video shows the Eiffel Tower standing in tropical climes, as clear as can be. You’ll be able to organise raids to steal them, we’re told, but the biggest change is in the lay of the land. Rather than managing a single island, you’ll be connecting several islands together, which means you’ll need new tech and transport infrastructure to keep everything running smoothly.

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Tropico 5 - Unerde


Discounts of up to 80% available across the Kalypso lineup

Hold on to your Steam libraries – the Kalypso Media Anniversary Sale is back once again, bigger and better than ever before! Celebrating its 11th birthday, Kalypso Media is inviting everyone to the party by offering discounts of up to 80% across a huge and diverse range of games and DLC, including recent releases like Sudden Strike 4 and Vikings – Wolves of Midgard, as well as classic titles like the Tropico series, Omerta: City of Gangsters and Patrician IV, and even on exciting digital-first titles like The Metronomicon, Project Highrise and Rezrog.

So e.g. Tropico 5 and/or all additional DLCs/Expansions are 80% off:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/245620/Tropico_5/

So whether you’re looking to expand your favourite Kalypso title with cut-price expansions, or to fill your library with all-new experiences, the Kalypso Media Anniversary Sale is the perfect opportunity to get your game on. The offers are available now as part of Steam’s midweek offers, and you’ve got until Monday 2nd October 2017 to grab a bargain!

Click here to access the special Kalypso Anniversary Sale page on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/sale/kalypso/?utm_source=Kalypso+Media+Group+Internal&utm_campaign=31ec6a49ab-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_148967423f-31ec6a49ab-308076913
Tropico 5 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jamie Wallace)

Nemesis 3

Not to let itself be out-done by Humble’s very many bundles packed with games, Bundle Stars has put together the ‘Nemesis Bundle 3‘. Unsurprisingly, this is the third iteration of the ‘Nemesis’ bundle, which collects a whole batch of games with a penchant for a little bit of the old ultra-violence. Similarly to Humble, this one is structured in a ‘pay more, get more’ format, starting from 89p / $1.

To get the whole lot you’ll have to throw down 8.89 / $9.99. That’s fifteen games total, including entries from the Tropico, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Shadowrun franchises and more. You can also get the extra bizarre FaceRig tech in the mid-tier of the bundle if you like pretending you’re a raccoon on camera among other things.

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Tropico 5 - Unerde


Make Tropico bigger, better and even greater than ever before on PC and consoles in 2018

In times of political turmoil and social unrest, the people are calling out for a visionary leader, one who will steer the fate of their country with foresight and ingenuity. Kalypso Media is thrilled to announce El Presidente’s glorious return in Tropico 6, launching on Windows PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One in 2018. Prove yourself once again as a feared dictator or a peace-loving statesman on the island state of Tropico and shape the fate of your nation through four distinctive eras. Face new challenges on the international stage and always keep the needs of your people in mind, in spite of any negative press covfefe.

Tropico 6 represents a bold new lease of life for the much-loved series, with new developer Limbic Entertainment bringing exciting new ideas to El Presidente’s highly-polished table, as well as a stunning new engine developed in Unreal Engine 4. For the first time in the series, manage extensive archipelagos, build bridges to connect your islands and establish new means of transportation and infrastructure. Send your agents on raids to steal the wonders of the world, including the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. Customize your palace at will and give election speeches from your balcony, to win the favour of your subjects. Tropico 6 is the biggest, most beautiful and most ambitious entry in the series’ history, with many more exciting features to be announced in the coming weeks and months.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfzoQJKwZNg&utm_source=Kalypso+Media+Group+Internal&utm_campaign=ae35ba2d42-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_148967423f-ae35ba2d42-308076913

Features of Tropico 6
  • Play on large archipelagos for the first time in the series. Manage multiple islands at the same time and adapt to various new challenges.
  • Send your agents on raids to foreign lands to steal world wonders and monuments, to add them to your collection.
  • Build bridges, construct tunnels and transport your citizens and tourists in taxis, buses and aerial cable cars. Tropico 6 offers completely new transportation and infrastructure possibilities.
  • Customize the looks of your palace at will and choose from various extras.
  • Tropico 6 features a revised research system focusing on the political aspects of being the world’s greatest dictator.
  • Election speeches are back! Address the people and make promises that you can’t possibly keep.
  • Cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to four players.

Tropico 6 is scheduled for a worldwide release on Windows PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One in 2018.
Tropico 5 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Heynong man, that's not right.

El Presidente will return to rule an island could-be paradise with Tropico 6 [Steam page]. Publishers Kalypso Media today announced the latest in the city-building manage-o-strategy series, which is due in 2018. A new developer is taking over from Haemimont Games, who had made Tropicos 3-5, bringing new ideas including expanding across archipelagos and, er, sending agents to steal monuments like the Statue of Liberty. Well, if you’re going to run a wacky dictatorship, you may as well dream big. Here, have a cinematic announcement trailer: … [visit site to read more]

Announcement - Valve
Save 75% on Tropico 5 as part of this week's Weekend Deal*!

*Offer ends Monday at 10AM Pacific Time
Community Announcements - Unerde

Own it all with the ultimate Tropico 5 bundle complete with all released expansions and DLC!

Tropico, 29th January, 2016
Tired of petty rebellions and the cries of austerity from his 'beloved' citizens, El Presidente has instructed Kalypso Media to release the PC version of Tropico 5 – Complete Collection, bringing the most comprehensive Tropico package yet to his adoring fans and prospective dictators everywhere. Packing in both full expansions ‘Espionage’ and ‘Waterborne’ along with all 10 DLC add-ons released to date, Tropico 5 - Complete Collection delivers overs 100 hours of gameplay, giving fans the best ever chance to test their mettle as the Caribbean’s latest mastermind dictator.
More maps, more missions, more buildings, more beards.
You really are spoilt for choice - the only question is, how will you rule your island paradise?

Find the full list of all included expansions and DLCs here:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/245620/discussions/0/458606248616396237/

Tropico 5 - Complete Collection is available now as a boxed retail edition and as a digital download here:
http://store.steampowered.com/sub/88780/


Watch the Tropico 5 – Complete Collection trailer on YouTube here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NARkRIdsds
Community Announcements - [sH[!]Ne]
Fellow Tropicans,

El Presidente ːpresidenteː has decided to make sure that your work reaches all citizens with one click:

Hotfix Numero 2 addressing issues with the Steam Workshop upload is now available:

- Fixed Workshop content upload problem when content was deleted on Steam
- Fixed minor issues in french localization

El Presidente wishes to thank the community again for their stunning work creating maps and missions.

Viva Tropico! ːtropicoflagː
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