Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Apr 30, 2012
    The expansion doesn't really change the game fundamentally, but it adds more to the endgame of a city.
  2. Mar 29, 2012
    Quotation forthcoming.
  3. Apr 8, 2012
    Tropico 4: Modern Times gives the core game a much needed content injection, and turns Tropico 4 into a better game. Some additions have a larger impact on Tropican economic planning than others, but Modern Times is well worth checking out for any fan of Tropico.
  4. Mar 29, 2012
    I have some qualms about Modern Times' balancing, particularly the ludicrously profitable factories and fish farms, but those cast almost unnoticeable shadows on the game's otherwise impressive accomplishments.
  5. May 7, 2012
    The end of the current Tropico engine is a pretty cool place. Recommended for anybody looking for a breezy, colorful city-builder.
  6. May 8, 2012
    Overall, I enjoyed the time I spent with Tropico 4: Modern Times. The add-on is lighthearted and breezy, and with all of the new buildings and edicts, you now have even more ways to build and run your perfect Caribbean island. Plus, since the campaign takes about 35 hours to complete (with sandbox mode adding more time to this), and since the add-on only costs $20, Modern Times is even a good deal, and so it's an easy game for me to recommend.
  7. Apr 13, 2012
    Tropico 4: Modern Times is a very good add-on that expands on all the possibilities of the basic game. A long, complex story mode allows for a full usage of new buildings, edicts and new solutions introduced with technological advancements, and facing world's problems in a micro scale gives a lot of satisfaction.
  8. May 11, 2012
    The new scenarios are enlivened by the fantastic timeline system. [June 2012, p.97]
  9. Mar 29, 2012
    Modern Times' strengths really shine in sandbox mode -- an area Tropico 4 shied away from -- which will provide more than enough hours for $20 of game for those who left Tropico 4 wanting more.
  10. May 24, 2012
    Modern Times is a good excuse to return to the familiar world of Tropico, but, frankly, the game has almost outstayed its welcome.
  11. Apr 11, 2012
    Tropico 4: Modern Times takes the series into the contemporary world, but not without a number of problems.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Apr 7, 2012
    If you love Tropico 4 you will love this. It is even more stuff which is just what we all wanted. I don't subscribe to the need for a new game engine for this release. I'm a believer in if it aint broke don't fix it. This game is amazing and the more you dig into it the more you'll realize someone put a lot of thought into everything. On the outside it looks rather cartoonish but it surpasses all other city builders. For that reason this gets a 10. The best city builder ever, Tropico. Full Review »
  2. May 25, 2012
    This is what Tropico 4 should have been to begin with. The base game is too close to Tropico 3, but this introduces significant new options and gameplay. The campaign also introduces a Timeline feature where the modernization upgrades happen year by year instead of just unlocking everything from the get-go. The campaign scenarios are pretty contrived, but has some spot-on parodies that raise a chuckle. Full Review »
  3. May 19, 2012
    This game and especially this DLC / expansion really made the game. Now here is a game company actually trying to entertain people with a quality product instead of mega corporations ripping people off with mediocre at best games that carry on some huge franchise. This expansion adds a whole other dimension to the game: technological progression over time with upgrading several key buildings. I liked everything about this expansion. My only caveat is some of the new structures are a bit gimmicky, but almost all of them are useful.

    Also, the storyline, if you realize there is a message to gain from it, is quite enlightening. I know most people probably assume the hints at fluoride in the water supply and other things like that are tongue-in-cheek jokes, but believe me, its no joke.
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