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  • Summary: Packed with a host of new gameplay features and new artwork designed from scratch, Tropico 5 takes the series into a new direction - dynasties!. You, as El Presidente, will first take control of the infamous island of Tropico during early colonial times and then guide it through thePacked with a host of new gameplay features and new artwork designed from scratch, Tropico 5 takes the series into a new direction - dynasties!. You, as El Presidente, will first take control of the infamous island of Tropico during early colonial times and then guide it through the centuries as the world changes and moves ever forward. You must tackle the changing needs of your people, as well as opposing governments and factions, and thus lay the foundations for your own dynasty. As you move through your years in office you can promote members of your extended family on the island to positions of power: such as ambassador, commanding general or even Supreme Ruler, to ensure your legacy thrives through the eras. As your influence and wealth grows, so do the threats to your burgeoning island superpower. Can you survive both World Wars, prosper through the Great Depression, rule as an iron-fisted dictator through the Cold War and advance your country to modern times and beyond? From the 19th to the 21st century, each era carries its own challenges and opportunities. As well as a wealth of other new features, including advanced trading mechanics, technology, scientific research trees and island exploration, Tropico 5 adds cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to four players for the first time in the series' history. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 51
  2. Negative: 1 out of 51
  1. Jul 4, 2014
    90
    Overall, this is probably the best game in the Tropico series, and one of the best city builders currently available.
  2. May 22, 2014
    85
    Tropico 5 is a polished sim game, the only downside being that city development begins to lose its luster because so many of the game modes feel so similar. But if you’re looking for an accessible, fun, and fresh city builder, Tropico 5 is an excellent choice.
  3. Jul 1, 2014
    80
    Tropico 5 is a good title, almost essential if you are a regular to the series. It's perfect for those who want to enter this humorous environment for the first time.
  4. May 23, 2014
    78
    Not a dramatic reinvention, but still an enjoyable game of construction, economics and election fraud.
  5. Jun 5, 2014
    73
    Politically speaking, Tropico V is as conservative as they come: it seems committed to reforms, but in the end just supports the status quo.
  6. May 26, 2014
    70
    At number 5, we’re still seeing iteration rather than revolution. Everything that’s great about Tropico 5 is built on the same foundation that all the previous games have built on. That’s a solid foundation, of course, but it’s become a bit too familiar.
  7. Jun 2, 2014
    40
    Tropico 5 just doesn’t do anything with its new mechanics to advance the franchise. It’s an old man, wearing a shabby uniform, drunkenly partying in the palace. Sometimes it has moments of brilliance, but it’s mostly just waiting for the next revolution.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 88
  2. Negative: 29 out of 88
  1. May 23, 2014
    10
    Real interesting game. I engoy it so much. not better then tropico 3, but real good.Presedente is so funny.
    There are alot of interesting
    Real interesting game. I engoy it so much. not better then tropico 3, but real good.Presedente is so funny.
    There are alot of interesting things and funny videos
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  2. May 26, 2014
    9
    I am not one to post reviews, but after playing one game of Tropico 5, I really felt the need to express my opinion on this game which hasI am not one to post reviews, but after playing one game of Tropico 5, I really felt the need to express my opinion on this game which has brought me genuine enjoyment. The game feels balanced between fun and challenging - a very hard factor to balance. Previous versions of Tropico were just a bit too easy, often I would reach a point where it became impossible to lose, but in Tropico 5 I am constantly kept awake because at any moment I could lose everything. I tried the democratic route but that gave the people options over me which meant I couldn't play - I was forced into Dictatorship in order to continue playing - so now I'm a bad guy and it feels right. I also enjoy the slow progression through the ages, to see things evolve over time develops a strong sense of progress, I hope they continue this trend in future versions and even extend it further into history.

    My only nitpick as of now is the fact I can see what buildings and technologies I can uncover in the future, I would prefer that to also be in the fog, just as it should be, its always nice to get surprises. Revealing what's coming from the get go takes that surprise element away.

    Anyway, good job, great game.
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  3. Feb 25, 2021
    8
    The Good:
    - it's a fun, and funny, simulator where you play the role of a tin-pot dictator. It gives you a bird's eye view of a tropical
    The Good:
    - it's a fun, and funny, simulator where you play the role of a tin-pot dictator. It gives you a bird's eye view of a tropical island, and you build buildings, one at a time, to create an economy, keep people happy, and manage the direction of your little island nation.
    - It was worth about 30 hours of fun play time.
    - I feel like the developers learned from Tropico 4, which was a bit repetitive, especially since you had to restart each mission from scratch. In Tropico 5, while you do restart from scratch occasionally, in general, the next mission starts again where you left off the time before last.

    The Bad:
    - you are continually shifting forward and backward in time, and from island to island. I was constantly getting confused (did I build building X? Where is it?). Fortunately, the game offers controls to answer those questions, you just have to root around all the options and you will find them eventually.
    - One big down side is that the budget information provided is nonsense. You only ever need to answer one question: how much surplus cash will I have per year? The game doesn't really provide this answer in a clear way, so you have to kind of intuit the answer. I think the developers could have done better on this point.
    - Also, I was constantly struggling to provide housing for the people. There were always homeless people no matter how much housing I built, and this felt a bit unsatisfying.

    The Ugly:
    - The scenarios are pretty zany, you may or may not like the sense of humour.
    - You might find the graphics and especially textures a bit low-resolution by 2020 standards. It can be hard to identify buildings sometimes due to poor texture quality (even when zoomed in).
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  4. Jun 10, 2014
    7
    While not much different then 4 it still is an upgrade to better graphics and a little more in depth of a game play. Overall its a goodWhile not much different then 4 it still is an upgrade to better graphics and a little more in depth of a game play. Overall its a good challenge and city build type game. The changes from 4 to 5 I like and are things I wished 4 had so a step in the right direction just wish for a little more. Expand
  5. Jan 5, 2021
    5
    As someone who doesn't play much such games, i can confirm a hard time with Tropico 5. The Tutorial is no big help so the Story Campaign isAs someone who doesn't play much such games, i can confirm a hard time with Tropico 5. The Tutorial is no big help so the Story Campaign is not enjoyable. Many times i know what to change, but not how. The game lacks in interessting mods and options. I didn't play it more thab 5 hours. Expand
  6. Jun 1, 2014
    3
    I love the tropico series and I have been looking forward to Tropico 5 for a long time. At first I liked what I saw but over time I keptI love the tropico series and I have been looking forward to Tropico 5 for a long time. At first I liked what I saw but over time I kept wondering where are these rebels coming from. I was finding it very hard to match the stats to actual events in the game. Turns out I had a rebel that had a 99% approval rating for me and all his rebel friends also loved me to bits, enough to want to over throw the person they loved to bits. Which explained why I had unexpected rebel issues. Rebels are no longer linked to what the player does, even the best most happiest citizen can be chosen to be rebel. Then we have the 2000 population cap and disasters that if left on medium difficulty, should happen occasionally but actually happy often. The game looks great, but it does not take long to notice its pure eye candy. The heart of Tropico has been ripped out. Expand
  7. Nov 26, 2017
    0
    This game becomes broken and unwinnable once you hit the cold war. Huge disappointment, later eras were clearly not play tested. PopulationThis game becomes broken and unwinnable once you hit the cold war. Huge disappointment, later eras were clearly not play tested. Population becomes broken so you cannot fill your labor, and immigrants only come 20 at a time, so you can't grow. Give this game a skip. Expand

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