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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 86
  2. Negative: 29 out of 86
  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
    Campaign a bit buggy, save games also buggy, but the game is still a lot of fun. I love this game and even named my dog Penultimo. Deserved aCampaign a bit buggy, save games also buggy, but the game is still a lot of fun. I love this game and even named my dog Penultimo. Deserved a review, thanks for this incredible masterpiece. Expand
  3. Jun 1, 2014
    8
    Another excellent addition to the franchise. Pure eye candy when zooming right in. Excellent Dialogue of all that assist or hinder you alongAnother excellent addition to the franchise. Pure eye candy when zooming right in. Excellent Dialogue of all that assist or hinder you along the way. Liking the campaign, it's a new spin on going through the years from like 1900-present.

    My only gripe is the fog of war or this would of been a 10/10. WHY do we see mining deposits under the Fog of War? Why do we see the Technologies for Modern Times right off the bat? We should start out like in CiV5 with a settler and a military unit and NOTHING MORE.I would even hide the palm trees and let the player explore the islands. Other than that a SOLID 8/10
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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. May 30, 2014
    3
    Tropico 5 is a HUGE step down in production values.
    Everything ranging from music to voice acting got a big budget cut.
    Also, capping the
    Tropico 5 is a HUGE step down in production values.
    Everything ranging from music to voice acting got a big budget cut.

    Also, capping the Population at 2000 is one of the dumbest thing I ever heard in a city building game, and I cannot find any good explanation as to why they would do something that stupid. Then again, this is a dumbed down Tropico, even the music sucks, so what did I expect....

    I'm seriously considering going back to Tropico 4, if both games were released simultaneously, everyone would prefer Tropico 4.

    They don't deserve your money, don't buy this game!
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  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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