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Tropico 5

by Kalypso Media
 Ages 16 and Over
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Platform: PC

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  • The Eras - Maintain power and reign from the Colonial Period through to Modern Times
  • The Dynasty - Utilise the family of El Presidente by placing them in important ruling positions
  • Research and Renovate - Advance your nation by discovering new buildings, technologies and resources
  • Advanced trade system - Amass a global trade fleet and secure lucrative routes of trade
  • Explore your island - Discover resources through exploration, but be wary of native threats
  • All new art - All new art design provides Tropico 5 with a unique visual identity
  • 4-Player multiplayer -Share resources cooperatively, or declare war on each other in competitive matches.

Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 7
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Platform: PC
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  • ASIN: B00IK9R39Y
  • Release Date: 23 May 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,516 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Platform: PC

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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

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC
Like many others, I was looking forwards to the latest Tropico. The previews promised much, with new features like managing your dynasty. However, the game has been a real disappointment and in some ways regressed. Those who have played previous versions will see little difference in the types of buildings and economic systems - the structures have had a redesign and while there are a few more industries to play with, some construction options have been lost. The new 'Eras' don't really make sense and give you few options to really shape the development of Tropico. The new technologies that you have to research are so interdependent that you can't really focus on one area of progress - they may as well be preset. There is the odd exception when you are tasked with researching a particular technology but usually these are in the early stages of the game and the tasks seem designed to coach a newbie Presidente into making progress.

There are some missed opportunities - transport, for example, remains dull and relatively disconnected with the efficiency of buildings. Roads shift from dirt to concrete. They could have lots of fun with different housing types and styles. Statues have been removed as an option. What about some grandiose mega structures? Uber monuments that need several types of resources? Or building enhancements which had more of a visual impact?

Actually managing housing/happiness/economies has been made harder with the loss of those useful map overlays - previously you could see in a click of the button which buildings had low occupation, or were losing money, allowing you to change your strategies accordingly. Now you have to click through each building to check.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars El Presidente still Rules 9 Jun. 2014
By Alex
Platform for Display:PC
As others have said, this is another Tropico. Except, it isn't.

If I had written this after 1 day's play, I'd have given it 4 stars. I'm still torn between 4 and 5, but I think it will mature into a 5 fairly quickly. My discomfort over interface quirks, and changes from Tropico 4, are what gnaw away at that fifth star. But it deserves 5 for the new level of detail simulation it has added to El Presidente's empire.

Much is the same, but much has also changed.
In a nutshell, a new layer of time evolution has been added.
You now have to start slow and basic, building up to the lucrative industries in the modern age.
In that sense, the game has four "Eras". Start as a colony jumping to the empire's beck and call, until you get enough popular support to declare independence. That starts the World Wars, where you can choose between Axis and Allies. That leads to the Cold War, where you choose between USA and USSR. And finally, the Modern Era, where China, EU and Middle East are added to the superpower mix.

You now have to "research" some things before they can be used. There is enough to get by without, but you'll cripple your island if you do. It's a fairly benign and simple system, though. Nothing like the behemoth of any Civ game. And every time you change era, the research subjects fo the preceding eras are given to you for free.

Edicts are similar, and yet not. They are now linked to eras, and you can only issue edicts from preceding and present eras. A few are enabled by research.

There is also a Dynasty - various events add new members to your ruling family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By skb17
Platform for Display:PC
Eugh. Having played all of the Tropico series, this really is becoming a basket case of a franchise. As they improve one thing they break another.

Let's start with the good: it has a much bigger sense of scale. I love how they have eras, so it feels as if you are progressing with time. As such the benefits and pitfalls of change make the game far richer. The ability to control elements of the constitution add to the grand scale of you really building a true civilisation. There's also more interaction with the outside world, which again adds to that feeling of being something bigger.

But then the issues... so much control has been lost. I can't see a quick overlay with if my buildings are profitable, so you have to click every one to see if it's making money. You can't manage rents vs budgets. So I can't set a high quality high cost place for my military (so they get annoyed) or a low quality low cost for the unemployed. You have just brackets. Like a building is for 'rich' and if you put the budget up the cost goes up.

The difficulty is stupid at times. I complained Tropico 4 was too easy, well I got my wish! Like in a mission where I have to export gold while being attacked by pirates. And they keep upping the quotas. So 5k, 10k, 20k. They then want 10k of gold exported in 1y 5 months of game time. That's impossible. Annoyingly I got to the point where I had mined enough gold but the export ships plod along and don't export it. So I lose.

Which leads me to my pet - mandates. Time allowances. Even in the so-called sandbox mode, they are making you jump through hoops. Do this, export that, build this to remain I power. I thought I was el presidente, in power... yet I seem to be an administrator most of the time.

I'm now going to do what I always tend to do.. shut the new game down, then fire up Tropico 1. Nothing will be the ingenuity of that game.
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Wouldn't work on my computer no matter what I tried, and I looked at numerous "fixes" listed on the internet.
Published 1 month ago by Delilah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, I played it all in some weeks ...
Great game, I played it all in some weeks and enjoyed it from the beginning to the end! Maybe the campaign could have been a bit longer...
Published 1 month ago by Claudia
2.0 out of 5 stars Kinda rubbish...
Just got really boring...installation is a nightmare too...

Eh...not complete rubbish, but just not very good either.
Published 2 months ago by Satyasya
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
why say it will work on windows 8 when it does not
Published 2 months ago by michael john sole
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 4 months ago by kirk john stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hooked on Tropico once again
Published 4 months ago by Richard C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great game, love it, arrived fast and working which is always a bonus :)
Published 6 months ago by rebecca
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another hilarious game from the Tropico line full of funny and interesting one liners.
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