Tropico 5 now available on PC, this summer for Mac and Xbox 360
Posted: 23.05.2014 15:17 by Simon Priest Comments: 8
It's time to set sail again for the Caribbean as island paradises don't rule themselves. El Presidente returns in Tropico 5 and this time he's brought his family with him. We control a dynasty starting at our colonial origins.

We'll have to navigate our way to independence from the Crown, and then hope we don't get squished by foreign powers vying for global domination. It's time to stuff the Swiss bank account.

It's more challenging than ever to be El Presidente as we choose between a social paradise for our people, or sacrificing liberty and happiness for an iron rule.

Tropico 5 releases on PC today, and at retail June 3rd in the US. Mac and Xbox 360 will arrive this summer.

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By LS35A (SI Member) on May 23, 2014
I'm a big city-builder fan but have never played Tropico game.

The whole 'island dictator' thing just never appealed to me, I guess.

Looking forward to reviews on this one. If they did demo's anymore I'd certainly try it.
By leowaud (SI Veteran Newbie) on May 24, 2014
Well worth giving tropico a try - maybe pick up tropico 4 for cheap on steam to see if you like.
By Voqar (SI Core Veteran) on May 24, 2014
I've had trouble getting into it too even though it's a well fleshed out game and a bit more robust than just city building IMO. And yeah, you can often get tropico 4, which is recent enough that it still feels new, for very cheap when it's on sale (which is often).
By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on May 25, 2014
I liked the original Tropico. It had issues, certainly, but it really felt like you were a dodgy El Presidente trying to trick the voters while trying not to piss off the US or USSR too much (at least until you could sign a deal to host a military base for one of them).

Tropico 2 and 3 look a bit poop, but I haven't tried either.

Tropico 4 was alright, but it feels a lot more like an ordinary city builder with a nod to politics as a failure condition. Sim City, your mayoral rating just tells you how good/shit you're doing. Tropico 4 you can actually get voted out and lose the game, but only if you are tanking the country.

Haven't had the chance to look into 5 much yet.
By Skydiver12 (I just got here) on May 26, 2014
Tropico 3, 4 and 5 are made by the same studio and are similar but each new one is more polished. They're made by people who actually lived under a small-time communist dictator (Todor Jivkov in Bulgaria) so it really gets the atmosphere right.
For example being voted out of office is a fun feature but even funnier is that you can preempt it by committing election fraud. Another nice touch is the "private swiss bank account" in which you try and steal as much as possible trough various schemes while also not driving the island bankrupt.
By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on May 26, 2014
Oh yeah. You gotta put away a little for your retirement. That's just common sense.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on May 27, 2014
Well I just made a glorious agricultural paradise in Tropico 5! Actually I had quite the diverse economy. Cotton, Cigars, Coal, Canned Goods, Coffee...basically my main export was alliteration.

At any rate, apparently the enourmous economic prosperity did not earn me any gratitude and the rebels kicked me time maybe I'll actually pay them some of it :P
By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on May 28, 2014
lol - yeah, gotta share the wealth. At least with your military.

I tend to piss off the church. Also, in Tropico.