Excerpt: Waterborne is the first major expansion pack for Tropico 5, the island management simulation from Haemimont Games that was released about six months ago. Waterborne adds nine new water-based buildings, including an oyster farm and a floating apartment building, plus a new campaign, plus some other...
Summary: The Tropico series has a lot going for it. The most obvious selling point is that it casts players as El Presidente, a tongue-in-cheek euphemism for "all-powerful dictator," effectively making it the Grand Theft Auto of city simulations.
Excerpt: If Sim City is The Beatles of the city building genre then Tropico is the Rolling Stones, and this is it's Exile on Main Street. In simpler terms, Tropico 5 may not reinvent the franchise, but it's easily it's best work to date.
Excerpt: The land is mired in the woes of hunger brought on by overpopulation and not enough food. Constitutional corruption abounds, as the government manipulates its edicts to endorse more election fraud, embezzlement, and a nationwide surveillance state.
Pros: Gameplay advanced and improved over the previous Tropico editions; multiplayer; excellent new game features; military strategy!
Cons: Lackluster humor; repetitive sandbox scenarios; no social media connection.
Summary: I have had a long time to review Tropico 5 from Haemimont Games. It is the successor to the popular city/island builder series Tropico and it has a lot more on offer than previous iterations including multiplayer, increased graphics and added in-game features.
Conclusion: The continued popularity of the Tropico series has something to do with the relative lack of old-school city and country management games on the market and the inability of the teams at Maxis and Electronic Arts to re-launch SimCity in any meaningful way.
Pros: + City building mechanics, + New Eras to explore, + Mission design
Cons: - Limited innovation, - Never explores the theme in enough detail
Excerpt: “El Presidente, El Presidente, El Presidente!” It never ends; there’s always someone needing to talk to the greatest leader any banana republic has ever seen. An earthquake is turning Tropico to
Excerpt: Tropico 5 is the latest dictator strategy game from Kalypso Studios. Having become such a storied series, you might expect Tropico 5 to be the series reaching its apex, with few flaws to speak of thanks to the developer's constant refinement of the base gameplay.
Conclusion: Tropico 5 is the first Tropico game that I have played, and I am now aware of what I was missing. Tropico 5 is a great game that is not only fun, but also challenging as you get passed the early campaign levels.