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. It brings new ideas, like playing though different eras with your island into the fold but doesn't change what longstanding fans love about the franchise.
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. Mass social unrest is on the rise, and implementing martial law and legal assassinations is just around the corner No, it’s not America. Well, actually, maybe it is.
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.
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. The game is not overly complex or too simple and manages to deliver a set of varied missions and scenarios for players to deal with, complemented by some solid writing and plenty of opportunities to remake El Presidente...
Pros: + City building mechanics, + New Eras to explore, + Mission design
Cons: - Limited innovation, - Never explores the theme in enough detail
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. The game play is solid and deep, giving you control over many aspects of the lives of your subjects, and each building can me maintained and ran to your choosing.
Excerpt: Outside of Tropico 2: Pirate Cove, all of the Tropico games have been about the same, with you taking on the role of El Presidente and running the show on a small Caribbean island. Tropico 5 is no exception. Developer Haemimont Games has added a lot of new features for you to enjoy — like research projects, distinct eras, dynasties, and a new look for buildings — but still, nothing about Tropico 5 is wildly different than its predecessors, which makes it yet another...
Excerpt: Tropico 5 is a tin-pot dictator – careening from crisis to crisis, trying to assert its authority, while always in the shadow of the previous regime. Like the miniature tyrants it tries to spoof, Tropico 5 is more ridiculous than impressive. That bluster and charm hides insecurity. It’s a game that knows it’s the ruler of a tiny empire because there isn’t anyone else to rule in its place.
Excerpt: Back in the day, when I was but a mere child, I was lucky enough to review Tropico 4. Let me tell you - it's a great game. Long after my review was completed I'd still find myself going back to it, merrily clicking my way through the delightful series of lush tropical islands, trying out new strategies and aesthetic decisions.
Pros: Engrossing, Lighthearted and fun
Cons: Straigtforward tech tree, Underused family members
Conclusion: There is a lot that I like about Tropico 5 , and it will probably hold my interest far longer than Tropico 4 did. But at the same time, it's rough edges are a continual annoyance. The larger issue is that while Tropico 5 definitely introduces some new challenges and ideas, it's still a dangerously simple city-builder. That's always a threat with this genre: a well-run city doesn't really require much from you.
Pros: Tropical island theme, Political and economic evolutions, Good campaign
Summary: Tropico 5 is a thoroughly addicting city building simulator which devours every moment of your spare time. The comedic tone and charismatic characters create an infectiously entertaining experience. I found the game to be extremely cathartic as it alleviated my elevated stress levels through its slow and captivating pace. The improvements over its predecessor are trivial but work in combination to produce a much better game.