Tropico 5

Tropico 5 Reviews Summary

Summary: Tropico 5 is a reasonable strategy sim for those trying to seek their teeth into a sometimes inaccessible genre. It's simplicity and sense of humor helps it stand out from some of it's peers, but not enough for it to become a true classic.

Rating Summary

Based on 52 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

47%

Critics Recommend

Based on 52 critic reviews
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78 / 100
May 23, 2014

Not a dramatic reinvention, but still an enjoyable game of construction, economics and election fraud.

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7.2 / 10.0
May 29, 2014

It's a tropical vacation, always pleasant and relaxing… and one that you're always ready to leave behind.

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7 / 10
May 22, 2014

Tropico 5 features a number of improvements to its long-standing formula and there's a lot here to like. The humour and in-fighting of your aides provides a lighter tone missing from other management sims, and there's a degree of satisfaction to be found progressing through the distinct eras. It also looks more vibrant than any previous entry. It works well for now, then, but Tropico 5 is clearly more concerned with introducing new concepts atop the old than it is with overhauling its base mechanics. Looking ahead to the future, this long-running series would benefit from having the fires of revolution lit beneath it.

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7 / 10
Apr 27, 2015

On the PC there are too few new features to satisfy existing fans, but on the PlayStation 4 the joys of being an island dictator still feel enjoyably fresh.

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May 22, 2014

Tropico 5 cuts out the fat of previous entries and builds upon its strongest features. While the new dynasty system is disappointing, the narrative context provided by eras and world events is outstanding.

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8.5 / 10.0
May 22, 2014

With disasters, elections, and new tasks to complete at every turn, Tropico 5 provides a structured and entertaining city building experience

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8 / 10
May 21, 2014

Tropico 5's irreverent wit and smooth difficulty curve make governing your own banana republic an easy and enjoyable experience.

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6.5 / 10.0
Jun 3, 2014

Tropico 5 made me feel powerful in the worst way

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May 8, 2015

The bottom line is Tropico 5 is a good entry-level sim and strategy game. If you love SimCity and Civilization, this should be up your alley. Of course, you could just keep playing a board game, but I digress…

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8 / 10.0
May 5, 2015

While Tropico 5 isn't the game-of-the-year masterpiece of a generation, it's a more-than serviceable sim and strategy title that can satisfy a grossly under-served genre within the console community. If you love SimCity and Civilization and are dying for something similar on your PS4, then there really is no reason not to have and enjoy this game to its fullest extent.

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