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We highly suggest this game for any fans of strategy games, even if they are new to the Tropico series.
Limbic Entertainment has breathed new life into Tropico that seemingly had offered all it could with the last entry. Tropico 6 eschews the things that didn't work, keeps the things that did, and introduces tons of great new features. I enjoy how the way the new systems play off of one another, that landmasses change how traffic is shaped, the genius levels of pirating world wonders from their original locations, all adds up to a streamlined offering that lets the personality shine through. Tropico 6 doesn't miss a beat with its latest entry, even with a new developer behind the series – in fact, it is the best of the series because of it.
In all, Tropico 6 is a proper entry by series newcomer developer Limbic Entertainment, whose thoughtful additions are as welcome as the impressive manner with which they effortlessly have recaptured the whimsy and charisma of the franchise on the first try.
Tropico 6 matches and even exceeds the breadth of content found in fellow city-builders, but it does not delve deeply enough into its simulation to take the genre forward a step. For some prospective players, the lack of depth may be too great an impertinence to brook, but everyone else will find a delightful management sim with one of the best settings the genre has ever seen.
I'm not usually a "city-building" kind of gamer. Aside for some dalliances within a particularly in-depth RTS, or in a few of the newer survival type games. Even then, they are little more than curious dalliances. So imagine my surprise when I found this particular title pulling me in as its deceptive simplicity evolved into multi-tiered complexity and intense micromanaging capacities.
Tropic 6 is great game. All the differentiated factions, the disparate investigations, the extravagant speeches and that what really matters are the dirty rags, the traps under the table and the money you have hidden in Switzerland make this game hook like few others.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Overall, Tropico 6 sets itself as a fun, albeit formidable challenge. Fans of the genre will likely have a lot to appreciate in the game. As said, it’s not a game for everyone, but it does what it needs to do and it does it well.
To make it short and sweet: The direct predecessor was much more transparent and better playable than Tropico 6. The small bugs and larger coughing fits of the engine finally add up to a massive disturbance factor. Tropico has always been one of my favorite urban simulations. Not quite so serious, always with a dash of humour and always clear. Here the fourth developer studio tries its hand at the brand and unfortunately adds more negative than positive points to the mix. If you're interested in playing dictator you'd rather grab Tropico 5 and wait for the next offshoot with the homemade rum in your hand.
Review in German | Read full review
So let’s wrap all this up and stick a nice little bow on it, yeah? I liked Tropico 6, just as I liked the prior games, too. But I can’t claim that this latest iteration is any better than Tropico 4 or 5. The swap to multiple islands is fun, the humour still brings a smile to my face and building a rum empire is a hooch. There are just problems holding Tropico 6 back from getting a 4+ score from me, but hopefully in time those issues will be fixed. Until then this is still a great city-builder that fans of the genre will have plenty of fun with.
In parts, Tropico 6 feels like a return to form rather than a proper evolution. In others, Limbic Entertainment additions makes it stand out with its more personal interconnection between the player and its citizens. Easily the best entry on the franchise so far.
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