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Tropico 6 may not be at its best on the Nintendo Switch but it is still worthwhile even on noticeably underpowered hardware. Once you get past the huge load times at the beginning and the lengthy tutorial, the only question is how would you like to rule? For the people? Or with an iron fist?
Tropico 6 for Nintendo Switch pairs grand city-building with a massive visual downgrade. While the gameplay is the same as it ever was, how can you enjoy building-up a grand archipelago when it's so hard to actually see it? Find out in our review.
Tropico 6's port to the Switch is a full-sized city building and resource management sim in the palm of your hand, which is the only way I want to play this genre anymore. The relatively quaint scope in comparison to the Civs of the world and the focus on more micro inputs to influence your nation is refreshing, and what compromises were necessary to make it here were well worth it.
Tropico 6 on Switch has a lot of content and a highly customisable sandbox mode, however it suffers some slight performance drops particularly in handheld mode that makes the port difficult to recommend fully.
Tropico 6 is a city builder that places us in charge of a little slice of island life. Do we rule this island as a benevolent leader, one who is kind and caring? Or do we rule with an iron fist as an evil tyrant, one who’s not afraid to get their hands dirty? That’s what makes Tropico 6 appealing. We’re given the tools but not told how to use them.
It's the game's commitment to accessibility that makes Tropico 6 a refreshing example of an under-served genre on the Switch. Despite some irksome performance problems, occasionally inconsistent pacing and some rather rough visuals, the game is a lot of addictive fun to play and its cheerful ambience and compelling systems will keep you glued to your handheld. Paid DLC adds even more systems to the game, but there's plenty here to keep you occupied for hours and hours. We'd recommend this to genre newbies as well as veterans; a very impressive port with strong controls and a UI tailored brilliantly for handheld mode. It's a busy, demanding game but never feels stressful, and juggling your industry, faction relationships and the mood of your citizens can be thoroughly absorbing. If you can forgive the technical issues and an occasionally slack pace, Tropico 6 is an easy recommendation.
I don’t think anybody was expecting for Tropico 6‘s Switch port to be superior to any other previously released version of the game, and it shows. It’s clearly the ugliest and clunkiest version of the game released so far. That being said, Tropico 6 is still one hell of a fun game on the Switch. If you can put up with the ugly visuals and initially weird controls, and decide to play it almost exclusively in portable mode, then you can still have a blast creating your totally democratic states on-the-go.
Tropico 6 is welcome edition to the strategy genre on the Nintendo Switch. It offers many hours of solid deep strategy and simulation. Being a huge fan of Civilization, I for one am happy to see Tropico 6 being released on the Switch. If you’re like me and appreciate a good strategy game, that you can get lost in for hours which offers a good challenge, this could be the game for you!
Tropico 6 sins of continuity, it does not offer anything remarkable except for managing an archipelago, which although it offers some interesting new mechanics, is not an excessive contribution to the saga. Still, Tropico 6 is a remarkable game with a fresh campaign that will offer varied gameplay to the new player and veteran. And it's also worth it just to see what new biting comment our helper will make.
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A colorful, fun and very playable title that is guided by the premise of "easy to learn, hard to master" and that is a very brave bet on Kalypso's part to satisfy RTS lovers on consoles.
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