- Price: $19.99
- Developer: Haemimont Games
- Publisher: Kalypso Media Group GmbH
- Platform: PC
Today Epic tries to buy our love by giving us a Tropico 5, this game is free on December 23, 2020.
The fifth in the Tropico series, this city-building game places you in charge of a small Caribbean nation that must navigate the intricacies of the late colonial period throughout the 21st century. You are the head of a dynasty that must stay in control of your nation by any means necessary. Whether it is through suspending elections, providing for your people, or eliminating your opposition this game gives you the tools of power that other games of this type generally leave out.
The roles of the external actors develop as time passes. As you play the game your nation is a crown dependency and left to the whims of an unseen kingdom. Your nation must develop while keeping your colonial mandate by keeping the needs of the king met. Once you have developed enough support, military, and economic strength you can declare independence. After fighting a liberation war, you are free to oppress your people while you continue to develop. Later periods find you balancing the needs of the Allies and Axis forces in the World War period. Once you progress beyond that you find yourself in the Cold Wat period dealing with the capitalist versus communist dynamics. This theme of balancing external forces versus internal needs is ongoing as time progresses.
Your island is populated with the normal needs of this type of city builder. Balancing the needs of your people versus the economic realities of your budget is the driving factor of this aspect of the game. You will find all the normal technologies and building types with their accompanying demands and products are standard fares for this type of game.
The embrace of the troupes of the cold war dictatorial enabling truly set this game apart from other games of this type. You are offered the ability to radically change the limitations of the game using edicts. A use of martial law edict while staring down an election that you cannot win will save you from losing the game. Saving money in a disaster fund edict will allow you to mitigate the impact of a natural disaster on your nation.
Overall this game is an excellent version of the game and proves why this franchise has continued into so many sequels.