Trop­ico 5

Mac Format - - FROM THE STORE - £27.99 De­vel­oper Ka­lypso Me­dia Works with OS X 10.7 or later

Wel­come back to Trop­ico, Pres­i­dente! The hottest (or, at least, most hu­mid) man­age­ment game is back. Take over the beau­ti­ful is­land of Trop­ico and turn it into your own kind of sub-trop­i­cal sub­ur­ban par­adise by build­ing it up in what­ever way you see fit. This fifth game in the se­ries of­fers shiny new graph­ics, nat­u­rally, along with many tweaks to the game and the in­tro­duc­tion of a four-per­son mul­ti­player. Play­ing on your own, the game leaves you in charge of the is­land shortly after its dis­cov­ery in colo­nial times, and you can build its civil­i­sa­tion through to the 21st cen­tury, deal­ing with wars, chang­ing power strug­gles out­side of the coun­try, and de­vel­op­ing trade sit­u­a­tions as you de­cide its fu­ture, in­clud­ing whether to stay in­de­pen­dent, and what kind of con­sti­tu­tion you’d like to im­ple­ment. Of course, much of the fun is in the build­ing – turn­ing the is­land into a tourist spot, an in­dus­trial pow­er­house or… uh, a barely cob­bled-to­gether string of fac­to­ries and hov­els, as is likely to be the case at first.

The four-player mul­ti­player al­lows you to play with friends ei­ther com­pet­i­tively or co­op­er­a­tively – each build­ing your own city on the same is­land. Will you work with your neigh­bour in mu­tual support and trade, or de­clare war?

With im­prove­ments to el­e­ments such as re­search, ex­plo­ration and the ren­o­va­tion of old build­ings, it’s the big­gest Trop­ico yet.

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