Tropico 6

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Tropico 6
Tropico 6 cover.jpg
Developer(s)Limbic Entertainment[a]
Publisher(s)Kalypso Media
Designer(s)Andreas Reißner
Knut Arnold
Marcus Cool
Leonard Tetzlaff
Writer(s)Chris Bateman
Richard Boon
EngineUnreal Engine 4
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 5
Xbox Series X/S
  • Windows, macOS, Linux
  • March 29, 2019
  • PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • September 27, 2019
  • Nintendo Switch
  • November 6, 2020
  • PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S
  • March 31, 2022
Genre(s)Construction and management simulation, government simulation
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Tropico 6 is a construction, management and political simulation game in the Tropico series, developed by Limbic Entertainment, published by Kalypso Media, and announced at E3 2017.[1] Originally intended for a 2018 release, Tropico 6 was released on Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux in March 2019, and for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in September 2019.[2][3] It was released for the Nintendo Switch in November 2020, and on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in March 2022.[4][5]


As in the other games in the series, the player assumes the role of "El Presidente", the leader of the Caribbean island nation of Tropico. Similarly to Tropico 5, there are four eras: The Colonial era, the World Wars era, the Cold War era, and the modern era. Unlike previous games in the series, where Tropico consisted of only one island, Tropico 6 allows players to build on an archipelago of smaller islands, allowing players to build bridges (in the World Wars era and later) from their starting island to the other islands in the chain.[6] According to senior content designer Johannes Pfeiffer, Tropico 6 will have "fully simulated" citizens, where the actions of El Presidente's government towards the citizenry could have an effect on productivity, and possibly even result in a revolt.[7] In addition to customizing their own El Presidente (as either male or female), players can also customize the presidential palace.[8]


Tropico 6 received "generally positive views" for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, while the Switch port received "mixed or average" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic. It was the fastest-selling game in the franchise, with the revenue it generated being 50% higher than that of Tropico 5's debut.[22]

CGM called Tropico 6 the "strongest entry in the franchise", praising its music, graphics, and writing, while recognizing the presence of minor bugs and jank, ultimately deeming the title a full realization of the series' potential. Shacknews heavily lauded the "incredibly addictive" gameplay, crisp UI, sheer detail, variety of strategic options, and comedy, and expressed minor gripes with the repetitive music and sometimes convoluted main screen. Push Square called the console port " of PlayStation 4's best strategy games, and also one of its most unique...", praising its music, varied objectives, and fun gameplay, citing the lack of clarity in objective design as a "source of frustration". PC Gamer wrote, "If there's a downside to raids, it's that there's no major downside. Foreign powers have traditionally taken a dim view to piracy, but in this, a game that specifically pokes fun at international relations, it just doesn't come up...where the missions excel, however, it's in forcing you to take actions that can upset the delicate balance of economic growth". GameRevolution criticized the console port's controller support and said that the single-player mission modes "missed the point" and praised the sandbox mode and tone of the game. IGN stated, "The amount there is to do and the depth of its political mechanics make Tropico 6 stand out over its immediate predecessors...But drink too deeply of its perplexing economic systems and you may find yourself feeling a bit queasy." PCGamesN praised the game's tone for being able to politically commentate on the abuse of democracy through its gameplay mechanics while also calling the title "fun but forgettable".

The Switch port of the game opened to marginally less positive reception, with the subpar graphics drawing criticism. Nintendo Life, while reviewing this port, wrote, "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".


Year Award Category Result Ref
2017 Gamescom Awards Best Booth Award Nominated [23]
Best Strategy Game Nominated
2019 The Game Awards 2019 Nominated [24]
2020 New York Game Awards Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game Nominated [25]
NAVGTR Awards Game, Simulation Nominated [26]


  1. ^ Nintendo Switch version ported by Independent Arts Software.


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  2. ^ Beckhelling, Imogen (16 July 2019). "Tropico 6 finally sets console release date". Eurogamer. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  3. ^ Hellwig, Simon (8 January 2019). "Open Letter to the Tropico Community". Kalypso Blog. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Tropico 6 - Nintendo Switch Edition launches November 6". Gematsu. 2020-10-28. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  5. ^ "Tropico 6 Invades PS5, Xbox Series X|S on March 31st, 2022". The Games Cabin. 2021-12-16. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  6. ^ Good, Owen S. (30 September 2018). "Tropico 6: A familiar getaway that's anything but a vacation". Polygon. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  7. ^ Good, Owen S. (15 April 2018). "Tropico 6 preview: 'Fully simulated' Tropicans complicate El Presidente's job". Polygon. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  8. ^ Boudreau, Ian (26 August 2018). "Tropico 6 is a 'greatest hits' of El Presidente's questionable career". PCGamesN. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
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  12. ^ "Tropico 6 for Switch Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 27, 2021.
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  14. ^ Hafer, TJ (29 March 2019). "Tropico 6 Review". IGN. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  15. ^ Cal McCormick, John (27 September 2019). "Tropico 6 Review (PS4)". Push Square. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  16. ^ Savage, Phil (24 April 2019). "Tropico 6 review: a fun but forgettable portion of realpolitik". PCGamesN. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  17. ^ A. DeWitte, Joel (17 November 2020). "Tropico 6 (Switch) Review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  18. ^ Gipp, Stuart (9 November 2020). "Tropico 6 Review (Switch)". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  19. ^ Tucker, Kevin (1 April 2019). "Tropico 6 review: Supreme Leadership". Shacknews. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  20. ^ Santa Maria, Alex (29 March 2019). "Tropico 6 Review | Sticking to the sandbox". GameRevolution. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  21. ^ Musgrave, Shaun (30 November 2020). "SwitchArcade Round-Up: 'Robotics;Notes' Review, Mini-Views Featuring 'Tropico 6', Plus the Latest Releases and Sales". TouchArcade. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  22. ^ Minotti, Matt (3 April 2019). "Tropico 6's launch was 50% stronger than Tropic 5's debut". VentureBeat. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  23. ^ Khan, Zubi (21 August 2017). "Gamescom 2017 Award Nominees". CGM. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  24. ^ Winslow, Jeremy (19 November 2019). "The Game Awards 2019 Nominees Full List". GameSpot. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  25. ^ Sheehan, Gavin (2 January 2020). "The New York Game Awards Announces 2020 Nominees". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  26. ^ "2019 Nominees". National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers. 13 January 2020. Retrieved 23 January 2020.

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