16 Games Like Tropico

Games Like Tropico
Seeking games like Tropico that let you manage your own nation? Our collection of alternatives features titles that blend simulation and management together.

The Tropico series started in 2001 and has received lots of attention for its unique and humorous approach to the management genre. This tongue and cheek gameplay puts players at the head of their own island (a banana republic or pirate settlement depending on the game) as they attempt to manage all aspects of their settlement to ultimately ensure that they stay in power by keeping the populace and various third parties happy.

This humour makes an appearance not only in the themes of the game but also in the mechanics with corrupt politics, fraud and plenty of interference from foreign interests. By managing all these elements the player hopes to achieve a single objective, stay in power for as long as possible. It’s a real juggling act that has become the most defining feature of the franchise, allowing it to stand out against similar management titles.

The games like Tropico on this page have a similar focus on managing your own nation, base or settlement on a grand scale, giving you control over many elements. Some of the games also feature a similar humorous style to Tropico for those wanting more light-hearted simulation and strategy games.

Games Like Tropico

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Banished

Banished is one of the latest additions to the city building genre (launching in early 2014) and takes it into a unique medieval setting. Unlike other games where you have an abundance of resources you’ll find yourself focusing on balancing your scarce supplies to try and thrive. The game start... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(51 votes)
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Anno 2070

Anno 2070 belongs to the Anno series of video games and is published by Ubisoft. The series has a large number of games which have slowly evolved over time. The gameplay has a strategic emphasis and has similarities to popular real time strategy games such as Age of Empires but also incorporate... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(32 votes)
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Anno 1701 (1701 A.D.)

Anno 1701 (1701 A.D.) mixes strategy and city building together to create an economical focused experience. The game is part of the popular Anno series and is one of the fan favourites in the series. Gameplay is very similar to all the other games in the Anno series with a few new additions, wi... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(12 votes)
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Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile

Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile is one of the older city building games available but don’t let the age of the game turn you away. Children of the Nile was developed by Tilted Mill Entertainment and released for Windows in 2004, with an expansion pack (Children of the Nile: Alexandr... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(13 votes)
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Dungeon Keeper

The original Dungeon Keeper is often credited as popularising dark humour in games and was released in 1997. Challenging players to manage their own dungeon while defeating various heroes the game was hugely successful and led to an equally satisfying sequel (Dungeon Keeper 2) two years later. ... Read More »

User Score
9.6
(7 votes)
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Dungeon Keeper 2

Dungeon Keeper 2 was released two years after the original hit game and puts players in control of their own dungeon once again as they fight on the side of evil while managing their own dungeon With many of improvements over the original Dungeon Keeper the game saw really good success that sta... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(12 votes)
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Dawn of Discovery (Anno 1404)

Dawn of Discovery (Anno 1404 outside of North America) offers city building with an economic focus. The game is based in a medieval and renaissance style setting and has players building up their own civilisation. The game is available on a number of platforms and has an expansion pack (Anno 14... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(17 votes)
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Anno Online

Anno Online belongs to the Anno series of video games. Unlike previous additions in the franchise though the game is free to play and is a browser based experience. The English version of the game went into a closed beta in April of 2013 with open beta starting just under a month later. Fans of... Read More »

User Score
8.1
(103 votes)
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The Settlers Online

The Settlers Online is a free browser based strategy game with gameplay that falls somewhere between Age of Empires and the online strategy genre. The game manages to somehow stay true to the roots of other Settlers games while moving into a freemium browser game which is definitely no easy tas... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(83 votes)
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SimCity 4

SimCity 4 is the 2003 release in the SimCity franchise and gives players free control over their city and the landscape as they create their dream city design. Fans of the series will appreciate the new features in the game while newcomers will enjoy the streamlined approach to some mechanics t... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(5 votes)
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Populous: The Beginning

Populous: The Beginning blends strategy and god games together to create an interesting and fun hybrid. The game is the third in the series and was developed by Bullfrog Productions who also developed the highly popular Dungeon Keeper series. In the game players will join their tribe as a shama... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(6 votes)
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Cities In Motion 2

Cities in Motion 2 offers similar gameplay to the original but with plenty of improvements that enhance gameplay. The game released in early 2013 for both Windows and Mac. New features in the sequel include new multiplayer game modes, a larger variety of transport options, day and night cycles,... Read More »

User Score
7.2
(9 votes)
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Theme Hospital

Theme Hospital is another gaming classic developed by Bullfrog Productions and puts you at the head of controlling your own hospital with a twist of humour. The game originally launched in 1997 for Windows and Mac eventually making its way to the PlayStation, it is still available through the P... Read More »

User Score
6.8
(9 votes)
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Cities XL 2012

Cities XL 2012 is definitely one of the best games like SimCity available and offers plenty of eatures that SimCity fans will recognise and love. Cities XL 2012 (and the previous games in the series) are published by Focus Home Interactive. The game has an expansion pack available (Cities XL Pl... Read More »

User Score
7.7
(10 votes)
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Evil Genius

Evil Genius mixes simulation and real time strategy putting players in charge of their own evil villain lair (complete with plans for world domination). The game launched in 2004 with development by Elixir Studios. The game is set somewhere in the 1960s or 1970s and offers a humorous and light ... Read More »

User Score
9.6
(18 votes)
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Caesar IV

Caesar IV is a pure city building experience that takes place in an ancient Roman setting. The game was developed by Titled Mill Entertainment and released in 2006. As the name suggests it is actually fourth addition to the Caesar series and is very similar to other releases by Tilted Mill in t... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(13 votes)