15 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.
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Evil Genius

Evil Genius mixes simulation, management and real time strategy putting players in charge of their own evil villain lair as they attempt to complete their plans for world domination one country at a time. Originally launched in 2004 Evil Genius still has a strong cult like following of fans with comparison to the popular Dungeon Keeper series of games which launched several years earlier. With age does come some limitations however with graphics and general polish quickly falling behind other mo...[Read Review]

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9.6 User Avg (22 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. Dungeon Keeper sends players on a journey to claim every single land in the game world that is currently in the hands of the goodly heroes or a rival keeper. As players progress the once green covered land...[Read Review]

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9.3 User Avg (10 votes)
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Dungeon Keeper 2

Dungeon Keeper 2 might have only been released two years after the original hit game but makes significant leaps in graphics and mechanics to expand on the Dungeon Keeper franchise. Once again you’ll be thrown into the underground to build your dungeon, attract creatures, craft traps and ultimately fight on the side of evil, it’s good to be bad. Despite the vast evolution in mechanics and graphic style this has not come at the cost of the familiar dark style of the Bullfrog franchise...[Read Review]

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8.8 User Avg (12 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 that make it more accessible. As with past SimCity games you step into the role of mayor in a city that needs development. Depending on the game mode and the settings that you choose you’ll either have to s...[Read Review]

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8.8 User Avg (5 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 1404: Venice) available. The gameplay in Dawn of Discovery doesn’t change much from the previous games in the series with players taking control of their own country. You are in charge of exploring islands, ...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (18 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, with the most obvious change being the game setting. Players will start with their own unnamed country as they attempt to expand throughout the game world. Slowly as you advance and develop your civilisation...[Read Review]

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8.2 User Avg (12 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 task considering the huge number of poor quality games in this genre. Players of the original Settlers games will no doubt be able to reminisce as they collect the necessary resources to expand beyond their t...[Read Review]

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8.2 User Avg (89 votes)
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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 starts you off with your own community of outcasts who have come together and decided to start their own settlement. Banished randomly generates a new world each time so it’s always challenging and fresh. With ...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (57 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 incorporates many city building elements present in city building games. Anno 2070 offers a great single player campaign, an endless game mode and multiplayer for players to experience. Anno 2070 is set in the year 2...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (34 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 shaman who wishes to achieve victory over rival tribes and ultimately join the stars as a god herself. There are a total of four tribes in the game (red, green, yellow and blue which the player controls). This ...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (7 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 the city building genre including Children of the Nile and SimCity Societies. In Caesar IV players are in charge of administration matters and building the historical city of Rome. The game uses a realistic...[Read Review]

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7.9 User Avg (13 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: Alexandria) and online spin-off (Nile Online) released later. The game is a pleasant city building experience with great attention to detail and is definitely one of the stand out games in the genre. Players take ...[Read Review]

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7.9 User Avg (14 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 features 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 Platinum) which adds additional content and tweaks. Cities XL 2012 focuses on a single player experience and is very similar to the SimCity games. Players take on the role of mayor and build the ultimate ci...[Read Review]

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7.7 User Avg (10 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 PlayStation Store for PS3, PSP and PS Vita. Theme Hospital takes place within a hospital that players build themselves using a variety of room types and objects. Once you’ve setup your hospital you will att...[Read Review]

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7.6 User Avg (12 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, timetabling and cities that dynamically react to the transport you put in place (businesses and residential areas will build up around transport routes) which gives you some control over how the city deve...[Read Review]

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7.2 User Avg (9 votes)