12 Games Like Tropico

Games Like Tropico Our collection of alternative games like Tropico let you manage your own nation with titles that blend simulation and management together in various settings.

Launched in 2001 the Tropico series is well known 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 all viable game mechanics. By managing all these elements the player hopes to achieve their single objective of staying in power for as long as possible. It’s a real juggling act that has become the most defining feature of the franchise and combined with the unique setting has allowed it to stand out against similar management titles with each new release in the franchise.

The games like Tropico on this page have a similar focus on managing your own nation, base or settlement on a grand scale which gives you control over many elements. Many of these selected games also feature a similar humorous style to Tropico for those wanting light-hearted simulation, management 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

Challenging players to manage their own dungeon while defeating various heroes is Dungeon Keeper a game that incorporates dark humour as you take control of evil and help it spread across the land. Released in 1997 the success of this strategy management title resulted in an equally satisfying and evil sequel (Dungeon Keeper 2) two years later. This first addition to the Dungeon Keeper franchise sends players on a journey to claim every single land in the game world that is currently in the hand...[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]

PC
8.8 User Avg (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 that is similar to the other titles in the vast Anno franchise. For this addition to the series players will explore an age of medieval and renaissance as you build up a thriving civilisation. Originally launched in 2009 a 2010 Anno 1404: Venice expansion pack expanded content, buildings, quests and introduced multiplayer functionality. The Dawn of Discovery campaign centres around both the west an...[Read Review]

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8.2 User Avg (19 votes)
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The Settlers Online

The Settlers Online (The Settlers Online: Castle Empire) is a free to play browser based strategy game that utilises familiar mechanics from the core Settlers franchise. The result is a mixture of popular modern strategy games and the MMO strategy genre. The Settlers Online offers an accessible challenge which features a familiar gameplay loop of building a sprawling city, raiding bandits, achieving objectives and in time gaining levels that unlock additional content to expand your strategy opti...[Read Review]

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8.2 User Avg (92 votes)
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Banished

Banished joins the ranks of the city build genre with a 2014 release that takes it into a unique medieval setting where you’ll build from humble beginnings into a thriving economic powerhouse. Banished opts not to throw abundance of resources at players either and instead looks to force players into resource scarcity so that every decision is one of balance as you try to survive and with some luck, thrive. Banished starts you off with your own community of outcasts who have come together a...[Read Review]

PC
8.1 User Avg (58 votes)
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Populous: The Beginning

Populous: The Beginning blends strategy and god games together to create an interesting and fun hybrid of the genres where players lead their tribe through an array of missions with their powers. The game serves as the third in the series and was developed by Bullfrog Productions who also developed the highly popular Dungeon Keeper series with features some similar themes and game mechanics. In Populous: The Beginning players will join their own tribe as a powerful shaman who wishes to achieve v...[Read Review]

PC
8.1 User Avg (7 votes)
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Caesar IV

Caesar IV is a city building, combat and trade experience that takes place in an ancient Roman setting and in turn allows players to try their hand at recreating one of the most well known ancient civilisations of Earth. Developed by Titled Mill Entertainment and released in 2006 for Windows the game is one of many released in the city building genre by this developer and obviously the fourth in the Caesar franchise. With other titles including the likes of Children of the Nile and SimCity Socie...[Read Review]

PC
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 in the strategy management genre and was released in 2004. Serving as part of the city building series of games that includes Caesar, Pharaoh, Zeus and and Emperor the game has a similar focus on a historical location with ancient Egypt at your fingertips. Children of the Nile was developed by Tilted Mill Entertainment with an expansion pack (Children of the Nile: Alexandria) and online free to play spin-off (Nile Onli...[Read Review]

PC
7.9 User Avg (14 votes)
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Anno 2070

Anno 2070 released in 2011 and is the fifth game in this growing franchise of economic management titles that tests your strategic decision making in a futuristic game setting. Like the other Anno games you’ll find a blended mixture of gameplay that borderlines the popular real time strategy genre and the planning of city building titles. Taking place in the near future of 2070 global warming has taken hold and as a result melted ice caps that have unleashed a torrent of floods on coastal ...[Read Review]

PC
7.9 User Avg (35 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 like the Anno titles before it. Part of the popular Anno franchise Anno 1701 offers a blend of familiar and new challenges for players to overcome on PC with a related spin-off title for the Nintendo DS known as Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery. Focused on the real world timeframe of the 18th century players are challenged to explore the recently discovered new world and colonise it by using al...[Read Review]

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7.6 User Avg (13 votes)
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Theme Hospital

Theme Hospital is another gaming classic developed by Bullfrog Productions which puts the player at the head of controlling your own hospital with a twist of humour. Launched in 1997 for Windows and Mac it is one of the original tycoon management games in the genre while also still being one of the few video games available that opts for a hospital environment. Your objective in Theme Hospital is take the privately owned hospital from basic services to advanced cures where you’ll cure a nu...[Read Review]

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7.6 User Avg (12 votes)