Kalypso returns to the island paradise of Tropico under the wise and just care of El Presidente. As always, I’m looking to exploit a game to make a decent profit as always. But in this new DLC, you exploit the global market and bend it to your whims. All for the people of course. If you’re interested in my original review of Tropico 6, you can find it here.
The biggest change to the base game is the addition of a global market. Similar to everyday, there are changes to the price of both raw goods and manufactured goods. If you’re lucky, you might be able to predict the market and produce a large amount of product to trade for a hefty profit. To remove the random nature, players can build a new building, the Trade Institute, which tells you how long a trend will last as well as what the next trends are. With research, you can eventually learn market manipulation to dictate what items will start trending. Market manipulation is meaningless without preparation however, so the game has given a second new building, the warehouse. Fairly self explanatory, denote what resources or goods you want to sit on, waiting until the right time to release them back onto the market to maximize profit.
There are some new good buildings to build in the game, creating a new use for more dated resources, chiefly wood and wool for the more advanced ages. The Toy Factory and Smart Furniture factory allow the continued use of wood as more than just boat building materials and for wool to have additional options based on the island that you build it on. As well as a new map to play on that provides a challenge with the new rule system as well as an explanation of how it works.
Something of a soft update to the game, it should add some replayability, if nothing else. The new map doesn’t feel like it really plays that well since the point requirements to advance are gigantic and you’re limited to a single Trade Institute, the only building that can generate the points. Even maxing out the budget doesn’t help much in this regard. The DLC at least makes it possible to become incredibly rich without using exploits. But you can certainly play the game without missing a lot. It’s currently available on Steam, and for the price if you’re looking for a new mechanic to try out, you won’t need to be a Llama of Wall Street to afford this expansion.