Tropico 5 guide!
This great early game Tropico 5 Guide will see you with more cash then you can spend, for such an early stage of the game!
Step 1: Scout
Connect your dock to your main roads then send out your soldiers to scout the grey areas so you have enough discovered space to build.
Tip: select the cotton plantation and see where is green so you know where to scout.
Step 2: Prepare
select the cow ranch and find the best spot you can in the area you have planned on building, doesn’t matter too much if the area is bad, but the greener the better. After placing the cow ranch put a goat ranch either side, then surround the three with a road.
Step 3: Research
Place down a library and you will probably have to buy some foreign workers to work in this building but that’s ok, then start researching the cowboys research then the sickle straight after, you will need both of these for later!
Step 4: Build
This steps the main one as it starts producing you some real income at last to semi-sustain you, with this step that nice ground you scouted and used the tip from earlier to see where cotton grows best, you select that sucker and start placing them down around your cow and goat farms, BUT make sure to leave a cow ranch space across the road opposite from the cow ranch you already have down, as you will be wanting to build more there.
Once all your buildings are built and the two research techs complete, you will need to save some cash from the income you should be producing, and once enough is saved (doesn’t matter too much if you go in the red lots), but once enough is saved go through all the cotton plantations and put their budget to maximum buy their upgrade, this will boost their effectiveness loads already, straight after this, do the same to all your cow and goat ranches too, boosting their budget and buying their upgrades.
Tips: start building multiple teamsters buildings so you gain a constant stream of income transportation.
Also you can have one of every plantation or any mix if you prefer for economy and food source diversity which builds happiness when you place down a grocery store later in the game.
Step 5: Buy trade for cotton if there is any but if not just sit back and enjoy
At this stage you should have many cotton plantations all with maxed budgets and the upgrade brought, as well as the same for your goat and cow ranches, now all you have to do is sit back and watch as your teamsters struggle to keep up with your cotton production, and you start making 10k or more income from your cotton fields which will have over 200 effectiveness.
Thanks for reading and hopefully this rough strategy will work for you, its not perfect but it is ONE way to make some form of good economy income in the early stages of Tropico 5.