Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo DS games
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A great remake of an old classic!
Theme Park (DS)
Member Name: cdsmiler81
Theme Park (DS)
Advantages: Reminisce the first great theme park simulator!
Disadvantages: Game play is similar to the original, so old frustrations become new frustrations!
Ok, so I'm incredibly biased about this game (but I'll try to be fair with my rating!). I spent many an hour playing the original PC version of this game back in my younger days. So when I heard it was available for the DS, I had to resist jumping up and down for joy! (Not the best image for a 28 year old pregnant lady to portray!)
Theme Park is one of the original theme park simulation and management games - well before Roller Coaster Tycoon or Theme Park World. It's great to see that it's been given the opportunity to be shown to a new generation.
The designers have been absolutely loyal to the original look and feel of the game. Yes, the graphics are a bit blocky, yes, they're not realistic, and no, you can't ride the rides. But the comedic value of the ride and shop designs, and the poor little people throwing up after smelling burgers the minute they come of the roller coaster (ooops, did I forget to put out toilet blocks for them again?!), not to mention the entertainers dressed in absurd costumes who seem to be being completely ignored by the visitors...it's just a wonderful mash of fun!
The game play itself is relatively simple. You get to choose an advisor who helps you along the way (I'm a bit concerned about the price they want to charge for a soft drink though! Money grabbers!) and by listening to their advice and keeping an eye on the goings on around your park, you can easily create a decent theme park. The game play can go deeper if you prefer it - start looking at your incomings and outgoings, wages... it can be as easy or as hard as you like.
Top tip: From personal experience, you can never have too many handymen or mechanics! Handymen keep your park nice and tidy (and vomit free!) and mechanics stop your rides exploding (which prevents you re-building on the same spot!)!
My only complaint with this version is that I can't seem to change the view at all. I'm not 100% sure if I could in the original PC game (and can't check as it's now too old for my current PC!), but it's frustrating when occasionally your paths don't meet up and you can't see where or why!
Overall, a fantastic and loyal remake of a true classic. Here's hoping one day they'll decide to re-make Theme Hospital for the DS too!
Summary: For those who loved the original, you'll love this!