Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo DS games
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Theme Park (DS)
Member Name: Flukepiestalker
Theme Park (DS)
Advantages: Fiendishly addictive
Disadvantages: Can be infuriating
I was so glad when they re-made this classic PC game for the DS as I think it was made for this arena. This is fiendishly addictive and really, really fun. The premise is that you have to build your very own Alton Towers, simple you'd think, but there is a lot more to it.
Starting with very little money (and imagination) you basically buy a peice of land with a wall all the way around it and a set of entrance gates. This is your theme park - grass, grass and more grass. So you fill it with 'attractions', so that you can make money from the bus load of people that hopefully turn up each day.
When you first turn up you are limited to some very very basic rides/shops, such as a bouncy castle and gift shop, as well as basic constructions such as paths, roped off queing areas, trees and entertainers (blokes dressed as clowns/sharks). Your job is to arrange them (in a pleasing way) so that you get higher numbers of people coming through your gates, as well as charging them the Earth to get in! you also need to be careful that you don't put stomach churning thrill rides next burger shops - otherwise your visitors turn green and leave you a 'present' on the pavement! there's loads of things that you have to think about - even people getting lost!
You are in control of everything in this game - from how much money you spend on research (to get new, more exciting rides/shops/entertainers), to the ticket prices (charge the Earth and no-one will come, but too low and you won't make any money at all), to negotiating with your staff about pay rises (do the deal or they walk out). It's very, very clever. The whole point is to make your visitors happy, and thus spend more money.
Once you have one successful park you can then sell it and start again in a different country. Some countries are obviously more difficult to succeed in than others, but this is the challenge.
Summary: Great fun
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