"Thrillville: Off the rails" was the follow up to the succesful "Thrillville" and released on all platforms in late 2007 early 2008. Its similar in concept to earlier games such as Theme Park and Roller Coaster Tycoon where you are in charge of building and maintaining a theme park and having the ability to place shops, stalls, rides and roller coasters.
As the game progresses the levels get harder and your aim is to make money and keep your customers happy by making sure they are amused and entertained whilst maintaining the rides and grounds. You have to make sure that any mechanical breakdowns are fixed and all rubbish is cleaned up and by hiring and firing staff try to please everybody at the same time! It can get very frantic and exciting and I love this type of game.
I orginally purchased this game for the Playstation 2 and thoroughly enjoyed it, I like this genre of games and to me this was a bigger and better version of Theme Park which I spent many an hour playing.
For my birthday this year my wife bought me a Nintendo DS and a bundle of games to go with it, Thrilleville: Off the rails was once such game as she knew how much I enjoyed it on the Playstation 2. I was really pleased to recieve this and looked forward to seeing how it translated to a handheld device rather than being stuck in front of the TV playing it.
I have to say though I was thoroughly disappointed with it, in my opinion it hasnt transferred at all well to a handheld device. Unlike the PS2 version which has over 40 minigames (you can play the stalls that you place i.e racing, trampolining, shooting gallery etc) the DS version only has 7 and the stylus control is fiddly and very frustrating.
I played it once when I was first given it, and have today tried to have another go so I could give it a fair review on here but am still of the same opinion that what could have been a great game is in fact terrible. Its such a shame when compared to the console version that the game has been stripped of what made it so good and has ended up being fiddly and awful.
I couldnt really recommend this version to anyone, but if you have an Xbox or PS2 then I would say its worth buying, the concept and graphics are stunning on a console but just not on a handheld device such as the Nintendo DS.
All on all a very disappointing 1/5 from me, if you havent played the console version then it would probably be a good game to pass a few hours on, but it really isnt as good as it should have been.