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      15.08.2012 15:10
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      I continue to play this years after purchasing it it's a good family fun game!

      WHAT IS ROLLERCOASTER TYCOON?
      Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 is the follow on to Rollercoaster Tycoon, in the game you are given various scenarios in which you have to build a theme park, or improve an existing theme park, meeting certain criteria to pass the level. You are able to select a level to play from different categories and do not need to complete one to unlock the others which is good if you want to select a short game.

      GAME INFORMATION
      This game was first released in 2002 by Infrogame for PC. There are a couple of versions available for different systems, the most common systems the game is available for are Vista, XP, Windows 95, 98, 2000 and Me.

      The game is now available on Amazon from £2.49.

      The age guide on this game is 3+, I think many levels are too difficult for young children to understand and think it would be better for those a bit older who understand what you need to do to increase profits etc.

      SCENARIOS
      There are different difficulty levels and types of scenarios to choose from. A tutorial is available to learn how to play and get the hang of things. There are beginners parks, challenging parks, expert parks, real parks and other parks. The real parks are already built up and running theme parks which you have to run and improve to meet the goals. The other parks are the same layouts as the real parks but you are to build your own. The basic layout, scenery and footpaths are in place and you need to build your own rides.

      A scenario editor is available where you can change scenario options such as how much cash you start with and if there are time restraints on the scenario but I prefer to try the scenarios as they are to start with.

      BUILDING YOUR PARK
      There are lots of options when it comes to building your park, you can place decorations, litter bins, seating and trees as well as the rides and shops. Other features include TV's for your queue lines which stop your guests getting impatient whilst queuing. Entertainers can be hired who also improve your guests happiness.

      There are lots of shops and facilities to choose from. Some are available straight away and others you need to wait for them to be researched before you can build them, this also goes for the games. You can place food and drink stalls, souvenir shops, a first aid room (near the big nauseating rides), toilets and cash machines. You can change the amount you charge in each of these to increase your profits.

      There are plenty of ride options to choose from including transport rides, water rides, gentle rides, thrill rides and rollercoasters. Many of the rides you can design the layout yourself or select a design already created. You will need to hire maintenance to test your rides and repair them when they break down. On some scenarios you can change the price of ride tickets, on others you charge an entry fee to the park and the rides are free so remember to adjust the entry fee as you build more rides.

      GOALS
      Some of the levels require you to reach a certain park value. You increase park value by building rides and some of these levels can take quite some time whilst you wait for enough cash to build new rides.
      Other levels require you to attract a certain number of guests by a set date. You can attract guests by using advertising campaigns, guests will leave if they run out of money or it's too crowded so a building a cash machine and placing plenty of seating is helpful for these levels.
      On most of the levels you must have a certain park rating as well as other criteria to complete the level. You need plenty of handymen around to clean up litter and vomit as any mess will bring your park rating down.


      OVERALL GAME EXPERIENCE
      I've had this game for a few years now and find myself going back to play it now and again. It's an enjoyable game but I found a lot of the levels are just too long. Some of them could take days to complete, others I still haven't managed to complete and I think this game would be much better if you could speed it up as I often find myself waiting a long time for new rides to be researched or just waiting for the target dates to come around. It can get a bit repetitive as well but I really enjoy it and think it's one that all the family could enjoy. If you can pick it up for a few quid, it'sdefinitely worth it as it is a lengthy game and you can get weeks of gameplay out of it.

      MORE GAMES
      A third Rollercoaster Tycoon was released in 2004, which I am yet to try. For Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 there are some add-on/expansion packs available called Wacky Worlds and Time Twister. Also players can share their own scenarios and custom rides on the internet for others to download and play with.

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        07.12.2009 16:14
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        Not quite as good as RCT1, but still essentially the same game!

        I bought this game after playing for years on the original after it became incompatible with my computer. This version is pretty good, though it has some downsides compared to the first RollerCoaster Tycoon.

        *The aim of the game*
        The aim of rollercoaster tycoon is to build theme parks which are, hopefully, succesful in completing missions, such as to earn a certain amount of money, achieve a park rating or admit a certain number of guests by a date.

        Involved in making the themepark, you can erect rides and stalls, design your own tracks for rollercoasters, mazes, log flumes etc., create themes and make gardens.

        *Features*
        Features of the game include:
        *Ability to customise the price, colour, name, music etc. of rides.
        *Build your own rollercoasters and other rides, or choose from preset tracks.
        *Scenery and theming allows you to create a themed park, and includes pirate, candyland, medieval and winter wonderland themes, as well as deal with the basics like paths, bins and benches.
        *Employ staff, see what customers are thinking, get loans and advertising and manage all other aspects of the theme park to achieve your goals.
        *Quite realistic sound effects of ride lifts, music, ducks, vandalism, crowds which change in volume depending on the closeness to them and number of guests in the park.

        *Rides and stalls*
        There is a greater selection of rides and stalls in this game than the first. These include: about 20 types of rollercoasters including Wild Mouse and Inverted Loop coasters, pizza, T-Shirt, medical and hotdog stands, log flumes, mazes, bumper cars, the haunted house, merry-go-round, inverted swinging ship, a twister, crazy golf, mini cars, topspin, monorail, slide and lots more.

        The rollercoasters are the most exciting because of their infinite possibilities.

        *Scenarios*
        The opening menu holds a number of scenarios for you to build your park in. You may begin with an empty park, or with a real life Six Flags theme park for you to improve. There aren't many empty parks, which I feel lets this game down compared to the original, because I hate building stuff over a park which someone has already started and laid out in a weird way or filled with annoying gardens that have to be bulldozed!

        *Difficulty level*
        This is a challenging strategic game which gets easier with practice. The goals set by the game (such as to achieve a park rating of 200 by June year 2) are generally realistic yet challenging, and do not impose to much on the game - if you just fancy playing for fun you can ignore the missions!
        Other notes on difficulty:
        *Big loans make it easy to start making your park before funds come in
        *Research into new rides is needed to obtain the full range of rollercoasters etc., making the game a little more tricky!
        * It is hard to build rollercoasters that customers will like (they need to be exciting but not too nausea-inducing or intense), which can be frustrating!
        *Some of the pre-designed parks are very elaborately designed around a theme or otherwise, with gardens and rides neatly fitting together, and it is frustrating trying to imitate their professional designs.

        *Longevity*
        This games has many hours of gameplay because of its infinite possibilities and inability to be "completed" entirely.

        *Graphics*
        If graphics are your thing, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 or 4 may be more your thing, but I personally like the simple, colourful style of the graphics in this game. Have a look at some screenshots before you buy (there are some on the back of the game itself) because the front cover is not representative of the game content. It is more Sims than Sims 2, but I find this helps to concentrate on the sometimes difficult task of manoevring a rollercoaster track around another ride or path.

        *Compatability*
        The game is compatible with Windows 98, XP and Vista and requires a 300 MHz CPU and 120 MB free space on the hard disk.

        *Price*
        Now at just £3.96 from Amazon, this game is a steal and compared to PC games that you can find in shops for this price, it is a very enjoyable game with a lot of possibilites.

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        29.05.2009 21:21
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        A fanatstic tycoon game yet again and one well worth trying out!

        RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is a very good business simulation, strategy PC game that allows you to build, design and manage your very own theme park. Having played on other tycoon games before such as Prison tycoon and Airport tycoon and really liking them I thought I would buy this. I got it for just £10 from Game and I'm sure you can now get it even cheaper. The game itself was released in October 2002 and really is a very fun game.

        The game itself is about successfully building and developing your theme park in order to make a greater profit. The game is very addictive and really does provide a great deal of fun with the gameplay alone. I find the graphics to be ok but they could definately be made better. You can choose from a large amount of attractions and rides in your park which really is fantastic.

        There is 20 different scenario's available and so this will keep you entertained for many hours. I really like the design tools in the game because it makes it very easy to make the theme park just how you imagine and want it to be. There have also been many new roller coasters such as the 'Spinning wild mouse'! The game has so many different features such as the scenarios and custom roller coaster builder that it will be great fun.

        The game is very easy to install and I found that because of the minimal PC spec required the game runs really well and takes up a very small amount of hard drive space. There is so much that you can actually do in this game which is why I like it so much. You really can make the park of your dreams and do so in style! I really have liked this game and considering the price it is available for I would really recommend trying it. I believe there is a demo available and so if you are still not sure have a go at trying that. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading!

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        15.03.2009 10:09

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        great!

        I used to download just about every sim game i could find and also go out and just spend spend spend on them. When i first came accross roller coaster tycoon i was mezmorized for hours a day. I used to build my park to be the best in the world and crammed as many rides into the park making all my guests sick, as much as i could! Rollercoaster tycoon 2 is the sequel to the very first roller coaster tycoon which was a massive success. Roller coaster tycoon 2 has many more features added to it such as Waaaay more themeparks, more exiting and new rides. And also new stalls such as hot dog stands and atm machines etc etc. You can start with a ready made park or you can start from scratch and add rides to your themepark while keeping an eye on your profits. There are targets you have to hit such as a certain amount of visitors before a certain date. I love this game.

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        08.03.2009 17:59
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        Worth buying especially if you havent played RCT1

        I absolutely love simulation games. I fell in love with them when i was just 12 when we 1st got our PC. Now 15 years on i still love them. I started with 'Theme Park' and shortly moved on to 'Theme Hospital'. By the time the 1st Roller Coaster Tycoon came out i was well and truly hooked. I was really excited when the new 'Roller Coaster Tycoon 2' was launched and bought it straight away. I was, however, slightly disappointed.

        Unfortunately most of the original RollerCoaster Tycoon rides and attractions have been carried over to the sequel with few additions or slight alterations. It was really disappointing to see so few changes. If you already own the original game and its expansions you will recognize everything but some Six Flags roller coaster designs like Colossus and Psyclone, a few new flat rides such as Magic Carpet and Soap Box Derby Racers, and some new amenities like ATM kiosks and theme toilets.

        It is a really shame that they didnt take this game further but saying that i still found it really enjoyable to play and the much unchanged gameplay made it easy to pick up and play straight away.

        I would recommend this game to anyone who likes sim games and especially to those who havent played the original Roller Coaster Tycoon.

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        20.10.2008 13:09
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        If you have a few hours to spare, you could do a lot worse than immersing yourself in this game!

        RollerCoaster Tycoon II was the first amusement park simulator that I played after enjoying Theme Park on the Mega Drive many years ago. As far as I am concerned, it is a classic PC game.

        What is it?

        RollerCoaster Tycoon II is an example of a 'sandbox' type game. Rather than following a set path through a computer world, it allows you to build your own amusement park from scratch. There are several environments available in which to build, including 'Factory Capers', where you must build a park inside a disused factory!

        First Impressions

        My first impressions upon installing the game were good - the graphics were crisp and pleasant, and the interface was immediately intuitive. I have always enjoyed 'sandbox' type games, and was looking forward to building a huge, sprawling park, and letting my imagination run wild! The roller coaster customization options were particularly appealing, although I soon learnt the value of safety when building a profitable roller coaster!

        Business Acumen!

        As I started building my first Roller Coaster Park, however, I soon found my imagination limited by financial restraints! My park seemed to be quite busy, but the customers didn't seem to be particularly happy.

        This led me to the other key aspect of the game - business.

        For a lot of players, I feel the business side of Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 is placed at just the right level of depth. Players must hire and fire staff, decide pricing and manage marketing.

        Suitable ages?

        Fundamentally this game is suitable for all ages. However, I feel it has a more serious nature than a game like Theme Park and as such would recommend 12+ as an age when most children will gain full enjoyment. Strategy and business thinking are key elements to success, and without them this game can seem difficult and frustrating.

        Overall

        RollerCoaster Tycoon is a fun but deep way to pass a few hours. It will work on basically any PC, and can be picked up for £3-£10. Definitely worth a look if you're looking for a quick diversion!

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          Build the theme park of your dreams and make guests happy in your own theme park!

          Being a huge fan of theme parks and ride's when I saw roller coaster Tycoon I had to give it a try. It looked like a fun, game which also requires some skill.

          **What Is Roller coaster Tycoon 2? (What's is it based on?)**
          Roller coaster Tycoon 2 is a pc game (you need roller coaster Tycoon (1st game), to use this additional add on game. The name gives it away on what the game is based on. This game is all about building your own theme park. There are 20 scenarios each has a different target which could be anything, for example have 1,000 guests in your park at the end of October year 1 or Achieve an income from rides of £5,000 by the end of October year 3 . . . Each scenario has a different goal/target, and these do vary. This game also features rides & Parks from six-flags which are the biggest theme parks in the world! This game is developed by Chris Sawyer.

          ****What features has this game got compared to Roller Coaster Tycoon 1?****
          Bigger Parks, higher roller-coasters & more attractions.
          Countless theme worlds such as Pirate Land, Wild West, Water World & more.
          New design tools, which makes it possible to create your own themes such as World Champion Soccer Land or Grand Prix Racing World.
          New Roller coasters such as Giga Coaster, Inverted Impulse coaster & more!
          20 New scenarios for hours of fun.

          ****How do I play the game?****
          After installing the game onto your pc it comes up with a menu to start the game. Once you have started the game and it has loaded you will then come onto another screen where you can choose from 20 different scenarios, which are split into section. These sections are Beginner Parks, Challenging Parks, Real Parks & more. When you hover over the chosen scenario it will tell you what the aim of the that game is! To play the scenario just click on the one you want to play and get building. You can save your game anytime whilst playing.

          Your job is to build a theme park consisting of rides, food stalls, roller coasters, souvenir stalls and more. This is how you make appropriate targets for the game. You also need to maintain the rides in your park and monitor how happy the guests are what they enjoy and what they dislike about the park. You may need to make improvements in your park to ensure guests don't leave. You also must maintain litter issues and vandalism issues as well as paying to research new rides, stalls and scenery. After you reach the deadline for your park you will get a message on the screen saying whether you have won the level or not.

          You can build your own layouts for roller coasters, trains, mono-rails, go karts, rowing boats and more. You can choose the colours of the track and colours of the trains. You can also create your own scenario for you to do or even for your brother, sister or friend to try to complete. When creating your own scenario you can add things such as tree's, statues, lakes and more for no cost! When you play the game that's when it will cost you to buy things or get them removed.

          ****Graphics/Sound****
          Graphics are very detailed and are very clear. You can see expressions on visitors faces and view your rides close up. Unlike some game when you zoom in to look at something graphics seemed a bit blurry and unclear, with this game it doesn't happen. Sound quality is superb, with sound from laughing guests and screaming guests from visitors, sounds of rollercoasters being chain lifted up hills on the tracks and even the sound of rain, lightening and the merry go round! You will be able to hear everything that goes on in your park!

          ****Did I enjoy the game?****
          I've had this game for over 2yrs now and I still need to complete some levels, I unfortunately don't get a lot of time to play computer games. it's a fun and very highly addictive game which I can be enjoyed by any age.

          ****Tips/Hints?****
          Its took me a while to learn what guests like and how to build a successful ride but you will get the hang of things. There are also many websites where you can access information to hints and if you really get stuck cheats as well.

          www.RollerCoasterTycoon2.com has lots of information there should you need any assistance.

          ****Where can I get this game?****
          Any Game shops/outlets also from the Internet www.amazon.co.uk, are selling it for under £10.00! They also sell this in GAME for £14.99.

          (Review also on ciao)

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            18.11.2007 19:57
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            Build your very own theme park from food outlets to killer coasters!

            I first played a simulation game several years ago and became very obsessed. After playing Theme Park World at a friend’s house I really wanted the game for my own PC. The only reason I bought Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 at the time was because it was part of a buy one get one free deal.

            The other day I noticed that a local firm were building a roller coaster in teh centre of town for the Christmas period. It was quite fun to watch it going up and I had this real urge to play the game again, so I could recreate the rollercoaster...big mistake because it is very obsessive.

            ROLLERCOASTER TYCOON 2
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            You can choose to play on 5 different types of park. These are beginner, Challenging, Expert, ‘real parks’ (Six Flags Theme Parks) or Other parks (Including 7 build your own Six Flags Parks).

            The beginner parks are obviously very good to begin with but they are still very challenging.

            ‘Crazy Castle’ is situated in an old castle (well obviously) the aim of the game is to have at least 1,500 guests at the end of 4 years with a park rating of 600 (out of 1000). This game is fairly hard as you need to budget carefully. As with a lot of these venues the ‘disused’ land is full of scenery that could either help or hinder your park. You need to decide whether or not you want to build your rides and attractions in and around the old castle or knock it all down.


            ‘Electrical Fields’ is situated in an old disused farm. The aim of this game is to have at least 700 guests and a rating of 600 by the end of year 2.

            ‘Factory Capers’ is situated in an abandoned factory. This is quite a good venue to build a few high rollercoaster’s. The aim of this game is to get 1,100 guests into the park with a rating of 600 by the end of 3 years. I think this is one of the hardest levels in the beginner category due to its size and obstacles.

            My favourite game overall is the Infernal Views situated in volcanic mountains with flowing lava streams. In the other parks the lakes, steams and seas are clear blue waters however this round is slightly different.

            FEATURES
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            At the top of the screen you will find the boxes with construction tools, scenery clearer, the tool which rises and lowers the land or sea levels these are very useful when building your own swan boat ride or creating really tall rollercoaster’s. You can chose the ‘build attractions’ button at the top where you can drag and drop a ride, food/drink stall, umbrella/balloon/map stall or find out about any current research. Whilst you can drag and drop a ‘standard’ ride you can also build your own, although the wimpy guests tend to stay away from the really tall/fast rollercoaster’s.


            When building your theme park you need to think about building queuing systems, footpaths, benches, bins and scenery.
            You can borrow money from the bank if you are struggling to build everything you want. Some parks are paid for through entrance fees whereas others are through ride prices. You can build a cash machine so your guests have no excuse to not spend their money.

            You can hire and fire your own staff and give them specific jobs. You can hire mechanics who either inspect or fix rides, hire handymen who water plants, sweep footpaths or mow grass or you can hire entertainers who dress as many different characters. As guests can sometimes throw up after terrible rides a path sweeper is a very good idea.

            You can build a monorail and railway which transports your guests around the park. This can get very busy with 200 people queuing at one time. It is important that your paths and queuing systems are well thought out else this can affect your ratings.

            DETAILS
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            If you build a rollercoaster without trying it before you open it you can try and kill your guests by making the rollercoaster crash. This however is not a great idea as it lowers the amount of guests in your park and significantly lowers your ratings.

            You can often see balloons flying in the air if you click on these with your mouse you can pop them. You can change the colours of the t-shirts, hats, balloons and umbrellas using the colour tool.
            The ducks swimming in the pool can quack when you click on them and sometimes fly away. If you pick up a guest with the pick up tool you can drop them in the water and make them drown!

            You can click on the people button at the top of the page and see what your guests are saying or thinking. If you see a guest that is looking green click on them and you can see them being sick.

            You can see your guests buying products from the stalls and dropping their litter on the floor. You can also hear the toilets flushing when a guest goes in them. You can charge them money for using the toilets.

            SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
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            You will need a 3MHz processor. You r computer should use Windows 98/ME or XP with a RAM of 64MB. You will also need a keyboard and mouse.

            PRICE
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            This game was part of a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ deal so was in fact free. You can expect to pay between 10 and 25 pounds for this game depending on where you buy it. I have seen the game going for 25 pounds in a local games shop but 10 pounds in Woolworths.

            GRAPHICS
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            The graphics are very good in this game; you can easily zoom in and out or rotate to see the park from another view. The details of balloons, umbrellas or maps is really good in this game. I do usually play this game on the highest quality although if you have a slow computer you can play the game on a lower resolution although it still looks clear enough.

            SUMMARY
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            This game is addictive so I would advise that you are very clear with how much time you plan to spend on it. I have written a review about Theme Hospital which I have found to be more obsessive. This game is not as bad and as it’s so easy to save your own ride designs and park designs you can come back to it quite easily. The box does specify that the game is suitable for children 3+ but I would disagree with this. You do need to be able to read and have an element of strategy.

            I find it hard enough dragging and dropping objects so a 3 year old would find it a lot harder. Parental supervision would be required for a 3 year old.

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              25.10.2007 13:38
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              GREAT GAME FOR PEOPLE SEEKING GOOD STRATERGY GAME.

              Roller coaster Tycoon happens to be one of my all-time favourite stratergy games. This game is the closest to the theme par building. There have been many game releases like roller coaster Tycoon 2,but none of them were as addicting as roller coaster tycoon.This game gives importance todesigning unlike other games,you can m. This turn-based game can be termed as an all-round THEME PARK SIMULATION GAME WHICH HAS COVERED ALL THE THINGS IN A THEME PARK.

              MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
              Operating System: Windows 2000/XP
              Processor: 1.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4
              Memory: 128MB RAM (Windows 2000) / 256 MB RAM (Windows XP)
              Hard Disk Space: 1.7 GB of Free uncompressed space
              CD-ROM Drive: 4X Speed CD/DVD Drive
              Video: DirectX 8.0c-compatible 64 MB video card with
              Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
              DirectX: DirectX version 9.0c (included) or higher
              Input: Keyboard and Mouse

              Roller Coaster Tycoon leads you through various stages before becoming a tycoon.There are various conditions through which you can change your level.

              The player will usually start with empty land whch has to be constructed to a profitable theme park.We have to make sure that the rides are in the right area. You can also make various food stalls etc.Also you can make various types of roller coasters.

              Coming to the Roller coasters, there are eighteen of them to choose from, each having their own advantages and disadvantages. There are more roller coasters,also you can make custom roller coasters with water splashes,etc.You cam make advancements in technologies to get more types of roller coasters.
              There are various other rides you can make in the game .You can also make toilets,medical rooms ,etc.

              The great part is that you can make huge roller coasters,increase their entrance costs and earn more money to make.This game is a great one.

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                way better than the first one, and at a great price

                Wow this is a definite inprovement from the first one, as you can get way way higher roller coaster, with many more rides, shops, theming and other things as well. this is great if you like to make your own roller coaster park and just watch the money roll in, as it has really easy controls and simple building construction. the only bad point though is that there isnt a sandbox or freeplay for it, but that doesn't usually matter as it is still really fun to try and get the goal in time, with you trying to build as many coasters as possible

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                Great game with ongoing gameplay.

                ROLLER COASTER TYCOON 2

                What a great game for all of those tycoon lovers. There are so many tycoon games out there in the world but I think that this one has got to be one of the best that I have ever played. It allows you to do so much and leaves you playing for ours on end.

                So what is Roller Coaster Tycoon? It’s a game like many others which allows you to build and design your own theme park. It’s so much better than all of the other games. The first Roller Coaster Tycoon was very basic and didn’t really allow for much interactivity with the park and the graphics being really basic didn’t really make for much of a good game but now Atari is back with so many extra features and so much more interactivity with the customers etc.

                There are several different modes in which you can play the game. Free play which allows for you to just play and build your own park with no objectives to fulfil. There is the scenario section where you will be given a location with a specific theme and you have to fulfil goals that are set. There is also the option to create your own scenario. In here you will be able to choose the size of your park, what rides and attractions will be appearing in the build menu and other various features that allow for great game play.

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                When you have chosen which scenario you would like to do or after you have created your own scenario you can then start to design your park. There are various buttons located on your screen all meaning different things but they are all clearly identifiable with a clear picture. For example the image of a handyman and a mechanic show that that button is for your staff and a ride is where you will find your attractions. It’s all very simple once you get used to using the buttons.

                When you start each scenario depending on which one it is you will be given a set amount of money and also an objective that you will need to meet by the end of a given month and year.

                All rides and attractions come with an excitement rating and other statistics that will help you choose what ride you will want to by. I always find that starting a park is quite hard, but once it is up and running it then becomes easier and you have the ability to do whatever you heart desires considering you are making money. If you’re ever struggling for cash there is always the option to have a loan which you have to pay back 5% interest. I think that the biggest loan you can have is £35000 which can be quite a lot considering the prices on some attractions.

                As well as actually building all of the rides you have to build all of the features like food and drink shops, toilets, information kiosks, balloon shops and many other kinds of shops that you will be able to research once you have selected appropriate funding.

                Whilst building all of this you have to think about whether a customer would like this, try thinking as if you were visiting this theme park and see if you would like it. Once you have produced a good sized theme park with all of the needed attractions you have to think about the staff that you will need to mantinece the park etc. there are four categories of staff that you can hire. These are a security guard, janitor, entertainer and a mechanic. The staff do come at quite cheap prices but as the park gets bigger and bigger the costs of all of the staff do mount up leaving you with less money than you thought.

                So . . . moving on once you have actually accomplished all of the above things you then have to think about making sand keeping all of your customers happy. This can be done by the use of entertainers, having a good selection of rides, low prices on the rides and in the shops and also by having lots of scenery and a clean park. This all adds up to make your customers happy and make them spend more money in your park.

                So as you can see the game has escalated quite a lot and there are endless possibilities as to what you can do.

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                So let’s have a look at all of the menus that are available for you to use. In total there are 16 different menus across the top of the screen. They are all very easy to use and you should have no problems using them at all. The first one isn’t a menu as such, it’s just a button. A pause button that is allowing you to pause the game if you need the toilet etc. the bad thing about having the game paused is that you cannot build and change options whilst the game is paused.

                The second menu is a picture of a floppy disk which has the following options – Save game, Load Game, Options, Screenshot and quit. All of those options are pretty much self explanatory so not really any need to explain them. So the third and fourth buttons along are the zoom buttons allowing you to zoom in and out of your park. This makes viewing your park all at once a lot easier and zooming all the way in will help you place some of the smaller items like flower beds so they all have their uses. Although I only gave examples for two zoom levels there are actually about five and instead of clicking on the buttons all of the time you only have to turn the wheel on your mouse. This makes for quick and easy zoom in and out.

                Well moving on across the buttons the next one allows you to change the angle in which you look at your park, each time you click the button it rotates the park 90 degrees so you an see all aspects of your park. The next button is the one that I find very useful at times. It has many options allowing you to make the rides see through, the scenery see through, the supports see through and also make the people invisible I find this very useful when I am going round my park to see if all of the litter has been swept etc. there are also two other options which allow for an underground view and height marks on the land this makes it easier if you are constructing your own coaster structure etc.

                Moving on the next button allows for you to easily and quickly delete all of the scenery selected. You can change the size from 1 square to 25 squares depending on the space that you are working in. still moving on the next button is the picture of a spade which allows you to change the height of land, you can make the land higher or lower, this option as with the scenery you can change the amount from 1 to 25 squares. The next button is exactly the opposite of the land button. This icon allows you to raise and lower the water levels. This where all of the menus start to get interesting the next button is the scenery button where you can select from hundreds of different trees, flowers, themes, benches etc. it just adds that extra bit to the park making the customers feel happier.

                The next button is the path button allowing you to choose from around 12 different styles of plain footpaths and queue lines. So lets start building, the next button is where all of the rides and attractions can be seen there are so many different rides and shops that you can choose from. All of the rides are split into different sections such as water rides, thrill rides gentle rides etc. so when you click on one of these categories there is a selection of rides for you to choose from. Some of the rides such as coaster rides if you click on them a list of all of the designs appear that you can choose from. There is the option for you to make your own design but if you would like the park to be developed nice and fast then it would be better for you to choose one of the designs that are already there.

                Moving on still button 13 of the list, this allows you to see what is happening with all of your rides at a glance, there are options as to what you can sort them with i.e. profit or status. This makes it easy for you to identify what rides need their prices changing or if they have broken down etc.

                The 14th button in the sequence shows all of the park details such as how many attractions you have and how many staff you have employed. It also allows for you to rename the park and also open and close the park. As you are getting further into the game you may find that you are becoming short of space. Well also from the menu you are able to buy more land and also buy the building rights of un-owned land. This makes the park better because extra space can never be turned down.

                Well to make your park run even better you should really hire some workers, this can be done using the next button. All of the workers of the same category are the same price and you are able to see all of the staff that you have hired at a glance to see what they are doing. So that your staff work better you can give them a patrol area which means that they will stick to that area doing their jobs. This enables you to set different staff to different areas for effective work.

                The last button of all across the top of the screen shows a crowd of people. This is where all of your customer’s views can be seen. They say things such as this park is really clean and tidy or sometimes negative things such as this path is disgusting. It gives you some idea as to what to do with your park. What I thought was really good of the game was that each and every customer had their own unique name. Not that it makes the game much better.

                So now moving to the bottom of the screen. There is a small box which shows all of the money that you are making if you were to click on this box it then shows up all of the stats figures for the last 4 month, whether you have been making a profit or a loss for that month and you can see what you have spent you money on where it be ride construction or landscaping etc. with this menu there are tabs across the top which let you view different graphs so you can see whether your customers have increased or your company value has decreased etc. it all makes for a good well run park. Also in this same menu there is the option to market the park. Meaning that you can advertise for certain rides or even advertise for the park. There is also the option to give free tickets for a ride or free food and drink etc. this will make the customers in the park soar and help you make more money in the game.

                To help you along in the game there will be little announcements that will be shown in the bottom of the screen this will say things like you have won an award or a certain ride has broken down so that you are always in the know about your park so you can run it more and more effectively.

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                The graphics and sound in this game are quite good. I have seen games with better graphics but there will always be something else that is better. But the graphics are quite good considering that this game was produced in 2002. There is a lot of detail involved in the game such as all of the detail that is used in the rides and also in the people.

                As with the graphics the sound in the game is quite good. There are a few different themes that are played and you can choose whether each ride plays a song and when you hover above this ride you can hear the sound playing form that ride etc.

                So really the sound and graphics are quite good.

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                If you do manage to complete this game and find yourself doing the same things again and again I would advise you to get one of the expansion packs. From what I know there are 2 expansion packs, one called wild and one called soaked? These are very good and allow you to play in more parks and have a bigger selection of rides and features etc.

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                Operating system: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
                Processor: 300MHz
                Memory: 64 MB RAM
                Hard Disk Space: 120MB Free
                CD ROM Drive: 16X or higher
                Video: 4MB Windows 98/ME/200/XP compatible video card
                Sound: Windows 98/ME/200/XP compatible Sound card
                DirectX: DirectX version 8.1 (included) or higher.

                There is a manual for you to view when you are installing the game, this allows for you to get to know the game and what features it has. When you load the game there is the option to have a tutorial so that you know what all of the buttons do in detail, although you will probably not need to since you just read this review.

                In my opinion the game is so easy to use end lasts for endless playtime. There is so much to do making your own parks. Every single park that you make will be different in some way.

                The game can be purchased from most good game stores for around £15.00 and the expansion packs are around the same price. I rate this game 10/10.

                So in conclusion I think that this game is incredibly good and I would recommend it to any potential buyers as it is a great game.

                Thank you for reading my review and I hope to be hearing from you soon. Cheers.

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                  A great game for everyone

                  About time they released this. As a Roller coaster Tycoon fanatic, the first three (Roller Coaster Tycoon, Added Attractions, Loopy Landscapes) were genuinely brilliant games, where you built a theme park and adjusted it to perfection. Easily beats Theme Park World. And here's the sequel.


                  First Play
                  Slap the disc into the drive and the installation screen appears. The game has low system requirements(8MB Graphics and low memory needed) and is ok for people with slow computers, like mine. Once the game is booted up, you just choose a park within four different categories (Beginner, Challenge, Expert and Other) but sadly all the parks are already unlocked. In the first three games you had to unlock all the parks, which was great fun and kept you playing to see what the next park has to offer.

                  Controls and Technique
                  The only thing you need for the controls is a mouse (a decent one, too). No Joystick or keyboard arrows to mess with here. Anyway, you just click on something on the screen and something about it will pop up (For example, if you click on the little box that shows a crane and a ride, it will bring up the ride construction box) and that's about it for the controls. When you're playing Roller Coaster Tycoon 2(or when you've just started a new park) you'll need A food stall, Toilets, Drinks, a roller coaster and a couple of gentle/thrill rides. When the guests start arriving, you can build more from the money they spend.

                  Game play
                  Parks fall into two categories: Where the guests pay to enter and enter rides for free, or the other way around. On the first three games, both were used in conjunction, and, although this sounds unrealistic, it was much more fun as the game was easier, and you felt less pressure and more excitement in the first, whereas here you're always fearing debt and never have the cash to build what you would have liked, which is frustrating. On the objectives list it'll say something like: '2000 Guests and a Park Rating of at least 600 by October, Year 4'. Your park rating is what the guests think of your park in general on a scale of 1-1000(the number is an average of all the guests thoughts)(For example, if there is Sick everywhere and litter, your park rating will be lower). You can hire Handymen (mow grass, sweep up etc), Mechanics (fix rides), Security Guards and Entertainers, all of which are useful in keeping guests happy.
                  On the rides themselves, there are three ratings that appear on every ride: Excitement Rating, Intensity Rating and Nausea Rating. The water rides tend to be more exciting, and the Roller Coasters are more intense than other rides. On the other hand, no-one really wants to spend much time in a 'Haunted House' either. Food and drinks are also high on your guests priorities. Build some kind of Salty snack food stall (Hot Dogs, Pretzels, Burgers, Chips etc) and then put some sort of drinks stall (Lemonade, Coffee etc) nearby and guests will buy the food, and perhaps a drink to quench their thirst. It must also be said that there are far too many food and drinks stalls (Soy Bean Milk Stall, Meatball soup stall, and many more). If the guests enjoy looking at the cinerary and your Park rating will increase.
                  Sounds and Graphics
                  Not much to write home about here, to be honest. There's everything you'd expect for an 8MB graphics game, with all the rides and stalls being nicely detailed and solid, as well as the guests themselves. As for the sounds, you can turn specific music on for each ride to attract guests (which is nice).

                  More Options
                  There are some cool features on Roller Coaster Tycoon 2, like making your own scenario, down to objectives, size and limitations. Also, the game is endorsed by Six Flags. All of these locations and parks are actually playable on the game, as well as an option to create your own Six Flags.

                  Length
                  It's difficult to say how long you'll play this for. Don't be put off by the difficulty. Instead, find a good, easy park that is fun to play on. For example, Design your own Six Flags is very good to play on, as the area is massive. Other nice features, like designing your own scenarios and rides, will also keep you coming back.

                  Conclusion
                  A great game for anyone that likes to be entertained over and over again. Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed reading.

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                    I agree with the others who have rated this as a top game. When I first got Roller Coaster Tycoon, I really was just looking for a new computer game, so I went to Costco and was looking around, and the minute I saw this game I wanted it. I took it home and was automatically hooked, and so will you. This game could become your new job. Some of the Features of Roller COaster Tycoon are the very fun gameplay, and you can also build your own Roller Coaster. It is alaso very realistic. If a ride is to scary, people won't go on it, or if the price is to high they will just pas right by it. And if your entry fee is to expensive, people will just turn and go home :-( and we don't want that. You can also put out advertisments to get more people to come to your park. There are good and bad things to Roller Coaster Tycoon, but lets start with the bright side of things, the good things about Roller Coaster Tycoon is it is very realistic, I.E. people will tell you if things are to scary or to expensive. They will say if they are or arnt hungry, to determine food shops. The people will say if there lost, and that means you need more paths. Anotbher good thing is the selection of rides and building. There must be almost 100 diffrent Roller COasters and buildings, once you have the maximum amount of resarch done.. Some of the bad things now, :-( are really only that it has so-so graphics, but it does have raelistic sound, I.E. you can hear people talking and hear merry-go-round music, and so on. This game is also pretty cheap. I liked Roller Coaster Tycoon because of its pretty cheap price, it's fun gameplay, and it's very realistic structure. It is also very fun, and it has great sound. Roller Coaster Tycoon is a great game and I highley suggest it. The learinig curve of ROller COaster Tycoon is very simple and I learned the game in a matter of minutes. Even thought I learned it on my own, you can also put on the lea
                    rning feature, where little bubbles will pop up and help you along the way. Overall, I think Roller Coaster Tycoon is a great game, and I suggest that you buy it. I loved it and I think you... no I know that you will love it to. I give it 2 thumbs up, and you should go out and buy it right now. SO stop reading this and go get the game... If you are still r eading this STOP and go buy that game! Hurry, go do it, what are you wating for? Youll have to excuse me for the spelling I only had 10min dinner and the network spell checker is down.

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                      Whether you have played rollercoaster tycoon 1 or you have bought the second one first then you’ll be amazed at the new challenges that await you. Like the first one your main objective is to build and maintain a successful theme park. This game combines building rollercoaster’s and keeping them running. The game itself has not changed an awful lot from the first but as any rollercoaster tycoon fan will know it is still as addictive as ever. New rides have been added to the new game and rollercoaster’s such as the multi dimension rollercoaster and the inverted wild mouse roller coaster have added new excitement to the game. The main difference has to be the new scenery options and the new way of building rollercoaster’s indoors. This new scenery gives the player a new attraction to their park. Another new feature is the ability to have much bigger parks and many of the parks have very big boundaries. This gives the player a great opportunity to expand their park into new depths. If you are not excited by the new rides or the amazing scenery then there are new scenarios to get your teeth into. In this new version of rollercoaster tycoon infrogames has teamed up with the gigantic six flags theme park company in which you are able to run and build your own six flags parks in the game. Also many of the rides on this game are actual rides that exist in the world today. Rides such as Deja Vu and Medusa are among these. Another new feature to this game is the rollercoaster designer feature which gives you the opportunity to build rollercoaster’s and test them without the hassles off the usual game play getting in your way. This feature gives the opportunity to build rollercoaster’s you thought were not possible. Have you ever wanted to make your own scenario for another person to play well now you can because a new feature called scenario builder lets you achieve this but beware this is not an easy f
                      unction to use and rollercoaster tycoon experience may be needed before attempting this one. This new game has been given a lot of criticism saying that it is not really a new game but rather another add on. Where as many may agree with this I certainly disagree and this is a great new game with many new rides and functions, not to mention the new scenarios which are challenging at times. This is a great game and is very addictive. If you’re looking for a game that needs a lot of time to play this is the game for you. This game gives you hours of fun and although at times can be challenging is an absolute pleasure to play. Chris sawyer should be proud of this game as many of his rollercoaster tycoon fans couldn’t wait to go out and buy this game when it was released. My conclusion to this game is that it is a very fun and challenging game to play and anyone can play this game even if they have not played the first rollercoaster tycoon game.

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                        For all of you that have played rollercoaster tycoon you will be able to move straight on to this game, without having to do the tutorials. If you haven't played rollercoaster tycoon then the tutorials are the quickest way for you to learn about the game and what is expected of you. For all of you that don't know, RCT and RCT 2 are games that allow you to build, run and manage a theme park. Every aspect of the game is decided by you. You have to pick a park, the rides, the stalls, the entrance fees, the ride fees, souvenier prices, the staff hiring and firing, wages and research. Each of the parks have a scenario. It is up to you whether you choose to complete the scenario or not. If you do complete the scenario you can then move onto another and work your way through them. If you choose not to complete the scenarios you can still play on each park. You can just build and play what you want, without having to worry about completing the objectives. You can still progress onto any park you like. Each scenario has different aspects that you have to complete and when you have won a scenario, a screen pops up telling you that you have and you are asked to save the game. Once you have saved the game, it is stored on the memory as completed and it is then up to you what you do next. You can either move to another park or carry on, on the same one. Although this game is called RCT 2, you do not need the first game to be able to play this one. It is a good foolow on game from the first, but it stands alone. Saved games from RCT, looy landscapes and corkscrew follies can be loaded into this game but not all aspects may load properly. *********************************WHATS NEW******************************** *5 new scenario catorgories. There is no order in which you have to complete them, you decide which ones you want to play and in which order. *Scenario builder.This tool allows you to create your own sc
                        enarios and parks. hen you can save them and play on them when you have finished designing them. You get to choose: How much land is available to your park What rides are allowed What stalls are allowed What attractions are allowed Which rides, stalls and attractions can be researched Money that you start the game with Money that you are allowed to borrow Guest behaviours Scenario and park names Weather Once you have worked your way through all of this, you can save and convert the scenario into a game and then it will be available for you to play on. With this tool this game is never ending. When you have completed all of the scenarios that are already on the game you can make all new ones. *Rollercoaster designer. This new tool allows you to build rollercoasters without any distractions. There are lots of styles and designs for you to choose from. You can either change an already existing design or create something completly new. Once you have built, checked and created your rollercoaster, you can save the design for future use. *Sixflags rollercoasters. These rollercaosters are new to this game and they exist in real theme parks in the US. The names of them are: De ja vu Medusa Chang Vertical velocity X Titan Texas Giant ***********************************THE GAME******************************** Building and running a theme park is the name of the game. Do you have what it takes? The interface that allows you to play is on screen all the time and it holds all the tools that you will need. You have control tools which: *Zoom in *Zoom out *Rotate view A mini map allows you to see all of your park at once. It will locate rides, staff and shops. There are construction tools that allow you to: *Bulldoze *Flatten and raise land *Create lakes *Add trees, bushes, buildings, footpaths, *Pl
                        ace rides and attractions Then there are mangment tools that allow you to: *Keep track of what rides you have *Open and close your park *Hire and fire staff *Read guests thoughts and see their actions To start with each park only has a few rides and attractions and you have to help it progress. When you start a new game you will notice that only a few things are available to you. The longer you play and the more research you do, the more rides and attractions you are allowed. Money of course is an issue to. At the beginning of each game you are given a starting amount. This is usually £10,000. If you set the entrance and ride fees to a reasonable amount, you should always have a steady income. If you are struggling for money, then you can always borrow from the bamnk manager. The problem here is that you are expected to pay it back and they will limit you to a set amount that you are allowed to borrow. Aswell as running, building and maintaining the park, you are also expected to keep your guests happy. You can at any time, see what your guests are thinking. Keeping them happy and having enough entertainment for them is essential so that they will enjoy themselves and spend more money. Do you still have what it takes? This game is a pleasant game to play that can be great fun, challenging and utterly frustrationg at times. *******************************PRICE/AVAILABILITY*************************** This game was bought for me as a Christmas present, so I can not tell you how much my great mum paid for it, or where she got it from. Therefore I will tell you what prices I have come across and where. Woolworths £34.99 Game £34.99 Virgins £29.99 ************************************GRAPHICS******************************* I am not graphically minded, so I will not be telling you anything technical, only my personal opinion. The graphics in this game are the same a
                        s in the first. I can see no improvement, but saying that, I am completely happy with how everything looks and runs. It is a game that is pleasing to the eye, and everything is very nicely detailed. The people look like people. They all wear different clothes, act different and look different. The scenary is very eye catching and looks very realistic. All the rides are very detailed and from what I can see look and work how they would do normally. Souveniers that are sold from the stalls look very good too. You can tell what they are, and see people carrying them. Over time you can see the grass grow in your park, litter bins get full and flowers die, if they are not watered enough. On the whole, very pleasing to look at and very entertaining! *********************************NICE TOUCHES****************************** *Guests stand and take photos of rides that they are impressed with. If you zoom in on a guest that is taking a picture, you will see them smiling and then a flash from the camera. *If someone lets go of their balloon, you can click you mouse on it, and it will explode. *People who are about to be sick will turn a lovely shade of green. If you zoom in on them, you will see them bend over and be sick. *If you build a rollercoaster from scratch and it is not properly finished but you open it anyway, you can kill all of the people on the ride. Guests will get very unhappy at the deaths and leave. **********************************MY OPINION******************************* I have had a great time playing this game and would strongly recommend this to anyone. If you have played the first one, then you will know what you have to do, but if you haven't played the first one, it is not a problem. Everything is easily explained and the manual is very easy to follow. The new tools that have been added make this game have a lot more depth too. The scenario desig
                        ner and rollercoaster designer mean that even when you have completed the game, there is still more for you to do. You can create a whole new game, by making up your own scenarios. For people who moan when a game is completed and that playing it again is boring, then this one is a must for you. I love role playing games and so I can not rate this game enough. If you too enjoy these sort of games then I am positive that you too will enjoy it. It is fast moving, when you are trying to complete the scenarios, as the more you do the harder they get, and it can get a little hectic. Playing the game itself isn't hard to pick up. Everything is easily explained and easy to follow. I would say that a child of 10 would be able to play this game, without having to ask to many questions. It is a good family all rounder. I will say that I wasn't happy when I realised it was £34.99 in some shops. I personally found this a little expensive, but I guess over time the price will come down, like they always do. The gameplay is ongoing and the addictiveness is unbelievable. I have failed a scenario twice now, and I still keep going back and starting it again, because each time I do it is different. You make all the desicions so every time you build a park you will find yourself doing it differently, trying to make things better, correcting mistakes you have made on other parks and generally trying to make a thriving theme park that brings in a great income. The more you play this game, the more you learn. The more you learn the easier it gets, although it is not very difficult to begin with. An excellent game, that will keep you entertained for ages. If anyone is interested in cheats or trainers then there are some out there on the rollercoaster tycoon fan sites. If any one does check them out and finds a trainer that works, can you please let me know, as all the trainers I have tried wont work on my version. Although I
                        'm not entirely sure what version I have. Some sites for you to look at, for park and ride exchanges are: www.rollercaostertycoon2.co.uk www.jrctp.com www.rctc.bonusweb.cz Each of these sites offer you the chance to exchange parks with others, exchange rides with others and they all offer some little insites to the game that you might not know of.

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