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Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Deluxe (PC)

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Genre: Strategy / Video Game for Windows XP / Release Date: 2006-09-29 / Published by Atari

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      23.05.2013 16:04
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      Great for a mess around, fun game

      Rollercoaster Tycoon is a game I remember playing when I was younger, a game where you can create your very own, customised theme park and choose everything from the flooring to the colour of your rides. When I spotted Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Deluxe Edition for a few pounds on the Amazon marketplace I knew I had to buy it and I would have been happier paying a bit more as it has provided hours of fun.

      The Deluxe edition contains three games, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 and the Soaked! And Wild! Expansion packs. With the Soaked game you can add waterparks to your theme park and with the Wild game you can create animal enclosures. Both expansion packs have additional rides, stands and decorations to enhance your park.
      You have the option of either playing freestyle where you are given unlimited money and a flat, large and empty plot where you can build to your heart's content with no worry of money and profit and no goals to accomplish. You do run out of space eventually but this will take you quite a while.

      The other way of playing is Career mode where you have various scenarios to complete; basically these consist of building an existing and unloved theme park up, improving its rating and profits and making it great again. These are good fun, although sometimes slightly repetitive and provide more of a challenge and achievement than the free play mode but if all you want to do is build your own Alton Towers then stick with the free play mode.

      You can build your own rollercoasters from a selection of loads of types including vertical rollercoaster, standing, launched and laying down designs. You can customise these with colour and add decorations to them to make them more realistic. There is also the feature of being able to ride your rollercoasters, all you have to do is double click on the ride and a simulation appears, where you can change the camera angle and position, and makes it look as if you're actually riding your rollercoaster.

      The graphics are cartoony but are good for this type of game and are a great improvement on the previous two versions of this game. The music while playing the game is very repetitive and can get quite annoying but you can import your own music into the game to play on rides etc.

      I found that as my theme park got bigger and there was a lot going on the gameplay speed became really slow and laggy but once I had tweaked the graphic settings this improved but obviously I had lost some of the graphic quality of the game.

      Overall this is a really good fun game to have a bit of a mess around on and if you prefer to have goals and tasks then there is a bit of that thrown in but it is limited.

      Game requirements:
      * Processor - Pentium 1.0 GHz ( Minimum)
      * Windows XP/Vista/7
      * 64 MB Video Card
      * 1.6 GB hard disk space

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      17.05.2013 12:14
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      Great game if you haven't already played then buy it!

      This game was simply part of my childhood as I was obssessed with theme parks and rollercoasters still am to a certain extent. Before this series I had played Theme Park World on Playstation 2.

      Starting with game play it is pretty fluid and enjoyable many of the tutorials are common sense such as how to control the camera. But many like how to build, how to manage what does what and the simple game mechanics you will need to know, going straight in you may pick up certain aspects but you will be lost at many points, as it is not always logic that runs the game. There are 3 Career mode 'storylines' which is the mian game and the expansions.

      There are all the old features in this game from previous installments but there are many new ones and all of the old features are much improved

      Great features:
      -Coaster cam is great and way to immerse youtself in the rides, the graphics are dated now but back when it was released they were great

      - Sandbox mode is also great. You are basically given land and an infinite amount of money so you can create the park of your dreams without having to worry about costs

      -The missions that you have to do are all at very different scenarios and there is a wide variety of map design which I applaud designers for none look the same as before

      - The peeps look better and now have a lot more input you can tap into and change how things are run to keep them happy which is key to completing many missions

      -You can create your own family and see them wondering around the park, nice touch!

      - You can now create your own firework show! Using mix master incorporating the show and the music to go along with it, takes some getting used to

      - Many more coaster, shops and other attractions. There are also at least 2 pre built for every coaster so if you don't feel like building your own the option is there

      - Now there is a way to import your own music to put on the rides instead of the pre installed stuff, which to be honest isn't too bad but the option to put your own music on the coaster is cool

      - You can go back to any completed scenario and see how your park is doing which is a really nice touch

      The only flaws I found were that some may find it too easy to complete. As I have grown older I noticed this it is fairly easy once you get the hang of it previous games have taken hours and hours to complete one level on RCT3 it can sometimes take 1 hour to complete one scenario. And sometimes the height restrictions can be annoying invisible walls everywhere.

      This edition came with both the expansion packs within, I paid £40 for this. Which was a generous price at the time. Seeing as the game was around £30 and the expansions £15. Right now you can get this for around £6! This is a steal, yes now the graphics may be out of date but right now this is your only chance at the most updated version of a theme park manager type game.

      The falling out between Frontier and Atari has made sure that Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 won't be coming to us which is a shame. If another company acquires the RollerCoaster Tycoon name then maybe we can see a new game but until then there won't be. I would recommend this game highly not many flaws and a truck load of positives.

      Theme Park Studio is something that may grab anyone that is waiting for a RCT4. It has a campaign on kickstarter and looks amazing so far. Check it out if you want an updated theme park simulator!

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        27.01.2010 16:05
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        Way too easy, 3 stars.

        As someone that grew up playing the original rollercoaster tycoon 1 and 2, I was sceptical of rollercoaster tycoon 3 as the development was not done by the original genius that is Chris Sawyer. The development was entirely in the hands on Atari, who had no input on the the first two titles.

        The game is not too bad, and maintains all the original features available in the first two game, while improving in many areas. There is one horrible downside and that is the dumbing down of the difficulty - in previous titles a level could take anywhere up to 12 hours to complete requiring a lot of thought and design into your park to achieve the goals set out. In this revision I managed to complete many levels by just throwing down 5 thrill type rides and speeding up the time, its just WAY to easy.

        Despite the lack of difficulty its is an enjoyable game to stick on in the background which doesnt require much focus so that you can talk or do other things simultaniously.

        Unfortunately this will also be the last in the series due to legal problems between the orignal designer and Atari, so if you need a fix of rollercoaster building but cant bare to go back to the dated visuals of the older games, this is your only choice.

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        08.07.2009 22:00
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        Awesome game, if you loved previous RCTs, you'll love this one!

        I've been a big fan of the Rollercoaster Tycoon games. What kind of boy/teenager/man wouldn't like building their own theme park?!

        The game is heaps of fun to play and the graphics fantastic. If all you're after is a bit of fun then you can play through the challenges, keeping people happy and building a wonderful theme park. Compared to previous versions there is a massively larger selection of rollercoasters to choose from. For the average person, this will be excellent fun. I personally, love rollercoasters in real life. So being able to design your own to exactly the spec you like is awesome!

        If you are into rollercoasters, you can alter some of the technical details like launch speed of powered coasters or the speed brakes during the ride slow you down to. The ability to ride your finished design from a first person perspective is by far one of my favourite features. Perhaps I'm a bit geeky, but I love it!

        The fact that you are designing the full park, you are guaranteed no two parks will be the same - so the gameplay is limitless. I personally enjoy using the sandbox (unlimited cash, loads of space) to play around with designs and make more fun parks which don't necessarily need to perform well.

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        23.03.2009 22:58
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        Great game. If you like the sound of it then buy it.

        Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Deluxe is a really fun game that will work on most pc's unlees yours is more than 6 years old. Even then it might work on the low settings so it is really a game for anyone. The fact that it is the deluxe edition makes the game 3 times as better as you get both the Soaked and Wild expansion packs. The missions are fun and you unlock attractions and shops in each level by funding research. The main roller coaster tycoon 3 game is great on it's own . there are many rides and if you want to have a bit of a play around with unlimited cash you can simply go into scenario editor to build the park, And rides of your dreams. The soaked expansion pack is great. It adds the ability to make huge water slides, lazy rivers and swimming pool complexes. You can then ride all your rides through the eyes of the guest in 3D. It looks awsome. The wild expansion letts you build massive safari parks with a wide range of animals and exiting new rides and rollercoasters. The gameplay is great but for some reason if you change the camera along axis y it goes back into the origional position. Another cool feature of the expansion packs is that you can upload any of your pictures onto the game and put them on a billboard. This can be amusing and very useful. You can also upload your music to play through the park. The only bad thing about this game is that it isn't really a roller coaster simulator like you might think. It is just a game where you make an awsome theme park. If this sounds like your type of game then i would highly reccomend it. Overall i would give this game an 8/10 as it is really good value with all the expansion packs and it is a fun game but it is no Grand Theft Auto 4. Thankyou for reading and please rate.

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          18.01.2009 23:02
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          Strangely Addictive - I Love It!

          Three games in one amazing package roller coaster tycoon is a pc game to adore, thrilling rides and food stands!

          I grew up with this game i still have memories of the time i found a demo disc when i was a lil 'un with the first roller coaster tycoon and i was hooked from there

          unfortunatly my pc broke and i couldnt afford a new one so i had to go without, now its like 7 years down the line and i have my new laptop and again i am absolutly addicted to this game! and who can blame me.

          send children around the merry go round, adults on the big dipper and make the scardey cats drown in the water (this is very possible although slightly cruel) over charge for burgers and drinks and under charge for entrance fee!

          there is no better game for making the perfect theme parks out there trust me ive tried! although with Theme Park World you can actually ride the rides and that was not possible until the third roller coaster tycoon come out but just try and compare the two and you'll see which comes out top.

          with rollercoaster tycoon three you can make fire work shows, have music play on each ride and you can import from your pc. a game for the whole family even children can enjoy this whirlwind ride of a game!

          a deffo must on a shelf!

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          17.10.2008 23:05
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          Great game lost simplicity

          Hello I recently bought this game with all the expansion packs for 19.99 which I thought was a great price considering one expansion was 15 anyway on with the review.

          CHARACTERS
          This game has changed a lot since its first one the characters look all individual and are all different there is loads of new rides and you can even create and change the look of your own family!

          MIX MASTER
          They also now have this mix master thing which lets you create your own firework show and fountain show!

          GRAPHICS
          The game also looks a lot more realistic with the 3D and the new characters and the colours look a lot better as well. You can see your park at night and all the rides light up making it even more realistic.

          NEW SHOPS AND RIDES
          There is loads of new shops the new campaign mode is really cool like the foam finger shop which sells yes you guessed it foam fingers there is also a cool roller coaster called roller soaker where the guests sit in a stand up car where they get filled up with water and they can press a button to drop it onto the people below them and then they go through a section of the track with water dropping down which fills up the car again! The only thing about that is you need the soaked expansion pack for.

          COASTER CAM
          There is this cool new feature called coaster cam which lets you see the ride from where the people sit so you know what they see and can make your rides even better!

          MUSIC
          The new instalment now has its own music which if you don't like that upload your own and listen to it in game to add your own feel to it rather than that really annoying ice cream van stuff.

          SANDBOX
          There is a mode called sandbox which lets you design your own park from scratch for free.

          SUMMARY
          I personally think that it has lost its simplicity that I loved about the first and second one but is still a good game.
          All in all this is a great game for anyone and everyone and is great value for money I would defiantly recommend getting the deluxe edition with all the expansion packs

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          31.07.2008 21:48
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          I really love this game - if you like sim games or rollercoasters so will you.

          This is the last installment of the popular rollercoaster tycoon series, and it is by far the best; the big difference being that the game is now in 3D and you can 'ride' your new creations.


          There are two expansion packs for the game, and this edition includes them both: 'soaked' which adds the capacity to build pool complexes and waterslides, and 'wild' which introduces animal parks. In addition both introduce new rollercoasters and flat rides for you to place in your parks. They do add an extra dimension to the game, although if you have the expansion packs available from the start they inadvertantly make the earlier scenarios easier to complete; rides, particularly shops and coasters, as well as amenities such as pools, become available when they were not designed to be.

          The game itself finishes what Theme Park started all those moons ago. It is a 'sim' type game where you build a park, often from scratch but sometimes from a barebones park, and hit targets for each scenario usually by making money, attracting visitors, increasing the park's rating or by having certain rollercoasters. To a certain extent you either like this kind of game or loathe it; I love them!

          It is a good value, fun game with all kinds of extra features such as adding your own music to a ride or creating your own 'guest's to visit the park.

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