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Developed by Chris Sawyer and published by Microprose. The aim is to build an amusement park, in different types of landscapes, fill it with people, and make loads of money.

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      16.12.2011 20:28
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      Rollercoaster Tycoon

      Another old addiction: Rollercoaster Tycoon

      Rollercoaster Tycoon was released in 1999. It's kind of a building and a management game. It's a very simple, almost childish game and that makes it so addictive. There are now two sequels released: RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 and 3.

      General Information

      Developer (s) Chris Sawyer
      Publisher (s) Hasbro Interactive
      Released 1999
      Genre (s) Strategy / Tycoon
      Play Mode (s) Scenarios

      History

      Rollercoaster Tycoon was one of the many games in that period where you had to build something. Perhaps the best known game is Simcity, but shortly after this game the huge popular game The Sims was released. The game Rollercoaster Tycoon was designed by Chris Sawyer in 1999. The first game was fairly well received, but it was not until several years later it became really popular.

      How to install

      The installation of RollerCoaster Tycoon was very easy. On the old Windows 95 PC, it took even 15 minutes. On the new PC it takes a minute or two. The installation process is very clear.

      System
      Windows 95/98
      Pentium 90
      16 MB RAM
      CD ROM Drive
      50 MB hard drive space
      1 MB SVGA card
      Windows 95 compatible sound card
      Direct x (also included on CD)
      Mouse

      What is the goal of the game?

      The goal of the game comes down to that you need to build and manage an amusement park. You have to attract enough visitors and keep them happy. This means small queues for the attractions, adequate facilities and a low admission. The game is not just about building, but there are scenarios that you need to consider like that you need in the third year 70% satisfaction rate of your guests. Every time you've completed your goal you have the option to build another theme park with more possibilities.

      How do you play the game

      The control panel where you play the game is something you'll use for most of the game. The control panel is located at the top of the game screen. There are many options where you can click, which gives you certain options. Some buttons are standard like determining the speed of the game, sound, zoom in and out, looking at the map of the park and build options. The build options are extensive and basically anything you need. You can for example increase and decrease the ground level, built gardens and of course you can build attractions!

      What attractions are there?

      There are many different attractions that you can build. As you progress through the game you get more attractions available. You really have all the attractions you'd expect from an amusement park. You have the more tranquil attractions like a cable car, train or monorail. The somewhat more fun attractions like a haunted house and Ferris wheel, but also the more exciting attractions including several roller coasters, rapids and more. Besides the attractions you can build all kinds of restaurants and like an information desk. All very important to maximize revenue, and of course to keep your guests happy.

      The game goes beyond just building a theme park and making money. You have to keep your guests really happy. To do this you must build paths so they can reach your rides but also benches so they can relax and of course toilets and other facilities.
      You also need to do anything for the safety of your park. With each theme park, there are health and safety. With each ride it will become older and needs repairs and accidents will happen. You may be faced with death, which will result in your park getting a bad name and get less visitors. There will be crashes, this will mainly happen on the roller coaster attractions.

      Weather

      In the game you are faced with different weather conditions, these range from sunny to rain storms, etc. You should also make sure that you have such as an information kiosk where people can buy an umbrella!

      Sounds

      The sounds are very realistic. You hear noises of people talking to each other, the sound of the attractions and more. You can also play background music, but fortunately you can disable it easily.

      Graphics

      The graphics I think are good especially for the fact that this game came out in 1999. The colors are fine, but everything looks realistic. For example you can clearly see what your guests are doing such as eating and drinking and even vomiting. The attractions look good.

      My opinion

      A great game! Very addictive. It's a game for both children and adults, although I think more children because it is easy to play. What I like is that it's not only about building and making money, but you really have to do your best to keep your guests happy. It's realistic in many ways in like getting bad weather and getting fewer visitors. It's a really fun game but lots of options and very addictive!

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      09.10.2011 07:54
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      A great game which is well worth the efforts you put in as you manage to make a successful park

      All those years back I remember when Theme Park hit the shelves and how much genuine excitement it filled people with and how much I used to play it and simply loved the game so decided to try to recapture some of those feelings with the purchase of Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 and am glad to say that I have not been disappointed.

      Positives:
      This game is well thought out and offers up opportunities to put in place a number of different rides which are separated down into different categories (gentle rides, kids rides, transport rides, etc) to enable you to build up the park in a well thought out way that will deliver the best experience to your customer and enable you to generate the most cash possible. Alongside your rides it is important for you to use shops to enable further opportunities for cash generation as it is great to have a park full of rides but you need to be making cash to allow you to continue to make the park a success.
      The game is not just about simply placing your rides and shops as you will also need to place very simple items like bins, benches, lights, etc but these things are just as important as you need to keep your park clean to keep people happy as a happy park is one which will generate more people through the gates and thus one that generates the most cash possible.
      Greatly thought out gaming with excellently simple menu options allowing you to build things up and run them exactly as you want to without the frustrations of some of the other pc games out there.
      Well put together game with graphics that enable you to get on with the game without struggling to see what you are doing.
      Hire your staff to help run your park and even pick out there colours of uniform so that you have the staff looking the way you want them to. This is a simple thing to put in the game but it is very much these little things which help to make the game the success it is.

      Negatives:
      The game options available do sometimes seem a little poor in my opinion as when you play the sandbox it is simply an option for you to play with no limits of cash or anything and so I go in and create my own game where I set down my cash I have available to enable me to play the game the way I wish to play it so the chances to play the game as you want are there but you may need to put in the time and work to set this up.

      A game which I have grown to love and would recommend to those who wish to run their own park as this will truly allow you to put things in place to run it as you wish and once things are in place you need to continue to run the park with staff levels and rides reliability two things you need to ensure you look after to allow your park to be a success.

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      19.08.2011 17:09
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      An amazing classic game

      Rollercoaster Tycoon is a game published by Hasbro Interactive for the PC in 1999. The premise of the game is that you construct and manage your own theme park, paying attention to the management of the rides, the scenery of the park, the prices, and the opinions of the customers. There are numerous levels in which you have to complete various tasks beofre a deadline, which may include having a certain number of guests in your park or your park having a particular rating after a certain number of years. You do not have to complete these tasks, as you can simply construct your own park and just play it your own way.

      There is a large variety of different locations for your park as well as a huge number of rides and attractions to build in it. You can sculpt the landscape and add all kinds of features and scenery as well as buying more land to increase the size of your park. The range of options for managing your park is endless, and it can be harder than you would think to successfully manage a thriving amusement park.

      This game was an integral part of my childhood, as I spent hours of time on it, making my own theme parks and watching with satisfaction as the money and the guests rolled in. Of course I also enjoyed killing off the guests as well either by dropping them into water or building dangerous rides, which had a slightly less successful result. The graphics aren't amazing but they're colourful and nice to look at, and the music is catchy and really brings you into the theme park atmosphere of the game. It is just a point and click game so it is easy to get to grips with but it is certainly more challenging than it looks.

      There are numerous sequels and expansion packs to this classic game which include more rides, more features and all kinds of additional things, but I personally prefer the original which is much more basic and has a nostalgic appeal which the other games cannot match. A great game which I'm sure will remain a classic for years to come.

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      27.05.2010 20:24
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      Worth buying (quite cheap now to)

      Rollercoaster Tycoon is a theme park sim developed by microprose and distributed by Hasbro Interactive. Unbelievably it's over 10 years old (unbelievable for me as it makes me feel very old :( ), the game was released 11 years ago in 1999. There are now 3 installments in the series with a handfull of add ons, but this is the one that kicked off the succesful franchise.

      The idea is simple, tackle a number of scenarios with given objectives, completing one scenario unlocks the next and so on until all 21 scenarios have been beaten. When this happens a mega park is unlocked with no objectives, so you can just focus on building your perfect park.

      Build your park up with rides and scenery, rides including bumper cars, go karts, helter skelters and of course the star of the show completely customiseable rollercoasters. The Coasters can be built from scratch with careful consideration to how much intensity, excitement and nausea are generated (these are expressed as numbers). Ideally you want high excitement, low nausea and medium intensity. For those who don't want to muck around there are pre built Rollercoasters available to save time fiddling about with your own (although thats half the fun in my book).

      The graphics are good but not great (as the game is getting on a bit) but are pleasing enough. They are bright and cartoony which fits well with the theme of the game.

      You can choose individual music from each ride, so a big theme park will generate a carcophany of different sounds. Individually the little theme songs are catchy and are in keeping with the feel of the game.

      The objectives making up each of the 21 scenarios are generally of a certain type such as build a rollercoaster with X intensity or make X amount of money in one month.

      I really like this game (although the third in the series is the best in my opinion) it's fun, it's challenging and you can't really go wrong with a good theme park sim.

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      20.02.2010 20:40
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      A really good game, more of a park management then its successor Thrillville.

      This was probably the 2nd tycoon game i played, behind Transport Tycoon, and it didn't disappoint me.

      There are tons of attractions for you to place in your park, as well as the standard customer care buildings that are required in order for your park to thrive, such as Info Kiosk's, and restrooms. I found the game very similar to the Theme Park series of games, but slightly improved upon, and heavier focus on building rollercoasters and other kinds of track.

      My favourite part of the game is designing race tracks, i used to spend hours designing the tracks to be the best they can be, then watching my customers drive around the track, unfortunately, unlike Thrillville (the successor to the RCT series) you cannot play on the rides.

      There are various types of tracks you can build, from conventional rollercoasters, to go-kart tracks, and leisurely railway rides or monorails. Not only are there a wide-range of pre-built tracks for you to put into your park, you may also create your very own track.

      Although the game lacks multiplayer, i do not feel that this hurts the game, the single-player mode is fun enough. Also if in multiplayer the 2 players played in the same park, it would become very crowded, and as we know, multiplayer games were the 2 players cannot see each other are often dull.

      If you're into theme park management and rollercoaster's, then this game is definitely for you, not only is the sandbox mode available, but you will also face missions which will challenge you to complete goals before a certain date. You should spend endless hours playing this, the parks are a fairly big size, with extra land buyable to expand it even more, plus there is no limit to the amount of rides you can have in your park, if it can fit in, you can build it.

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      16.02.2010 17:52
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      1999 game ahead of its time.

      Rollercoaster tycoon is one of those games you can come back to time and time again. After giving it a good 2 year rest I returned to playing the game only recently and have been addicted! Out in 1999, this game was way ahead of it's time.
      A theme park simulator, it allows you to build rides from 5 different categories, with a wealth of options. You can design your very own rollercoasters - surely a childhood dream of many youngsters - as well as go kart tracks, and can build your own ferris wheels for instance. Balancing the books when hiring staff, and how much you choose to price your rides at is actually a great deal of fun. You are constantly attending to the wishes of your customers. You can even run advertising campaigns for the park.
      The game is a time eater, where you think you have been playing for at most an hour but its actually been 3. Whether you see this as a positive or negative is up to you but I actually think it works as a positive for the game, as it just shows how addictive it is.
      A negative of the game is that overall, it was a head of its time and could have had many more extra features, some implemented in future editions.

      Also annoying are the camera views, often obstructing what you want to see, and the fact you can only zoom in 3 different levels.
      Overall however, the game is still excellent to this day and if you haven't played it before, it comes with only the highest recommendations.

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      26.01.2010 18:13
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      A fantastic game.

      This is the game that started all. The original rollercoaster tycoon is a great and fun game in which you have to build your own themepark.

      In this game you can build many rides. From ferris wheels and
      merry-go-rounds to rollercoasters and go-kart tracks. There are also many shops available for construction such as candyfloss stalls and ice cream stalls.

      Most of the game is spent trying to reach certain goals usually by a certain time in preset scenario's though after the goals are complete you can still continue your park indefinetley which means the game is open ended.

      There are 21 scenario's in the game most of which start you with a few rides. To create a succesfull park you need a wide range of gentle and whitenuckle rides. You are also required to hire you own staff such as mechanics,handymen,secuirity guards and entertainers. You can choose your employee's jobs as well such as handymen have tickboxes for emptying litterbins,mowing grass,sweeping paths and watering gardens.

      One side of the game I have never ventured on is the advertising and marketing ability you have. The game allows you to run marketing campaigns for either the park or a certain ride. You can also set the amount of funding you give to your research teams that develop new attractions and scenary.

      You can also design your own rollercoasters,go-kart tracks and even minigolf courses in this game so it is also customisable.

      If you buy this game definetley get the loopy landscapes attraction with it. Most copy's of loopy landscapes also include the corkscrew follies (added attractions in uk & austalia) expansion pack as well. Loopy landscapes pretty much triples the amount of scenario's and added attractions adds lots of rides and shops.

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      12.12.2009 14:19

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      Mostly great

      The sim genre is one of the most popular in the history of gaming; just look at the likes of Sim City, and of course, the most popular game of all time, The Sims. Everyone loves them because they allow you a certain freedom that most other games do not. Rollercoaster Tycoon transposes this idea onto a theme park, where you are free to design one, replete with all the rollercoasters and rides of your choosing. It was a hugely successful game and has spawned numerous expansion packs and sequels.

      The film presents a number of scenarios to the player, where you have to build a theme park and have it consistently bringing in a profit against the adversity of irritating customers and rides that break down. While the building is great, the most fun part of the game is undoubtedly watching your park in operation once you've spent a few good hours constructing it. My personal favourite part is interacting with the people in your theme park; customers must be kept happy to ensure repeat business, but often they will vomit after eating and using a ride, and you must make sure that there are toilets nearby the big rides. Being something of a sadist, I created a "time out" pit; a bricked-off pool that I throw any poorly behaved customers in, often resulting in their deaths if you leave them in there long enough though!

      By now this first entry is a bit repetitive, but it was a revolutionary game upon release and remains an enduring classic due to its sheer invention. Never before had gamers been given such free reign, and still a decade later it holds up as a milestone of the sim genre.

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      22.10.2009 13:32

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      Outdated graphics but the gameplay is still strong

      The rollercoaster tycoon series is a game in which you are building a theme park. The game sound boring but once you start playing you suddenly see why it is so addictive. the controls are simple and easy to use. you make use of the buttons which are laid out at the bottom of the screen and each one give you different options of things to do and chose from. And then you can do that action in game like start building a rollercoaster.

      You being the game with some money and land. The main game objective is to build a successful theme park. The game lets you build rollercoasters as you wish and then you get the option to even test ride them and its quite a cool idea in the game. However the main game has lots of objectives for you to meet which let you go into the next park and progress through the game.

      For example getting 500 visitors in that particular park, or making a certain amount of money from a park. The objectives get a lot harder later on and makes this game really fun to play. However the graphics are dated but there are newer versions of the game for those who want to spend a bit more.

      I would reccomend this game for a quick play, however becuase the newer editions that are out go for them.

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      19.08.2009 19:48
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      A fantastic original that is well worth getting!

      The original tycoon game for the PC really is just a classic in real terms and it is easy to see why. The game has been around for many years now and is available for under £10 from Amazon making it a really cheap buy. Despite the game being relatively old adn there being future releases of the game, the original is very very fun! The concept as the game title suggests is that you are a business tycoon and you can build the theme park of your dreams, however it is up to you to earn enough money and keep your customers happy enough in order to keep it running and in good shape.

      The interface which you build your theme park is very simple to use and the controls are very easy to pick up indeed. What I loved most about the game was how it is possible to have such a huge variety of rides. There quite literally is enough rides to make the equivelant of 5 theme parks in just the 1! It is a very addictive game and one that is great fun to play, for that reason I would thoughrally recommend it. I hope this was useful and thank you veyr much for reading this!

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      26.06.2009 16:25
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      Fantastic

      This is a game which I think for one reason or another I have bought at least twice. This implies that I thew it away which is not right because this is a fantastic- I think what is most likely is that I lent it to a friend and never got it back.

      The object of roller coaster tycoon is to build the best theme park possible. You have complete control of the theme park which means that you can hire and fire staff, build rides, change admission prices and build food stalls. You can even change the price of umbrellas. This begins to touch on one of the great things about theme park world which is the depth. There is a huge variety of rides that can be built, and for the big roller coasters you can choose to design your own track if you wish.

      You also have control over the landscape, so you can create hills, tunnels and all sorts. This does all lead to one thing however which is that you are in control of the money as well which is one of the things that adds the challenge to the game.

      There are some very fine touches to this game which I have found make me like it all the more and makes it a game that I will always turn to now and again. Things such as when it rains, seeing all the people in your theme park pulling out umbrellas that you have sold them is something that is really fun. Also, you can click on any person in your park and get their opinion of your work.

      This is a really fine game which is now available all over the Internet at very low prices, if you have never played this game I strongly recommend that you do.

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        02.03.2009 20:07
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        A must own PC game.

        I'm a huge fan of theme parks. The thrill of getting thrown about at ridiculous G-Forces and screaming like a little girl excites me every time; even thinking about it has got the hairs on my back standing up. My interest in Rollercoasters grew as my love of them did, and I wished I could build and design them as a youngster. My dream was made when Rollercoaster Tycoon for the PC was released.

        Rollercoaster Tycoon allows you to choose a piece of land and then pretty much build a theme park on the land, trying to meet certain demands such as having a certain amount of customers attend the park. The different lands vary in terrain which makes laying certain rollercoasters awkward.

        Rollcercoaster Tycoon gives you complete control of your theme park. You can choose everything from what rollercoaster go where, how you want your flower arrangements to look, what refreshment stalls you have, and even how many employees you have sweeping up vomit! The game even allows you to design and build your own rollercoasters.

        If you are even a slight fan of theme parks and are looking for an addictive game, you can't go wrong with Rollercoaster Tycoon. Especially at the price it's available today!

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        05.02.2009 21:03
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        A great way to use your imagination to it's full extent

        To begin with, you choose a scenario to play. There are plenty to choose from and each has a different aim to finish that level. i.e. get a park rating of at least 600 and have 250 guests by the end of October year 1 (a park year runs from March to October, after all, who wants to go to a theme park in the Winter!) To start of there are a few scenarios (Forest Frontiers, Dynamite Dunes and Leafy Lake to name a few) and you can unlock harder ones by completing the easier ones.
        When you've chosen a scenario you have to build rides (obviously) there are several types of rides which I will name down the page. Each ride needs an entrance, exit and queuing areas.
        Now with the types:
        Transport: things like monorails and trains that take your guests from one side of your park to the other.
        Gentle Rides: These include things like Helter Skelter and the Haunted House. These are gentle but won't thrill some guests.
        Which brings us to Thrill Rides: these are things that will thrill guests such as a swinging ship or twists.
        Water Rides: This is fairly obvious. They're rides with water like log flumes or water slides.
        Roller Coasters: This is what gives the game it's name. You can either take a custom built 'coaster or get the fun of building one yourself. The problem is, this might be a bit tricky at first.
        Shops: Self-explanatory. You can buy food & drink (in the pizza, burger, coffee and drink shops) and place toilets (quite important!) as well as information kiosks.

        Your cash flow is important as well, as things cost money. If money is short then it's best to get a loan from the bank. However, the bank can be tight, and any demand over £30,000 they will refuse.
        Guests resemble real-life too (although they don't look it) and have needs which you can tell by their faces. The needs are; hunger, thirst, nausea, boredom and tiredness. It is important to keep these up, or your park will fail. Because of this, place shops and toilets all over the park. And what's best is that you can see what the guests are thinking about your park.

        You employ staff as well to tend your park. There are handymen (they do the handy stuff such as emptying litter, mowing grass and sweeping paths. The mechanics fix and inspect rides (after all not every ride is perfect.) and the security guards stop vandalism (i.e. knocking over bins and breaking benches in half. And finally there are entertainers, to entertain your guests.
        Overall, Rollercoaster Tycoon is a brilliant, original game and I recommend this to all game fanatics.

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        29.01.2009 18:27
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        better then the original

        If you love rollercoasters and theme parks then this is the game for you!

        I have played the orginal and enjoyed playing that and so when I heard this was coming out I was excited.

        As soon as I started playing this game I knew it was better then the original. On these it's 3d giving you a much closer and more detailed look at the theme park your building.

        So if you've never played these games before this is what it is. Basically you build your own theme park, by either buying rides or on some (normally the rollercoasters) creating your own then once you have you can test out your ride and by double clicking on that ride it puts you into the ride so you can see exactly what a customer will. You only have a certain amount of money to spend unless you get a loan so be careful what you buy, as you'll also need paths around the park and queues for the customers! Once you've built a few rides open up the park and customers will start flooding in. The idea of the game is to charge money on the entrance fees as well as for them going on the rides. You can also build fast food outlets, information desks, drink stalls and a variety of other stalls to bring in more income into your park to build bigger and better rides!

        The actual game is easy to navigate through by clicking on a vairty of pcitured icons down the side to decide what to do i.e. one icon is picture of a ride therefore this icon gives you a selection of rides etc. At the top of the screen there are also other icons such as pause, this obviously pauses your games as well as the save icon to save your game.

        I found this game addictive as would spend hours at a time playing this games without even realising it!

        You'll like this game if your into other games such as sims for instance or other simulations games where you get to control what happens!

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        The games positive points and the financial implications.

        This game is great fun. Managing a theme park at a time you get to design rides and charge people to visit your park and buy essential merchandise. Theme Parks are a lucrative industry and being able to manage them for fun whilst getting a sense of achievement as you finish each level is an enjoyable way to spend your time, best of all you can leave it running underneath other windows on your computer. The game is enhanced by the Loopy Landscapes pack and this makes gameplay last much longer. Theres plenty to practice with in this game and you don't have to be a computer games buff to get to grips with it. If you're looking for a game to get for your family as a gift this is ideal. It is well designed. For kids it also has the added benefit of having an educational value as planning the finances of your park requires a certain mathematical knowledge.

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