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RollerCoaster Tycoon

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
82
4.0
Xbox
56
3.0
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Description

Rollercoaster Tycoon is a real-time isometric amusement park simulation, in which the player takes the role of a theme park manager, creating rides and attractions to amuse his guests, as well as shops and stalls in case the guests are hungry.

Ride stats differ, with some being gentle and meant for "waking up" tired guests, and others being rather intense. Each and every guest has his own excitement and nausea tolerance, which will reflect on the rides' popularity and the park's tidiness. Hence, handymen are employed. Rides can also break down, and some of them can even crash, leading to a tragic ending. Mechanics can be employed to inspect rides for possible errors and to fix already broken rides. Security guards prevent vandalism in their line of sight, and entertainers keep guests happy while waiting in a long queue line.

Guests are also impressed if there is some wonderful scenery scattered around the park, leading to an increase in the park rating. They all have their opinion on the park, so it is a good idea to check their thoughts every now and then, as the park rating depends on the guests' satisfaction.

All these features require money. Loan can be raised from a bank, but the more one borrows, the more the bank asks in return. Certain rides, or even the park itself, can also be advertised, while vouchers are also available for discounts or free rides or food.

Screenshots

RollerCoaster Tycoon Windows Why did I get on this thing ? !
RollerCoaster Tycoon Windows Guest tend to throw up on the roller coasters.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Windows A hedge maze. How delightfully cruel !
RollerCoaster Tycoon Windows Main menu

Alternate Titles

  • "过山车大亨" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "White Knuckle" -- Working title
  • "RCT" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Guoshanche Daheng" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

Simple, elegant, and (most importantly) fun! Windows Afterburner (477)
Please someone pull me away from this game. I cant stop playing! Windows William Shawn McDonie (1152)
If it were up to me, it would be game of the year for at *least* three years! Windows Meg C (7)
(One part Bullfrog's Theme Park + One part Disney's Coaster ) over Micrpose's Transport Tycoon's Interface = Rollar Coaster Tycoon and a lot of fun Windows Andrew Grasmeder (205)
Everything one could want in a theme-park simulation Windows Null McNull (29)
Greatness takes time. Windows Horny-Bullant (56)
A great way to kill time Windows Jennifer Johnson (15)
A terrific, classic game any gamer will be addicted to Windows Rick Jones (108)
One of the best games ever!! Windows Wolfang (134)
A Sim game for those who don't like a ton of micro-management. Windows Chris Martin (1112)

The Press Says

FiringSquad Windows Apr 30, 1999 90 out of 100 90
IGN Windows Apr 02, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
Power Unlimited Windows Apr, 1999 8.1 out of 10 81
PC Accelerator Windows Jul, 1999 8 out of 10 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jul, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Apr 05, 1999 80 out of 100 80
PC Joker Windows Mar, 1999 74 out of 100 74
All Game Guide Windows 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
IGN Xbox Apr 01, 2003 6 out of 10 60
4Players.de Xbox Apr 23, 2003 58 out of 100 58

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Trivia

Chris Sawyer did all (or almost all) of the actual game programming himself, without assistance.

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Contributed to by Brian Hirt (10020) and Kartanym (10785)