RollerCoaster Tycoon

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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.


RollerCoaster Tycoon Windows Guest tend to throw up on the roller coasters.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Windows I win level one !
RollerCoaster Tycoon Windows Why did I get on this thing ? !
RollerCoaster Tycoon Windows Ducks every way you look !

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 (1088)
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 (133)
A Sim game for those who don't like a ton of micro-management. Windows Chris Martin (1094)

Critic Reviews

Game industry News (GiN) Windows 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Apr, 1999 91 out of 100 91
FiringSquad Windows Apr 30, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Power Play Windows Mar, 1999 80 out of 100 80 (UK) Windows May 18, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Absolute Games ( Windows Apr 05, 1999 80 out of 100 80
Deeko Xbox Sep 30, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Mar, 1999 79 out of 100 79
PC Joker Windows Mar, 1999 74 out of 100 74
Gry OnLine Windows Dec 22, 2000 7 out of 10 70


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Just for fun, try naming your guests any of these names and they will do a little something extra now and then.

Simon Foster- Will stop every now and then to paint a picture. Melanie Warn- Guest will be happy (for a change) and spend lots of money. Damon Hill- Drives go carts faster. John Bubrough- Does something every time you push the "L" key. John Wardley- "Wow". Chris Sawyer- Name of the games designer. Will stop to take photographs. Katie Brayshaw- This makes your guest wave to the other guests. John Mace- Pays twice as muchfor all the rides. Tony Day- Constantly hungry.

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