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RollerCoaster Tycoon (Windows)

Everyone
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
82
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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.0
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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 A new park.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Windows Why did I get on this thing ? !
RollerCoaster Tycoon Windows Go carts !
RollerCoaster Tycoon Windows Got a roller coaster.

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! Afterburner (477) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Please someone pull me away from this game. I cant stop playing! William Shawn McDonie (1152) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
If it were up to me, it would be game of the year for at *least* three years! Meg C (7) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
(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 Andrew Grasmeder (205) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Everything one could want in a theme-park simulation Null McNull (29) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Greatness takes time. Horny-Bullant (56) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
A great way to kill time Jennifer Johnson (15) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A terrific, classic game any gamer will be addicted to Rick Jones (108) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
One of the best games ever!! Wolfang (134) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A Sim game for those who don't like a ton of micro-management. Chris Martin (1098) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Game Revolution Mar 01, 1999 A 100
Svenska PC Gamer Apr, 1999 91 out of 100 91
Computer Games Magazine Apr 26, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameSpot Apr 13, 1999 8.6 out of 10 86
IGN Apr 02, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
Power Unlimited Apr, 1999 8.1 out of 10 81
Gamesmania 1999 80 out of 100 80
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Apr 05, 1999 80 out of 100 80
PC Accelerator Jul, 1999 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

RCT's format is to give you five possible scenarios to play. Each time you successfully complete a scenario, a new scenario becomes available. Interestingly, there is no "sandbox mode" (i.e a blank landscape where you can simply build an amusement park without having to worry about meeting scenario requirements) until you complete all the scenarios. Once you complete all the scenarios, a "Megapark" scenario becomes available. Equally interesting, and running completely counter to prevailing marketing wisdom in the computer game industry, RCT doesn't come with a scenario editor. This has prompted the fans of the game to make up for these perceived deficiencies, and there are 3rd-party, fan-created programs available on the Internet that will let you play any scenario, or let you play in unrestricted sandbox mode, or let you create your own scenarios.

But for reasons which have never been adequately explained (at least, not that I've seen), Chris Sawyer seems to really really dislike 3rd-party, fan-created add-ons to Roller Coaster Tycoon. He regularly puts out patch updates for the game, many of which serve no other purpose than to defeat the 3rd-party, fan-created programs. Of course, the same fans who created the 3rd-party programs in the first place quickly release updated versions of their programs, versions which will work around the latest patch. Thus resulting in an ongoing, never-ending war of escalation between Chris Sawyer and the fans of his game.

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Brian Hirt (10014) added RollerCoaster Tycoon (Windows) on Sep 22, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Kartanym (10779)