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RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 (Windows)

Everyone
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
72
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3.7
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Description

Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 is the sequel to Rollercoaster Tycoon. The player once again takes the role of a theme park manager, tasked with building a park using various rides and attractions, such as restrooms, restaurants, bumper cars, ferris wheels, go-karts, and, of course, roller coasters. There are over twenty different buildable rollercoaster types, from simple wooden coasters to complex inverted coasters. Many new rides and attractions are featured in the game, such as the ATM machine, as well as lots of new scenery and theming items, such as the Pirate theme.

There are a lot of scenarios to complete, from easy ones that only ask a certain park rating and guest count to extreme ones, such as making a yearly profit of $100,000 with rides that must have a certain rating, without letting the park rating drop to a certain number.

Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 keeps the same graphics engine as the original, though slightly polished, and adds a few new touches, such as guests observing rides as they move. The guests' AI is also slightly improved in a way that they will no longer get lost on thicker footpaths.

Another notable addition are the in-built scenario editor and roller coaster designer, which allow for more fan-created material to be created and shared.

Screenshots

RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Windows An empty plot of land, awaiting your hand.  Build away!
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Windows A rollercoaster crash
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Windows This is one of the pre-designed Six Flags parks.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Windows That first drop looks kind of scary... but hey, it'll make money!

Alternate Titles

  • "过山车大亨2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Guoshanche Daheng 2" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

Great fun! NatsFan (130) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Where's the "2"?? Rick Jones (108) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars
If this was an expansion pack, it would have been good. As a game, it just blows. ThE oNe (178) unrated

The Press Says

IGN Oct 04, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Super Play Nov, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Gamesmania Oct 18, 2002 80 out of 100 80
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2002 72 out of 100 72
PCG Nov, 2002 7 out of 10 70
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 2002 67 out of 100 67
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 23, 2002 13 out of 20 65
Clubic Oct 30, 2002 6 out of 10 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 15, 2002 6 out of 10 60
Joystick (French) Nov, 2002 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

Easter Egg additional info:

Nancy Stillwagon - in real life Nancy runs a company that sells coaster books, merchandise, novelty items etc in the USA, and she loves Ice Cream!

In the game, when Nancy hands out ice cream there is a bug in it...the coding doesn't differentiate between a guest and a coaster train, so when she rides a coaster she gives the coaster train an Ice Cream...which makes the track go all funny and you see the car leaving ghost images behind (so only try this one out on a scenario that you have already saved and can quit without saving!)

Andy Hine - is president and founder of the RCCGB coaster club and the Phoenix at Knoebels in USA is his favorite woodie)

Elissa White - she is the wife of Robb Alvey, who makes many coaster videos and is a friend of Chris Sawyer.

David Ellis - Chris Sawyer took the RCT2 sounds from a couple of video tapes David made for him of roller coasters. Since getting a camcorder a few years ago David has done a lot of filming of coasters and especially on-ride footage. Every coaster trip he does he takes his camcorder and films where he is allowed to. He suggested to Chris that a character called David Ellis would walk around the park with a camcorder in his hand, filming. Chris did several test versions of this animation, but he wasn't totally happy with the results, so he came up with a compromise...which is what happened. When David films on coasters he usually "introduces" the coaster on the lifthill by saying "and here we are on the Big Dipper" or whatever the ride is called. This is so that anyone watching the tape knows what coaster they are "riding". Chris thought it would be a good idea to use this phrase for the character.

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JPaterson (9146) added RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 (Windows) on Oct 16, 2002