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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3

aka: RCT3

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 marks the series' debut to a 3D engine, and is the first major title in the series created by a company outside Chris Sawyer Productions.

The new engine brings numerous cosmetic additions like day/night cycles; reflective water; improved terraforming tools; and guests who differ in age, gender and appearance (and who can be created by the player in the Peep Designer), while gameplay changes are even more substantial - construction can take place even when the game is paused; park staff now have happiness levels, manageable wages, and can be trained; shops and stalls have more purchasable items which can be changed so, for example, drinks are sold with ice cubes; rides can be viewed from a first-person camera from any seat within the ride; VIP guests can appear, with a secondary objective requiring to please them; fireworks can be created and combined in the MixMaster; new custom billboards can make use of image files on the player's computer, and custom stalls also added.

The main gameplay idea remains the same as in the preceding titles - the player is positioned as a manager of a theme park, and has to satisfy the goals of a particular scenario. This time, each scenario has three sets of objectives that act as a sort of difficulty setting - Apprentice, Enterpreneur, and Tycoon, all of which have to be completed in succession. The career mode puts the player in a series of scenarios, many of which are locked but can be unlocked if previously available scenarios are finished at the Apprentice level. Unlike the previous titles, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 comes with a sandbox map by default, allowing the player to build a park using any object in the game with unlimited funds.


  • RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Магнат индустрии развлечений - Russian spelling
  • 롤러코스터 타이쿤 3 - Korean spelling

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Credits (Windows version)

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VP of International Operation
Republishing Director
Republishing Team Leader
Republishing Producer
Localisation Team Leader
Localisation Project Manager
Localisation Technical Consultant
Printed Materials Team Leader
Printed Materials Project Manager
Copy Writer
MAM Project Manager
Director Supply Chain
Manufacturing Coordinators
Quality Director
Quality Control Project Manager
Certification Project Manager
Product Planning Project Manager
Engineering Services Manager
Engineering Services Expert
European Marketing Senior VP
European Group Marketing Manager
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1001 Video Games

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

PC Gamer covermount

The August 2005 North American PC Gamer covermount DVD features tons of free RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 content including over 1,000 coasters.

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked!
Released 2005 on Windows, 2007 on Macintosh
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Gold!
Released 2005 on Windows
RollerCoaster Tycoon: Gold Edition
Released 2000 on Windows, 2003 on Xbox
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2
Released 2002 on Windows
RollerCoaster Tycoon: Loopy Landscapes
Released 2000 on Windows

Related Sites +

  • If You Build It, They Will Come
    An Apple Games article about the Macintosh version of <em>RollerCoaster Tycoon 3</em>, with commentary being provided by Senior Producer Jonny Watts (November, 2005).
  • Official Game Site
    Atari's Official Game Web Site

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by El-ad Amir.

Macintosh added by Corn Popper. iPhone, iPad added by Sciere.

Additional contributors: rstevenson, iShrek, Zeppin, Klaster_1, Plok, FatherJack.

Game added December 5th, 2004. Last modified May 8th, 2023.