RollerCoaster Tycoon

aka: Guoshanche Daheng, RCT, White Knuckle
Moby ID: 288
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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.


  • 过山车大亨 - Simplified Chinese spelling

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Credits (Windows version)

106 People (89 developers, 17 thanks) · View all

Additional Programming
  • Louis Saekow Design
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Average score: 83% (based on 37 ratings)


Average score: 3.9 out of 5 (based on 124 ratings with 13 reviews)

A great sim for the theme park enthusiast.

The Good
The controls on the indiviual sims in the game made it adictive for continual play. Being able to moniter their spending habits along with their excitement level makes this game a joy to play.

The Bad
There are times that the sims get to tedious to manage, such as, when they get lost in the park or not being able to find the food stand when they are standing right in front of it.

The Bottom Line
A great game that puts the player in the drivers seat in creating roller coaster works of art.

Windows · by Benjamin Willis (2) · 2000

One of the best games ever!!

The Good
Everything! (well almost.)

The Bad
Stupid AI of the guests and workers.

The Bottom Line
If you like rollercoasters, amusment parks, theme parks, or sims, buy this game. Basicly you run a amusment park, building the rides, seting em' down, even for a few rides design them.
For all rides you design you have to make sure that the intesity rateing isn't too hi. Also you want exitment rating hi to get maximum profit.
This is also a business game.
Even if you don't like sims this game might make you an instant confert, I know, it happened to me!

Windows · by Wolfang (155) · 2000

Everything one could want in a theme-park simulation

The Good
This game has everything. If you want a realistic simulation of running your own amusement park, that also manages to be a heck of a lot of fun (I found myself playing this thing for 5 hours straight. Really), then Roller Coaster Tycoon is definitely for you. The detail to which the designers went through to make the simulation realistic is amazing... You can click on any one of the tiny little guests that enter your park, purchase your food and merchandise, and, of course, go on your rides until they throw up, and find out exactly what they're thinking, what they're carrying, and how much money they've spent. In addition, the ability to create your own track layouts is a lot of fun... You can make almost any kind of roller coaster you can imagine.

The Bad
I was frustrated by the inability to start your park completely from scratch. There's no way to create your own terrain, or buy your own land. You have to start from one of the precreated scenarios, and work towards a preset goal. Another thing I found annoying was the music... The same darn merry-go-round style organ music plays over and over and over, until it gets really irritating. Fortunately, it only happens when you move your screen near a merry-go-round.

The Bottom Line
A really spectacular game. Great graphics, and top notch gameplay combine to form the absolute best theme park simulation game of all time.

Windows · by Null McNull (25) · 2000

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Rollercoaster Tycoon was voted #31 overall in PCGamer Magazine's Readers All-Time Top 50 Games Poll (April 2000 issue).


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Game added by Brian Hirt.

Additional contributors: PCGamer77, Kasey Chang, Unicorn Lynx, phlux, Luchsen.

Game added September 22, 1999. Last modified March 31, 2024.