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Description

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.

Screenshots

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Windows Title screen
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Windows Riding the tumbler with the park inspector!
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Windows Your peeps interacting.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Windows Hanging out in front of the tumbler.

Promo Images

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Other
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Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Магнат индустрии развлечений" -- Russian spelling
  • "RCT3" -- Common abbreviation
  • "롤러코스터 타이쿤 3" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

A great follow up to a great series of games Windows James Isaac (284)
It's good...I guess.... Windows Ryan Wilson (2)

Critic Reviews

UOL Jogos Windows Nov 25, 2004 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Games4Mac Macintosh 2005 91 out of 100 91
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov 10, 2004 86 out of 100 86
4Players.de Windows Nov 18, 2004 85 out of 100 85
PC Action (Germany) Windows Nov 12, 2004 82 out of 100 82
Joystick (French) Windows Dec, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Jan 18, 2006 7.75 out of 10 78
Games TM Windows Dec 02, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Windows Nov 10, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Detroit Free Press (Freep) Windows Dec 05, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

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.

Related Web Sites

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