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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.

Screenshots

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Windows Looking up at the slinger in action.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Windows The Enterprise ride in action.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Windows The swinging inverter spaceship on Mars
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Windows Aboard a rollercoaster

Promo Images

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Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Магнат индустрии развлечений" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

A great follow up to a great series of games Windows James Isaac (285)
It's good...I guess.... Windows Ryan Wilson (2)

Critic Reviews

UOL Jogos Windows Nov 25, 2004 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Nov 05, 2004 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov 10, 2004 86 out of 100 86
Game Watcher Windows Dec 06, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
4Players.de Windows Nov 18, 2004 85 out of 100 85
PC Powerplay Windows Nov, 2004 83 out of 100 83
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Nov 05, 2004 16 out of 20 80
Joystick (French) Windows Dec, 2004 8 out of 10 80
GamesFire Windows Nov 25, 2004 78 out of 100 78
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Apr 29, 2005 10 out of 20 50

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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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