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Description

Dominating the exciting world of Theme Park ownership is your goal in this strategy game from Bullfrog. The first task is to set up your rides within the available land, structuring convenient paths and queues and ideally leaving some space for bigger rides once they become available, and include some lakes and trees to increase the park's allure. Rides range from Teacups and Haunted Houses to the biggest most elaborate roller-coaster you can design, and water rides that loop around other rides.

Shops must also be included so that the visitors can buy food, drinks, and souvenirs - the cunning player will combine salt, sugar, and caffeine settings to maximize consumer interest. Staff must be hired to keep everything running smoothly, and they will only work for what they consider a fair rate of pay.

You are competing against other Theme Parks, so don't let them get an advantage over you - monitor your success in attracting customers and financial viability closely using the supplied statistics pages. More important, ensure that research is adequately funded to produce new rides.

It can be played in three modes - Sandbox level lets you concentrate on the park design elements, while Sim and Full add more strategic features.

Screenshots

Theme Park SNES The front gates to your park
Theme Park PC-98 Title screen
Theme Park FM Towns Buy Rides menu
Theme Park Amiga CD32 Main menu.

Promo Images

Theme Park Screenshot
Theme Park Screenshot
Theme Park Screenshot Sega Saturn version
Theme Park Screenshot PlayStation version

Alternate Titles

  • "主题公园" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Theme Park DS" -- Japanese title
  • "Sim Theme Park" -- Working title
  • "Park לונה" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "テーマパーク" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Granddad still got it. DOS dreamstealer (146)
As good as it could've been, but sluggish, incomplete and limited Amiga Martin Smith (78671)
Great fun with easy building. DOS Buuks (210)
Never cared much for this one. DOS Tomer Gabel (4634)

Critic Reviews

CU Amiga Amiga Sep, 1994 93 out of 100 93
Consoles Plus SEGA Saturn Nov, 1995 91 out of 100 91
PSX Nation PlayStation Apr 15, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Consoles Plus SNES Jun, 1995 89 out of 100 89
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jul, 1994 88 out of 100 88
FLUX 3DO Oct, 1994 B+ 83
The Retro Spirit DOS Dec 10, 2005 5 out of 6 83
High Score DOS Oct, 1994 4 out of 5 80
The Video Game Critic Jaguar Feb 20, 2002 B 75
Consoles Plus Nintendo DS May, 2007 14 out of 20 70

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Theme Park on Windows XP?! 2 St. Martyne (3649)
Sep 09, 2007

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Theme Park appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Amiga versions

There were two versions of Theme Park sold for Amiga computers. One was an AGA version of the game with 256 color graphics and was pretty much the same as the PC version. The other version was a trimmed down version for non AGA stock Amigas like the A500.

CD version

CD version of the game contains several enhancements in regard of disk version. Introduction sequence is played in full screen and during the game there are 15 animation cutscenes presenting possibilities of the facilities you may build. They can be played after using magnifying glass icon over the buildings.

Also, the animation for the Flight Simulator Ride contains gameplay footage from another Bullfrog Game, Magic Carpet

Development

Theme Park was originally going to be a Disney Land game but that was scrapped when they decided they would lose too much control over the development of the game's content.

MAC versions

While the original Mac version of Theme Park can be started even on late Macs with OSX 10.4 "Tiger", the game has no speed restraints, so that a year in-game may pass in a few seconds.

OEM release

Theme Park (CD version) was bundled with IBM's "Aptiva" line of multimedia computers.

Rollercoaster

If the player creates a roller-coaster with an impossibly long and steep fall followed by a sharp 180 degree turn, people will fly off once in a while.

Sponsor

The UK edition was sponsored by Midlands bank.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1995 – #2 Best Simulation in 1994 (Readers' Vote)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #82 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Economical Simulation in 1994
Information also contributed by Apogee IV; Pwa and Ricky Derocher

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