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RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is the sequel to RollerCoaster Tycoon. The player once again takes the role of a theme park manager, tasked with building a park using various rides and attractions, such as restrooms, restaurants, bumper cars, ferris wheels, go-karts, and, of course, roller coasters. There are over twenty different buildable rollercoaster types, from simple wooden coasters to complex inverted coasters. Many new rides and attractions are featured in the game, including handy "stalls" like the ATM machine and the first aid room, as well as lots of new scenery and theming items, such as the Pirate theme. Many scenery items now have wall and roof sections for higher levels of park customization.

There are a lot of scenarios to complete, from easy ones that only ask a certain park rating and guest count to extreme ones, such as making a yearly profit of $100,000 with rides that must have a certain rating, without letting the park rating drop to a certain number. The monetization mechanics are different - in the same scenario, the park can only have purchasable ride tickets or park entrance tickets, never both, while items from shops and stalls are purchasable in both cases. Staff wages have been raised as well.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 keeps the same graphics engine as the original, though slightly polished, and adds a few new touches, such as guests observing rides as they move. The guests' AI is also slightly improved in a way that they will no longer get lost on thicker footpaths. There are improved landscaping tools, including one that clears all scenery in the selected area, and objects can be placed on different heights, including on top of each other, by holding the Shift key.

Another notable addition are the in-built scenario editor and roller coaster designer, which allow for more fan-created material to be created and shared. In addition, most ride track designs from the original RollerCoaster Tycoon (with the exception of the Steel Mini Roller Coaster due to some sections missing in RollerCoaster Tycoon 2) can be imported and used in RollerCoaster Tycoon 2.

The game makes use of the Six Flags license, which include some of the franchise's largest and best-known parks, track designs (which can not be edited), and scenery, as well as a scenario where players can create their own Six Flags park.


RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Windows Main menu. If either expansion is installed, only a small tag is added below the logo as before, but the sequence is unedited.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Windows There are loads of roof tiles, so you can build different kinds of buildings.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Windows This is one of the pre-designed Six Flags parks.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Windows A rollercoaster crash

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Alternate Titles

  • "过山车大亨2" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "RCT2" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Guoshanche Daheng 2" -- Simplified Chinese title
  • "롤러코스터 타이쿤 2" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

Where's the "2"?? Rick Jones (111) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars
If this was an expansion pack, it would have been good. As a game, it just blows. ThE oNe (184) unrated

Critic Reviews

Game Chronicles Nov 11, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Gamer UK Dec, 2002 84 out of 100 84
IGN Oct 04, 2002 8 out of 10 80
PC Action (Germany) Nov 14, 2002 79 out of 100 79
4Players.de Oct 27, 2002 70 out of 100 70
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nov 12, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PCG Nov, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Game Over Online Oct 30, 2002 62 out of 100 62
Joystick (French) Nov, 2002 5 out of 10 50


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Easter Egg additional info:

Nancy Stillwagon - in real life Nancy runs a company that sells coaster books, merchandise, novelty items etc in the USA, and she loves Ice Cream!

In the game, when Nancy hands out ice cream there is a bug in it...the coding doesn't differentiate between a guest and a coaster train, so when she rides a coaster she gives the coaster train an Ice Cream...which makes the track go all funny and you see the car leaving ghost images behind (so only try this one out on a scenario that you have already saved and can quit without saving!)

Andy Hine - is president and founder of the RCCGB coaster club and the Phoenix at Knoebels in USA is his favorite woodie)

Elissa White - she is the wife of Robb Alvey, who makes many coaster videos and is a friend of Chris Sawyer.

David Ellis - Chris Sawyer took the RCT2 sounds from a couple of video tapes David made for him of roller coasters. Since getting a camcorder a few years ago David has done a lot of filming of coasters and especially on-ride footage. Every coaster trip he does he takes his camcorder and films where he is allowed to. He suggested to Chris that a character called David Ellis would walk around the park with a camcorder in his hand, filming. Chris did several test versions of this animation, but he wasn't totally happy with the results, so he came up with a compromise...which is what happened. When David films on coasters he usually "introduces" the coaster on the lifthill by saying "and here we are on the Big Dipper" or whatever the ride is called. This is so that anyone watching the tape knows what coaster they are "riding". Chris thought it would be a good idea to use this phrase for the character.

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JPaterson (9541) added RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 (Windows) on Oct 16, 2002
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