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Rollercoaster Tycoon Review @ GU  

  Rollercoaster Tycoon Review @ GU
by Kyle

Rollercoaster Tycoon gives you the ability to completely design your entire theme park. From designing the rollercoasters and other misc., rides, to placing hamburger stands, to designing your terrain, you completely build your theme park to your specifications. Basically any ride (except stand still rides) can go underground, and sky-high. For many rides, pre-designed sets are available for the lazy people out there, but for you wannabe engineers, you can design every aspect of a rollercoaster such as color, the type of cars, amount of cars, time to run, time to wait for passengers, admission price.. everything. You can play over and over on the same level, and never run out of this to build.


One packed theme park

One packed theme park


Side-by-side coasters

If you have ever seen a type of ride at a theme park before, you'll be able to build it in Rollercoaster Tycoon. Research makes available new type of rides. For example, there are nearly 10 different types of rollercoasters you can build, for instance, hanging coasters, wooden coasters, bobsled coasters, traditional steel coasters, and many more. There's more to a theme park than just rollercoasters though. There's other rides like swinging ships, trains, water rides, and of course those cable rides where your cart is suspended from a cable, while you go on a nice tour of the theme park.


Side-by-side coasters


Unlike many other building games, Rollercoaster Tycoon features a number of missions. At first, you can access 5 of them, then once those are beaten, you can advance to more challenging campaigns. Some goals consist of doubling your park income, doubling your visitors by a certain year, and the such. Some levels also start out with many rides already built for you, while others you start from scratch--which includes cutting down trees in many cases.


Building underground

Building underground



Over a lake

Unfortunately, software rendering is used for Rollercoaster Tycoon. This doesn't mean it is a bad game though... Graphics are nicely done, but if you want to design an enormous theme park, you better make sure you have an enormous amount of ram to go with it. For example, if you look up at the screen shot of the theme park in the desert titled "One packed theme park", I must say that when I zoomed out one time, the game ran veerryy slow, even with 128MB of ram. So just because a game is 2D, don't think a mediocre computer can handle it well.


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Added:  Monday, May 17, 1999
Reviewer:  Kyle Maulden
Page: 2/5

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