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Release: Jun 2011

Carnival Tycoon

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Good: Free! – Play in your browser – Similar to Roller Coaster Tycoon
Bad: Gameplay is slow on some campaign levels
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(12 votes)
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Carnival Tycoon takes obvious inspiration from Roller Coaster Tycoon and is available for free (online) making it the perfect game for tycoon fans who want a free option. Carnival Tycoon is packed full of content and game options that will remind you of the original Roller Coaster Tycoon series.


As you would expect in a tycoon game players must find the balance between profitability and keeping guests happy. Players have complete control over attractions, stalls, scenery, staff and finances. Carnival Tycoon also incorporates weather and day/night cycles into its gameplay to add another level of strategy while also bringing each level to life.

Gameplay in Carnival Tycoon is split into two different game modes (campaign and sandbox). The campaign mode offers over 20 different missions to complete with varied objectives from building a required structure, reaching an income goal, attracting a certain number of visitors, building all the attractions, scoring a certain park beauty rating and more. With these varied objectives and map sizes each campaign mission is definitely its own unique experience.

On the other hand the sandbox mode lets players choose their preferred park size and challenges them build the best carnival they can. Carnival Tycoon also allows players to easily share or embed these and vote on other people’s sandbox creations.


After creating your own Carnival Tycoon account you can compete on the leader boards for each campaign which gives this simple but enjoyable tycoon game a level of competitiveness.

For a free tycoon game that you can play in your browser you will definitely be impressed with everything the game has to offer and while some of the campaigns are a bit on the slow side you will find the majority of content is a wonderful experience.


  • Free to play online game like Roller Coaster Tycoon!
  • Compete on leaderboards.
  • Play campaign or sandbox mode.
  • Plenty of content and features to keep you busy.
  • Share and embed your sandbox creations.

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Carnival Tycoon, 8.1 out of 10 based on 12 ratings
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