Metacritic (Xbox): 62/100
Release: Mar 1999
Reviewed on: PC
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RollerCoaster Tycoon (RCT) is one of the early construction and simulation games that let you take control of your own amusement park. The game launched in 1999 to critical success and eventually expanded to Xbox along with a number of expansion packs and sequels.
The game is split into a large selection of predefined scenarios that each have their own objective for players to achieve. This is limited by time with players having to achieve certain guest numbers, financial goals and park ratings. Players start with a handful of scenarios with more slowly unlocking over time as the player completes more of the starter setups.
RCT has a wide range of available rides for players to use in beating the game levels from simple rides like the haunted house and slide to more exciting bumper cars and go karts. Players can also build a large variety of rollercoasters either using the prebuilt ones or designing them one piece at a time instead. It’s very easy to spend lots of time (and all your finances) in developing some very epic rollercoaster designs.
In addition to rides players have to set prices, hire staff, place decorations, advertise and create paths for their theme park to keep it running as efficiently as possible. If players can meet certain criteria they’ll get various awards that can help boost their parks reputation and guest count.
For players that want even more control over their park the game includes a number of terraforming tools that let you create mountains, lakes or flatten out the ground to allow your latest construction. For a game released in 1999 it sure has a lot of depth to all its mechanics and is still worth playing well over a decade later.
Rollercoaster Tycoon is a game that just continues to provide enjoyment even beyond your first play through and with its current price it is one of the best gaming bargains around.
- One of the classic management simulation games.
- Released in 1999 and still a great experience today.
- Manage all elements of your dream theme park.
- Good variety in rides gives you countless options.
- The game that started a popular franchise.