RollerCoaster Tycoon

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

  • The original Rollercoaster Tycoon – Good scenario variety
  • Older game won't appeal to everyone – No speed up option

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.



Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on March 15, 2013. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.

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Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

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