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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RollerCoaster Tycoon & Soaked expansion pack
Huge improvement from the last two games. The graphics, gameplay and features are all fantastic. Most would agree who have played it, that you do need a decent computer to play this. I have something like a ATI Radeon 9600 (graphics card)and there are odd times in the game where your computer may skip. All I'm saying is, DO NOT BUY THIS GAME IF YOU HAVE HAVE ANYTHING...
Published on 2 Feb 2006

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8 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTE RUBBISH!!!!!!
Don't waste your money!
I loved rct 1 and 2 and will still play 2 after playing 3!
Yes the graphics are great, BUT unfortunately that is it!!!!

The scenarios are rubbish and boring and are on VERY small plots of land, so you can't do alot. On some you can't delete the daft scenery eventhough it's your land! You can't buy anymore land on most of...
Published on 27 April 2006 by trace


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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RollerCoaster Tycoon & Soaked expansion pack, 2 Feb 2006
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This review is from: Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Gold Edition (PC CD) (Video Game)
Huge improvement from the last two games. The graphics, gameplay and features are all fantastic. Most would agree who have played it, that you do need a decent computer to play this. I have something like a ATI Radeon 9600 (graphics card)and there are odd times in the game where your computer may skip. All I'm saying is, DO NOT BUY THIS GAME IF YOU HAVE HAVE ANYTHING LESS THAN A GOOD GRAPHICS CARD AND A DECENT COMPUTER. Trust me.
The game itself is brilliant, the ability to create your own fully personalised theme park is great. You can even go online and trade rollercoasters with others (You can make other rides than rollercoasters in the game!). There are nearly a 100 or so different types of rides (different types of coasters too!)maybe more. There are weather effects and scenarios and different areas to build your own park. Or you can create you own area with the sandbox mode. This is where you get a huge piece of land and build whatever you like. Such as reforming the land, don't forget the rides. You can even design your own guests. There are loads of facilities to choose from as well as rides, staff also. You can create beautiful gardens and amazing landscapes. The soaked expansion adds even more fun aswell, there is another expansion out now aswell. Where you create your own zoo aswell. Soaked gives you more rides and features and scenarios and other things. The main thing with soaked is to build more of a water park!
The game has a huge lifespan (I'm still playing it) and a must buy. Thanks to Atari and Frontier for their great efforts into making a great game!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Made to Perfection, 21 Jan 2006
This review is from: Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Gold Edition (PC CD) (Video Game)
For the price, this game was well worth the buy. The graphics are amazing and the features are excellent, especially with the Soaked Expansion included. The "Ride your rides" feature is also brilliant. It does however require a very powerful graphics card. I bought a new PC not long ago with a 256mb Nvidia Geforce 6200 video card and even that struggles to cope with the lighting effects when it goes dark.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wasted hours and sunken eyes and I don't care..., 29 Sep 2007
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M. Dovey "sonofsanta" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Gold Edition (PC CD) (Video Game)
Having been a long-time fan of the old Theme Park games, I'd oddly never given any of the RCT's a try before, until I was berated thoroughly by some friends for this failing. I figured I might as well dive straight in at the most recent entry, and at first, all was not well...

Being completely new, the interface at first was overwhelming. I completed the tutorials but still found myself getting lost with so much to deal with, and ended up leaving the game after a few hours.

Soon enough though, I felt the clarion call of the game pulling me back, and this time found myself maddeningly addicted. After a while spent with the game you learn to recognise things such as raised entrances/exits (as the landscape is fully 3D) and how to deal with them appropriately. Attention to detail is the key here; a fantastic amount was put into the design of the game, and as such it demands a fair amount back from you. After the first few scenarios though the workings are second nature, and you won't be able to stop yourself creating enormous parks long after you've achieved your gold medal (Tycoon status). Contrary to another reviewer I found the scenarios very well paced and challenging whilst never impossible, and they provide a great sense of purpose compared to the endless and open Sandbox mode, which quite frankly bores me to tears.

The central feature of the game, as the name suggests, is the joy of rollercoasters. These rides will pull in more customers and money than anything else in your park, and if well designed can keep a park going almost on their own. The interface for building them is extensive, which certainly takes some getting used to - your first few coasters will be uniformly terrible, but once you get the hang of banking turns and running track through and around itself you'll be creating astounding coasters. The much-vaunted Coaster Cam is simply fantastic, and you'll find yourself filling every spare moment riding your creations with a grin. This camera is available on every ride as well, with a variety of different views and angles.

Unfortunately, as your park gets busier, you'll start to notice a fair amount of slowdown at certain zoom levels as the game struggles to keep track of all the Peeps on your display. Even more annoyingly (though this may not hold true for all computers), I had a fair number of stability issues on certain scenarios, where the game would suddenly blue screen and reboot my computer. This is less of a random occurence and more guaranteed on certain levels for me, as reloading the game again straight away will produce the same result in a few minutes. This ultimately broke my habit with the game, in a most frustrating way, but it could simply be an issue particular to my computer. It certainly doesn't stop the rest of the game being absolutely fantastic.

Just be careful. This is as close to crack as you can install on your PC.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing, 26 Feb 2008
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Gold Edition (PC CD) (Video Game)
great game love the sand box mode you can experiment on roller coasters building impossible to work properly (favorite of mine) and fast coasters many more
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roller Coaster Tycoon Gold, 11 May 2008
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Scubasteve (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Gold Edition (PC CD) (Video Game)
Well I have had his game for about 2-3 years now, but have only just recently been able to play it (since my old laptop simply could not run the game)...but now my new comp can run it perfectly (Quad processor, 3gb ram and 512mb Graphics)...so it is true you need a good computer for this game

So how is the game? If you have played 1& 2 then 3 continues on, you have to build up a them park from nothing into a glorious business empire. The first few scenarios wont be of any trouble to get you familiar with the game, but then it starts to get challenging and you get better rides and coasters as you progress.

The graphics are pretty good, and the attention to detail is top notch...it is certainly an improvement on RC2. Sandbox mode is good fun if you dont want to play the career as you can build anything (unlimited money). The soaked expansion pack is also really good, giving you the ability to build brilliant pools with great water slides and features.

Overall a top notch game for simulation lovers and would recommend it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a note for people with negative reviews..., 18 July 2007
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= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Gold Edition (PC CD) (Video Game)
The reason people believe this game is 'confusing and complicated' is because they are simply not patient enough. If you actually do the provided tutorials, it all becomes second nature, and the more you practice on sandbox mode, the easier it becomes.
So please, if your going to slate this game, make it for a genuine reason!

10/10 - the most realistic theme park game ever produced!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollercoaster Tycoon Gold, 18 July 2007
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= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Gold Edition (PC CD) (Video Game)
Loved it, loads of action and lots of scope to create crazy parks. Much improved version of the silver edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT, 5 May 2014
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GREAT PRODUCT ANOTHER TO THE COLLECTION GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY WOULD USE AGAIN AND WOULD RECOMMEND ENDLESS TIME SPENT PLAYING ON IT
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5.0 out of 5 stars Create rollercoasters, 23 April 2014
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Richard A. White (Nottingham) - See all my reviews
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My son brought this as he is into roller coaters and this is a great creative game that he is really enjoying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun game, 10 Mar 2014
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Love to play this game one of my best ones. Works perfect on any possessor with out any lags btw mine is only Celeron dual core and works fine. Highly recommend.
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