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Great conversion of a PC classic,
This review is from: Theme Park (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
As blasts from the past go, the re-appearance of the classic game Theme Park on the Nintendo DS is a distinctly pleasurable one. Thankfully it is not just an exercise in nostalgia but an enjoyable, well-structured game that adjusts well to the stylus system of the DS.
You begin by building a theme park in the United Kingdom and then, having turned a tidy profit, you move on to try your luck elsewhere. Different countries have different economic climates and maps but ultimately the rides are the same, if occasionally renamed, and the gaming experience is pretty well identical.
However, it remains easy to pick up and has enough depth to enable you to take charge of ordering stocks and trading shares if that level of detail interests you.
There are a couple of additions to the PC formula - the most helpful of which is the ability to choose an advisor to help you pick prices for goods and entry to your park. This is a big help to beginners but it does remove much of the challenge from the game as you no longer have to find the right level by trial and error.
Gone from the PC game is the ability to view your ride as if you are on it. This novelty feature will not be missed by those who never played the original and its removal does not alter the gaming experience significantly.
A decade may have passed but Theme Park remains a hugely enjoyable game. The graphics are unsophisticated but jolly, and most importantly the gameplay remains superb.
It is not flawless; the game forcing you to start from scratch once you have exhausted its options is unsatisfying and it would be nice to have some scenarios. Nonetheless, for a DS-friendly business strategy game it is one of the best options around.