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Roller Coaster Tycoon (PC)

Platform : Windows 95, Windows 98
Rated: Unknown
4.5 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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  • 14 roller coaster styles that can be constructed in unlimited configurations
  • Accurate motion dynamics and physics
  • Excitement and nausea ratings
  • A variety of rides, shops, decorations, landscapes, and themes
  • Track your financial performance to avoid bankruptcy
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  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00004UBPX
  • Release Date: 20 July 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,910 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Design and build the biggest, best and scariest rides ever seen in any theme park. Create over 50 designs from the traditional "Wooden Rollercoaster" to the high-tech "Steel Corkscrew" and the terrifying "Reverse Freefall"--all featuring accurately simulated motion dynamics. Fund the research and you'll get the greatest rides current technology is capable of; then charge the top prices to your visitors.

But it's not just about building roller coasters--you've got to look after all your guests, including the less adventurous by providing the complete range of "family" ride entertainment such as miniature railways, boat hire and mazes. Build food and drink stalls with rest facilities; hire costumed entertainers for the kiddies and create a park landscape that's not only fun but also appealing to walk through. Remember, you can own the best roller coaster ride ever but, if the visitors don't have a decent path to get there, you'll get no takers and no profit.

Success is not just a matter of building state-of-the-art rides; it's how you structure the park with themes, colours and landscaping that will help your guests enjoy the experience enough to come back and pay for more.

RollerCoaster Tycoon gives you the UPS, but also the DOWNS: why should people come to your park? Are the rides too expensive? Have you built enough food stalls? Do your amazing rides have a habit of breaking down too often? Climb or fall, boom or bust, you are in charge of it all, making sure the rides are safe, finding out what your guests are thinking and giving them what they want--for the right price!

Amazon.co.uk Review

Want to build an empire without all the usual bloodshed? Try Roller Coaster Tycoon, which puts you in total control of a theme park, managing every detail from ride development to rescuing lost guests.

A simulator in the style of SimCity, this game has a simple enough concept: build a park attractive enough to draw in hoards of tourists and then separate them from their hard-earned money. This is accomplished by researching and building rides, along with amenities, gardens and decorations. Once you have your infrastructure and the staff to maintain it, it's time to sit back and watch the funds roll in, all in hopes of building an even bigger rollercoaster somewhere else!

The big draws in a theme park, the coasters are expensive and flashy. They lure in thrill-seeking guests prepared to pay top dollar for a wild ride. RollerCoaster Tycoon even allows you to design the coasters yourself, a finicky but ultimately rewarding operation.

Despite a clunky interface and the usual simulator drawbacks--such as long waits while you acquire funds for the next ride--Roller Coaster Tycoon is an utter gem of a game. Its soundtrack, a mix of calliope music and ride machinery, is mixed with the sound of guests squealing with delight and terror as the coasters hurl them around. The sound mix is joyfully evocative, and you can almost smell the cotton candy and the popcorn.

Best of all, you can play in this theme park for hours without once losing your children or friends, getting sore feet or experiencing motion sickness. --Alyx Dellamonica


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By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Aug. 2006
After buying the sequel to this game, Rollercoaster Tycoon 2, I figured nothing could beat it. I was wrong. Infact, the orignal game - this very one, is better than its sequel, simply because the main element which all of the greatest ever gaes have incorparated - simplicity!

Without the expansion packs, Rollercoaster Tycoon will appear to be quite a basic game from the level selection screen. But this is only the begining. A nice easy first level with get you into the rhythm of the game which can take a little while - remembering what all the tabs at the top of the screen do. But soon, it becomes second nature.

Things that require you to really take care of your park are things like hiring "Handymen" to clean up litter, sick (from people) etc. An enetertainer might be a good investment to put at the park entrance, or you can hire Mechanics to fix and inspec rides. Or maybe the park benches have been broken - Better hire some security guards!....

Creating Rollercoasters couldnt be easier once your familiar with the system, and its so so fun when you have plenty of room and money to use. A nice way to build is to send your rollercoaster twisting round the park, with barell rolls, Camera sections, loop-the-loops, in-line twists and more. Or you could be more classic and make a railway that goes right round your park - with stations in between! Or why not even put 2 tracks together so that one train goes one way, and the other in the opposite direction? The possibilites are endless.

As I stated in the title, this game "really" does need the 2 expansion packs - "Loopy Landscapes" and "Added Attractions" packs (Added attractions on Amazon but rare in shops now)to bring out the most of the game.
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By A Customer on 13 Oct. 2000
For the first week or so, RollerCoaster Tycoon is flawless. It's extremely addictive and great fun to play. You can easily waste away an hour of your day playing it without even realising. It's also pretty funny (in a morbid kind of way) if your punters drown, or one of your rides flies off the track and kills everyone on board. But after a while it does start to get a little dull. The fact that the areas for you to build a park are so small is also quite annoying. There's a brilliant selection of rides to choose from, and it's fun to build your own dream rollercoasters. But after you've spent ages building the fastest, tallest and most intense ride you can possibly muster, to see the punters all stay away for fear that it'll be too intense is very, very, very annoying. To sum it up, this is a great game and is loads of fun to play, but it's not perfect. I'd recommend anyone to buy it, but I'd just warn them that it does have some flaws.
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By A Customer on 21 Sept. 2005
Well, this game is too much of a legend to ever be forgotten. The graphics are excellent for a game of that size. The finance tracker is very easy to understand. And this game is so god damned addictive you wont want to stop!!!
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Rollercoaster Tycoon laughs at the likes of Theme Park World from its perch at the pinnacle of mangement gaming. Why? It's just too darn addictive.
The rides are flawless. You can spend hours tweaking a rollercoaster to get just that little bit less G-force, or just a little more altitude. Not only does it look good, it really pays off in the game (Unlike Theme Park, wherein the design of your coaster never affected its performance). The graphics are functional, although slowdown can occur, and the sound effects spot-on.
Where RT really scores is in atmosphere. You really feel as if you're managing a park, not a collection of square blocks. The scenery helps you customize, and it's weeks before you start to get bored of the rides available.
And . . . when you do, there's two expansion packs. Score!
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Not even in compatibility mode would this even come close to working properly, which was a real shame. If you want it to work, I hope you still have your old 90s computer in storage somewhere. I also don't think it's worth £15 anymore, despite being a classic.
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By A Customer on 4 Oct. 2000
When you have some cash to spend,look no further than Rollercoaster.When I got my hands on this game I was wandering if it would be as good as people said it was.When i firstplayed the game i could only count this money well spent.This game is a masterpiece.This is so much better than Theame Park World. -There are 25 scenarios -Lots of kinds of rollercoasters including wooden,steel,inverted(where your feet dangle),vertical and many more. -There is so many rides that give you a thrill such as Log Flume,Go Karts,Launched Freefall(playstation ride),Top Spin. -There are gentle rides too such as merry go round,spiral slide,Dodgems,Boat Hire. -Water ride,s too such as water slide,River Rapids,Boat Hire,Log Flume. -There are lots of stalls such as toilet,burger stall,pop corn stall -you can build rides underground. -Advertise your park.
On my opinion buy it.Don't forget the Expansion Pack.
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A work of art by Chris Sawyer!
Realistic: Loan money from the bank, advertise for your park, and all of the common theme park breakdowns (including fatal crashes... er...! ) Realistic attractions, including Monorail, Steel Roller Coaster, Inverted Roller Coaster (e.g. Alton Towers' "Nemesis"), Vertical Roller Coaster (e.g. Alton Towers' "Oblivion"), River Rapids (take a coat!), Information Kiosk (hope you can read a map!), Burger Bar (more ketchup!), Drinks Stall (Hic!), and much more... including the staff.
Fun: Watch your guests ride your attractions, AND BE SICK (YEUCH!).
Strategic: "Should I loan a grand?" "Should I put a loop-the-loop there?" "Should I hire another mechanic?" "What price should I give an umbrella?" Some of these questions may sound stupid, but it is part of your job as Park owner.
Addictive: You won't be able to stop once you start!
This game is somewhat superior to Theme Park, just like Xan is superior to the human race (Unreal Tournament players will know what I mean!)
You won't be wasting your money, get it!
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