RollerCoaster Tycoon®: Deluxe
The first in Rollercoaster Tycoon series, this game remains classic, though not so timeproof as we’d like to. Still, if you like that “pixelized” style that regains popularity today, you may like some of the original stuff. Let alone the nostalgic factor that may be the main reason to play it in 2018.
Even for a game from 1999 Rollercoaster Tycoon looks very plain and schematic. Images look made of squares on modern screens. Its system requirements seem incredibly low for today, but low graphics style is the cost. The sounds are also very artificial, but the music contributes into the lightminded funny atmosphere.
Special info panels seem illogical and hard to make out first. But the more you play, the more you learn and the more you get used to them.
Some might like to have this game redesigned for HD. There’d be a reason for it. On newer monitors, the game tends to run in full-screen mode but shrinks to fit its actual resolution, and it’s smaller than today’s defaults. Steam edition is claimed to overcome this problem, but issues are still reported.
So, you’re a new theme park manager, and your mission is to attract more people, to earn more money and to build a theme park of your dream. When you get to work, the park is already active, and guests are already there, but there’s too little of everything. You have to build more.
It takes a lot of work. You can edit the landscape by lowering the ground or making artificial hills. There are numerous objects to build, from ice cream and burger mini-restaurants to rollercoasters, merry-go-rounds and tiny railroads! Of course, people need to get there, too go in and out to enjoy it. There are also technical inspections to check whether techs are installed properly.
The main thing you keep in mind is what your guests want. You may learn it from what they talk about. Satisfy their wishes, and they’ll reward you.
Deluxe Edition includes two expansion packs – Corkscrew Follies and Loopy Landscapes. These two provide more landscapes and more objects for your theme parks.
In 1999 we did most of the controlling with a mouse. So it is today. The game requires no special controllers (though later it was re-released for consoles) and even doesn’t involve keyboard necessarily. We don’t know whether mice are good for theme parks (except for Mickey, of course), but here we just have no choice.
Replay Value: 5
As the game of 1999 is still alive and demanded, its replay value is nearly absolute. Thousands of fans are ready to play it over and over, building new parks, trying new methods of attraction, beating their own records. So, you can play it for very, very long.
But we have to remind you that it’s just the first game of the series, and there have been four sequels since. And they are worth your attention as well.
Good old, that’s the words. The game is still alive and kicking, even for those younger than the game itself. And if you spent hours playing Rollercoaster Tycoon when it was fresh – well, congratulations, you have found a time machine.
- Graphics 3
- Gameplay 4
- Controls 4.5
- Replay Value 5
Atmosphere of theme parks
Decades of great history
Some issues with today’s hardware, especially monitors