RollerCoaster Tycoon is an iconic simulation game that revolutionized the world of strategy games with its introduction in 1999. Developed by Scottish programmer Chris Sawyer and published by Hasbro Interactive, this engaging game places the player in the role of an amusement park manager.
The primary objective of RollerCoaster Tycoon is to build and manage a thriving amusement park. The player is tasked with a wide range of responsibilities, including designing and constructing roller coasters and various other rides, landscaping, hiring and overseeing staff, and strategically setting prices for entry, rides, and amenities. The overarching goal is to achieve certain objectives in a given scenario, which generally involve achieving a certain park rating, having a certain number of guests in your park, or reaching a particular financial target.
One of the defining aspects of RollerCoaster Tycoon is the depth of its simulation. Every guest in the park has individual preferences, moods, and a unique AI, influencing their behavior and satisfaction levels. This provides a realistic experience and requires strategic thinking to keep your guests happy while maintaining a profitable business.
Another significant feature is the RollerCoaster Editor. This in-depth tool allows players to design and build custom roller coasters. It provides control over the minutiae of the track design, including the height, curves, loops, and special track pieces, giving players an outlet for their creativity.
Throughout its lifespan, RollerCoaster Tycoon has seen numerous expansions and sequels, each adding new dimensions, features, and challenges to the gameplay. It has been praised for its addictive gameplay, deep strategic elements, and its ability to engender creativity among players.
With its blend of strategy, creativity, and management, RollerCoaster Tycoon has firmly established itself as a classic in the genre of simulation games, and it continues to captivate new and old players alike.
Below is the list of RollerCoaster Tycoon games that have been released for the PC:
- RollerCoaster Tycoon (1999) - Added Expansions: Corkscrew Follies (1999), Loopy Landscapes (2000)
- RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 (2002) - Added Expansions: Wacky Worlds (2003), Time Twister (2003)
- RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 (2004) - Added Expansions: Soaked! (2005), Wild! (2005)
- RollerCoaster Tycoon World (2016)
- RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic (2017) - This is essentially a combination of RollerCoaster Tycoon 1 and 2, optimized for modern PC systems.
- RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition (2020) - Featuring graphical enhancements and expanded compatibility for modern PC systems.
Additionally, a number of spin-offs and adaptations for handheld devices and consoles have been developed, such as RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D (2012) for the Nintendo 3DS, and RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch (2017) for iOS and Android.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 was also released in a "Platinum" version that includes the base game and both expansions.