RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic by Origin8 Technologies and Atari. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, however, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic is a so-called remaster of the classics RollerCoaster Tycoon 1 and 2. It seeks to combine many of the best features in both games. The game was originally released for mobile devices and it was recently released on PC, which is the version I’m covering currently.
Because of it’s mobile origins, the UI is designed more for mobile devices than PC. This isn’t a completely bad thing, however, as it’s streamlined a lot of the interface. Thus making it easier to find everything you need to run your park.
Graphics wise, the game looks the same as the original releases of RollerCoaster Tycoon 1 and 2. This wouldn’t bother me normally but the game is promoted as a remaster of the classics. The game is far from a remaster, it’s merely been updated to play on modern computers. Another downside is that there’s no graphics options either, so you can’t change the resolution yourself. It defaults to your monitor’s resolution. This is probably the most common complaint that I’ve noticed with the game as well. It’s one of my only complaints with it but it is a pretty major one.
The game features a whopping 95 default scenarios, all of which appear in both RollerCoaster Tycoon 1 and 2. You start in the Graphite stages and you work your way through to the gold stages. Graphite stages are the easiest while Gold are the most challenging.
The game also comes with 2 expansion packs from RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 called Wacky Worlds and Time Twister. They add 17 and 14 new scenarios respectively.
This next section is for those that are new to RollerCoaster Tycoon so if you’re a veteran you can skip down to the score if you wish.
When you begin a new scenario you’ll be given an objective to fulfill by the end of a specific year. In the early stages of the game the objective will be quite simple to complete. As you progress, however, things will become much more challenging. The game can be quite time consuming as well so keep that in mind when starting a new game.
Your first order of business should be to construct roads, stalls and rides. You can do this by using the bottom bar on your screen. In each scenario you have different starting rides and stalls. Some will always be the same but others won’t be there. To unlock new rides and such, you’ll need to research them. You can increase or decrease research funding at anytime.
Certain rides will need to be constructed manually but there are also pre-built coasters and rides you can purchase as well. I’ll admit that I’ve never been the greatest at constructing my own coasters so I usually go for the pre-built ones. There are also real world coasters mixed into the game as well, mostly from Six Flags theme parks.
One of your main goals in the game is to keep your visitors happy. You can do this by providing them with fun rides to go on, stalls to purchase food/souvenirs or decorating your park with new scenery. Keeping your park clean and running well is another way to keep them happy so having enough staff to do this with is essential. Nobody likes trash all over a walkway, after all.
Another thing you can do to earn more money is increase the prices on the rides and vendors in your park. I usually do this if the guests say the ride is a great deal. Increasing it by a dollar or more helps a lot in making a lot of money. Keep in mind that your guests have a limited supply of money so if you don’t have an ATM available you’ll want to keep the rides moderately priced so they don’t run out. Or you can be a miser and crank up the price of your rides a great deal and leave them with nothing, the choice is yours after all.
Overall, RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic is still very much RollerCoaster Tycoon. It’s also the best release in the series since 3. It’s label that it’s a remaster will likely be confusing and maybe even aggravating to those that were expecting the classic gameplay but with updated graphics. This is not the case, however and it might be better to stick with your original copies as long as you don’t mind the lower resolutions. Aside from that the game is still really fun and if you can look past it’s aged graphics and sound, you’ll find some enjoyment here.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks. I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming!
Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!
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RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic$19.99
Features of Interest
- Lots of Scenarios
- Comes With An Scenario/Coaster Editor
- Can Import Most Existing RCT2 Custom Scenarios
- Streamlined UI
- Not Really Worth Owning If You Already Own RCT1/2
- No Graphics Options
- Not A True Remaster
- Dated Graphics/Audio