ROLLER COASTER TYCOONReviewed By: CJM
VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER
This is a great game without any offensive elements. There is no storyline, but that doesn't dampen this sim any. In fact, a story may even get in the way. The goal is not just all about building rollercoasters--you have to make sure your handymen clean up after your guests (who sometimes lose their stomachs). It's also up to you to put burger bars into your park. Maybe mine were a bit too close
You can customize terrain much in the same way as “SimCity” and you're given a variety of roads to choose from. Your choice in rides and attractions vary from park to park, but if you take the time to research it, you'll eventually gain access to new attractions, or design elements to spruce up your rides.
You can create custom coasters from scratch. There is a variety of coasters types to choose from such as the wooden rollercoaster, mine train coaster, stand ups, hanging coasters, or a twisting/bending mind twirling coaster that allows for loops, corkscrews, and Helixes that go up or down. One drawback, however, is that you can't design a coaster and immediately put it in your park. It can only be designed piece by piece. If you mess up, you'll have to sell the pieces back for less than you bought it for. True to life. It's easy to lose money if you're not careful, and coasters can cost about $2,000 without messing up, and that's almost all you'll make in a year early on.
The graphics of “Roller Coaster Tycoon” are only so-so (comparable to "SimCity 2000"). Every one of the guests in the park look like identical twins, save for a little variety in the colour of their outfits.
The sound is quite good. Every ride has its own sound from the rattling planks of a wooden coaster to the variety of "AHHHHHHs…" that the guests make as they go over a drop, or the nice “cha-ching” of a guest buying cotton candy and souveniers.
All in all this game is a sure bet for anyone 7 and up. There is no profanity or sexual content (in fact, no noticeable women at all as all the guests are well fed/rounded 10-12 year olds). There is also no nudity (when they go to the bathroom, they just stand inside the building, fully clothed). The only violence present is when the occasional coaster flies off a track. Those scenes contain no evidence of anything being in the coaster, just big cartoonish explosions, and plenty of pieces flying everywhere, with splashes if they hit water, or dust if they hit dirt. The park has a haunted house, so some decorations may be a bit scary for younger audiences.
Overall a strictly entertaining game lacking any kind of spiritual depth.
Year of Release—1999
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