RollerCoaster Tycoon

RollerCoaster Tycoon
Platforms: PC
Publisher: Hasbro Interactive, MicroProse
Developer: Chris Sawyer Productions
Genres: Strategy / Business Simulator
Release Date: March 31, 1999
Game Modes: Singleplayer

13A wildly fun primordial Tycoon game.

After playing RollerCoaster Tycoon for a few hours, you’ll find that the fun is wildly contagious. Unlike other strategy games, RollerCoaster Tycoon, perhaps more befitting its corporate master Hasbro than its actual publisher MicroProse, seems more concerned with surrounding the player in the fun parts of managing an amusement park. As a business simulator / park builder, it succeeds admirably.

As with Sawyer’s previous game Transport Tycoon, RollerCoaster Tycoon is not particularly challenging to win. You can blast through all of the pre-made scenarios without a lot of struggle. Most of their challenges are geographical in nature, as in how do you manage to squeeze another ride into your cramped little park? Unlike Bullfrog’s underachieving Theme Park, a game which RollerCoaster Tycoon can’t help but be compared with, it never forces the player to get bogged down in the minutia of running a park. And while you can design your own rides, the supplied ones are more than adequate (and somewhat less frustrating to use due to the slightly clumsy interface of the ride builder).

Although building the perfect coaster is where you’ll eventually spend the majority of your gaming time, you also have do much more to win. This isn’t just about building rollercoasters, but managing the less glorious minutia of running a fun park – all of which the game manages to integrate. You’ll need to manage foot traffic by creating paths to and from your various rides, balance thrill rides with more casual attractions (Ferris wheels and such), set pricing, and hire mechanics, handymen and security guards. The game is divided into scenarios. Only a few are available in the beginning, but once they’re completed, you get access to the rest.

11Presentation wise, the sound effects are superb, with giggles and screams, annoying carousel music, and the clanking of coasters. Visually, RollerCoaster Tycoon is nice and sharp. The ridiculous cartoony graphics do a superb job at conveying a lot of information in a typical windows format. Beautiful details abound on a micro level. Little people run around the park all giddy after getting off a very fun ride, and others stumble and fumble their way around, their faces green with the sickness brought by riding a rollercoaster.

Overall, RollerCoaster Tycoon is the most purely entertaining strategy game in ages, one that’s virtually guaranteed to put a smile on the face of even the most jaded gamer. It’s a wildly exuberant game that reminds us that fun is an honorable goal for any entertainment medium, even one as “serious” as a strategy game.

System Requirements: Pentium 90 MHz, 16 MB RAM, Win 95

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  1. tt says:

    video is blurry i miss playing this game i had 2 cds of IT played them on 2 different computers that ran windows xp 1 was a desk top i bought brand new from the store it was there demo model thou i bought the game at the same day i bought the computer & they worked till the day the computer stopped & Other Computer was a lab top that had windows xp pro on it that was given to me & that worked good till day they quit, i still have that cd in good condition. Now that i have a new windows 10 & a Note Book computer that does NOT Have a cd player & i have NOT Been able to get Roller Coaster Tycoon to work so i filled in this bye 4 now please find a fix & by the way i have never had any luck with a external hard drive or disk player & i am expecting the same with a cd player

  2. Sam says:

    Download and install went fine and when I run it gets to the menu screen but when I pick a level it just flickers and stays on menu screen. Very frustrating as I can see it’s working and I can’t find another download that doesn’t require having a CD code. Any advise? thanks.

  3. everest says:

    same thing happened with me – the installation worked but when choosing a level, it flickers for a second then goes back to the previous screen. am i doing something wrong?

  4. Krystal says:

    worked just fine but now it says i need to insert disc

  5. Leave disc file mounted?

  6. Krystal says:

    I’m not sure how to do that.
    i haven”t messed with anything i shut it off and went to bed and now its saying i need a disc

  7. You had to mount the ISO file which you downloaded to install the game. Do it again and run the game.

  8. jenni says:

    How do you ‘mount the iso file’? Not sure what that means..

  9. Install PowerISO (a program) and you can mount CD files

  10. jenni says:

    Thanks, but now I’ve downloaded that it doesn’t run at all.

  11. jenni says:

    Think I’ve cracked it 🙂

  12. Sachin says:

    i have installed and played after saving i couldn’t play the saved game its showing invalid file
    what shall i do

  13. Hanine says:

    Has anyone gotten past the flickering main screen yet? I was successfully able to download it and the game works and loads, but whenever I click “create new” and select something, it flickers and brings me back to the main screen, I can’t get any further. Please help!

  14. melmel7 says:

    i was actually going to buy the game, thank you so much for the download link it works perfectly and reminds me of my childhood its truly addicting

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