Game Review - by StormDaemon
RollerCoaster Tycoon is a game for anyone who has every loved an amusement park. Sure to please with its large amount of things to do and design, this game has to be one of the best out there, not because of ground breaking graphical engines or anything like that, but rather because it is just plain fun and addicting. If a rating could be given for how addicting a game is, this one would receive a 5 out of 5.
The game offers many, many, many, (and I mean many) different rides, shops, buildings, landscapes, and just about everything else that goes into a good amusement park. The ability to design an entire park, from the ground up allows a creative mind to go wild. The game not only offers detailed designs of rides, but also detailed advertising and budgeting. A good player must balance incredible roller coaster designs with things that will bring in people and money, otherwise the park will eventually go under. While designing, a player will experience the incredibly detailed graphics, and even though they are 2D and cartoonish, they still look really good and bring back the feel of being at parks as a kid.
RollerCoaster Tycoon plays like a designer's dream. The ability to design anything from a water ride to a steel inverted rollercoaster makes the game so much fun and addictive. The isometric view of the park allows for easy placement of anything at all, and if something is a little hard to see, the map can be rotated to allow for easy access. The game menus are all at the top of the screen, letting anyone quickly figure out how to play. The game also does not limit itself by just having the ability to design a park, but it also has scenarios to be completed in different land areas. These scenarios add a bit of incentive into making a great park and playing the game over and over. Designing anything is really easy with the single menu needed to make a ride. Rollercoasters can be made to do anything that any current real life rollercoaster can, and many other rides simulate current real world rides. Researching allows for new types of rides to be discovered, and for old ones to be improved. The game is a blast to play and is one of those that you could spend hour after hour playing.
The graphics were wonderfully done, with the whole atmosphere of an amusement park kept in mind throughout all of the designs available. Everything is detailed and ornate, even for the little people that run through the park. One of the more interesting quirks was the animation of people becoming sick after going on a really good ride. Of course, a handyman would have to be called to clean it up or else the guests would complain. The rollercoasters are all faithful to their real world type counterparts, with the wooden ones having planks of wood, and the steel ones looking just they should. The rest of the graphics in the game were absolutely great, and there did not seem to be a problem with anything at all.
The sound effects were really good, with such things as the screams of the people on a rollercoaster ride to the music of an amusement park. In the background, children could be heard giggling and playing, and the rides themselves would swoosh by and make noises. All of the sounds were in stereo and were relational to your viewing position. All in all, the sound effects were great.
RollerCoaster Tycoon has to be one of the best games out on the et right now because of its concentration on fun and good design. Not only do the awesome graphics and sounds make the game great, but also the ability to design in an unlimited number of ways really makes this game fun and addictive. The bottom line is that this game is for just about everyone, and especially for those people who love strategy and design.