Planet Coaster

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a game by Frontier Developments Ltd.
Genres: Adventure/RPG, Simulation
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 9.3/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 7.1/10 - 38 votes
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Planet Coaster
Planet Coaster
Planet Coaster

Ever since I played Theme Park on my Sega Mega Drive back in the early 90s I have loved games that let you make a theme park. There have been a few over the years, but I honestly think that Planet Coaster here could be the best we have ever had!

If You Build It They Will Come!

The main goal of Planet Coaster is to build the most rad and most awesome and let’s not forget profitable theme park on the planet! You start off with just some land and very few resources at your disposal. Little by little though you will expand your park. Finally getting enough money to get that new ride or make an expansion is a really cool experience.

Mo Money, Mo Problems!

Money management is a big part of Planet Coaster. You will need to take out loans in the early part of the game to be able to buy things to get your park up and running. You also need to pay employees wages and set the price for entry and things inside your park. You can charge sky-high prices for stuff which may sound great at first, but it can make your park patrons not happy and that is the last thing you want.

Building and managing your park gives you a lot of ways to play around. What I liked was how simple the game kept things. While you have a lot of options at your disposal, Planet Coaster never makes you feel overwhelmed.

Your Park, Your Way

The way that the game lets you micromanage every part of your park is really cool. you do not like the color of that gift shop? Well, you can change it. After some thought, you think the carousel would be better on the other side of the park? You can change that too. I got super addicted and was obsessed with my footpaths being just the way I wanted! You can get really in depth with the layout of your park and I found that to be a lot of fun.

What About The Roller Coasters? With a name like Planet Coaster, you know that roller coasters play a huge part in the game. You have all kinds of roller coasters that you can make. There are some pre-made ones which are great for your first couple. These are made in different styles so there is plenty of variety with the default coasters. The real fun though comes from making your own coasters! You can make them faster than a jet engine, crazy high and have more loops than it should. There is a delicate balancing act as you need to make the roller coaster fun, but if you have your riders puking or if it lasts too long their excitement and happy level will go down. There is a lot of trial and error with the roller coaster building, but that is a huge part of the fun.

Three Game Modes

I was surprised that Planet Coaster did not just have one game mode. Challenge Mode is the mode that is most like a game like Theme Park. Career Mode will set you different challenges as you play, make and run your park. Sandbox is a mode where you can go nuts and just do whatever you want!

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I think that Planet Coaster is a truly fantastic game. It is the best evolution of the theme park building sim that I have seen. It is very easy to get the hang of, but they have made it so the UI and all of the things you can do are very easy to learn. If you love games like Theme Park, Sim City, and other building type games. Planet Coaster is a game that you have to play. Just be warned, you are going to get very, very addicted to this game!

Pros:

  • The visuals are much nicer than they needed to be
  • Tons of choice for creating the dream coaster
  • Run your park your way!
  • Offers you three different game modes
  • Offers hundreds of hours of fun!

Cons:

  • It is easy to get addicted to this game
  • Getting your dream coaster just right can be a little tricky at first

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

I knew as soon as I saw the first trailer for Planet Coaster that this was a game for me. Ever since Santa Clause bought me Theme Park for my Sega Mega Drive back in 1994, making theme parks is something I have loved. Many games have tried to emulate what Theme Park did, but I feel that Planet Coaster could be the best of all time in this genre!

Starting Out Small

When you start your game of Planet Coaster the goal is for you to create the most amazing theme park that the world has ever seen. Before this, though you have to start out small. You start off with a little bit of land and some basic resources to build your park, but as the money starts coming in you can expand.

Watch The Bank Balance

While building a theme park is a lot of fun a huge part of Planet Coaster is making sure your money is right. You will have to take out some loans in order to get your park off the ground. You need to pay for employees so you always have money going out. You need to make sure that the park has more money coming in than going out. You may think that overcharging for everything is the way to go and it may work for a short while. Eventually, though people will get sick of being ripped off and stop coming to your park. I know the idea of managing money sounds really hard and boring. Planet Coaster though keeps things nice and simple and it never actually feels like a chore.

This Is Your Park!

It is pretty insane how much control you have over your park in Planet Coaster. It lets you get in there and change lots of little things. For example, you can change the location of rides and attractions and you can even change the color of your stores if you feel like rebranding. You can even get super nerdy and make your footpaths be a feature. There is so much at your fingertips that the park you build will probably be drastically different to the park one of your buddies builds.

Why Is It Called Planet Coaster?

Well, the reason for this is that you have a truly epic roller coaster creation tool in this game. In the early part of your theme park career, I would advise just using the pre-built roller coasters. Once you are more comfortable though, you can then get in deep and make some pretty amazing roller coasters. You can make it so they are super-fast, have a ton of loops and in general make it the most insane roller coaster in the world! While you are free to do what you want, you have to take your customers into consideration. If the roller coaster is more scary than fun and has them throwing up their burger then they will not be happy. Trying to balance out a roller coaster being fun and also something people will enjoy is a delicate, but fun thing to do.

Different Ways To Play

While Planet Coaster has a Challenge Mode that is very like the old Theme Park game. It also has a couple of other game modes for you to play. Career Mode is quite a neat idea in that it is not just about building your park. You will also have to do certain challenges along the way. There is also a really fun Sandbox mode where you are free to just go crazy and make the park of your dreams without any kind of limitations.

Final Thoughts On Planet Coaster

I would legit be embarrassed to tell you the number of hours that I have sunk into Planet Coaster. This for me is the best of the best when it comes to games that let you make a theme park. There is so much that you can do here, but thankfully the UI is great and everything is very easy to learn to do. Planet Coaster is a game that I really cannot recommend highly enough!

9.5/10

Pros:

  • Creating your own roller coaster is awesome
  • There are three different game modes
  • One of the most addictive games I have ever played
  • The presentation is fantastic
  • You have lots of ways to make your dream park

Cons:

  • Making the most awesome roller coaster takes a bit of trial and error
  • It will take over your life!

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