RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
When it comes to theme park management games, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is one of the best. It is certainly the very best in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series. While Planet Coaster is all the rage these days, today we are looking back at this gem from 2004 and why it is a game so many people have great memories of.
Welcome To My Theme Park!
The goal of RollerCoaster Tycoon is to build the most awesome theme park in the world, have tons of guests come and visit it, make the guests happy and of course make a ton of money in the process! It is a very addictive process and it one of those games were an intended 20 minute session can run into an all-nighter!
It Looks Great
This was the first game in the series to make the jump into 3D and it did it so well that it actually makes going back to those isometric RollerCoaster Tycoon games really hard. Sure the game is not the best looking in the world. However, this 3D perspective lets you create the park of your dreams much easier as you can move around and see exactly where you are placing things. It also makes creating these crazy roller coasters much easier as well as you can get in close, move the camera and see exactly how it is working out. Some games struggled when they made the jump to 3D, but RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is not one of them. You can even ride the coasters which is really neat and even after all these years looks pretty cool.
Make Your Park Great
The main game mode is the career mode and it is a lot of fun to play. You have to create a dream park from scratch. A park that is going to attract “peeps” to come and take in the rides and attractions and also spend all of their money here. It is not just building the park you have to do. You also have to make sure you hire the right staff so that the attractions are in tip, top shape and that the park is clean and well maintained.
Also, you need to keep an eye on the peeps to make sure that they are happy. Also, the career mode has different goals that need to be completed before you can move on. These are actually a lot of fun and range from having a celebrity appearance at your park and you needing to make sure they have a great time. To making sure your park is ranked at a certain rating. There are different difficulties of objectives for you to complete and while some are challenging I found them all fun.
Do What You Want!
Another game mode that is in RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is the sandbox mode. As you would expect this mode lets you do what you want. Money and time is not a problem and you are free to mess around and create the park of your dreams. The only drawback here is that you cannot expand the land! This is a bit of a shame as while you have unlimited resources you do not have unlimited space. Still, the sandbox mode is a lot of fun to play and you can easily waste hours and hours of your time trying to come up with a park that would make Walt Disney jealous. If you have the know how you can even make use of things like custom attractions and scenarios which can be fun.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is one of those games that people love and have a lot of great memories about. However, it is also a game that holds up really well to this day. If you love games like Theme Park and Planet Coaster, you have to check this one out as it really is a lot of fun.
- The jump to 3D works really well
- The career mode is tons of fun
- You can get really crazy with your coaster designs
- Lots to keep an eye on to keep your park running
- Sandbox mode is very entertaining
- Could have given you more land in sandbox mode
- You could argue that Planet Coaster has made this obsolete