Theme Park World
Unlike Theme Hospital, this was made when most of the talent had left Bullfrog, making a mockery of the original Theme Park with garish, blocky graphics, a very console feel and none of the charm that made the first game such a joy. Sure, you've got a 3D engine so you can inspect your rides and even get a first-person view of a rollercoaster user, but it's poorly executed. It doesn't help that even the wildest rides are so slow you could take your granny on them without fear of her chucking her breakfast all over you.
That doesn't mean it doesn't hold your attention for a few hours, since the Theme Park mechanics are still all there. You research new rides, play about with the salt content of the fries and the ice content of the colas, compete with local rivals for customers... But it doesn't take long before you're reduced to a maintenance person rather than enjoying the thrill of discovering new rides and seeing lots of little brats hand over their money before turning green. The original game's idea of opening parks all over the world - despite this one's title - is gone. Instead you have a couple of kiddie Theme choices to begin with (Halloween and Lost Kingdom) and have to unlock the other two (Fantasy and Space). I doubt anyone will bother though.
Download Theme Park World
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
What we thought
"Even the rides with the highest 'excitement' levels are tamer than a sedated penguin and about as graceful."
What you think
- "I think your review of Theme Park World was spot on. What was Bullfrog thinking? The graphics are awful. Why didn't they just use an isometric view as in Rollercoaster Tycoorft OK, RCTcompletely ripped off Theme Park, but at least Chris Sawyer did an excellent job of it. The only thing Theme Park World rips off is the consumer."
- "What was Mark Hill thinking when he reviewed Theme Park World It's rubbish. The gameplay's boring and the graphics are bad and jerky. I can't see how this could get 40% let alone 70%. If you want my advice buy Rollercoaster Tycoon instead."
- "This is without doubt the second best game available (second only to CM3). The graphics are excellent, there are loads of new features and the addictiveness is spot on. A score of 70% is an insult, it should at least be in the low 90s - surely you realise how wrong you were?"