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Platform: PC
Genre: Building Simulation
Publisher: Atari
Developer: Frontier Developments
ETA: Fall 2004

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3


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I’m not afraid to admit that I don’t like rollercoasters. More terrorized by them really - ever since a frightening experience 22 years ago on Space Mountain at Disney World. Won’t step a foot on them still to this day. The upcoming RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 (RC3) offers 

rollercoaster cowards like me to perfect way to enjoy the thrills of the coaster without the fear factor.


RC3 is a building simulation much like Will Wright’s SimCity (and other related Sim titles), but without a lot of the complex micromanagement. That isn’t to say that RC3 won’t be deep or challenging, but rollercoasters are supposed to be fun (although you’ll never convince me of that!) and RC3 loads up the entertainment of an amusement park without worrying about the minutia involved with running one.




Here’s the official game info from Atari:

Fantasy - Build it, Ride it, Live it!: Create and experience the ultimate amusement park. All new gorgeous 3D graphics and a new Coaster Cam feature lets you ride the rides and experience the park in exquisite detail never before seen.

High-level Concept: Atari and Frontier Developments, Ltd., in collaboration with Chris Sawyer, the creator of the first two RollerCoaster Tycoon games, present an all new, completely redesigned RollerCoaster Tycoon game that lets you experience the park like never before. Ride the coasters you design, customize the guests, walk around your 3D park, and become the ultimate RollerCoaster Tycoon.

Stunning 3D Graphics: Amazing detail truly brings the park to life in full 3D. Complete control over the 3D camera views let you view the park from the sky or experience the action at ground level.

Ride the Rides!: Feel the rush of riding the coasters that you design from the front seat –it may even turn your stomach. New Coaster Cam feature gives you a 360° view allowing you to see the guests riding behind you or view your park from the coaster.


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Enhanced park guests: Diverse characters are brought to life with changing facial expressions and hundreds of animations including running, jumping, dancing, and, of course, blowing chunks.

Nighttime: Realistic day and night cycles include day, night, dawn, dusk, moon, and stars. Ride lights, coaster lights and path lights allow you to create the ultimate night time amusement park experience.

Fireworks!: A new Firework MixMaster and firework show editor lets you light up the sky by creating pyrotechnic masterpieces and setting them to the music of your choice.

Music: Customize the music in your park by attaching your own MP3 or .wav files to your rides and firework shows! Place speakers around your park to play songs or sound effects and immerse your guests with a themed soundscape.

Sandbox Mode: Now you can build your dream park without worrying about the financial aspect of the game.

Interface: An improved interface makes creating and building your park easier than ever.

The RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise, with seven million total games sold, already has a proven track record of providing PC wannabe coaster builders an opportunity to design their dream amusement park rides. RC3 will continue in that tradition, offering an even more complete set of building tools, along with associated sound and visual features, usually is only seen in a SimCity title. If coaster building’s your idea of fun, RC3’s primed to deliver the most detailed rollercoaster-building PC game ever later this fall.

- Lee Cieniawa

(August 10, 2004)