Roller Coaster Tycoon is an amusement park simulation game that was released in 1999 and has set out a platform and style of gaming that sparked inspiration for sequels, spin offs, and other games following the same format. RCT has even made its way into the app store for this generation to be able to play for themselves. This game had many unique qualities that made it popular and memorable.
This game allowed the player to not only use their creativity for the theme park, but also to manage the guests and their moods, and to be a businessman. The game had objectives for the player to reach within a certain times frame involving the guests or the player’s management of money. The guests had to be pleased with the park to bring in more business and customers.
Handymen, mascots, security guards, and mechanics were also able to be hired when the park needed them. In order for more rides and attractions to be unlocked, research development had to go into it, which did use some of the player’s funding. Rides could be pre-built, or other rides, such as roller coasters, could be custom built by the player.
Scenery and theming was also up to the player. There were many themes that the player could choose, such as space, roman/classic, candy, and fantasy theme. This really added a unique touch to the game. This game revolutionized amusement park simulator games and laid out a foundation for many games in similar style to follow in its footsteps.
Some games that followed after the original Roller Coaster Tycoon are RCT 2, RCT 3, RCT 3D, and more. Eventually, the world of Roller Coaster Tycoon got brought into the mobile world, with the app called Roller Coaster Tycoon: Classic. The latest release for RCT is Roller Coaster Tycoon World, which was released on November 16, 2016 and is available on Steam. However, the ratings for the game have not been the most positive, with it being rated 5/10 on Steam. The app, however, has been highly rated on the app store with a 4/5.
Different games with similar format have also been released, an example of this being Planet Coaster, which was released on November 17, 2016 and is also available on Steam. This game has a much higher rating, reaching a 9/10.
Sometimes, the classic game is always the best and most memorable, and I believe it is just that in this case. The original Roller Coaster Tycoon laid out the platform for so many other games to come after it in similar style. This game has made a mark on gaming, and has inspired many other games for generations to come.