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Free game: RollerCoaster Tycoon 2

Posted In PC game - By Jack on Friday, October 7th, 2011 With No Comments »
  • A large variety of theme park scenarios
  • Tutorials provide valuable information on building parks and rides
  • Create your own rides as you see fit or choose from several designs
  • Realistic simulation including hiring staff, setting prices
  • Real-life Six Flags parks and roller coasters
  • Scenarios require a large time investment to complete
  • Limited to the provided scenarios, no “free play” type mode
  • Tutorial doesn’t cover some of the more advances aspects of running your park

Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 Review

RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is a detailed and in-depth simulation game that puts you in control of your very own theme park. You are in total control and decide what rides are built, how much to charge for admission, who to hire, and more. You build your park from scratch as you see fit and work hard to attract more guests and make more money. You can even design your own coasters or build real Six Flags roller coasters.

Pick a Scenario

You start RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 by selecting one of twenty-six theme park scenarios. Each scenario has a different location and objectives. Some scenarios place you in control of a castle or factory that you must turn into a popular and profitable theme park. Other scenarios may place you in control of real-life Six Flags theme parks. Possible objectives include having a certain number of guests in your park within a few years time, having a certain park rating, or even earning a certain income per month.

How You Meet the Scenario Goal is Up to You

Once you’ve selected your scenario, you’ll be handed a theme park and $10,000. You must use this money to build attractions and amenities that will draw as many people to your park as possible. You have a huge array of options and choices in how you want to build your park. You can build rides that have already been designed for you or build your own from scratch. You can choose which food and drink stands you want to build. You make decisions on hiring staff such as a handyman to keep the park clean, or a mechanic to keep your rides running. You decide the prices and admission fees that fund your park. You even have control over the landscaping within your park. There are endless possibilities when it comes to creating an amazing theme park.

Difficulty Varies With Each Scenario

The various scenarios in RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 are split up into several difficulty levels that are all available at the start of the game. This lets you choose a difficult that’s right for you, while still giving you some choice on the park you’ll start with. If you’re a more experiencing simulation player or played the first RollerCoaster Tycoon, you can skip right to the more challenging scenarios. Similarly, less-skilled players or those new to the series can start with easier parks.

Tutorials Are Helpful But Incomplete

There are also several tutorials provided to introduce players to the game and the basics of building a successful park. While the tutorials are quite useful and a requirement to anyone new to the game, they also only deal with the basics. To figure out the more advanced or difficult elements you’ll need to experiment with your parks.

Easy Controls, Camera Angles Can Be Tricky

The controls in RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 are fairly simple. Objects are selected and placed with the mouse, while you can move your view around the park with the arrow keys. All of the buttons you use in building your park are labeled as well. It might be a bit difficult to learn these on your own or through experimentation, but the tutorials do a good job of covering what the buttons do (such as rotating the camera or building a ride). The biggest issue with the controls is the limited camera angles. You can only view your park from four directions, which can make seeing/building things like walkways in your park more difficult than it should be.

Older But Detailed Graphics

While RollerCoaster Tycoon 2’s graphics are somewhat old, they are also very detailed. You can see individual people as they traverse your park, a roller coaster on its track, or even litter on the walkways and paths of your park. These small details add a great touch to the game and improve on the simulation. The sounds also play into the simulation nature of the game, as you can select the music played for each ride that adds to that ride’s theme. You’ll be able to hear the music you pick for a ride every time you click on it. They won’t blow you away, but the graphics and sounds work very well with the game.

A Lot of Play Time Here

The variety of scenarios as well as the ability to custom build your parks and rides means that this game will last a long time, but also gives you a reason to replay scenarios multiple times. Each park provides unique challenges and locations to tackle. Even if you do the same scenario several times, you can create a completely different theme park each time.

The biggest issue with playing through the scenarios is the time investment required. It takes a long time to get through one scenario, and there is no way to speed up the game if you meet your objectives early or want to fast-forward to the point when you’ve earned enough money for more rides. Additionally, you’re limited to the twenty-six scenarios when it comes to creating parks. It would have been great it there was an option to create a park with unlimited money and no restrictions or objectives.

Conclusion – As Fun As a Real Theme Park (Without the Motion Sickness)

Overall, RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is an excellent and detailed simulation game. Fans of the RollerCoaster Tycoon series and simulation games will not be disappointed. The game is also a great choice for players who may not be as familiar with the series or genre. You control every aspect of your park in one of twenty-six unique and interesting scenarios. Work with real-life parks and rides or build custom parks and rides from scratch.

A few minor issues pale in comparison to all that this game has to offer. RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 will provides hours upon hours of entertainment.

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