RollerCoaster Tycoon 3

Format: PC

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Age Restrictions: 3+
05 November 2004

Take control of your very own theme park. The third game in the series includes brand new features including 3-D graphics, giving players complete control of views around the park, and a front seat to the action with a new Coaster Cam feature that allows players to ride the roller coasters. It also including diversity of guests, added group behaviour and improved guest AI...

I know I shouldn't have, but I couldn't help remembering the South Park episode (Cartman Land) where Eric Cartman inherits enough money to buy his own theme park.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is similar in design to the previous games in the series. You build your rides and attempt to get attendance up to bring in the money. Constructing the rides is easy enough, once you get the hang of it. And to save you messing around, trying to get the last piece of track to marry up with the first part of the track you laid, this can now be achieved automatically.

There are a few extra tweaks that make this game a must buy for those that already own the first two instalments.

To begin with there are more variety of rides, park decorations and guests than previously. But the main addition is the ability to jump on board your rides - viewing them from a number of different cameras.

You can also add special effects including earthquake tremors and monster attacks; thrill park guest with pyrotechnics to boost the popularity of the rides; change the weather from burning sun to hurricane winds; use themed content to attract different groups of visitors; change the themes from generic to spooky to western; and tag individuals and groups to check where they are in the park. You can also import your own music (via MP3 files) to customise the rides and make the fireworks dance in sync. to the music.

This is one of those games that you will play for hours at a time, can leave for a month or two and then will get the urge to dig it out again and play for another couple of days.

Almost as much fun as a day at a real theme park.

Nick Smithson

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