Excerpt: Everyone, at one time or another, wants to be a tycoon at something, be it business or some other endeavor. The gaming industry has tapped into this desire with a virtual plethora of titles, from underwater to space, to trains and planes. But the most fun, and I dare say, most interesting, has been the excellent Roller Coaster Tycoon series.
Excerpt: The “3” in the title of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 (RCT3) signifies that it is the third game in the popular series, but it is even more appropriate as this game takes the series into the world of 3D graphics for the first time. The result is more life-like and visually appealing amusement parks, with the same “build your dream park” magic and addicting gameplay that made the series so popular in the first place.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game requires a powerful PC with at least a 733-megahertz Pentium III processor and a 3-D video card, such as an ATI Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce 2 with at least 32 megabytes of video memory. Also, click "update" in the opening screen of the game to download the latest patches, which help to make the game play better and add bonus features.
Conclusion: Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 is a real must-have title for fans of the series, and because of the new features it should also appeal to gamers who wouldn't usually consider this sort of game. You'll find many long sleepless nights follow either trying to better your achievements in the career mode or simply letting your mind run free with unlimited funds in the sandbox mode.
Excerpt: When Rorschach reviewed RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 , he joked that he thought maybe somebody had slipped him RollerCoaster Tycoon instead, because the sequel looked and played so much like the original. Well, with RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 being handed over to a new developer and with the engine being overhauled to take advantage of 3D graphics, surely this third installment couldn’t be confused with either of the first two games... could it? Strangely, it almost could.
Summary: Making a sequel to a hit game is tricky business. If you simply rehash the original, fans will complain that it's more of the same. But if you change too much, you risk losing what made the original special. The RollerCoaster Tycoon series stands as good evidence of these potential pitfalls. The first game quietly debuted in 1999, only to become a huge success that spawned countless imitators.
Pros: Beautiful 3D graphics come alive, Plenty of built-in content, Virtually ride all the rides, Build your own fireworks show
Cons: Serious bugs affect gameplay, Big parks can slow performance