Reviews and Problems with Thrillville: Off the Rails
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Thrillville Off the Rails
Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: The rating of an E10+ and descriptors (Fantasy Violence, Mild Lyrics, and Mild Suggestive Themes) may send a lot of families running away from Thrillville Off the Rails. The WMG can certainly understand that opinion, however there are some shining moments in this home console video game. Thrillville Off the Rails appears on the Wii, Playstation 2, Personal Computer, and Xbox 360.
Excerpt: The vast majority of theme park simulations allow you to build a park from scratch, doing everything in your power to appease your paying customers and perhaps being envious at the sheer fun they’re having. Thrillville: Off the Rails, like its predecessor, is very different to this. For starters, you don’t build your park up from scratch, but rather you begin in an already bustling theme park, which you can put your own stamp on and explore at your leisure.
Excerpt: What is it? A theme park management simulation packed with basic mini-games. You take control of a number of theme parks as you aim to keep your punters happy and make heaps of cash, all the while enjoying everything yourself. Complexity Thrillville Off the Rails can feel a bit overwhelming at first. After you've picked your character you're thrust straight into park management.
Summary: Parents need to know that this amusement park simulation is more about exploring and playing in an amusement park than it is about building an amusement park. Some of the Mini party games are bloodless shooter-style games, and others involve punching, but again with no blood. As manager of the park you can woo and flirt with the guests, so some of the pick-up lines have sexual undertones.
Excerpt: Thrillville: Off the Rails is just like a rollercoaster. It\’s pretty neat and exciting at the time, but the fun is over way too fast. The theme park building game from the creators of Rollercoaster Tycoon can be seen on the outset as the spiritual successor to Bullfrogs timely and excellent classic Theme Park, yet the game has troubles figuring out just what exactly it is.
Summary: Many games promise that they're "fun for the entire family," but very few actually deliver an experience that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike. Thrillville: Off the Rails is one game that makes good on this promise. Whether building your own amusement park or playing the games and riding the rides, there's never a shortage of ways to have fun. Thanks to the inclusion of 50 minigames, Off the Rails is one of the better party games out there as well.
Pros: Tons of stuff to do, Accessible for children, yet fun for adults, Most of the minigames are lots of fun, Everything in your park can be played or ridden
Cons: Not a great-looking game, and the frame rate could have been better, Could have been a little more challenging, Some minigames won't feel fresh to anyone who played the first game
Excerpt: We'll admit, checking out the brochure beforehand, Thrillville wasn't winning any awards for ride of the century. Even with the knowledge that development was spearheaded by David Braben (creator of the free-roaming space epic Elite), we were still looking at the game as a cheap Theme Park rip off. But, after spending a few hours running around the parks and trying the amusements on offer, we unearthed a nostalgic night out, reminiscent of the tacky fun fairs of old.