Roller Coaster Tycoon 2

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Tycoon games have always been fun; one of the games I enjoyed the most is Roller Coaster Tycoon 2. Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 was the first simulation game I ever played on the PC.

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Title: Roller Coaster Tycoon 2
Publish year: 2002
Publisher: developed by Chris Sawyer and published by Infogrames
Platform(s): PC

Story
There isn’t really a story line in Roller Coaster Tycoon 2. Every level you select gives you their own little story and a main goal to achieve before a certain limit has been reached (date, VIP, target income, success rate etc), or you could get the goal to not lose the current minimal park rating. But you don’t always need a story for a great game. Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 proves this.

Gameplay
The goal in this game is to build a successful amusement park. You can select to do the missions or go into sandbox mode where you can create your amusement park without limitations.

Every stage has a special goal with objectives to achieve. Either you have to get a certain amount of people in your park before a certain amount of years, keep your park rating above a special number, or earn a certain amount of money (you get the picture).

To successfully reach your goals you will have to build attractions in your amusement park. The game offers finished built attractions that you can build in your property, scenery, food and drink stalls. Anything to attract customers but that’s not it. The thing I love about this game is that you can create your own custom ride. Just make sure you don’t build a death trap. Sorry sadists, but it is actually possible to kill people and that will negatively impact your park rating.

It is very important to keep your park rating high. To do this, make sure your park stays clean, the rides are quickly repaired and the prices are right. People shouldn’t be trapped in a path. Keep your park fun for everyone. To do this you can hire handymen, mechanics, guards and entertainers, all that to help to maintain your park.

This game has a built-in finance system. You can lend money from the bank if you struggle. But keep in mind that if you do you borrow money; you will to pay a high interest rate over the loan, once the month is over. You can also do some marketing for your park to get extra customers, but this is rather expensive. Also you are able to do research to get better rides or focus the research with this on a certain type of rides to get more development in that specific type of ride(s).

Another cool function is the possibility to buy land. It is very pricey, but advisable if you for some reason ran out of land (or you placed your rides clumsy, like me).

Keep a lookout for what the people think of your park. This can be helpful information, for prices, ride information and hygiene; no one likes a park filled with garbage and puke.

The gameplay is very addictive. I haven’t seen any bugs so far. I have however found the pay entry parks with free rides far more challenging, than the free entry parks. The interface in this game is SPOT ON! IT features a clean design with great overview. It is easy to access all the tools you need to make the park of your dreams.

Sound and music
I love the music in this game. You can choose yourself what music should be played on the various rides, giving you more customisation options. Personally I choose the more rocky versions! The sound effects themselves are very realistic; from people screaming in rides, to people puking (YUCK).

Graphics
Surprisingly, I got the game to run on Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. With tiny graphical glitches, the game can run on new machines with ease. This game is looking very good for its time. You have a lot of detail on the rides, the stores, the people and the scenery looks excellent. I have no complaints about the visuals what so ever.

Good points
– Customisation of own rides is a real blast
– Friendly UI
– Great sound and music
– Addictive gameplay
– This game does a great job in simulating real rides
– Runs fine on Windows 7

Bad points
– Hearing people throw up, can turn my stomach.
No seriously there are no bad points.

Conclusion
Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 is a fantastic simulation game. The game offers you a lot of challenges. If you get bored with the challenges, you can always design your own park at your own pace. It is wonderful to see such a bug free game. It even runs on the newest operating systems, without any difficulties. If you are a big fan of the Tycoon game series, than this is the game for you!

Game on!

The Game mistress

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