Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 - PC

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  • Create and customize your own amusement park
  • New 3-D graphics; complete camera control allows players to view their park from any angle
  • The new CoasterCam lets you ride what you build
  • Create your own family members and friends and add them to your park
  • For 1 player

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is completely updated and redesigned to take the series to all-new heights. It includes stunning 3D graphics, five theme categories, more rides and attractions, and much more! Open the gates to the amusement park of your dreams! Pack it with fantastic rides, cool concession stands, custom themes and roller coasters that you design.

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Get your barf bag ready! RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 takes the series to new heights with 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.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 also features new gameplay elements that fans have been asking for - including diversity of guests, added group behavior and improved guest AI - and many other new features which build upon the fun and addictive nature of the original game.

View your park from any angle, get up close to guests and customize every detail of your booming, thrill-a-minute theme park.

More Features:

  • Experience incredible new 3D graphics
  • Ride the Rides with the Coaster Cam
  • Build rides easier with the enhanced user interface
  • Light up the night with the new park lighting system
  • View your park from any angle with complete camera control
  • See breathtaking park vistas including realistic sunsets, moonlight, weather patterns and more... A huge array of diverse guests -- everyone is unique!
  • Create your own family members and friends and add them to your park
  • Respond to the individual likes and dislikes of kids, teens and adults
  • See fully animated individuals (including facial expressions!) exhibit intelligent behavior, both individually and as a crowd
  • More Rides and Attractions!
  • Create pyrotechnic wonders with the new Fireworks MixMaster
  • Build your dream park with unlimited funds in "Sandbox" mode
  • Add music to rides and fireworks shows from your own mp3 library
  • Includes many "New-to-RollerCoaster Tycoon" rides and attractions
  • Design your park with 5 fun themes: Generic, Spooky, Western, Adventure and Sci-fi

Product Information

Release date October 26, 2004
Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 366 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches
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By J. Lemmers on November 4, 2004
I am certainly impressed by the sexy new 3D graphics, but sadly, some features from RCT2 have been lost, and some old problems still exist or have gotten worse. I hope most of these issues are just bugs that will be corrected shortly with an update or two, although I'll never understand how such a popular game was ever released in such a state. So here are a few good news/bad news review points of RCT3.

Good News: The 3D graphics really are impressive and riding the coasters via the all new coaster cam feature is a lot of fun, especially on coasters you build yourself. The ability to zoom in and out and view your parks from any 3D angle and see some parks lit up at night is great. You can even zoom right down on a path and see your park from a Peep's perspective. Bad News: You'll need plenty of horse power in terms of CPU, memory and graphics card to get the full effect. I have a 2Ghz 2900+ Athlon processor, 512MB of memory and a 128MB GE Force graphics card. I can run the game satisfactorily at the Medium graphics settings, although refresh rates start to drop as you add more rides to a park and your park fills up with Peeps. I'd hate to see the graphics and responsiveness (or lack thereof) on a PC with minimum published requirements. The game has locked up or dropped back to Windows on me about a half dozen times in less than a week.

Good News: Peeps and/or park inspectors now respond to park esthetics, and will even complain if your theming is inconsistent or your fireworks displays are stingy. They can also recognize VIPs that visit your park and hound them for autographs, a new feature RCT3. Bad News: AI for Peep navigation has taken a few steps BACKWARDS!
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Anyone who enjoyed Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 (RCT2) will enjoy RCT3, though there are some problems with the game.

The joys - Ride The Rides! Design your own ride, full the surrounding area with appropriate items, and then ride the ride in 3D. This is a lot of fun, and RCT3 is the first RCT to offer this feature.

Gamespeed control! For those who would walk away (leaving the computer running) because they had completed an RCT2 scenario, but the time was not yet up, this is a huge benefit.

Career Mode - Now there is more of a purpose to each scenario, though not everyone will like this aspect of the game (there is still sandbox mode).

Music - Import your own MP3s and use them in the game. Whatever music you have in MP3 format can now be the music of each of your rides, or the park itself.

Fireworks - You can design your own fireworks display You can even time the fireworks to music of your choice. This means you can have fireworks to co-ordinate with MP3s you import into the game. Very cool.

All in all there are a large number of very good improvements in RCT3. The graphics are a huge upgrade, while the basic gameplay is still something any RCT veteran can jump into and use.

Life is not perfect in RCT3, however. Along with the benefits, especially in graphics, comes a cost. The game runs sluggishly on mid-level machine (well above the recommended, never mind minimum, requirements, e.g. 512meg system memory, 128 video). Stuttering is fairly common, the computer will "freeze" for one second, then resume. It's not awful, but it's not good either.

Clumsy interface in places - Example, the only readily accessible button in some tutorials is "quit", so you'll have to restart a few times if you're not careful.
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RCT3 has been a very enjoybale purchase for me. To begin, the graphics are gorgeous. The developers have paid attention to details and really excelled at the 3D mapping, shadowing, and light effects. In particular, the transition between daytime and nighttime is a joy to watch. Following that transition the fireworks show lights up the night sky.

The new Coaster Cam feature allows you to ride ALL the rides in your park. So once I completed one of my crazy coasters I get to ride on it and experience all the loops and spins like I was actually there.

In terms of gameplay, RCT3 has a tutorial that teaches you all the basics so that you can get up constructing your parks as soon as possible. After a short time experimenting, taking an idea for a coaster from your head to the game becomes quite smooth. There is also options of placing food stands, bathrooms, drinking stations, the whole works. And each has a deeper level of customization to make everything feel personal.

Overall, I love playing this game and think that anyone experienced or unexperienced would enjoy the game.
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Yes, the camera function for the coasters and rides is wonderful. Also love the new selection of thrill rides.

Also appreciate the "autofinish" for designing coasters, so i dont have to spend an hour trying to get the end of the track to line up with the station.

Ride extras like volcanos and sharks jumping out of water...fantastic.

And, getting down to eye level and looking at your park is just a thrilling experience.


Moving around the park and zooming in is a pain in the *@!. Yes, I figured it out, but I hate it. It is a chore.

The scenarios are ludicrous. The sandbox mode is the ONLY way to go here.

The employees dont do their jobs, need training, have to be fired, etc. And drink stands and food stalls break down. I did not buy Rollercoaster Tycoon to learn to be a human resources manager. I want to play with an amusement park. This aspect of the game is largely a nuisance.

Fireworks...nice, but I'd rather have more rides.

You can't make tunnels!

Love the night scenes, but you cant put lights in the coasters, so they are just these dark blobs in the middle of the park.

In all, the sandbox mode will keep you occupied. But after playing a few times I'm fairly bored with the game. It's radically different from the previous games in spirit and execution, and will really take some getting used to. I'm just not feeling that urge to play with it again.
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