Parents' Guide to

RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Building a theme park offers subtle business lesson.

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Is It Any Good?

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This simulation is a fun ride that should keep sim fans entertained for hours and hours. The app's missions provide constant goals, progress can be made pretty quickly, and a helpful guide pops up now and again to let you know you've reached a new level or should be taking a certain action. Once you've earned enough cards, you can choose the location for place the corresponding building and track its affect on the theme park and the park's overall progress to ensure it becomes a successful business.

For a seemingly just-for-kicks game, the app features a few above-average learning elements, such as the ability to lower the admission price to boost attendance and upgrade cards to make buildings more efficient so more people are allowed inside. Features like that can provide an interesting experience for kids who haven't had much exposure to business principles, particularly if parents are involved to offer more insight. Activity doesn't slow down much, which should keep players interested in using the app repeatedly. After tracking their earnings and the development dollars they want to spend, they may walk away with a deeper understanding of how a company is run or at least a slightly stronger sense of money management, if they're given some additional instruction. But even without it, players are likely to have a good time constructing their coasters and the surrounding facilities.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: February 22, 2017
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Publisher: Atari
  • Version: 1.08 iOS; Android 1.3.24
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS iPhone 5 and higher, iPad 3 and higher, iPad Mimi 2 and higher, and iPod touch 6, iOS 9.0 or later, and Android.4 and up
  • Last updated: February 4, 2020

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