RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Building a theme park offers subtle business lesson.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn some basic business principles; patrons' satisfaction level affects the park's performance, and kids can conduct a marketing campaign or lower the price to see how it alters attendance and profitability. The financial component -- buying card packs and other items to speed up development -- along with managing currency you earn provides some math practice. The app doesn't claim to be an educational tool, so you can't really fault it for not providing learning materials; still, kids will get a chance to use real-world skills in a fun virtual setting -- and they'll receive detailed instructions to help guide them through the game.

 

Ease of Play

A narrator who appears when you first log in pops up periodically to offer direction. There's a detailed FAQ, which makes it hard to get too lost.

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Consumerism

Plenty of opportunities to make in-app purchases to boost progress, including $1.99 to $24.99 card packs, ticket, coin packages that range from $1.99 to $99.99. Kids also can watch an ad every few hours for a free card pack.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch is a simulation of an amusement park. There's no inappropriate content to be found in the game, as players design and build various coasters to entertain park attendees. While the game is free to play, kids can spend real cash on a variety of in-game packs that can boost their progress. They can also watch an ad to receive a new pack every few hours. Kids can share their park with friends through Facebook, but they don't have to create an account within the app; per Atari's privacy policy, personal information isn't required to start playing.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byWicked Cyclone March 15, 2018

What's it about?

ROLLERCOASTER TYCOON TOUCH, the 2017 installment of the Atari-produced theme park-building game, was created for touch-based devices. Kids complete missions to get card packs, which let them place buildings and seven types of roller coasters in the park; they also get coins and tickets, which can help them complete future missions and add amenities more quickly. The app also encourages users to pay attention to the park's patrons, called Peeps, and to how their needs affect business.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what's involved in running a business. How many tasks, such as keeping track of money and keeping customers happy, can you identify in the game? Which seem to be the most important, in regard to the park's success?

  • The game encourages you to pay attention to park guests' needs, ranging from hunger to having to go to the bathroom, which can be a starting point for a discussion about being sensitive to other people's feelings. How can you assess how people are feeling? What's a kind way to react if they're upset?

  • RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch is free, but there are several chances when playing to buy extra items to help you make more progress. Do you feel like purchasing them would make the game more fun? Can you come up with a few things that cost no money to do that are fun?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading
    Math: addition, money, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, strategy
    Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: February 22, 2017
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Size: 289.00 MB
  • 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

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