Roller Coaster Tycoon 3

Common Sense Media says

A great amusement park simulation.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game requires a powerful PC with at least a 733-megahertz Pentium III processor and a 3-D video card, such as an ATI Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce 2 with at least 32 megabytes of video memory. Also, click "update" in the opening screen of the game to download the latest patches, which help to make the game play better and add bonus features.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

ROLLERCOASTER TYCOON 3 gives youngsters and their parents the opportunity to design and manage the amusement park of their dreams. But the third installment in this popular franchise also lets kids ride the coasters they've created and enjoy all the fun of their virtual amusement parks up close and personal from the viewpoint of a visitor. Youngsters construct amusement parks in a graphically rich 3-D environment with multiple camera views, and customize the park guests. Once they've finished designing a park, kids can ride or participate in any of the coasters and attractions from a first-person perspective.

Is it any good?

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As with previous Tycoon installments, kids can play any of several challenging scenarios. For example, they might be asked to build a park on difficult terrain or one designed to attract lots of guests. Tycoon 3 also adds a new "SandBox" mode that gives kids unlimited funds to create the fantasy park of their dreams.

Parents, make sure your computer is powerful enough to run this game. It requires a PC with at least a 733-megahertz Pentium III processor and a 3-D video card, such as an ATI Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce 2 with at least 32 megabytes of video memory. Also, click update in the opening screen of the game to download the latest patches, which help to make the game play better and add bonus features.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what kind of rides they enjoy designing. Do you like to create rides you would enjoy riding on? Or do you prefer to build wild thrill rides that go farther than you would in real life?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Atari
Release date:March 4, 2005
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:E for (Windows)

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Written byAnonymous July 5, 2010
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7
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Another in a great series

God, how I LOVED RCT2, but still, this game is pretty excellent. Quite a change from your average game for sure, but none the less great.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 12 years old July 29, 2014
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

My Rating: 7

What other families should know about this simulation is that it is one of the best theme park games going. It is actually rated 'PEGI 3', and I can say that I 75% would agree on the rating. However, there are some scary animatronics that you can get which may scare children as young as 5, 4 or 3. These include a giant skull with eyeballs nearly hanging out of their sockets, a skeleton popping out of it's coffin and grave and does a silly dance etc. There is also scary music that may frighten sensitive or very young children. Overall Description: Contains some scenes and sounds that may frighten young children.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written bynatedogg123 September 15, 2012
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10
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LEARNING

Build BIG,BIGGER, and Biggest bemusement park like never before!!!

Great game!! I had it since I was at least seven or eight but somewhere along the line I lost it and was heart broken. Its also very challenging and should be played by experienced players.
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written bytazzyanne March 1, 2011

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