Parents' Guide to

Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Complete Edition

By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Whole lot of building fun in one package.

Game Mac , Windows 2020
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If you are looking for the kind of game where building and creating from the imagination is a central idea, then this is your time sink that will keep you coming back for more. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Complete Edition looksnice, but while both the visual and audio elements are sound, neither are where the game excels. This is a value-packed (three games for a relatively low price) building sim that's delightful to drop an hour or three into during a game session. The scenarios and career campaign elements are nice, but the sandbox is where the game really shines. Given nothing more than a blank plot of land, players can go Apprentice with an unlimited budget or customize the outing to keep a budget in place (the two other modes are Entrepreneur and Tycoon). From there, you'll then work every aspect of the park, from designing rides to keeping attendees happy. The controls stay clearly out of the way and allow players a lot of freedom in design.

Building sim fans will enjoy this immensely, but this is a game -- with sometimes wacky themes (really, octopi?) or the animal enclosures (do NOT try to put a deadly animal behind a flimsy wooden fence) -- that should have really good appeal to younger gamers. Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Complete Edition is built for fun, but the financial elements and micromanaging may well give younger players a simplified, but fun lesson in economics and creativity.

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