A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While nothing's overtly stated, the better the park, the more customers will flock to see the exhibits and ride the rides, which will increase the park's profits.
Ease of Play
While the control scheme is simple to use, there are a lot of options that can take up the boundaries of the screen. That said, though, this is a simple drag and drop game that makes creating the park easy.
Products & Purchases
This is the latest game in the Roller Coaster Tycoon franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Complete Edition is a simulation game for Windows PCs. This title comprises the base game, plus its two expansions - Soaked and Wild. Gameplay allows players to use their imaginations to create any type of amusement park they wish, although the game itself is broken down into the original title, and separate launched games for the two expansions. A player can't incorporate elements from one expansion into the other. The game is also about micromanaging the theme park and while the Sandbox Apprentice game allows players unlimited resources, other campaign-driven scenarios will require financial responsibility. There's no inappropriate content to be found in any one of the three games.
Is It Any Good?
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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