Thrillville: Off the Rails

 
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Play, build, and flirt inside an amusement park.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Some of the minigames involve punching. Others are based on shooter-style gameplay but with no blood.

Sex

Players can flirt with the guests but it is mild.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This is the second game in the Thrillville series

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this amusement park simulation is more about exploring and playing in an amusement park than it is about building an amusement park. Some of the Mini party games are bloodless shooter-style games, and others involve punching, but again with no blood. As manager of the park you can woo and flirt with the guests, so some of the pick-up lines have sexual undertones.

What's it about?

A sequel to last year's popular Thrillville game, Thrillville: Off the Rails, continues the original's gameplay formula of combining a simple build-your-own amusement park simulation with a collection of party Mini games. You become the manager of an existing park that needs improvement: There are already a few rides, stalls, and games, but you will need to build more. The party game aspect comes from playing the midway games and attractions in the park. One of the ways to add thrills is to build coasters and other attractions, but if designing is not your thing you can select pre-made attractions and plop them into your park.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This game is meant to be an amusement park that kids can play in -- the micromanagement aspect has been minimized, and the building aspect is limited. The drudgery of maintenance disappears because you do it by playing a game. In all, there are 34 Mini games and 20 death-defying rides. In addition to the simulation mode, the game offers a Coaster Building mode and a Party Play mode where up to 4 people can play the Mini games found in the simulation.

Thrillville: Off the Rails earned an E+10 rating from the ESRB in part because as the park manager, you can woo guests and flirt. Also, some of the Mini games have mild cartoon-type violence. However, several of the Mini games are violence-free and appropriate for younger siblings to enjoy in the Party Play mode.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this amusement park experience compares with the real thing. What is your favorite part of the game? Building coasters and other rides? Riding the rides? Playing the midway games? Talking to the guests? Is this version better than the original?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows, PlayStation 2
Price:$30-50
Available online?Not available online
Developer:LucasArts
Release date:October 15, 2007
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:E10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Lyrics, and Mild Suggestive Themes (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 11 years old August 1, 2009
 
the perfect game for tweens
Kid, 11 years old June 18, 2010
 
This game is on the roof! By that I mean GOOD and AWESOME! I made my own person and she is so cute! My roller coasters are so scary and fun that the people get dizzy and........ you know what it is. Back to the game it's AWESOME!
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i LOVVVVVVVVVE

this is the best game eva!!

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