[Beyond PlayStation] RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures Review
RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures from Atari is a new entry in the series, and it’s out now on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventure review!
The first step should be to take on the available tutorial so that you can learn what you can do in this game. The tutorial is split into two sections so that you can easily learn about placing rides, using the terrain tools, goals, permits, decorations, heatmaps, placing blueprints, editing your rollercoasters, customizing your coasters, testing them and viewing the results, to name some examples. Doing the tutorial is a must so that you can understand how the game works.
You will, for example, learn that peeps (the game for the people that visit your park), can’t access rides if they’re not connected to the main park area with a path. Peeps will also get hungry and thirsty, so you’ll need to consider placing some food stands around the park to take care of those needs. Another important thing to keep an eye on is making sure that your park has enough restrooms to keep hygiene from going too low. Peeps are a bit messy, so you’ll also need to have janitors ready to clean up as needed. Rides can breakdown, so you need to have a ride maintenance station ready to fix them up. An information center is also important as it will allow peeps to obtain a map to the park, thus raising their satisfaction.
Entertainers are also an important part of the equation since they can go around the park to boost peeps fun while visiting. And as you play, you will unlock new structure and rides, but before you can place them on your park, you will need to research them. Research takes time and money, and the faster you want something done, the more it will cost you. I’d suggest you first go with the 30 days option since it’s the least expensive one and it will allow
you to learn when you really need to speed up a process to please your peeps.
As you play, you will have some goals to complete to be able to finish up scenarios. For example, one of the tutorials will ask you to place a Burger Stand, to place a Bathroom, to place a Helter Skelter, and to bump up the value of your park bit by bit so that you can reach specific milestones (in the case of the tutorial, $44,000, $54,000 and $62,000). You also have a deadline to complete these objectives, so you should always be aware of it as you work towards completing each required objective.
And then, there are heatmaps. Heatmaps will give you valuable information on your buildings so that you can make adjustments as needed. You could review the revenue for restaurants, rides, and shops, the percentage load of peeps that visit each building, how well your rides are decorated, the satisfaction of peeps, as well as the level of degradation for each ride, which means how old and unattractive it is – the older a ride, the fewer money peeps will be willing to pay to ride it, so you’ll need to make adjustments to its admission price or else peeps won’t visit it.
Once you’re done with the tutorial, you can dive into the Adventure mode where you can build your park from the ground up as you try to become a tycoon while making choices that will affect how your story plays. You’ll take on four different themes for your park so that you can build a theme park that feels right for you. The options are Flowery Forest, Inspiring Island, Marvelous Moon, and Calming Canyon. There is also the Scenario mode where you can play shorter challenges in different parks as the clock is ticking. The final option is the Sandbox mode in which you can start with an empty park without any set goals so that you can pretty much do whatever you want to do.
Rollercoaster Tycoon Adventured is a fun experience that offers plenty of things to do with your parks thanks to the four available themes and the 120+ rides, roller coasters, restaurants, facilities, shops and more you can use to customize your theme park to keep the peeps happy, all in an organized and clear manner… or not, depending on your skills and patience. You might feel a bit overwhelmed at first, but the tutorial does a great job at showing you what needs to be done and what goes where to maximize the revenue and fun potentials of your park. The game is available digitally in the Nintendo Eshop or physically at retail in a very limited print run from Atari – both are priced at $49.99.
This RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Atari.