RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile Review

RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile was recently released for iOS devices. The $2.99 app from Atari also includes in app purchases. See a video of RCT4M gameplay here. A bit about the game first: Red Tickets are the premium currency. You need these to buy fancier rides, speed up things etc. you do earn 1 per level up and from completing goals.  Each device will be assigned a code that can be used to add friends, which allows you to send and receive up to five tickets per day.

The RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile reviews are beginning to roll in and for the most part they’re not good. The highest rating I’ve seen is 2 out of 5 stars. Typical complaints are:rollercoaster tycoon 4 mobile review

  • Very simplified version of Rollercoaster Tycoon.
  • Guests do not seem to follow paths, wandering around under the coasters etc. they come into the park from neighboring land instead of the main gate.
  • Building coasters is simplified and has less options. It is so casual that you can push the Complete button and the game will connect your track to the gate.
  • This is your typical casual freemium game….
  • There are no staff to manage, no chain lift speeds to adjust, no individual prices to set.
  • It’s just a generic build, wait, repeat ‘game’
  • You cannot style any of the shops or flat rides, it’s simply place down and that’s it.

The good news is there is a separate PC game in development due for release later this fall. Hopefully it’s drastically different. No news on when RCT4M will be available on Android devices. Have you played it yet? If not, do you plan on buying RCT4M?

The game has a code system that allows you to redeem certain rides. For those of you who actually buy it, here are two that you can use:

  • xoxoxo: Haunted House
  • wheee: Loopy Loops

 

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RCT4 Mobile Released Today

RCT4 Mobile was released today for $2.99 and is Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. In app purchases include a pack of 10,000 Coins for $0.99 and a pack of 55,000 Coins$4.99.

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To get a taste of what the game has to offer watch this twenty minute video of playing the actual game:

Get RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile now from the App store. Stay tuned for our full review round up post. If you’ve downloaded it already, what are your thoughts?

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile Trailer and PC Version News

After seeming like it would never happen RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 was officially announced by Atari. However, it’s not the game we hoped it would be. Although it’s based on the beloved RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise, RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile will initially only be available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Below is the first official RCT4 Mobile trailer:

The description is “Create and share the coolest amusement park of your dreams and construct incredible roller coasters to keep your visitors excited. Build the best park, unlock new materials, and exchange roller coaster blueprints with friends to become the ultimate RollerCoaster Tycoon.”

Sounds like fun but let’s look closer. Here’s a screenshot from RCT4M:

rollercoaster tycoon 4 mobile trailer screenshot

The tickets cost real world money meaning you have to pay to add a loop to your roller coaster. Yes, sadly it looks as though they are making one of the most basic and iconic aspects of the entire RCT series and limiting it behind a paywall. I’d say you’re still better off buying RCT2 Triple Thrill Pack (instant download) from Amazon.

RCT4 PC Version Coming Fall 2014?

RollerCoaster Tycoon is back and it’s coming to mobile (first)! Atari tells us to rest assured, there is a PC experience in production now for release in Fall 2014. This is just the first step in bringing the series back to its fans this year. The question remains to be answered if this is the same or similar to the mobile version or something entirely different. Most fans are hoping it is the true RCT4 they have been dreaming of for years. Stay tuned for more updates!

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RCT4 Mobile Announced?

Has the next installment of the popular RollerCoaster Tycoon series just been announced under our noses? Last month, the official RollerCoaster Tycoon Facebook page came alive for the first time since 2012. Then, on March 11th they posted “A wild thrill ride awaits! #RCT4M.” That in itself was surprising but what happened next was even more so. Earlier today they updated the page’s cover photo. While similar to past RCT games, the screenshot is of something entirely new! This screenshot combined with the past status update has us believing that RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile will be announced soon.

The cover photo could really be the first screenshot from RCT4 Mobile. The image is of a theme park called DreamLand. While other games are focusing more on realism and customization, the main focus of RCT4 Mobile looks like it’s going to be center on fun and be more game-y than the others. The coaster building will more than likely be the exact same as in RCT1 and 2. Follow our Facebook page to know immediately about any updates.

 

rct4m rollercoaster tycoon 4 mobile rct4 mobile

 

While it’s not the RCT4 we were hoping for it’s better than nothing for RCT fans. With heavy competition from Theme Park Studio and NoLimits 2, maybe it’s better for the RCT franchise to head in a different direction? What are your thoughts on a RollerCoaster Tycoon game for mobile devices?

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RollerCoaster Tycoon Update?

On February 28th, the official RollerCoaster Tycoon Facebook page posted this status update:

“Are you the next RollerCoaster Tycoon?”

This was surprising because the Facebook page had not been updated since December 2012! Many fans immediately assumed this is news and a sign that RCT4 may finally come out. We know Atari is bankrupt and no one has bought the franchise yet so this leads me to believe that this is not about RCT4 and is much more likely pointing towards a RCT1 or RCT2 release on tablet devices that Chris Sawyer hinted about earlier. What are your thoughts?

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Theme Park Studio Early Release

The Theme Park Studio Early Release version is not available to download on Steam (the Kickstarter backers were emailed a key from Pantera. You have to create a Steam account, download Steam, then go to Games>Enter a Product key to access Theme Park Studio). While the game is still in the very early stages of development (and not much of a game at all at this point) it’s easy to see the power and potential of it as they add more and more features. Below are a few screenshots from pre-built parks you can load and play with.

 

theme park studio early release

 

 

RCT versus Theme Park Studio

So the question everyone wants to know is how does Theme Park Studio compare to RollerCoaster Tycoon? The  biggest difference is the customization in TPS is off the charts and way above and beyond RCT. A good example of this is the path builder. You use paths to link rides and attractions in your theme park and they can be built as plain roads or ornate pathways with rails, lights and more.  In RCT, paths were pretty limited. You could only build in squares. With TPS, virtually anything is possible. Each path segment has its own terrain binding mode which causes hills to be flattened to let a path pass through, or causes hills higher than the path to flatten and terrain beneath the path to rise and support the path. Toggle on or off parts of the road, including the roadbed, the left fence, the right
fence and the sidewalks. You can auto generate objects to automatically be placed at intervals on or alongside your paths. The amount of options is astounding and the ability to make a lot of things all at once will be a big timer saver compared with placing everything one at a time like in RCT.

 

theme park studio

I can’t wait to see more from TPS in the future. What do you think of the game so far?

Theme Park Studio Keyboard Shortcuts

W / Up Arrow: Move Forward

A / Left Arrow: Move Left

S / Down Arrow: Move Backward

D / Right Arrow: Move Right

Shift + W: Raise Elevation

Shift + S: Lower Elevation

Q : Rotate Counter-clockwise

E : Rotate Clockwise

Shift + Q : Rotate Upward

Shift + E  : Rotate Downward

X / + : Zoom In

Z / - : Zoom Out

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Theme Park Studio Release Date Announced

The Theme Park Studio release date has been announced as February 10th, 2014. At least, the early BETA version of the game that is. The latest update says Theme Park Studio is still in development and is actually going to be released in stages starting in February. What does this mean? The coaster construction module is only 60 percent complete and will be released in a future stage. The developers urge you to only purchase at this point if you are interested in being involved in the ongoing development of this exciting project. This includes testing, debugging, and supplying new feature requests. Theme Park Studio is all about creating a community based project and this first release basically allows us fans to get started designing parks, creating custom assets, and importing/sharing custom scenery.

theme park studio release date announced

How will all this be accomplished? Valve will be carrying Theme Park Studio on Steam! Not only will this make the Beta program a very streamlined process, but it will allow additional features to be added at a later date to expand the product. A full development road map has been outlined on the Early Access page. Here is the link:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/254590

Via their Kickstarter they also announced they are creating a professional version and are honored to announce that the Theme Park Studio Professional Edition is scheduled for use in 2014 by Intamin Amusement Rides to showcase their newest coaster designs. There is amazing potential for Theme Park Studio and I am looking forward to what could be the ultimate theme park simulator.

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Introducing FreeRCT

A reader recently informed me about a project under construction that is very interesting. It’s called FreeRCT, a free and open source theme park simulation game inspired by our beloved Roller Coaster Tycoon franchise. FreeRCT is being written in the C++ programming language. Judging by the entries on their blog, this project has actually been in development since 2011. The ultimate foal is to capture the look, feel and gameplay of the popular games RollerCoaster Tycoon 1 and 2.freerct logo

freerct demo

The latest video, posted below, shows the building of a small roller coaster, followed by a moving coaster car (at fixed speed, and not rotating along with the tracks).

You can learn more at http://www.freerct.org/.

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NoLimits 2 Release Date Announced

Happy new year! In a great start to 2014 the NoLimits 2 release date was announced as January 10th, 2014! After over 8 years of development, numerous burnouts, adding of countless features that were originally not planned, and 670,000 lines of code No Limits 2 will finally be available to download.  The sequel to 2001′s No Limits will come packed with new features such as 4D, flying, dive machine and laydown coaster models. The standard version of No Limits 2 will cost $45.99, while the professional version will cost $99.99. Read about the differences between the two here. Stay tuned for our full review of NoLimits 2! What version do you plan on downloading?

nolimits 2 release date

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Top 5 RCT Posts in 2013

2013 is coming to a close. In 2013 Atari properties were auctioned off but no buyer was found for our beloved RCT franchise and the future of the series remains in limbo. All is not lost for coaster designers as new games that may surpass Roller Coaster Tycoon are schedule to be released soon.2013

To see a brief recap of 2013, listed below are the top 5 most popular posts published on RCT4 release date in 2013:

  1. Best RCT4 Alternatives
  2. Atari Auction Ends with No Buyer for RCT Series
  3. Back Theme Park Studio
  4. NoLimits 2 Preview Video
  5. Real Roller Coaster Design Software

 

RCT Goals for 2014

My goals for 2014 are to review the fantastic looking upcoming games, Theme Park Studio and NoLimits 2. Of course, I will also keep you updated on any developments on the RollerCoaster Tycoon front, but it doesn’t look good. The series may be as good as dead. The best we might hope for is to be able to play RCT2 on our tablets.

What would you like to see on this site in 2014?

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