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How to Win RollerCoaster Tycoon Games

Updated on August 28, 2012

About the Images

RollerCoaster Tycoon is an Abandonware Game.

The Images here are screenshots of the abandoware game, so they aren't copyrighted and became free to use by anyone interested.

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RollerCoaster Tycoon: What's it all about?

If you're here you probably know about the RollerCoaster Tycoon Series and you have a special place in your heart for these "oldies" on display (the screenshots from the game that moved our childhood).

Indeed, RollerCoaster Tycoon is a game that has a really closed community, and most of its fans are grownups rather than children (which is ironic for a game about amusement parks).

For those who don't know RCTycoon, well, it's a game that places you in the amusement park's owner shoes. You can:

  • Build all kind of crazy rides;
  • Hire the park's Staff;
  • Open up restaurants and ice cream parlors
  • Build Custom Roller coasters

..and more!

The goal for this article is to help you become an amusement park mogul.

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Building Attractions: Tips and Tricks

Building attractions can become addicting - and this can be a danger for your wallet. You must have some order and method when investing in new attractions or you'll find your bank account bleeding by all sides. Like in real investments, a plan is needed. This is where these tips come in:

  • Start off by deploying some "Gentle Rides": It can be alluring to build a roller coaster right at the start of the game, but you shouldn't. "Slow and Steady wins the race". You need a stable and safe source of income and these gentle rides are great for it.
  • Fill out the entrance space: You should always start by building around the entrance. This will help you capitalize on the easy access, as costumers have to walk less. Later on, as the big attractions will be on the back of the park, you'll also force your costumers to pass by the smaller rides on their way to the big ones.
  • Your first roller coaster should be a pre-fab: Chances are that you still don't have the population to capitalize on the big ones, so buy a small pre-fab roller coaster.
  • Water Attractions: Think! When do people want to get wet? Summer! So, build your water attractions on hot months instead of building it say in December. That's logical, but some people think it doesn't matter.
  • Don't forget about food: Your guests need to eat and drink to keep on going, always make food and drink spots while your expanding!

So, here are some rules towards success, now let's take a glance at one of the most funny features of the game - custom built roller coasters.

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Building Custom RollerCoasters

Custom Building can be tricky in all the games of the series, but it pays off.

Here are some tips you'll do well to follow if you wan't to win:

  • Watch out for the entrance/exit: Guests hate to walk, you should always make sure that entrances and exits are close to the park's center.
  • Build aiming at excitement: Guests always pay more for exciting rides - remember to always check the excitement level bar.
  • Make the entrance large enough: Place enough cue space, because if you build it right guests will flood to it - make sure they have room to wait for their turn!

A final note is: Always make sure you have double the money you think you'll need - things always get messed up when custom building.

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The Path to Success

All scenarios start with built paths - my advice? Delete them.

You don't want your guests to walk on paths that lead to nowhere, as I stated earlier guests hate to walk.

Build your paths as you build your attractions and make sure you always optimize the routes so people can circulate fast and spend their money faster.

Yeah, they'll spend money faster so they leave faster right? Not if you build ATMs right next to where your paths have more movement. It's a matter of strategy!

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Staff Managing: The Guide

The staff will help you on your way to success, and you can help them become more effective. This guide will focus on two particular staff members: The Handyman and the Mechanic.

I know that in most tycoon games the handyman is the one that repairs things, but on RCTycoon you've got the mechanic for that. The handyman will keep your park clean.

The thing is, exciting rides makes your guests puke like crazy - so you have to hire handymen.... like crazy.

You never have too much handymen and you'll need a legion of them later on in the game. Make sure you place some fixed on exit paths so they can mop up the vomit of over-excited guests.

The mechanic is a professional you can have in a moderate quantity, as they are efficient - just lookout for the maintenance level of your rides from time to time.

The remaining staff members are a bit optional - I rarely use the others and I do fine.

Scenery is Important

We are used to decorations only having aesthetic purposes in mind, well, on RCTycoon games this is different.

Decorations are directly correlated to your guest's happiness gauge - and you'll want your guests as happy as they can be.

Adopt the same building strategy recommended for paths and food parlors - build them as you expand your park to make sure the whole park is covered.

If the guests are unhappy, they will let you know - so click them frequently to read their comments on your work so far.

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    • Rui Carreira profile image

      Rui Carreira 5 years ago from Torres Novas

      Yeah its pretty cool, I still play it now and then too

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I still have this game. My son enjoys the challenge and I take it out for a spin every now and then.

    • Rui Carreira profile image

      Rui Carreira 5 years ago from Torres Novas

      It's very addicting... once you go in you won't come out... thanks for another comment :D

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      Fun game if I get a chance to play it I will return to your Hubpages for advice.