Developer: Origin8 Technologies
Reviewed on: iOS
Anyone who knows me knows I love theme park building games and no series does it better than Roller Coaster Tycoon (Ignoring the terrible Roller Coaster Tycoon World). This series has been around since 1999 and I have played every game released for it ever since. Perhaps the game series I have sunk the most time into in all these years, I now have another reason to revisit it.
Earlier this year, March to be exact the original creator of this game Chris Sawyer stated he was working on bringing this game to mobile platforms but no specific release date was given. Ever since nothing has been heard on the project but Christmas came early this year! The game was released earlier this month and it’s every bit as good as it once was.
Like I mentioned earlier Roller Coaster Tycoon is a theme park building/ management game which sees you, well do just that. Everything is true to the original games, you select a park from a list of scenarios and try to achieve the given goal within a set time. Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic takes all the parks (bar expansion pack parks) from the first two games and splits them across 10 groups, starting with the easiest scenarios and working up to the more difficult ones.
So the most important aspect when it comes to porting games over to mobile platforms is the control schemes. Trying to condense all aspects of the original game and make it usable on mobile is no easy task, especially on a game like this. Well I am pleased to say the controls work absolutely fine which is very surprising. The UI does not obstruct your view at all, all the critical information is displayed without a problem. Number of guests and your total money are displayed along the top and your construction tools and date are along the bottom. Everything that needs showing just fits in so well!
There is one problem that people may find with the controls however, they may be slightly fiddly. I haven’t found this to be a problem since I play on an Ipad Air 2 which gives me enough room for everything I need. If I tried playing this on my iPhone SE however I can see that it would be incredibly difficult to do so. If you’re going to buy this then I would definitely purchase it on a tablet.
If you played the dreadful Roller Coaster Tycoon 4 that was released on mobile this year then you’ll know it was riddled with micro-transactions. Thankfully Classic purges all signs off them and instead offers only three purchases. The two expansions released for Tycoon 2 (Time Twister and Wacky Worlds) as well as a separate scenario editor. Now these feel fine as in app purchases as they are actual expansion packs. They offer a whole set of new parks, rides and building objects making them worth the purchase. Other than these three packs that’s it. No micro transactions and no ads in the game. Perfect.
Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic can be purchased for £4.49 and each expansion can be purchased for £1.49. The base game includes 95 scenarios which is amazing value for money and both expansion packs will give you a total of 31 extra parks. The game runs on iOS 7 or higher so take that into consideration before purchasing it! Overall an incredibly successful port of a great PC game.