RollerCoaster Tycoon World Coming to Steam Early Access

For years strategy games have fallen into one of two categories, with some games requiring you to defeat your enemies and conquer planets or countries while the others saw you trying to run businesses and people’s lives, balancing the books against the choices you had. Of the latter category, one of the biggest series was the RollerCoaster series. Don’t worry if you’ve missed it, because RollerCoaster Tycoon World will be coming sooner than you think.

Chief Executive Officer at Atari, Fred Chesnais, is hopeful of the new games potential, saying that “after careful consideration, the decision to go through the Steam Early Access program was made”, the reason provided was that it would give fans access to the game to those “dedicated fans that have followed us throughout the development process”.

It doesn’t just stop there, if you were a fan of the games then the new features could see you picking this one up as soon as it releases. New features will include the ability to place your rides at any angles, doing away with the grid placed system that restricted so many parks in the past. If you ever felt like the games were missing content then RollerCoaster Tycoon World will be perfect for you as the new game will feature support for community content, meaning that people will be able to custom create and share rides, stalls and more.

Excited yet? If so then make sure to check back on Steam on March 30th to pick up the game!

RollerCoaster Tycoon is Making a Comeback in 2016!

The PC platform is home to a huge array of iconic simulation games including Theme Hospital and RollerCoaster Tycoon. During my childhood, the ability to open a hospital, and try to manage the budget while offering good healthcare was a fairly enticing proposition. Admittedly, I preferred it to the theme park titles, because I’ve never been overly fond of rollercoasters. Nevertheless, the formula for any simulation game is really enjoyable and recent examples like Cities: Skylines illustrates their popularity. Clearly, one of the most fondly remembered simulation games is RollerCoaster Tycoon which allows you to build thrilling rides, and create other amenities.

RollerCoaster Tycoon was originally released on March, 31st 1999, and starting to show its age. Thankfully, a sequel entitled, RollerCoaster Tycoon World is in production and scheduled for a 2016 release. Furthermore, the development studio has promised the latest instalment will be a completely different experience from the mobile version and without any microtransactions. According to Mashable, RollerCoaster Tycoon World adopts a similar focus which properly honours the previous game. Additionally, there’s endless potential for replayability as players can share custom created content and upload them directly to the Steam Community.

Sadly, it seems the current build isn’t a graphical masterpiece and doesn’t evoke the same kind of fidelity seen in Cities: Skylines. Atari also demoed the game on an Alienware laptop which just about hovered over the minimum requirements. This resulted in severe frame drops, slow loading times and various crashes to the desktop. Hopefully, this is an isolated incident and the final version will have a greater level of polish. Perhaps, the performance is improved on better hardware as the engine might not be well suited to mobile chipsets.

Even though rollercoaster simulators aren’t to my taste, it’s fantastic to see a classic being revived. Hopefully it lives up to people’s expectations and provides a fantastic experience.

First Gameplay Footage of RollerCoaster Tycoon World Revealed

Atari and Area 52 Games have unveiled a tantalising glimpse of gameplay footage from the first RollerCoaster Tycoon game in 11 years.

RollerCoaster Tycoon World, the fourth game in the series, does not look drastically different from RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, released 2004, but if the sequel plays as well as its predecessor, that might not be a bad thing. However, that does make the demanding CPU recommended specifications a tad confusing.

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RollerCoaster Tycoon World is due out for PC mid-2015.

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Transport Tycoon Gets Released On iOS & Android Devices

Chris Sawyer’s 31X Studios has announced the release of the legendary simulation management game Transport Tycoon for both iOS and Android mobile devices. The game, developed by Origin8 Technologies under Sawyer’s direction, is now on the App Store and Google Play.

For those who do not know what the game is, Transport Tycoon and Transport Tycoon Deluxe are video games developed by Chris Sawyer and published by MicroProse in 1994 (TT), and 1995 (TTD). They are business simulation games, presented in an isometric view in 2D with graphics by Simon Foster, in which the player acts as an entrepreneur in control of a transport company, and can compete against rival companies to make as much profit as possible by transporting passengers and various goods by road, rail, sea and air. The Deluxe version is an expanded and improved version of the original game.

After the success of Transport Tycoon Deluxe, Chris Sawyer turned his attention towards a sequel, but during development he changed his mind and produced RollerCoaster Tycoon, which turned out to be a runaway hit. After RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 was done, work on the third version was left to another development team, and Sawyer returned to work on his Transport Tycoon sequel, Chris Sawyer’s Locomotion. It was released in September 2004 and was described by Sawyer as the “spiritual successor to Transport Tycoon“, but received poor reviews and was not a commercial success.

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On July 15, 2013, Chris Sawyer’s 31X Litd and Origin8 Technologies announced that they were working on a mobile version of Transport Tycoon. Chris Sawyer was originally focusing on funding for the game but ended up overseeing the design and helped with the debugging. The game will be released for iOS and Android on the 3rd of October 2013.

The game is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android phones and tablets for £4.99/ $6.99/ €5.99 it should also be hitting Amazon in the near future.

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