As the power of the modern day smartphone continues to advance unabated, you can be sure that more and more complex programs and of course, games, will be released for the device. The thing is, smartphones these days are now so powerful, they are able to run versions of games which originally required a desktop. RollerCoaster Tycoon is one such title, and this classic PC game has just been released for the PC platform not too long ago under the moniker RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic.
This particular iOS title does seem to offer a lot of bang for your hard earned buck, for the simple fact that it will merge features that make up the original two RollerCoaster Tycoon games on the PC. These two games were very, very popular back when they were released in 1999 as well as in 2002. After all, this just goes to show that people love to micromanage or have big dreams of owning a really, really large business while making sure everything does not detail -- pardon the pun.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic will ensure that majority of the first and second RollerCoaster Tycoon game features remain in place, where among them include park and coaster design tools, not to mention offering a huge variety of rides and amenities. In fact, not much work was done to keep the graphics updated at the very least, if at all, as RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic will continue to maintain the original games’ pixelated, isometric art style. Thankfully, in order to compensate for the smaller screen form factor, the menu system has been adjusted so that it becomes friendlier for the mobile gamer. iPad gamers will certainly have an easier time with RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic compared to iPhone users for obvious reasons.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic will come with 95 scenarios that hail from the original Tycoon titles, although Atari would like to milk this aged cash cow for all that it is worth. This would translate to the introduction of in-app purchases -- does this come across as a surprise to many? Some of these in-app purchases would include the Wacky Worlds and Time Twister expansion packs. Those who miss the Toolkit will also be able to get that with some bit of dough, where the Toolkit will add separate scenario and ride designers, in addition to import and export rides and parks. Heck, if you have some of your saved designs from RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, you will be able to import those, too. Digital hoarders who loved the game will certainly squeal in delight at this proposition, don’t you think so?
Those who are interested to kill time on their iPhone or iPad with a management game that involves a theme park will certainly not go wrong with RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic. It will be priced at $5.99, and chances are it will be able to offer far more hours of enjoyment on the move compared to Super Mario Run that costs nearly double the price. As long as you device runs on iOS 7 or later, you’re good to go. Each additional expansion will knock you back by $1.99 apiece.