Itís hard to believe that is has been
eight long years since we last saw a title from the extremely
popular Rollercoaster Tycoon series, but now in 2012
Rollercoaster Tycoon 3D attempts to heal the gaping holes
present in the hearts of fans. Unfortunately Tycoon 3D could
be the worst of the series, merely being a stripped down and poorer
version of its predecessors.
Tycoon 3D sports two game modes;
youíve got your classic mode which gives you all the resources you
need to create your own theme park, and a ďstory modeĒ which serves
as a tutorial that will assist you on your endeavours. While it is
rather lengthy, the tutorials are way too basic to be of any
substantial use, and the pointless story thatís included only
distracts from the main picture. Button icons are too vague to be of
any use, and if youíre playing on the regular size 3DS thereís a
poor amount of space on screen for you to see what youíre doing.
Also, the amount of rides that you can include in your theme park
has been drastically reduced. There are absolutely no water rides
which one of my favourite parts of the previous games in the series,
and whatís left are the bare basics of a theme park. Not much fun to
Thankfully Tycoon 3D does
integrate some of the 3DSí technology into its gameplay. Players are
allowed to attach cameras to any location on their rollercoaster in
order to take a picture of the people on the ride, mainly you. Itís
a fun little distraction that I was actually pleasantly surprised to
see included judging by the rest of the gameís lacklustre content.
Although Rollercoaster Tycoon 3
is nearly eight years old, it looks miles better than anything
Tycoon 3D can produce. Despite this being only a 3DS game, the
consoleís hardware is capable of so much more than whatís on offer.
Textures are blurry (which makes the 3D effects headache inducing),
details are extremely low, and the overall frame rate leaves a lot
to be desired. The first person view of your roller coasters and
rides shows a little improvement, but it only makes the overall
presentation seem less consistent.
As Tycoon 3D is based around
theme parks, expect to hear the chatter and screams of delight
coming from the visitors at your theme park. While it is appropriate
to have this kind of ambience in this game, and it does sound like
an actual them park, it gets old fast and you begin to realise that
itís a continuous loop of the same sound regardless of how well or
how poorly you are managing your theme park. Itís not essential to
your gaming experience, so thereís nothing wrong with turning down
the volume and putting on some music while you play.
Rollercoaster Tycoon 3D gives
you all the basic tools you need to create a theme park, but the
lack of details and content seen in previous games in the series
results in a rather unsatisfying gaming experience. While the game
does take advantage of the 3DSís technology to create some fun
little distractions, thereís not much else to get excited about.
Fans of the Rollercoaster Tycoon series may find some level
of nostalgia playing Tycoon 3D, but if they were waiting for
a genre defining entry, this certainly isnít what theyíre looking