RollerCoaster Tycoon is the first and perhaps best Theme Park simulator of all time. Launched in 1999, it soon conquered a legion of fans around the world.
For these more than 20 years, we know several versions of this sensational theme park simulator.
Some versions like RollerCoaster Tycoon World did not please the public and criticize it. But the RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch and RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum came very close to the success of the original game.
Following the same path as Roller Coaster Tycoon, other games were also successful.
Planet Coaster is one of those new games that simulate very well what it is like to create a good theme park.
On these pandemic days, the parks are all closed. Then we can miss the days of roller coaster fun by creating our own park.
We have prepared a shortlist of the best theme park simulator games for you.
RollerCoaster Tycoon (1999)
Create and run amazing parks complete with RollerCoaster Tycoon. In the game created by Chris Sawyer, players can be designing and build incredible roller coasters. Landscaping parks and managing the staff and finances to keep their guests happy and the money flowing in. Original amusement park music and sound effects.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum (2004)
Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum combines the excitement of rollercoasters with the fun of a great strategy simulation. RCT3 Platinum combines the roller coaster theme park fun of the Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 with included expansion packs Soaked! and Wild! Now enjoy more options than ever.
Thrilleville – Off the Rails (2007)
Thrillville: Off the Rails – Theme park simulation video game developed by Frontier Developments and published by LucasArts.
The game allows the placing and deletion of attractions and buildings such as flat rides, food and drink stalls, bathrooms, games. Also contains various minigames to play both in the park. In the game’s “Party Play” mode, allowing the players to ride their own roller coasters inside each of the Thrillville theme parks.
NoLimits 2 Roller Coaster Simulation (2011)
The NoLimits 2 Roller Coaster Simulation allows the design of a roller coaster with the surrounding scenery. Track editing is based on adjacent bézier curves and allows nearly infinite design possibilities. Scenery objects can be placed in the editor, provided they are of the .3ds format. The software allows a number of popular roller coaster types to be designed, based on industrially engineered designs.
The “Simulator” allows the designed roller coaster to be viewed in full 3D, either riding the roller coaster-like a rider or watching it in a third-person perspective, from a fixed position, or behind the roller coaster train.
Planet Coaster (2016)
Planet Coaster is a construction and management simulation video game. The game allows players to build different theme park rides and roller-coasters. There are three different modes in the game, namely Sandbox, Challenge, and Career. In the career mode, players assume the role of a theme park manager and must complete tasks such as constructing unfinished roller coasters or hiring janitors. Players are tasked to construct their own theme park on an empty plot of land (Sandbox mode). The challenge mode is similar to the sandbox mode, but with added difficulty, as players need to take funds into the account.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch (2017)
This is RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch for mobile devices, customize and rule your theme park kingdom. Build, manage, and sharing your coolest park creations in beautiful 3D graphics. Win card packs, every day, full of coasters, rides, decorations, and more to create your dream park. Complete missions and acquire more cards to upgrade your buildings, keeping your peeps happy and making more money for your theme park.
Parkitect is a construction and management simulation video game developed and published by Texel Raptor. The game simulates amusement park management, similar to the RollerCoaster Tycoon series. The player must build rides, manage the park, and keep their guests happy. The player may hire staff to fulfill the needs of the park. Parkitect introduces several aspects that differentiate from the classic RollerCoaster Tycoon series including staff buildings, resource depots, and hidden staff-only areas. Furthermore, the game introduces a branching map system within its campaign mode.
Jurassic World Evolution (2018)
Jurassic World Evolution is a business simulation video game. Based on the 2015 film Jurassic World. Players construct a Jurassic World dinosaur theme park on Las Cinco Muertes Archipelago, a group of five islands also known as the “Five Deaths”. The game features more than 40 types of dinosaurs. Their genes can be modified to introduce new features. Players are given contracts to fulfill by three divisions, Science, Security, and Entertainment. A sandbox mode set on Isla Nublar, the setting of the film, can be unlocked.
Theme Park Simulator: Rollercoaster Paradise (2020)
Theme Park Simulator is a pure simulator game, with roller coasters, Ferris wheels, and many more thrill rides. You can be a tycoon of the amusement parks. Different simulators are waiting for you: Bumper cars, Inverter, La Olla Tagada, Wild Mouse Roller Coaster, Techno Jump, Twister, Kamikaze, Tokaido Rollercoaster, Viking ship, Kamikaze, and Love Express.