RollerCoster Tycoon Adventures is a Switch adaptation of RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch, a freemium mobile game available on Apple and Android devices. Being a mobile adaptation, Tycoon Adventures is perfect for the Switch’s handheld touch screen, and fans of the series will love designing theme parks with their fingertips. Enjoy four play modes—including Tutorial, Scenario, Adventure, and Sandbox—and build the theme park of your dreams! Beginners should start with the two tutorials. One tutorial deals with non-coaster rides, while the other explains the basics of coaster construction.
Once you get the basics, you can play in any mode you like, since all modes are unlocked from the start. Scenario mode lets you play in a wide variety of park layouts, completing brief challenges before time runs out. Adventure mode features four park options: Flowery Forest, Inspiring Island, Marvelous Moon, and Calming Canyon. Build a new park from the ground up, make your own business decisions, and hope things turn out for the best! Then there’s Sandbox mode, which comes with all options unlocked and lets you do whatever you like. You can even play with unlimited funds!
Unlike past versions of RollerCoaster Tycoon, Adventures doesn’t offer options for micromanagement, and most everything gets done automatically when you take an easy initial step. For example, if you build a ride maintenance building, broken rides will be maintained automatically. If you build a janitor’s station, janitors will clean automatically. Of course, you need to build enough utility buildings to cover your entire park, but that’s really it. While the automation will disappoint some players, we actually appreciate it, especially after our Prison Architect fiasco.
With RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures, handheld mode is the way to go. Controls are intuitive, and you can use the touch screen for most everything you need. However, handheld mode suffers from frame rate issues in bigger parks. While frame rate issues don’t happen in docked mode, the game is difficult to play docked because the docked controls are unintuitive and navigation is a bit clunky. If frame rate issues arise for you in handheld mode, we recommend trying to build the park in handheld and then manage it in docked mode.
This game’s graphics are fantastic, and we’re disappointed that image and video capture are not supported. (We obtained our own screenshots for this review by streaming the game to our PC.) The inability to easily capture images and share your theme parks on social media is a serious drawback for RollerCoaster Tycoon, especially when the graphics are of such high caliber. We hope that image and video capture is added in a later update, but we’re not sure if this will actually happen. We’re also disappointed by the game’s long load times, which often clock in at a minute or more.
RollerCoaster Tycoon offers a captivating experience in handheld mode, with plenty of content, dazzling graphics, and satisfying touch controls. The long load times, frame rate issues, and lack of image capture support are fairly minor drawbacks for us, but we anticipate that other players will feel differently. Considering what’s on offer here, we think $39.99 would be a fairer price, but we don’t think a serious RollerCoaster Tycoon fan would mind paying $49.99 for this title.
Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Atari
Developer –Nvizzio Creations
Price – $49.99
Genre –Simulation, Strategy
Size – 2.0 GB
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