RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Re-Released Today, No In-Game Purchases

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Re-Released Today, No In-Game Purchases

If you got angry about RollerCoaster Tycoon yesterday, I have some good news. One of the classics is back — and it hasn’t been messed with.

It was good to see so many people yesterday come out in support of RollerCoaster Tycoon World. Everyone has strong memories and a lot of love for the franchise. I’ll always have a special amount of respect for it as well, as the game was coded in x86 assembly/machine code, which is something of a marvel.

My dad tried to teach my brother and I assembly when we were very little; unfortunately, I didn’t have the patience or faculties to appreciate programming on that level. It did instil a certain level of appreciation, however, and I still marvel every time I see any of the original RollerCoaster Tycoon games to this day as a result.

So today I have a good bit of news for everyone. We all like RollerCoaster Tycoon. It’s also fair to say most people were fairly angry about RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile, which was almost Dungeon Keeper-esque in its trashing of the franchise.

Frontier Developments, creators of the original series and makers of Elite: Dangerous, have come to the rescue by re-releasing RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 on iOS today. It’s a fairly decent price — $6.49 — and it’s playable on the iPhone as well as the larger iPad.

“With a new mobile-friendly UI, the creativity, depth and sophistication of the classic PC game is all here — with NO in-app purchases.”

Music to my ears. The game comes with all the 18 scenarios that originally shipped on PC, and the mobile port comes with the first-person Coaster Cam so you can see how nauseous a game from 2004 can make you on the train.

What’s your favourite game in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series — or were you more of a Theme Park person? (Those union negotiations were always fun.)


  • So good! RCT 1 was my favourite game for years as a kid… Good to see Frontier giving the series the respect it deserves.

    • Yeah can they release RCT1 & 1.5 on iOS (wouldn’t call RCT2 A full sequel considering it was pretty much just RCT1 Hahahahaha)

      I would Definately buy that on iOS

    • You should be able to get 2nd-gen tablets from somewhere. I have a first-gen Nexus 7. It’s not great, but it still runs Blood Bowl OK so hopefully it’d cope with this when it comes out on Android.

  • Awesome! I’ve still got my discs but my Windows 7 doesn’t like it. Will definitely buy if it’s released for Android.

  • as soon as i saw this, i grabbed my ipad and installed it. Its a pretty damn faithful reproduction, including coaster cam and i think ALL the types of coaster from the PC version. The controls seem pretty fluid and sensible too. THIS is how you release a older PC game on iPad EA!

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