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.)


Comments

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

    Last edited 13/08/15 6:42 pm

      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

    Now if only i had a mobile device new enough to play it.

      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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