I'm Not Sure Rollercoaster Tycoon Needs That Much RAM

Heads up: Rollercoaster Tycoon is getting re-released on Steam this week. Not the original games, but the mobile port. Of the original games. That you can already buy on Steam.

So, that's a bit weird. But there's something even weirder if you dig into the Steam page.

The fact that the very decent Rollercoaster Tycoon is getting re-released on Steam is odd, considering Rollercoaster Tycoon World is still a product that you can technically hand over money for. Even though Planet Coaster exists.

The original RCT games play just fine on modern systems, you see, especially when coupled with the open-source adaptions OpenRCT and OpenRCT2. The latter even adds multiplayer, something that the re-release of the mobile port won't have.

So the incentive to grab RCT Classic isn't that strong. But if you scroll down the Steam page, there's an even stranger inclusion:

Can someone please explain to me how a re-release of a mobile port requires 16GB of RAM?

For reference, RCT 1 and 2 only needs 512MB RAM - you know, less memory than hard drive space.

Hell, Planet Coaster isn't even asking for 16GB of RAM.

It's not far off, but Planet Coaster also wasn't released in 1999. Or on smartphones. Most of which barely have more than 4GB RAM, the minimum requirement for RCT Classic.


    Maybe they're just giving general advice. Like "dude, it's 2017, you really should have 16GB of RAM at least, these days". I'd back that.

    If you play the mobile version for more than a few days everything chunks down badly, even on fairly meaty devices (as soon as I built my third Rollercoaster). If the code on Steam is as badly optimised as it was on iOS, then they'll need every bit of that RAM.

    I often wonder how games use RAM these days.

    Take Stardew Valley for example, the game's size is 465MB, but its minimum RAM requirement is 2GB. I can barely get that pixelated game to run on a cheap modern laptop.

    But then you take a games from the 2000's like Vampire: The Masquerade Redemption or Hitman: Codename 47, where the game size(s) are just shy of 800MB, and their minimum RAM requirements are 8MB to 256MB.

    1Gig for the game
    15 Gig for hidding mining software

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