Jon Goes to the Movies - RollerCoaster Tycoon

Jon Goes to the Movies - RollerCoaster Tycoon

Although no release dates are set, and we know nothing about its production, there is apparently a film based on RollerCoaster Tycoon in development at Sony Pictures. You may think that it's cheating to do an article for a game that may or may not get a movie and use that possibility as an excuse to cover it in your movie licensed game series, and you would be correct. So, let's reminisce on another game I've actually played before.

RollerCoaster Tycoon is an isometric management/building game, where you are placed in charge of operating and constructing a theme park. You've got your standard rollercoasters and smaller, less cool rides, but you've also got access to food stands, bathrooms, information booths/umbrella dispensers, and even decorative stuff like plants, and benches! But with all that, you've also got to manage workers. Handymen that clean up the garbage and mow the lawn, mechanics that fix rides when they break down, and mascots that waste money and look silly!

There's no proper "sandbox" mode, at least not in the first game, so instead in its place, you get a nice variety of scenarios. Sometimes the park is partially built for you already, and sometimes you're given an interesting map to work with. Most of the time, you're given a certain rating you're supposed to achieve by the time limit, and whatever you do to get there is up to you. However, even if you ignore all the rules and challenges of the scenarios, there's still a lot of fun to be had in simply messing around with the game. Build death rides that kill visitors! Charge money for the bathrooms! You can even just outright pick up people and drop them into bodies of water and drown them.

You're given quite a bit of freedom to play around with, and that's why I find it so odd that they're attempting to base a movie off of this. You'd have to be hard pressed to make a plot and story around this that isn't just a regular movie with the RollerCoaster Tycoon brand slapped on it to make money. But then again, they might just as well use it. After all, it's not like anyone's doing anything with the name currently.

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