Rollercoaster Tycoon, once one of the staples of the ‘sim’ management genre, has had a few rough years, but that still didn’t stop Atari from releasing the latest installment exclusively for mobile. Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile features all the fun from previous installments with all the new annoyances of the free-to-play format.
If you’ve never played a Rollercoaster Tycoon game before, here’s the lowdown. the game is basically an amusement park simulator. It’s your job to keep your park profitable by strategically expanding, adding everything from food stalls to infrastructure like bathrooms and gift shops. The more attractions you make and upgrade, the more money you pull in, and the more you can build.
The real fun of the game comes from building your own coasters, but actually customizing the tiny parts is somewhat difficult on a touch screen. I couldn’t help thinking how much easier it would be with a mouse and keyboard.
Most of the parts can be unlocked using in-game currency, but the real cool stuff sits behind the premium paywall. You must collect tickets either by grinding for days, bugging Facebook friends or simply pay your way through.The IAPs aren’t incredibly annoying, not as much as the controls, anyhow.
The game launced for the IOS a few months ago to poor reviews when it launched as a paid app, so hopefully the free-to-play model helps paint a better picture for the series. If you’re feeling the nostalgia coasting through your blood, you can download it here.