Bringing back a much-loved franchise is akin to finding a note from a long forgotten lover. Sure the great memories come flooding back upon initial remembrance, the hours spent together and all the fun that was had. But then you remember why they’re long-lost. Whether it be the awkward tantrums, the crashes or the silly way that a series went in. RollerCoaster Tycoon is one of those franchises that’s been on the cusp of a reboot for many years now. It’s just a shame they brought it back like this.
RollerCoaster Tycoon World released on Steam in November 2016; however, due to the mostly negative reception the game has received since its released, there are still frequent bug updates being done to the game. RCT World is the fourth instalment to the main RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise, but is the first one in the series that has garnered such a negative reception.
Since the game’s release, there have been mostly negative reviews on Steam with many reports of various bugs. Some of these bugs include crashing, loading issues, not being able to exit out of some of the game screens, and sidewalks and attractions clipping through the ground. These are the main complaints of the customers who have purchased this game. For the price of this game, which is $34.99, one would think that these issues would have been fleshed out before its release.
Many options in the game play have been released compared to its previous games in the franchise, such as the music options for the ride. In the previous games, there were typically 10+ music options for each ride. However, in this game, there are only 5. Customisation for particular attractions such as the car rides are not able to be custom-built anymore, as they are all pre-built in RCT World. These are just some of the options that have been reduced compared to the previous RCT games.
However, there are some aspects to the game that are a positive. One of these positives are the way the player can design a rollercoaster now. Instead of only having the option to build a track piece by piece, the player now has the option to click and drag the parts of the track for easier build. However, if the player desires to build the track the way the previous game allowed, then that is an option for the player as well.
Since RCT World was released around the same time period as its competitor, Planet Coaster, the two games have been closely compared. According to many players, Planet Coaster has blown RCT World out of the water. Of course, both games have their flaws, but Planet Coaster seems to be more complete and fleshed out compared to its competition.
Compared to the earlier releases of RollerCoaster Tycoon, this new game seems lacklustre. The previous games had options and were whole and complete, unlike the newest release to the series. Perhaps this game was rushed or not well thought out like the other games.
RollerCoaster Tycoon World has some positives, but overall, it is lacking in many areas. Despite the current bug fixes, there is a lot to be improved upon in this game. From lack of options to bugs, this game has a lot of room for improvement. For the price, the game should be completely fleshed out before release. It is probably better to save your money for Planet Coaster or to perhaps enjoy an earlier release from the RollerCoaster Tycoon series.