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Theme Park: RollerCoaster
PS2 Preview by Aaron Thomas

It seems that people enjoy designing rollercoasters in the comfort of their own homes. Disneys Coaster, Theme Park, RollerCoaster Tycoon, and now Theme Park: Roller Coaster are all available to all those who have the itch to design their own thrill rides. Bullfrog has taken the reins on this title and have totally reworked the original Theme Park and optimized it for the Playstation2.

This game is much more than a Coaster simulation, much more. Youll not only be able to ride your attractions, youll also be able to explore the park in a first-person view and play all the mini-games in your entertainment paradise. Be careful not to get your feet wet when walking around the park, because realistic weather effects are now available. Rain puddles appear and disappear, and snow piles up on the walkways, depending on what time of year it is. While strolling through your park be sure to check out all the other patrons, taking note of how much fun they are having. Bullfrog has implemented a unique skeletal animation system, allowing your guests to express themselves via body language and fully animated facial expressions. That kid screaming and crying because the merry-go-round is broken is not happy, and hes gonna let you know.

You know that youll have your hands full touring the park once it is up and running, but how do build a successful park? Bullfrog promises that the gameplay has been designed specifically with the Dualshock2 in mind; as anyone who has played a simulation on a console before knows a clunky interface can kill the game. For those of you new to this type of game an Interactive Help System is also available. Having trouble drawing crowds to your Park? A handy advisor will pop up and make a few suggestions as to what you can do to turn things around. To ensure that this game has some added replay value, you will also able to add themes to your park. Lost World, Wonder Land, Space Zone, and Halloween World, are just some of the eight available ways to make your park unique.

Even though this title is based on a somewhat dated game, it is shaping up quite nicely and looks to be a solid effort in an oft-ignored genre. Even better, this will add to the variety of titles you can choose from at launch, as the title is slated to be released on October 26th. If you are a fan of Roller Coaster Tycoon or the Original Theme Park, keep this title in mind when you head off to get your system on launch day.

Expected Release Date:
Oct. 26, 2000

Developer / Publisher:
Bullfrog / EA


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