______ _ _ (_____ \ | | | _ _____) )___ | | | _____ ____ ____ ___ _____ ___ _| |_ _____ ____ | __ // _ \| | || ___ |/ ___) ___) _ \(____ |/___|_ _) ___ |/ ___) | | \ \ |_| | | || ____| | ( (__| |_| / ___ |___ | | |_| ____| | |_| |_\___/ \_)_)_____)_| \____)___/\_____(___/ \__)_____)_| _______ ______ (_______) (_____ \ _ _ _ ____ ___ ___ ____ _____) ) | | | | |/ ___) _ \ / _ \| _ \ (_____ ( | | |_| ( (__| |_| | |_| | | | | _____) ) |_|\__ |\____)___/ \___/|_| |_| (______/ (____/ The FAQ/Walkthrough - by Andrew McKendry A (not so) complete guide to the game. Written by and © 2004 Andrew McKendry. (aka Mouse_Nightshirt/MouseNightshirt) Version 0.4 (29/12/04) E-mail: james [at] mckendry [dot] ndo [dot] co [dot] uk *CONTENTS FURTHER DOWN* This guide was constructed using a fixed-width font. Please check that the following align for optimum viewing. If you do come across this guide in which the following does not line up, please contact me. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 12345678901234567890123456 =============================================================================== CONTENTS =============================================================================== This section is dedicated to telling you, the reader, what on earth is in this document! (It's a spangly new way of doing it compared to my other FAQs). If you want to find something, press Ctrl+F, and enter the reference code. IE, if you wanted to find "Corkscrew Coaster", look in the contents for the code (, copy it, press Ctrl+F, paste, and press enter. Voila. You're there. You'll notice all the rides are listed in the contents, but not any other things. This is since rides are the main part of the game, and deserve their own listings :D 0. LEGAL SECTION 1. VERSION HISTORY 1.1. What was? 2.2. What will be? 2. GAME OVERVIEW 2.1. General 2.2. Technical specifications 3. GENERAL GAME STRATEGIES 3.1. The beginnings of a great park. 3.2. Initial layout 3.3. Pricing and fiscal management 3.4. Peeps 3.5. The art of coaster construction 4. CAREER MODE WALKTHROUGH 4.1. Vanilla Hills 4.2. Goldrush! 4.3. Checkered Flag 4.4. Box Office 4.5. Fright Night 4.6. Go With The Flow 4.7. Broom Lake 4.8. Valley of Kings 4.9. Gunslinger 4.10. Ghost Town 4.11. A National Treasure 4.12. New Blood 4.14. Island Hopping 4.16. Cosmic Craggs 4.15. La-La Land 4.16. Mountain Rescue 4.17. The Money Pit 4.18. Paradise Islands 5. FAQs & CHEATS 5.1. Frequently asked questions 5.2. Dirty, underhanded cheats! 6. THE RIDES 6.1. RollerCoasters 6.1.1. Steel Air Powered Coaster Bobsleigh Corkscrew Coaster Floorless Roller Coaster Giga Coaster Heartline Coaster Hyper Coaster Hyper Twister Coaster Inverted Wild Mouse Junior Coaster LIM Launched Coaster Lay Down Coaster Looping Rollercoaster Mine Ride Mine Train Coaster Multidimension Coaster Pipeline Coaster Reverse FreeFall Coaster Spinning Wild Mouse Spiral Coaster Standup Coaster Strata Coaster Tilt Coaster Twister Coaster Vertical Drop Coaster Wild Mouse Coaster 6.1.2. Wooden Flying Turns Reverser Coaster Side Friction Coaster Virginia Reel Wooden Coaster Wooden Wild Mine Wooden Wild Mouse 6.1.3. Suspended Compact Inverted Coaster Flying Coaster Inverted Coaster Inverted Hairpin Coaster Inverted Impulse Coaster Inverted Shuttle Coaster Inverted Vertical Coaster Mini Suspended Coaster Mini Suspended Flying Coaster Suspended Swinging Coaster 6.1.4. Water Dingy Slide Log Flume Rafts River Rapids Splash Boats Water Coaster 6.2. Junior rides 6.2.1. Generic Floundering Ferry Merry-Go-Round Spiral Slide Tea Cups Ride 6.2.2. Western Buffalo Roundabout 6.2.3. Spooky Monster Ride 6.2.4. Sci-Fi Flying Saucers Ride 6.2.5. Adventure Odyssey Ride Snake Helter-Skelter 6.3. Thrill rides 6.3.1. Generic Chairswing Double Swinging Inverter Enterprise Flying Carpet Gravitron Launched FreeFall Motion Simulator Revolution RotoDrop Rotor Roundup ride Sky Sling Sky Wheel Swinging inverter ship. Top Spin Top Spinner Twister Zipper 6.3.2. Western Bucking Bull Lasso Mine Drop Ride Rotovator TNT Vortex 6.3.3. Spooky Gallows Swing Spider Top Spinner 6.3.4. Adventure Phoenix Twister Pirate Ship 6.4. Water rides Bumper Boats Canoes Jet Skis Mini Sub Rowing Boats Swan Boats Water Tricycles 6.5. Gentle rides 6.5.1. Generic 3D Cinema Circus Crazy Golf Crooked House Dodgems Ferris Wheel Kara Oki concert Trampoline 6.5.2. Western Western Wheel Wild West Show 6.5.3. Spooky Ghost House Ride Mirror Maze Spooky Wheel 6.5.4. Sci-Fi Laser Battle Planetarium Space Arcade Space Rings Zero G trampoline 6.6. Transport rides Chairlift Elevator Mini Railway Monorail Suspended Monorail Trains Trams 6.7. Other Rides and Attractions Car Cheshire Cats Double Deck Observation Tower Ghost Train Go-Karts Haunted Hotel Mini Helicopters Monster Trucks Motorbike Races Observation Tower Soap Box Derby Racers Squeaky Cycles Steeple chase Vintage Cars 7. SHOPS & FACILITIES *Non-started section* 8. SCENERY *Non-started section* 9. AFTERWORD 9.1. Contact 10. CREDITS =============================================================================== 0. LEGAL SECTION =============================================================================== Firstly, must get this out of the way. The contents of this document are absolutely copyright 2004 to Andrew McKendry. Under no circumstances is this document, in ANY amount to be, including but not limited to: copied, published, displayed and/or edited without prior consent from the author, Andrew McKendry, except for personal usage on your own computer. If this notice is disregarded, I will ask you to rectify the situation. Failure to do so could result in sanctions against you from appropriate parties. I am not and will not be held responsible for any damage, loss or injury caused by the reading and/or display of this document. Any resemblance between users and real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Do not fold or bend. This FAQ is currently only authorized to be shown on the following websites: GameFAQs.com Neoseeker.com Cheaccc.com Dlh.net This FAQ may not be hosted anywhere else. If you wish to host this FAQ on your website, or report any infringements of the legal notice, please contact me. (Contact details later). This guide is in no way official, nor has it been endorsed by Atari Interactive, Inc. Rollercoaster Tycoon copyright 2004 Atari Interactive, Inc. All rights reserved. © 2004 Chris Sawyer. Programming © 2004 Frontier Developments Ltd. Developed by Frontier Developments Ltd. All rights reserved. Manufactured and marketed by Atari, Inc., New York, NY. ATI and RADEON are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of ATI Technologies Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. =============================================================================== 1. VERSION HISTORY =============================================================================== ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1.1. What was? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Version 0.4 - This update was planned to be much larger, but some website now [29/12/04] have hosting rights, and I've left the update long enough that I'm getting people noting hosting infringements, which aren't any longer. As a result, a few sections may abrupt quite sharply. Version 0.25 - Right, sections 1, 2, 3, 9 and 10 are mostly complete, and some [19/12/04] parts of sections 4, 5 and 6 are done. This is the first public release version, and as the version number suggests, it's about 25% complete. Version 0.0a ñ Whee! Just started it. For historical reference, this FAQ was [17/12/04] Started on 17 December 2004 22:08:49. As of the moment, I'm just adding general stuff, like legal, beginning of the contents and deciding on the layout. If only it was all this easy... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1.2. What will be? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sections 4 and 6 still need work, and that bit on coaster construction needs to be ended as well. The list of rides is expanding, but shops and facilities is still to start. I will probably add more stuff to section 3 as it comes to mind, e.g. Fireworks MixMaster. =============================================================================== 2. GAME OVERVIEW =============================================================================== ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2.1. General Overview ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is the long awaited (and overdue) sequel to RCT 2. Basically, the premise of the game is the same. Build a whopping great big theme park, earn money and build your own rollercoasters to either keep the little kids happy, or scare the pants of the adrenaline junkies. You'll find many parallels to RCT 1 and 2 (which, let's face it, were really the same thing). However, where the aim is the same, everything has been updated big time. Gone is the isometric blocky map, and unto us a superb 3D engine is born. Finally! Free rotation to design those coasters! A whole host of new rides and coasters will greet you here, along with funky new features like The Fireworks MixMaster and a Sandbox mode! Probably one of the best features, long overdue, and only possessed by one other game is the "Coaster Cam" (I used to dream of one in RCT when I used to play Theme Park World). Now, you can ride those coasters, and finally understand why your "tame" coaster is making everyone eject their lunch. This isn't just restricted to coasters. Most other rides allow you to place your eyes in the eyes of the peeps when they are on the ride. Brilliant feature. Ever wondered what your RCT 1&2 coasters would be like to ride? Then use the handy importing feature and bring them into RCT3! The physics model has been greatly improved, behaving much more realistically. This can make it a tad more difficult to design coasters as there is now more friction, but then coaster design is one of the biggest challenges in the game! (This can cause some of your RCT 1&2 coasters to work no longer, but you can decrease friction by cheating, more on that later. *insert evil grin*) An improved user interface is a welcomed edition, and the whole thing just flows more easily now. However, I will note there are some problems with the game. Valve peeved off a lot of people by releasing Half-Life 2 a year and a half behind schedule, but what they released was nigh-on perfect. RCT3 on the other hand seems, well, rushed. The game is absolutely awash with bugs (some of which have been addressed with a patch, which also introduces a few new problems). Probably the most irritating bug of all is having your coaster ratings fluctuate and then people refusing to pay for the ride as it's no longer worth it (thankfully this was fixed). This really does detract from the game, but in time, with patches, it'll be set right. All in all, it's a game verging on excellence. Once the bugs are gone, then it might, just might, reach classic status, but I fear, alas, it is too late. Frontier simply shouldn't have rushed the game. A lesson learnt I suppose. In any case, I have a more detailed review up at GameFAQs.com, so check it out. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2.2. Technical specifications ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is taken directly from Atari's site: The game has been designed so that it will run well on as wide a range of PCs as possible. The 'minimum specification' below will provide an enjoyable experience, however - as always - the experience will improve on better PC systems. PentiumÆ III 733 MHz Processor 128 MB RAM 250 MB hard drive space 32MB video card with hardware T&L (Such as nVidia GeForce2 or any ATI Radeon) As usual, the buffs in QA always rate the minimum specification well below what's actually playable. My very, very absolute "minimum specification" would be more like: Pentium IV/AMD Athlon 1.2GHz Processor AT LEAST 256 MB RAM 500 MB hard drive space (for all those savegames and downloaded coasters) 64MB video card (GeForce 2? You gotta be kidding. GeForce FX5000+ or ATI Radeon 9000+) And even that might not cut it. My specs are as follow: Pentium IV 2.8GHz Processor 768 MB RAM Total 240GB drive space split over 160/80GB hard drives Sapphire ATI Radeon 9600 Pro Advantage Edition 128MB The game detects my system as "Very High" video settings, but runs without lag or slowdown on "Extreme". My computer before upgrade had 1.5GHz P4 and a Radeon 7500 128MB, and it said "low", so a bit of new hardware breathes plenty of life into the game. (Well, forget the processor, it's too expensive. I HAD to get a new one you see, because it, erm, fried. Lol.) Note that the graphics card HAS to be T&L compatible. Nearly all newer cards are, but you'll find some integrated graphics chips don't. If your system is not T&L compatible, the game will simply refuse to start. If you have an older video card, trust me, get a new one. You can get decent ones now for relatively cheap. Other than this, you'll need a keyboard, mouse and monitor :D Ratings/Classifications: PEGI (Europe): 3+, no negative content indicators. ESRB (Americas): E (everyone), comic mischief, mild violence. (Mild violence? What mild violence?) =============================================================================== 3. GENERAL GAME STRATEGIES =============================================================================== This section is basically a guide to how to set up a popular park, which earns money like no tomorrow. Of course some tricks only apply to certain parts of the game. Money making shouldn't be a concern in Sandbox mode since you've got as much of the stuff as you want, but fiscal responsibility is key to doing well in the career mode. An important piece of advice is to do the tutorials! These give you basic insight into how the controls work, and some very basic gameplay tutorials, such as placing rides, paths and queues, and landscaping. I'm assuming you've done all this. You'll also notice I value aesthetics quite highly. Not only does it keep your peeps happy, but makes your park look nicer to YOU, as the player. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3.1. The beginnings of a great park ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ An open, pristine landscape. Unlimited cash. Now what? Plenty! My first point of advice is simply this, pause the game, and in your head, think what you would like this park to be. Multi-genre? Themed? Lots of roller coasters? Everything? This is probably the most important decision you make, as everything spans out from here. One of the things I do almost immediately is landscape the place. A flat area is quite boring, so even if you add a few gentle, rolling hills, a lake or two, and some foliage to begin, it already looks good. (You can of course edit this later, and so you should, to accommodate rides. Making a monorail tour through a themed landscaped area makes for a great ride.) You should make sure, from the off, that you park inspector's thoughts are being sent to the toolbar. This allows you critical park information Decide on a path type. If I'm creating a single themed park, then this is the path you will most probably use throughout the entire park. You should delete the gravel path and re-path it unless you decide you want to use gravel. I also advise widening it to either 2 or three wide, as you don't want bottlenecks to form at your entrance/exit. I tend to put an information kiosk right beside the entrance as well, so that peeps can buy maps, which increases their ability to get to rides. Umbrellas are also provided here which stop people getting annoyed at getting sopping wet and leaving your park. Buy staff! Both Sandbox and Career mode maps start off with nothing but a park inspector. Generally, from the off, I would buy 2 mechanics and 2 janitors, and decrease their salary. This doesn't affect them long term, and can be used later to increase their mood if its becomes low. Security guards aren't required until later, as vandals will only strike when you have benches, lights or bins about. Entertainers are unnecessary until park numbers increase and queues begin to fill out. You might want to consider putting out some publicity to boost initial numbers into the park, but in the career mode, don't overdo it, as it can be very expensive if you aren't careful. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3.2. Initial layout ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You generally should have a wide path coming from the entrance, as to not bottleneck the peeps entering the park with those exiting the park. It's a good idea to place an information desk beside the entrance as well. I tend to generally have a "W" shaped path entrance, and fill the space with foliage to improve peeps' moods from the off, or place some small gentle rides there: - - - - - - - - - - - E - - - - - - - - - - - P I P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P Where: - = Boundary E = Entrance P = Path I = Information desk Bottlenecks don't actually occur in real-terms, it just looks a mess. Your first rides in the park should generally be gentle rides, and should be placed relatively close to the entrance. These are used to "break in" peeps, and tend to be rather popular. Their low to medium ratings allow a very wide range of peeps to ride them, and they generally have very high capacities, which is good when you get an intake burst. The big rollercoasters and rides should be further into your park. This in effect "draws" people through your park. Exciting rides at the start can cause people to nauseate quickly, covering your entrance area with vomit, which can cause some peeps to come in, notice the vomit, and do a 180 out the door. Even if people go straight to their roller coaster at the other side of the park, they have plenty of time to go back through the park. I suggest putting an ATM relatively close to the entrance. I've noticed quite a few large groups that run out of money very soon, so an ATM near the entrance can relieve this problem. If your initial area is not dense with rides, once you move further out, start placing food and drink shops. People will enter the park with empty hunger and thirst bars, which will fill up after riding any nauseating or intense rides. Vomiting causes the hunger bar to go up by 1/2, so put nauseating rides further into your park. Tied in with this are toilets, which should also be placed relatively close to the entrance/exit, as peeps generally enter the park with a toilet bar of between 0 and roughly 1/5th. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3.3. Pricing and fiscal management ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Pricing is no definite art. Reading this may give you fair insight, but time and experience are the best way to put your prices exactly. In many parks, you can't charge an entrance fee, in others (including sandbox) you can. If you charge an entrance fees, peeps' tolerance to ride prices decreases, so you have to decrease your ride prices as a result. Generally, I would prefer to charge no entrance fee, and charge individually for each ride, as you can earn more money this way. Ride prices are based mainly on the excitement and intensity rating of the ride. (I believe park rating and nausea values do have an effect, although minor) High ratings mean high prices! Note that in the initial version of the game, these values were unreliable and subject to change. This was fixed in the first upgrade. The starting price for all rides is generally well below what you could be charging for those rides, but as I've said, it's quite hard to nail down the price. A good way to learn is to check the ratings, and then see what people think. If they think either "Ride X is good value" or "I'm not paying that much for Ride X!", then your price is wrong, and you should adjust accordingly. Is there a truly magic formula? Well my general formula is this: Excitement + Intensity Excitement + Intensity --------------------- or ---------------------- 2.5 1.9 The first one is roughly the lower limit I would charge for my rides, whereas the right one is roughly the upper limit. In practice, you can charge up to E+I/1.65 ish, but you will have some people complaining about price. You don't have to use a calculator, just work it out roughly in your head. In any case, you shouldn't charge too much for your rides, even if peeps are happy to pay it. This is simply because peeps sometimes end up not being able to afford these rides. If you get messages saying "I can't afford ride X", it's a signal to place more ATMs. When it comes to food stalls, I have a general formula. The main incentives, other than the food, are the toppings that come with them. Increase the toppings, and some people complain that they don't want all the toppings, and don't buy, put too few, and people complain about stingyness, and don't buy. Simply let the customer choose, and hike prices up by between 20-30%. Occasionally, especially with food/drink stalls, I get peeps buying, with the odd person complaining that the price is too high. It is up to you what to do with that stall, but lowering the price by £0.05 or £0.10 may be a good idea. Generally, I recommend charging for toilet use, usually either £0.10 or £0.20. People who want to go to the toilet won't refuse to pay, and if numbers go up, it can be a nice little earner. Staff can be very expensive. Generally, you should consider lowering their wages on employment, and initially use training to deal with any happiness problems, as this has the double effect of increasing productivity. However, once the money begins to come in, you should up their wages again. Research is another thing you should address. £200.00 a month is quite a bit. However, depending on the number of available rides, you should not decrease this. If there are a lot of rides available to build, decrease it, otherwise leave it, as you'll need the rides to bring in the money. Although a number of shops and food stalls are good for the wallet, too many just fritters away funds unnecessarily. Check stalls regularly to see their projected income. You should also check the peeps statistics on those stalls, as if they just haven't had a customer for a while, or if they've had a sudden burst of usage, those fiscal figures can be misleading. You sometimes may be wise to wait a while before placing any of these, because initially, people want to go on the rides. If you're losing money on a monthly basis, check the balance sheets and see what is going on. Losing money boils down to one of two things: expenditure is too high, or income is too low. You should never have a combination of both unless you have been incredibly irresponsible with the money. Tut tut ;). Expenditure is mostly from new rides and facilities, but remember that fireworks displays can be pricey, and should be avoided in smaller parks. Advertising can be very very pricey indeed, so be wary of that as well. If it's an income thing, check a few things. Your ride income should NEVER be below ride operating costs, unless there is something severely wrong. Check your rides individually and see if peeps are actually visiting them. If it seems as if a lot of people are walking past them, check the peeps. Are the hungry? Thirsty? In need of the toilet? These will override all ride desires, so place more facilities. Do they have money? If not, place more ATMs. If it's not the peeps, check your rides. Are you overcharging? Or maybe the ride just isn't popular. If that's the case, don't be afraid to get rid of it. If your park is devoid of peeps, this can obviously lead to income dropping. If you suspect this is the case, check the guests' graph. If there is an obvious decrease, a quick ad campaign can help. Also, in career mode, watch out for loans. Most levels come with some loans already taken out. Pay these off as quickly as possibly, as the loan interest can sometimes total quite an amount. Occasionally, it can be a temporary thing. If your main money earner ride breaks down, then that can cause some holes in the balance sheet that month. Be wary of a few deceptive months of good finances. In many of my parks, my rides are ridden by "waves" of people. If you have all of your high price rides in one area of the park, you may find that in certain months, that area could be devoid of people. If you find yourself spiralling into debt, start some cost cutting measures. Sack staff or lower their wages. Decrease toppings on food and drink. Sell off unneeded scenery (leave trees and plants, as it actually costs money to remove them). Cut research. If interest rates are low, it might be a good idea to take out a few thousands quid loans, and invest it in rollercoasters from which you can charge. Just be careful of the interest payments. The best way to earn money is to have lots of good rides (especially rollercoasters), charging reasonable amounts of money, with a good number of stalls to back them up. I'll give you a few examples of some rides I have and some charges I'm putting on the people. First value is excitement, second is intensity, third is the charge, and fourth is my division value for my equation. I'll note these are in parks WITHOUT entrance fees: 8.11/8.76, £8.50, 1.98 6.84/5.38, £6.00, 2.03 6.35/5.44, £5.50, 2.14 2.54/2.40, £2.60, 1.9 3.60/4.42, £4.00, 2.01 2.01/1.90, £2.00, 1.96 3.63/4.70, £4.20, 1.98 You'll notice most of mine are in around a division value of 2. This is a good number, as you will never have people complaining about price being too high or low, and it's also easy to work out in your head :P I would welcome anything you readers have to offer on this subject. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3.4. Peeps ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ah yes, peeps. Most probably the most fundamental thing to any business. No peeps means no money, which means no park. This in turn means you should do everything you possibly can to appease them and keep them happy. This section deals with some common problems, and some telltale signs of peep problems. Just note that once someone has decided to go home, that is a permanent decision, and can't be changed. So if someone is going home because they are hungry, placing food stalls in their path will do no good. Peeps generally enter your park in a good mood, as part of a group, with a wadful of cash to spend in your park. Hunger and thirst value in RCT3 start out at zero, and toilet can be anywhere between 0 and roughly 1/5th. The first thing you should do to help with the smooth flow of peeps around your park is have an information kiosk beside the entrance. This allows peeps to buy maps, which allow them to find rides more easily, decreasing time they spend wandering, earning you more money, and keeping them happy. Every so often, you should check out your guest information page. The most important guests to check out here are the people who are going home. Click on them, and click on "statistics". Here you will see some facts about that person. Generally, if they are leaving your park, it's because their happiness bar is rock bottom, but this is due to a variety of things. If hunger, thirst or toilet is full, or a combination of all, then therein lies the problem. Your park is short of these facilities, and you should consider strategically placing more around your park. You should also check existing facilities to make sure you aren't overcharging for facilities already in place. If energy is down, then place more seats in your park. Coffee helps I believe. The best way to wake people up is to have high excitement/intensity rides. If nothing is apparent here, then check "Guest Thoughts". There can be many reasons for leaving here, such as "This park has too much litter". If a message like that appears, either you need more janitors, or your existing staff aren't efficient enough. You should consider marking patrol areas. Peeps will ride rides, which are suited to them. Most kids prefer gentle rides, most teenagers prefer hair splittingly scary rides. Clicking on Guest information will take you to their statistic page where you will see "Preferred ride intensity". This of course, determines what kind of rides they will visit. Peeps will ride rides which are either below their preferred ride intensity, up to one above their ride intensity. So for example, a teenager will ride a ride with an intensity rating of Low, to a maximum of one with a rating of Very High. However, a child with a ride intensity of low will never ride any ride with an intensity of High. Peeps tend to seek out rides that match their intensity, so it's a good idea to have many "low" or "medium" intensity rides, as everyone will ride them. This is especially important when building rollercoasters, which we will discuss in the next section. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3.5. The art of coaster construction ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is mainly about the coasters, and by goodness, this game has plenty of them. But designing your own coasters can be quite a challenge, and although it is relatively easy to design a working coaster, it is much more difficult to build a GOOD working coaster. In most coasters (junior ones being the obvious exception), you want excitement to be as high as possible, intensity between medium and high, and nausea as low as possible. Compactness is also a good thing to have We'll deal with excitement first. Excitement is based on the track features, eg twists, loops, banks etc etc. The more features, the higher the excitement (and intensity), to a point. However, there is an interaction between excitement and intensity that you must be aware of. We will discover what this is later. Ride height also plays a part in excitement, as does ride speed. You also want passengers to see other parts of the track as much as possible, and even better yet, other trains, as this hikes excitement nicely. An absolutely brilliant way to have a high excitement ride is to have "synchronous rides", ie, two mirrored coaster which entwine around each other, with a synchronous launch time. This gives excitement an absolutely huge boost, and is HIGHLY recommended. Basically, you want excitement to be as high as possible. Intensity is the most fickle of the ride determinants. You want intensity to be medium to high, which can be very awkward to achieve. Also note this: Once intensity reaches a point (around 8.5-9.0ish), any increase in intensity will result in a DECREASE in excitement. So it's very important that you limit intensity once it gets above 7. Ride speed, the length of "air" time, the number of inversions, and the G-Forces exerted on the ride determine the Ride intensity. As a result, you will want to limit these to some extent. Lots of big vertical drops which flick up mercilessly at the bottom will just make people sick. An intensity rating of about medium will mean that nearly everyone can ride it. As you read in the last section, peeps ride any ride below their preferred intensity rating, up to one above their preferred intensity rating. However, the higher your intensity, the more you can reasonably charge for your ride. Nausea is based, to a degree, on some of the areas of intensity, primarily G- Forces. Getting flung around your seat while travelling upside-down at 50mph is not a nice experience. Lots of inversions don't help either. This doesn't affect whether or not a person gets on the ride or not, but instead how they get off it! Highly nauseating rides means you'll be keeping your janitors busy! So now we've dealt with the theory of what makes a good rollercoaster, we get to the interesting part, the actual construction! Before you attempt to make a masterpiece, you should have a look at some of the premade coasters to get a feel for what is in them. Pay special attention to their "air-time" and "inversions" values, as you will want to make a ride with values not too different from these. Now I presume you've done the coaster building tutorial, so you have a grip with the basics of the construction process. I'll also assume that you have the latest version. We'll deal with a general coaster for coaster lovers, and then deal separately with junior coasters, which require a different coaster construction dynamic. First of all, decide what type of coaster you would like to build. Different coasters have different methods of power, some look different, and most will have differences in base excitement and intensity. Decide what height you want your station at as not all rollercoasters begin from ground level. Some good coasters start from a slight elevation and drop down to begin with. You should place a single station block where you want the final station tile to be. You should check the carrying capacity of each car at this point and then judge how large you want you station to be. Small capacity cars which are large (e.g. Wooden Wild Mine), you will want a larger station to accommodate more people, and shorten queues. From this, you should then judge the general shape of what you want. Although you are free to design a coaster as you like, as you go along, I suggest that we instead have a general plan. Later I'll provide some examples of my own coasters, good and bad, to see what we can do. If you are starting your coaster from ground level, turn on the link carriage, and start raising it. The higher your coaster, the more it will cost, but the more exciting and intense it will be, and the longer it can go without needing a tug. Go as high as you would like. If it won't fit within park limits, as long as your chain speed is fast enough, your coaster can go round a tight corner to the next set of links. From here, decide what type of drop your would like. Steel coasters have the sharpest dive available to them (but only a select few), whereas wooden and water coasters are somewhat limited. The steeper the dive, the more speed is accumulated over a smaller area of construction, but the higher the G-Forces at the bottom of the dive. You may or may not decide to make this drop go to ground, but remember, that the further you go down, the more energy is lost through friction, and the lower you can reclimb, and also that the higher you pull up, the lower the accumulated speed. From here on in, the rest of the construction is up to you, but there are some key things to remember. If you want to keep intensity and nausea ratings down, it's important you bank your corners at 45 degrees inwards to the corner. =============================================================================== 4. CAREER MODE WALKTHROUGH =============================================================================== This section is dedicated to providing you the way to get through each level in a quick and easy fashion, listing requirements, some tips specific to each level, and some other info like what rides are available and such. I'm just going to do the first few levels to get you started if you're having difficulty. Don't worry though! In later versions, I'll make sure I have an entire walkthrough for that level. Please note that this Walkthrough is designed to get you through the level as quickly as possible. You will have lots of enjoyment doing it your own way, and planning the park the way you want it to be done. If you have any contributions, please send them in! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4.1. Vanilla Hills ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Description: The Vanilla Hills are the starting pointy on your meteoric - or not - rise to RollerCoaster TycoonÆ status. Can you turn this plot into the peeps' talk of the town? Your rating as Apprentice, Entrepreneur, or Tycoon depends on it! Apprentice level requirements: Guests in Park: 400 Condition can be achieved at any time Minimum park value: £20,000.00 Condition can be achieved at any time Apprentice level difficulty: Laughably Easy Entrepreneur level requirements: Guests in Park: 500 Condition can be achieved at any time Minimum park value: £50,000.00 Condition can be achieved at any time Entrepreneur level difficulty: Very Easy Tycoon level requirements: Guests in Park: 600 Condition can be achieved at any time Minimum park value: £100,000.00 Condition can be achieved at any time Tycoon level difficulty: Very Easy Well, here you are in your first ever RCT3 career mode park, Vanilla Hills. This level is purely to break you in, and you should have absolutely no bother beating this level. You'll start off this level with two rides (Top Spin and the "High Flier" Suspended Swinging roller coaster), and a large garden, and £10,000 in the kitty (of which £5,000 is loaned). Start off by hiring one more janitor and one more mechanic, and a single week's ad campaign in the national newspaper to help bring in people. You should pay off the loan in it's entirety, as you should only take out loans when you've run out of cash, because at the start, every penny counts, and interest is taking away those pennies. I would generally have this park of Generic theme, so start by placing some small rides close to the exit, such as a Merry-Go-Round, and some dodgems, and consider building a smallish Cheshire Cats ride (if you can't be bothered building one yourself, use one of the designs available to you). This should help start you off. Don't forget to place an information kiosk beside the entrance. Place a toilet close to the first rides in your park, along with an ATM. Finally, put prices up inline with my formula from earlier. Within about 5 minutes, you've passed the apprentice level! Entrepreneur and Tycoon levels are just more of the same. At this point, you should be earning in and around £400 per month. Invest this is new rides. Any income your get, put new rides up. That should increase the peeps in your park, and your park value. You should tycoon this level within 30 minutes to 1 hour. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4.2. Goldrush! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Description: Now's your chance to hit paydirt by using this unstable abandoned mining area to showcase low-rise coasters. Over time your coasters must start to make up in adrenaline what they lack in height to keep your claim staked with the visitors Apprentice level requirements: Minimum coaster excitement: 3 Two coasters Condition can be achieved at any time Minimum coaster length: 1000.66ft Condition can be achieved at any time Total monthly ride income: £300 Condition can be achieved at any time Apprentice level difficulty: Laughably Easy Entrepreneur level requirements: Repay Loan Condition can be achieved at any time Total monthly ride income: £500.00 Condition can be achieved at any time Entrepreneur level difficulty: Side-splittingly laughably Easy Tycoon level requirements: Minimum coaster excitement: 4 Two coasters Condition can be achieved at any time Minimum coaster length: 1213.91ft Condition can be achieved at any time Total monthly ride income: £700 Condition can be achieved at any time Tycoon level difficulty: Very Easy This has to be THE easiest level in the game, as all of the level goals are exceptionally easy. This level can be tycooned in one or two months! You start off this level with a pre-made coaster, a TNT Vortex ride and a Mine Drop ride. £12,000 is in the kitty, of which £1000 is a loan. First thing to do is pay off that loan! The interest rate is a whopping 10.9%, which means that £1,000 loan = £109 per month! As per usual, stick an information desk beside the entrance. You also might want to connect the path between Mine Drop and TNT Vortex, as the former is very out of the way. Make sure to open the rides as well. To complete the first two of the three requirements for apprentice level, open up your RollerCoaster ride menu, and open the designs for "Spinning Wild Mouse". Pick Dizzymouse, and plop it down. Connect the queues and paths, open it, and voila, the two requirements are complete. As for the £300 ride income, that should be complete by the end of the month. Voila! You've completed apprentice level! And if you've followed this guide, and repaid that loan, you should have made £500 too, so you instantly pass Entrepreneur level too! If you want to be cheap, you should still have enough money to place down another Dizzymouse. If you do that, you satisfy the first 2 of the 3 objectives for Tycoon. The third arrives at the end on the month when your income has exceeded £700, which it should do without bother. Voila! Level Tycooned in 5 minutes! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4.3. Checkered Flag! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Description: Formula RCT has made a pit-stop in town! It's not going to be easy taking this crowd for a joyride, but put the pedal to the metal and go for a spin anyhow. Don't forget to buckle up! Apprentice level requirements: VIP ( Clint Bushton ) Arrives: 16 May Wants to visit one rollercoaster with an Excitement rating of at least 4.00 Total monthly shop profit: £100.00 Condition can be achieved at any time Apprentice level difficulty: Easy Entrepreneur level requirements: VIP ( Clint Bushton ) Arrives: 25 June Wants to visit one rollercoaster with an Excitement rating of at least 5.00 Total monthly shop profit: £300.00 Condition can be achieved at any time Entrepreneur level difficulty: Easy Tycoon level requirements: VIP ( Clint Bushton ) Arrives: 13 March Wants to visit one rollercoaster with an Excitement rating of at least 4.00 Total monthly shop profit: £200.00 Condition can be achieved at any time Tycoon level difficulty: Reasonably Easy Notice they spelt "Checkered" wrong? It should be "Chequered". Never mind :D You start off this level with two Go-Kart track rides, and £50,000 cash. Wow wee! Now time to spend it! Since this level involves VIPs, you'd be wise be to be fiscally sensible, as this could go on for several game years. I advise building a rollercoaster at the start of your park. I would suggest Floorless RollerCoaster, "Footdangler". It is relatively cheap, and has a sufficient excitement rating to do right up to Tycoon level. The shops part is the trickier part. However, don't be misled by "shop". "Shop" is inclusive of food and drink as well. I would warn against putting down shops for the first month or two, as people will buy up hats and balloons very quickly, but not hit the required £100. You should tie in these shops with food stalls as well, as they are required to tip you over the balance. After two months, start placing stalls down. You don't need to worry about too many rides yet. Now you can get away on this map with absolute rip-off prices. Here are a few examples: Cowboy hat: I've charged up to £4.50 without complaint Indian feather: £3.50 before people start whinging Balloon: £1.70 is about the upper limit Bison Standard Burger, with customer choice toppings: £2.50 Pretzels (small) with customer choice toppings: £1.65 For Tycoon, it can get awkward hitting that £200 profit. Note the word profit, not income. Your profit is obviously shop/food sales - shop/food stocking. Apprentice level is reasonably easy, and should be complete by the end of the first year. Entrepreneur is more of the same. Once you get to Tycoon, you should have a fair few number of rides down, being charged appropriately to fund your stalls. Keep placing rides, but place them further apart that normal. This gets people hungry, so they buy your cunning, but conveniently placed stalls. Sometimes, the VIP can be a bit icky, leaving your park before actually riding anything. I've encountered this problem once before, and seems to be game related. Frontier has promised a patch soon to resolve this issue. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4.4. Box Office ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Description: Look out, unamusing amusement parks! A movie studio has cast you in the role of superhero. Not for a movie, but for the daunting task if updating its aging back-lot park without ruining its pedigreed heritage. You're the produce, the director, and the star of the show. Can you deliver the blockbuster the studio wants? Apprentice level requirements: Park Rating: 300 Sustained for at least 1 month. Wants to visit one rollercoaster with an VIP ( Cami O ) Arrives: 7 May Litter Tolerance: Low Apprentice level difficulty: Easy Entrepreneur level requirements: VIP ( Cami O ) Arrives: 19 July Breakdown Tolerance: Medium Park Rating: 500 Sustained for at least 2 months Total monthly shop profit: £100.00 Condition can be achieved at any time Entrepreneur level difficulty: Reasonably Easy Tycoon level requirements: VIP ( Cami O ) Arrives: 8 October Wants to visit one rollercoaster with an Excitement rating of at least 7.00 Park Rating: 700 Sustained for at least 3 months Tycoon level difficulty: Medium Goodness knows what they were doing in this park. It's covered, and I mean COVERED in vomit and litter. And you only have until the 7th of May to clean it up! You start this map with a measly £5,000, and a single monorail tour ride. Your first priority is to get that stuff cleaned up. Peeps don't like litter, so it'll increase income, along with meeting the VIP requirement. I advice initially hiring 4 janitors, and cutting it down later to cut on costs. Place a *few* thrill rides near the entrance, but don't go overboard, as you should keep some cash spare, and fewer rides helps with Entrepreneur objectives. Place an info kiosk by the door, and a toilet somewhere a bit further away. Hire two mechanics to look after your rides. Once you have the litter cleaned up, your park rating *should* go above 300. It might take a while, so keep at it. As with the last map, don't worry about shops for a few game months. Tackle those when you get to Entrepreneur level. As park numbers and publicity are both low, you might find it beneficial to use an ad campaign to bring in those numbers, as this also helps with your sagging park rating. Also, keep a very beady eye on your finances, as with so little funds, and few rides, you may just about be hitting the black Time is all you need to pass apprentice level. Entrepreneur is not overly hard. The reason I told you to build few rides is due to the nature of the VIP visit. As long as your rides are been regularly checked by mechanics, you should be all right. The VIP may stay in your park for quite some time, so be warned. Once this is satisfied, begin to slowly fill your park with rides, but making sure you save cash for the all-important Tycoon level. The shop profit thing is rather easy. By this point, you should have a sufficient number of hungry people to make that total up quickly, so once again, this is of little bother. The 500 park rating for two months should be easy, but can be awkward if you don't pay close attention to it. Make sure peeps are full up, not thirsty, and have empty bladders to keep them happy. Litter detracts from your score, so keep it clean. As long as you aren't doing anything overly bad, this should come reasonably quickly. The real challenge comes from Tycoon level. By this point, you should have a lot of peeps in your park, and quite a few rides in place, making a good profit. The big pain is building that coaster with an excitement rating of 7.00, mainly due to cash issues. Loan interest rates are at 7.9%, which is reasonably, but high enough to want to avoid. As in Checkered Flag, "Danglefeet" is a good pre-made coaster to build, due to its high excitement (7.07) and reasonable cost (only £9,700). Plonk that down to keep the VIP happy. The other condition (Park rating of 700 for 3 months) can be problematic. You need to keep litter and broken rides to a minimum, and keep people very happy. A lot of high excitement/intensity rides also helps to boost this score. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4.5. Fright Night ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Description: Forget about haunted houses and costumed characters, because cheap thrills just don't scare the teens in this town. You'll need to give them something they can really scream about - like rollercoasters that would scare the hair off a werewolf. Apprentice level requirements: Minimum coaster excitement: 5 Two coasters. Condition can be achieved at any time. Minimum coaster length: 524.93 ft Two coasters. Condition can be achieved at any time Total monthly ride income: £200.00 Condition can be achieved at any time. Apprentice level difficulty: Reasonably Easy =============================================================================== 5. FAQs & CHEATS =============================================================================== ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5.1. Frequently asked questions ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Note, as I actually haven't received any questions since this is the first public release, this section will be rather bare. Please send in your questions! Q: My game doesn't start, giving me a message that my computer doesn't meet the minimum requirements! A: This is a common problem, usually related to the graphics card not supporting T&L, which is a hardware ability to do with graphics rendering. Many newer games require T&L cards, and you may be as well buying a newer, up-to date card. Q: There are tons and tons of bugs in the game, such as fluctuating ride and park ratings, things not rendering properly, and general nasty stuff! What can I do? A: At time of writing, there is one patch available that deals with some of these problems. I advise you download it. Q: People aren't riding any of my rides! What's wrong? A: Peeps are icky little people. If their hunger, thirst or toilet bars are too high, they will be more concerned with finding a remedy to this problem. Query a few guests to see what they are thinking. If it turns out to be any of these problems, then appropriate stalls will fix it. Also, if there are big long queues at certain rides, then people will be there and not on other rides! Something I discovered the other day. If the ride is not being used, try editing the queue and having it meet a path somewhere else. This occasionally fixes the problem. Q: People aren't using the stalls I generously placed for them! A: A very common thing to forget is to open the stall. Go into your park management screen, and check they are all open. Prices can be icky, so make sure that they are not too high. Also check if there is an actual demand for that thing, if it is food or drink. Q: If you were a peep, what would your stats be? A: LOL! I'd say a preferred ride intensity of Very High, and a nausea tolerance of Extreme. It's hard to make me sick :P ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5.2. Dirty, underhanded cheats! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tut tut tut! So you want to cheat eh? Well here is a list of the cheats. However, I recommend you enjoy the game without cheating first, but if you won't, well, I can't stop you. (Or maybe I can? Maybe I have a secret LASER GUN SATELLITE RIGHT ABOVE YOUR HOUSE!!! MWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahaha!) To enter these cheats, all you have to do is click on a peep, and change their name to the following, for the desired effect: Name: Result: John D Rockerfeller Grants you £10,000! Yay! Mouse Guests stare at the ground Atari All guests start laughing and cheering! Frontier Mechanical dream! Rides never break down! Guido Fawkes Advanced Fireworks Editor Chris Sawyer Guests start jumping for joy! Sam Denney Peeps will ride all of your coasters John Roach Peeps will ride all of your non coaster rides James Hunt A buggy will ride through your park Shifty Guests will start dancing D Lean Flying Camera Route Editor ATITech Speeds game up Jonny Watts Gives you a PeepCam with the guest you renamed Atomic Big Explosion If you are using the v1 beta patch, the following also work: Andrew Thomas Decreases Coaster Track Friction David Braben Allows you an unlimited Lift Chain speed Ghost Town Guests cannot enter your park FPS Shows the frames per second =============================================================================== 6. THE RIDES =============================================================================== Well, here we are, the main part of the game, the rides! Here you will find a complete list of all the rides, along with their costs, excitement, intensity and nausea ratings amongst other interesting things. You'll note that the cost is in £, as I'm in the UK, but it's the same for any currency. Please note that excitement, intensity and nausea values are for the default design/settings. If you change the speed, number of circuits etc, these values will change. Any help in this section would be very greatly appreciated, so please volunteer some information! ____________________________________________ /KEY: \ | Name: The name of the ride. | | Cost: The approximate cost of the ride, the| | minimum cost a coaster can be, set at| | ground level. | | Description: The in game description. | | Coaster Type: Whether a coaster relies on | | gravity to pull it along, or whether | | it is propelled by its own engines | | Default Designs: The number of designs you | | have from the go. | | Locked Designs: Number of unlockable | | designs. | | Excitement/Intensity/Nausea: As they say. | | Capacity: Self-explanatory | \--------------------------------------------/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.1. RollerCoasters ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ These are the main rides in the game, and the most numerous, with 49 of them, in the 4 differing categories, Steel (steel supports and tracks), Wooden (wooden supports, think traditional), Suspended (ones which hang rather than sit on tracks) and Water (water rides like flumes and stuff). I might at some point list all the designs you get with them, but I have tons of my own mixed in, and a few are still locked. Maybe in a future update. This document is copyright 2004 to Andrew McKendry. SPECIAL KEY: To cut down file size and type time, track pieces have been abbreviated to the following: BBR= Block Brakes BRA= Brakes FT = Flat Track MC = Medium Curve PS = Photo Section SS = Steep Slope ST = Straight STA= Station TC = Tight Curve TOP= Top Cap VE = Vertical Banks are the available bank options ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.1.1. Steel (RollerCoasters) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Name: Air Powered Coaster Cost: From £6,750 Description: After an exhilarating air powered launch, the train speeds up a vertical track, over the top, and vertically down the other side to return to the station. Coaster Type: Self-propelled Default designs: 1 -> Twin Thunder: Size: 41x7 Cost: £10,200.00 Excitement: 5.09 (Medium) Intensity: 5.32 (High) Nausea: 6.28 (Medium) Locked designs: 0 Pieces: STA FT: ST, MC V: ST TOP: ST PS BRA Special pieces: None Banks: 45 Cars: 1 Air Powered Car, capacity: 2 per car Name: Bobsleigh Cost: From £2,700 Description: Riders career down a twisting track in small bobsleigh cars guided only by the curvature and banking of the semi circular track. Coaster Type: Gravity Default Designs: 4 -> Icicle Bob Size: 21x13 Cost: £10,121.00 Excitement: 2.80 (Medium) Intensity: 2.78 (Medium) Nausea: 2.24 (Low) -> Slip Slider Size: 25x15 Cost: £6,035.00 Excitement: 2.51 (Medium) Intensity: 2.80 (Medium) Nausea: 1.84 (Low) -> Toxic Toboggan Size: 19x12 Cost: £5,951.00 Excitement: 2.85 (Medium) Intensity: 4.13 (Medium) Nausea: 2.43 (Low) -> Water Python Size: 20x12 Cost: £6,346.75 Excitement: 2.77 (Medium) Intensity: 2.93 (Medium) Nausea: 1.98 (Low) Locked Designs: 0 Pieces: STA FT: ST, MC, TC GS: ST, MC, TC SS: ST BRA BBR Special pieces: S-Bend Banked S-Bend Large Helix Small Helix Banks: 45 Cars: 1 Bobsleigh: 2 passengers per car ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.1.2. Wooden (RollerCoasters) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.1.3. Suspended (RollerCoasters) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.1.4. Water (RollerCoasters) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.2. Junior Rides ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ These rides tend to have low excitement and intensity ratings, and especially low nausea ratings, meaning that they are perfect for the kids and very timid adults. You're best to place these close together, and relatively near the entrance, as little kids can get tired by walking relatively easily. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.2.1. Generic (Junior Rides) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Name: Floundering Ferry Cost: £550 Description: A boat that slides and rotates up and down a short ramp. Excitement: 2.50 (Low) Intensity: 2.70 (Medium) Nausea: 2.74 (Medium) Capacity: 16 Name: Merry-Go-Round Cost: £300 Description: A gentle motorized Merry-Go-Round ride. Excitement: 1.51 (Low) Intensity: 0.46 (Low) Nausea: 0.71 (Low) Capacity: 12 Name: Spiral Slide Cost: £300 Description: A wooden building with an internal staircase and external spiral slide for use with slide mats. Excitement: 1.80 (Low) Intensity: 1.20 (Low) Nausea: 0.90 (Low) Capacity: 1 *NOTE: This is a very valid point from Nigel Kennington: "This ride can be very popular if priced normally (£1.70) but its extremely low turnaround means that queues form very quickly and long queues mean other rides are lying idle. Thus I really recomment setting the spiral slide to the point where people are occasionally complaining about the price ("I'm not paying that much...") or, even better, building something else instead." I would suggest if you want to build this ride, that you either build two, or have a very short queue so it can't buld up. Name: Tea Cups Ride Cost: £360 Description: People ride in pairs of seats rotating around a Giant Teacup centrepiece. Excitement: 2.60 (Medium) Intensity: 2.0 (Low) Nausea: 6.0 (Medium) Capacity: 18 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.2.2. Western (Junior Rides) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Name: Buffalo Roundabout Cost: £472 Description: A western-themed roundabout ride Excitement: 2.20 (Low) Intensity: 0.62 (Low) Nausea: 0.75 (Low) Capacity: 12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.2.3. Spooky (Junior Rides) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Name: Monster Ride Cost: £472 Description: People sit on seats as animatronic versions of classic monsters provide a scare. Excitement: 1.80 (Low) Intensity: 0.62 (Low) Nausea: 0.75 (Low) Capacity: 12 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.2.4. Sci-Fi (Junior Rides) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Name: Flying Saucers Ride Cost: £560 Description: People ride on a vehicle gliding on a cushion of compressed air. Excitement: 2.50 (Low) Intensity: 0.85 (Low) Nausea: 0.39 (Low) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.2.5. Adventure (Junior Rides) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Name: Odyssey Ride Cost: £560 Description: An adventure themed boat that slides and rotates up and down a short ramp. Excitement: 2.50 (Low) Intensity: 2.70 (Medium) Nausea: 2.74 (Medium) Capacity: 16 Name: Snake Helter-Skelter Cost: £360 Description: Adventure themed helter-skelter in the shape of a giant snake with an internal staircase and an external spiral slide. Excitement: 1.80 (Low) Intensity: 1.40 (Low) Nausea: 1.90 (Low) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.3. Thrill Rides ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As the name suggests, these rides tend to have medium to high excitement, medium to high intensity, and any range of nausea ratings. Teens tend to favour these, as with adrenaline junkie adults, and include some very insane rides indeed. It's a bonus that a lot of them have high capacities too. Note there are no Sci-Fi Thrill rides in the Sci-Fi section of the game, but the Gravitron's own description describes it as a Sci-Fi ride. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.3.1. Generic (Thrill rides) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Name: Chairswing Cost: £502 Description: People sit in suspended seats which are swinging around a central pole. Excitement: 2.16 (Low) Intensity: 1.68 (Low) Nausea: 1.86 (Low) Capacity: 36 Name: Double Swinging Inverter Cost: £564 Description: People ride in one of two gondolas, which is attached to its own arm. Excitement: 3.62 (Medium) Intensity: 4.70 (Medium) Nausea: 4.78 (Medium) Capacity: 24 Name: Enterprise Cost: £880 Description: A rotating wheel with suspended passenger pods, which first starts spinning and is then tilted up by a supporting arm. Excitement: 3.59 (Medium) Intensity: 4.42 (Medium) Nausea: 5.65 (High) Capacity: 16 Name: Flying Carpet Cost: £396 Description: A large flying carpet themed-car which moves up and down cyclically on the ends of 4 arms. Excitement: 3.33 (Low) Intensity: 4.68 (Low) Nausea: 4.38 (Low) Capacity: 12 Name: Gravitron Cost: £564 Description: People are flung against the wall of this Sci-Fi themed centrifuge ride. Excitement: 4.24 (Medium) Intensity: 4.68 (Medium) Nausea: 6.20 (High) Capacity: 26 Name: Launched FreeFall Cost: From £600 Description: A freefall car is pneumatically launched up a tall steel tower, and then allowed to freefall down Excitement: Between 3.57 (Medium) and 3.64 (Medium) Intensity: Between 6.97 (High) and 7.04 (High) Nausea: Between 6.55 (High) and 6.69 (High) Capacity: 16 Pieces: STA Special Pieces: Launcher section Note: The minimum height this ride can be is 91.79 feet, as any lower, even at the minimum launch speed, causes this ride to crash. Values for EIN are taken from minimum height/minimum speed launch to maximum height/maximum speed launch. Name: Motion Simulator Cost: £440 Description: Riders view a film inside the motion simulator pod while it is twisted and moved around by a hydraulic arm. Excitement: 3.25 (Medium) Intensity: 4.10 (Medium) Nausea: 3.30 (Medium) Capacity: 8 Name: Revolution Cost: £862 Description: People sit on the end of a spinning wheel that is attached to a spinning arm. Excitement: 3.94 (Medium) Intensity: 4.65 (Medium) Nausea: 5.76 (High) Capacity: 32 Name: RotoDrop Cost: From £650 Description: A ring of seats is pulled to the top of a tall tower while gently rotating, then allowed to freefall down, stopping gently at the bottom using magnetic brakes. Excitement: 1.55 (Low) Intensity: 1.95 (Low) Nausea: 1.51 (Low) Capacity: 16 Pieces: STA Special Pieces: Rotodrop section NOTE: I think this ride is bugged. Values are too low for the nature of the ride, and neither height, nor speed affects the values of EIN. Name: Rotor Cost: £654 Description: People are swung against the wall of this centrifuge ride. Excitement: 4.00 (Medium) Intensity: 4.60 (Medium) Nausea: 5.84 (High) Capacity: 12 Name: Roundup ride Cost: £628 Description: A small intense centrifuge ride, which lifts up to a 25 degree angle. Excitement: 3.72 (Medium) Intensity: 4.68 (Medium) Nausea: 5.84 (Medium) Capacity: 24 Name: Sky Sling Cost: £434 Description: People are thrown into the sky and brought safely down to earth again. Excitement: 3.72 (Medium) Intensity: 5.00 (Medium) Nausea: 5.88 (High) Capacity: 6 Name: Sky Wheel Cost: £790 Description: People ride in two rotating wheel at either end of a giant arm. Excitement: 1.42 (Low) Intensity: 4.74 (Medium) Nausea: 4.82 (Medium) Capacity: 32 Name: Swinging inverter ship. Cost: £424 Description: The swinging inverter Ship is capable of doing a full 360 degree loop. Excitement: 3.49 (Medium) Intensity: 4.68 (Medium) Nausea: 4.72 (Medium) Capacity: 18 Name: Top Spin Cost: £580 Description: People ride in a gondola suspended by large rotating arms, rotating forwards and backwards, head-over heels. Excitement: 2.00 (Low) Intensity: 4.80 (Medium) Nausea: 5.74 (High) Capacity: 20 Name: Top Spinner Cost: £844 Description: A rotating arm that is connected to rotating gondolas placed in a star formation. Excitement: 3.54 (Medium) Intensity: 4.54 (Medium) Nausea: 5.88 (High) Capacity: 24 Name: Twister Cost: £360 Description: Three pairs of seats rotate at the end of three rotating arms. Excitement: 2.55 (Medium) Intensity: 2.75 (Medium) Nausea: 2.82 (Medium) Capacity: Name: Zipper Cost: £980 Description: People ride in cages that spin freely while ravelling along a rotating arm, which also spins. Excitement: 2.82 (Medium) Intensity: 6.82 (High) Nausea: 7.12 (High) Capacity: 32 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.3.2. Western (Thrill rides) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Name: Bucking Bull Cost: Description: Excitement: Intensity: Nausea: Capacity: Name: Lasso Cost: Description: Excitement: Intensity: Nausea: Capacity: Name: Mine Drop Ride Cost: Description: Excitement: Intensity: Nausea: Capacity: Name: Rotovator Cost: Description: Excitement: Intensity: Nausea: Capacity: Name: TNT Vortex Cost: Description: Excitement: Intensity: Nausea: Capacity: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.3.3. Spooky (Thrill rides) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Name: Gallows Swing Cost: Description: Excitement: Intensity: Nausea: Capacity: Name: Spider Top Spinner Cost: Description: Excitement: Intensity: Nausea: Capacity: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.3.4. Adventure (Thrill rides) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Name: Phoenix Twister Cost: Description: Excitement: Intensity: Nausea: Capacity: Name: Pirate Ship Cost: Description: Excitement: Intensity: Nausea: Capacity: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.5. Gentle Rides ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ These rides tend to be relatively popular. Kids, teens and adults alike will all enjoy a blast on one of these low-medium excitement rides, and are best placed at the start of the park to get people into the mood of theme parks. Due to their high capacity nature, they're absolutely perfect near the entrance of the park, or near high population path junctions. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.5.1. Generic (Gentle rides) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Name: 3D Cinema Cost: £560 Description: Cinema showing 3D films inside a geodesic sphere building Excitement: 3.50 (Medium) Intensity: 2.40 (Low) Nausea: 2.50 (Low) Capacity: 12 Name: Circus Cost: £500 Description: Circus animal and clown show inside a big top hat Excitement: 2.10 (Low) Intensity: 0.60 (Low) Nausea: 0.00 (Low) Capacity: 30 Name: Crazy Golf Cost: From £700 Description: Guests play Mini Golf on a custom built Crazy Golf Course Default designs: 0 Locked designs: 0 Pieces: STA FT: ST, TC MS: ST Special pieces: Hole 1 Hole 2 Hole 3 Hole 4 Hole 5 Hole 6 (Note, this is a custom build ride similar to a roller coaster, and has no designs available, thus excitement, intensity and nausea values are unavailable. To my knowledge, there is no capacity limit.) Name: Crooked House Cost: £320 Description: Building contains warped rooms and angled corridors to disorientate people walking through it Excitement: 2.15 (Low) Intensity: 0.62 (Low) Nausea: 0.34 (Low) Capacity: 12 Name: Dodgems Cost: £491 Description: People sit in and drive electrically powered Dodgem cars and must try to avoid one another. Excitement: 2.70 (Medium) Intensity: 1.20 (Low) Nausea: 0.35 (Low) Capacity: 12 Name: Ferris Wheel Cost: $450 Description: Guests ride on a slowly rotating giant wheel. Excitement: 1.50 (Low) Intensity: 0.48 (Low) Nausea: 0.53 (Low) Capacity: 32 Name: Kara Oki concert Cost: £940 Description: Pop concert featuring bestselling recording artist Kara Oki Excitement: 2.95 (Medium) Intensity: 0.30 (Low) Nausea: 0.00 (Low) Capacity: 40 Name: Trampoline Cost: £324 Description: People bounce on a trampoline assisted by bungee cords. Excitement: 2.0 (Low) Intensity: 1.82 (Low) Nausea: 1.44 (Low) Capacity: 4 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.5.2. Western (Gentle rides) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Name: Western Wheel Cost: £462 Description: Guests ride on a western-themed slowly rotating wheel. Excitement: 1.50 (Low) Intensity: 0.50 (Low) Nausea: 0.55 (Low) Capacity: 20 Name: Wild West Show Cost: $484 Description: A live show that runs every fifteen minutes, showing the Wild West at it's best. Excitement: 2.90 (Medium) Intensity: 0.74 (Low) Nausea: 0.00 (Low) Capacity: 24 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.5.3. Spooky (Gentle rides) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Name: Ghost House Ride Cost: £430 Description: Guests ride in spooky themed cars along a premade track, around a spooky themed Ghost house. Excitement: 3.41 (Medium) Intensity: 1.53 (Low) Nausea: 0.10 (Low) Capacity: 12 Name: Mirror Maze Cost: £596 Description: Guests try to find their way through a themed maze of image- distorting mirrors. Excitement: 2.20 (Low) Intensity: 0.64 (Low) Nausea: 0.42 (Low) Capacity: 10 Name: Spooky Wheel Cost: $465 Description: Guests ride in a spooky-themed, slowly rotating giant wheel. Excitement: 1.50 (Low) Intensity: 0.50 (Low) Nausea: 0.55 (Low) Capacity: 32 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6.5.4. Sci-Fi (Gentle rides) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Name: Laser Battle Cost: £550 Description: Team Red vs Team Blue in an exciting laser gun battle. Excitement: 2.01 (Low) Intensity: 1.90 (Low) Nausea: 0.00 (Low) Capacity: 12 Name: Planetarium Cost: £540 Description: People experience a beautiful simulation of planets and stars. Excitement: 1.57 (Low) Intensity: 0.12 (low) Nausea: 0.00 (Low) Capacity: 12 Name: Space Arcade Cost: £456 Description: A large undercover video games arcade. Excitement: 1.57 (Low) Intensity: 0.12 (Low) Nausea: 0.00 (Low) Capacity: 12 Name: Space Rings Cost: £288 Description: Concentric pivoting rungs allowing the riders free rotation in all directions. Excitement: 3.58 (Medium) Intensity: 2.10 (Low) Nausea: 4.50 (Medium) Capacity: 4 Name: Zero G trampoline Cost: £324 Description: Guests safely bounce on a Sci-Fi themed trampoline assisted by bungee cords. Excitement: 2.10 (Low) Intensity: 1.82 (Low) Nausea: 1.44 (Low) Capacity: 4 #* The rest of the section will be finished at a later date *# =============================================================================== 7. SHOPS & FACILITIES =============================================================================== This section will be added in a future update. =============================================================================== 8. SCENERY =============================================================================== This section will be added in a future update. =============================================================================== 9. AFTERWORD =============================================================================== Thanks very much for reading this FAQ. I hope you enjoyed it as much I enjoyed writing it. Well, I lie, I hope you enjoyed it a helluva lot more than I enjoyed writing it, because truth be told, FAQ writing is a tedious business. Lol, just kidding. As long as you've either enjoyed this, or found it useful, I'm happy. 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