________________________________________________________________________________ ØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØ ________ ____________ ___ __ \______ ___ /___ /_____ ________ __ /_/ /_ __ \__ / __ / _ _ \__ ___/ _ _, _/ / /_/ /_ / _ / / __/_ / /_/ |_| \____/ /_/ /_/ \___/ /_/ _________ _____ __ ____/______ ______ ___________ /______ ________ _ / _ __ \_ __ `/__ ___/_ __/_ _ \__ ___/ / /___ / /_/ // /_/ / _(__ ) / /_ / __/_ / \____/ \____/ \__,_/ /____/ \__/ \___/ /_/ .___. | . _. _ _ ._ | \_|(_.(_)(_)[ ) ._| & Corkscrew Follies / Added Attractions & Loopy Landscapes ________________________________________________________________________________ ØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØ RollerCoaster Tycoon & Corkscrew Follies/Added Attractions & Loopy Landscapes The Complete Strategy Guide Version 5.93 (10-3-00) by Dan Simpson & Red Phoenix (manymoose@hotmail.com) (red_phoenix_1@hotmail.com) Email Policy: ØØØØØØØØØØØØØ If you are going to email me about this game, please put Rollercoaster Tycoon as the subject. Or just RCT. Also please realize that I am not hiding cheats or any other information, i.e. everything I know about RCT is in this guide. If you see any mistakes, or have anything that you want to add please email me! I will, of course, give you full credit for your addition, and be eternally grateful to you. Before emailing me with a question, be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions section. _______________ .--------------------========= N O T E S =========-------------------------. | ØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØ | | The most recent version of this FAQ can be found at: | | | | http://www.gamefaqs.com/ | | http://www.cheatcc.com/ | | | | If you haven't read the Game Manual and are reading this, I highly recommend | | that you read the manual first, since this Guide is meant more as a | | supplement to an already good manual, rather than as a replacement for it. | | That's not to say that you need to have read the Manual for this to make any | | sense, just that I don't cover a lot of things already in the Manual. (like | | how to build elevated paths) Enjoy! | | | | The Add-On to RollerCoaster Tycoon was released! Check below for more | | information! Also the Scenario Editor has been released! Check that out in | | the Editors section. Now throughout the guide I have noted everything that | | is new to the Add-On. Oh, and if you are wondering where the Manual to the | | Add-On is, it is in the CD case. | | | | This guide is updated often. | | | | A Version History can be found in section "11. Final Words..." | | | | An old HTML version of this FAQ can be found at: (as of v. 4.2) | | http://manymoose.8m.com/coaster/ | | | | There are foreign language versions of my FAQ as well: | | | | Eine deutsche Version dieses FAQ kann an gefunden werden: | | http://surf.to/spielelounge | | | | En natuurlijk de Nederlandse versie van deze FAQ kan gevonden worden op: | | http://members.tripod.lycos.nl/draznyk/rctstrategyguide.txt | | | | La version franÁaise de cette FAQ peut Ítre trouvÈe sur | | http://www.rct.be.tf | | | | Note: If you would like to do a foreign language version of my FAQ, drop | | me a line! | | | | If you don't actually have the game you can get the demo at: | | English: ftp://ftp.microprose.com/pub/demos/rollercoaster/rct-edl.exe | | Non-English: ftp://ftp.microprose.com/pub/demos/rollercoaster/rct-mdl.exe | | Keep in mind that this demo is Time-Limited, so after 20 minutes it ceases | | to work. (BTW, don't email me asking for "cracks" for the demo, I don't | | have any nor do I know where any are.) | | | | If the ASCII art above looks garbled (it should say Rollercoaster Tycoon) | | then make sure to set your font to Courier, or another similar Fixed Width | | Font. | | | | New Info on the Add-On Pack, Added Attractions! This is directly from the | | Official Page: (http://www.rollercoastertycoon.com) | | | | Added Attractions is the official add-on pack for RollerCoaster Tycoon by | | the game's creator, Chris Sawyer. This will add new types of roller | | coaster, including historical rides like the Virginia Reel and Side | | Friction Roller Coaster, as well as the latest modern rides like the Steel | | Twister Roller Coaster and Steel Wild Mouse to name a few. | | | | In addition, new scenery, including Jungle and Jurassic themeing, themed | | banner signs, and new styles of footpath will allow you to make your park | | even more varied and interesting. | | | | Plus, with over 25 new scenarios, no RollerCoaster Tycoon player will want | | to be without this. | | | | Release Date: Out Now! Go buy it! | | | | Note: This is an add-on pack and a full version of the RollerCoaster | | Tycoon game is required to use the add-on pack." | | | | You can check the Official Page (http://www.rollercoastertycoon.com) for | | some screenshots! | | | | By the way, in the US the Add-On is called "Corkscrew Follies". Which | | I think is a very lame name. | | | | Also there are a variety of patches out for both the original RCT and | | the Add-On, which can be found at the Official Site | | (http://www.rollercoastertycoon.com) | | | | And finally Hasbro has plans for yet ANOTHER add-on to RCT! I guess all | | the sales told them something... | | | | Rollercoaster Tycoon is Copyright 1999 by Chris Sawyer, and Hasbro | | Interactive | | This Document is Copyright 1999-2000 by Dan Simpson | | | | I am not affiliated with MicroProse, Hasbro Interactive, Chris Sawyer, or | | anyone who had anything to do with the creation of this game. This FAQ may | | be posted on any site so long as NOTHING IS CHANGED and you EMAIL ME telling | | me that you are posting it. You may not charge for, or in any way profit | | from this FAQ. | '--------------------=================================-------------------------' ___________________ What's New in 5.93: ØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØ This FAQ is now being coauthored by Dan Simpson and Red Phoenix. Also now coverage is being added for the second Add-On, Loopy Landscapes. Coming in Version 6.0: Large changes to the format similar to my Sims FAQ, splitting up the larger sections into many smaller sections. What I'll be doing is can be seen to some small extent in section 4.2.1 The Wild Mouse, which I will be doing for all rides (at least the ones that have enough information for it). For a full version history, check out the Final Words... section below. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Table of Contents: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | | 1.) Original Scenarios | 1.1) Add-On Scenarios | 2.) Your Park | 2.1) Queue it up! | 2.2) Park Maintenance | 2.3) Guests | 3.) Rides, Non-rollercoaster | 4.) Rides, Rollercoaster | 4.1) Crashes! | 4.2) Basic Coaster Building | 4.2.1) The Wild Mouse | 5.) Landscaping | 6.) Shops | 7.) Alternative Ideas | 8.) Cheats! | 8.1) RCT Utilities (non-cheat) | 9.) Bugs '-> Frequently Asked Questions Final Words... |Section includes a Wish List, Internet |Links, Credits, and a Version History -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Original Scenarios -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- _______________ .--------------------========= L E G E N D =========-------------------------. | ØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØ | | 'Rides' indicates which rides the scenario already has in it. | | For example, C indicates that there is One Rollercoaster, 2C, Two. | | 'Coasters' indicates which coasters are possible to research. | | All Goals that have a number of guests for a goal require a rating of 600. | | In almost all cases where you get $10k in cash, you have a loan of that size.| | | | Coaster Key: Notes Key: | | ------------ ---------- | | B - Bobsled L - Able to buy land | | C - Corkscrew C - Able to buy Construction Rights | | M - Mine Train * - indicates that these scenarios | | Sm - Steel Mini aren't immediately available | | I - Inverted ! - indicates that you must download | | R - Reverse Whoa Belly (Free Fall) this scenario off the offical | | Su - Suspended web page (see "11. Final Words") | | S - Steel @ - available only if you passed all | | Si - Single Track other scenarios | | Ss - Suspended Single Track | | U - Stand Up Rides Key: | | V - Vertical ---------- | | W - Wooden C - Rollercoaster | | Wm - Wild Mouse G - Gentle Rides | | T - Transport | | E - Exciting/Water | '--------------------=================================-------------------------' Name: Rides: Cash: Goals: Coasters: Notes: ----- ------ ----- ------ --------- ------ Forest Frontiers -- $10k 250g, 1yr SiSuSmUWmW L Tips: Passing the tutorial also counts as passing this scenario. Dynamite Dunes C $10k 650g, 3yrs CMUSmSsSuW L Leafy Lake -- $10k 500g, 3yrs MSSiSmSsSuWmW Diamond Heights 4C,T,G,E $1k $20k, 3yrs BISmSWmW Evergreen Gardens -- $10k 1000g, 4yrs BCMSSiSmUWmW Tips: Cut down on paths here to avoid getting lost guests. Bumbly Beach C,2G $5k 750g, 2yrs BCSiSmWmW * C Trinity Islands -- $10k 750g, 3yrs BIMSSiSmSsSuWm * Katie's World 3C,3E,T $1k $15k, 3yrs BMRSSmSsSuUWmW * L Tips: Katie's World is extremely rainy, and as such it needs indoor rides. Also, it has the first completely underground ride, a rollercoaster. Dinky Park 4G,2E $10k $10k, 2yrs BCIMSSiSmSsSuUVWmW * L C Tips: You need to expand this ultra-small park quickly, by buying land across the street. You get to that area via contruction rights on the street. Aqua Park 5E $10k 900g, 3yrs -- ALL -- * Tips: The waterslide here often "stalled out" on me, consider replacing it or redesigning it. Or barring that remove the Maximum Wait time, and have it always "waiting for full load". Millennium Mines T $10k 800g, 3yrs BCIMRSSiSmSsUVWmW * Karts and Coasters 2C,2E $10k 1000g, 3yrs BCIMRSSiSmSsVWmW * Mel's World 2C,2E $5k 1200g, 3yrs -- ALL -- * Mothball Mountain -- $10k 800g, 3yrs BCIMRSSmSsSuUVWmW * L Pacific Pyramids -- $10k 1000g, 4yrs BCIMRSSiSmSsSuUV * L Crumbly Woods 3C,3G $5k 1200g, 3yrs -- ALL -- * Tips: All the rides here are exceptionally old and unreliable, consider replacing them with new ones. Big Pier -- $10k 600g, 2yrs BCISSmSsSuUWm * Lightning Peaks 2T $5k 900g, 3yrs -- ALL -- * Ivory Towers 2C,E,T $10k 1000g, 3yrs -- ALL -- * Tips: Ivory Towers has been heavily vandalized and is rather filthy. Clean it up first. Rainbow Valley -- $10k 1000g, 4yrs BCIMSSiSmSsSuUVWmW * Thunder Rock T $10k 900g, 4yrs BCIMSSiSmSsSuUVWmW * Mega Park -- $10k Have Fun -- ALL -- @ Fort Anachronism C,T,2G,E $1k 1250g, 3yrs BCISSiSmSuWmW ! L Note: Whenever you pass a scenario, all the guests in your park will applaud, and also they will all let go of their balloons. Which means that they have to buy NEW balloons, so you get twice the balloon money! Of course you've already passed the scenario by that point... Having trouble passing a scenario? Check the Common Problems Section below for tips on how to increase Park Value and other ideas. Note: The game year starts in March and Ends in October (8 months) Note: Save every scenario after you beat it. (see the Bugs Section for more info) Note: Not every scenario has every ride in it (unless you cheat). You may be looking at the scenario names thinking to yourself, "I never saw that Scenario." Well I have the US version of the game, and the other International versions have different names. Here's a little comparison: US: International: ------------------------- --------------------------- Katie's World Katie's Dreamland Dinky Park Pokey Park Aqua Park White Water Park Mothball Mountain Mystic Mountain Big Pier Paradise Pier -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1.1 Add-On Scenarios -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- _______________ .--------------------========= L E G E N D =========-------------------------. | ØØØØØØØØØØØØØØØ | | 'Rides' indicates which rides the scenario already has in it. | | For example, C indicates that there is One Rollercoaster, 2C, Two. | | 'Coasters' indicates which coasters are possible to research. | | All Goals that have a number of guests for a goal require a rating of 600. | | In almost all cases where you get $10k in cash, you have a loan of that size.| | | | Coaster Key: Notes Key: | | ------------ ---------- | | B - Bobsled L - Able to buy land | | C - Corkscrew C - Able to buy Construction Rights | | M - Mine Train * - indicates that these scenarios | | F - Flying aren't immediately available | | H - Heartline Twister ! - indicates that you must download | | I - Inverted this scenario off the offical | | R - Reverse Whoa Belly (Free Fall) web page (see "11. Final Words") | | Su - Suspended | | S - Steel @ - available only if you passed all | | Sf - Wooden Side Friction other scenarios | | Si - Single Track | | Sm - Steel Mini | | Ss - Suspended Single Track | | St - Steel Twister | | T - Wooden Twister | | U - Stand Up | | V - Vertical Rides Key: | | Vr - Virginia Reel ---------- | | W - Wooden C - Rollercoaster | | Wm - Wild Mouse G - Gentle Rides | | Wr - Wooden Reverser T - Transport | | Ws - Steel Wild Mouse E - Exciting/Water | '--------------------=================================-------------------------' Name: Rides: Cash: Goals: Coasters: Notes: ----- ------ ----- ------ --------- ------ Whispering Cliffs -- $10k $17k, 3yrs SfVrWWmWsSmMUSuV Tips: Space is at a premium here as you have very little space to work with. So what I would do is to build the smallest flat rides on the ground, then raise a piece of land 4 squares and build another ride on that. (see the Your Park section for more information) Also have your coasters start at the top of the cliff, and go down the cliff to the water to save space. Three Monkeys Park 3C $5k 1400g, 3yrs SfVrWrWTWmSmMSCISsBRWs Canary Mines 2C,1T $10k 1300g, 3yrs VrWTWmWsSmMUCSsIBV Barony Bridge -- $10k 1200g, 3yrs WWtWsMCSuISsBV Tips: This park is very difficult to develop as you only have two small (and I do mean SMALL) islands that you actually own. But you have construction rights all around the bridge. So when you want to build something, simply place it somewhere, and it will automatically be placed above the water. However, placing anything on stilts costs a little more. Funtopia 2C,G $5k 1400g, 3yrs SfVrWrWTWmWsSmMSCStSuIBH Haunted Harbor 4G,C $5k 1200g, 3yrs SfVrWrWTWmWsSmMSCSiB * L C Fun Fortress -- $10k 1300g, 3yrs SfVrWrTWmWsSmMSCSuISsSiFV * Future World C,T $5k 1500g, 3yrs SfVrWrWTWmWsSmMUCStSuISs * SiBHFRV Gentle Glen 2G,C $5k 1200g, 3yrs SfVrWrWWsSmMSSsSiB * Jolly Jungle -- $10k 1600g, 4yrs SfVrWTWmWsMSuSsBHF * Hydro Hills G $10k $20k, 3yrs SfWTWmWsSmMSUCStSuISsBHF * Sprightly Park 8G,E,2C,T $10k 1500g, 3yrs SfVrWrTWmSmM * Magic Quarters T $10k $30k, 4yrs SfVrWrWTWmWsSmMSUCStSuISs * SiBHFRV Fruit Farm T $8k 1100g, 2yrs SfVrWrWTWmWsSmMSCStSuIBHFR * Butterfly Dam -- $10k 1400g, 3yrs SfVrWTWmWsSmMSCStSuIBHFV * Coaster Canyon -- $10k 1200g, 3yrs SfWTWmWsSmMSUCStSuISsSiBHRV * Thunderstorm Park 3E $10k 1400g, 3yrs VrStWsSmMSCStSuIBF * Harmonic Hills -- $10k 1200g, 3yrs VrTWmWsSmMSSuSsV * Tips: You can't build above "tree height" which means 8 levels vertically. Also you can't remove trees either. So for best coaster effect, start at the top of the hill, and run down the hill. Roman Village G $10k 1500g, 3yrs SfVrWrWTWmWsSmMSStSuISsSi * BHFRV Swamp Cove 2C $5k 1600g, 3yrs VrWTWmWsSmMCStSuISsBHFV * Adrenaline Heights C $10k 1600g, 3yrs VrWTWmWsSmMUCStSuISsBHFRV * Tips: These people are the opposite of Gentle Glen and want exciting thrill rides. Utopia Park -- $10k 1400g, 3yrs SfVrTWsSmMCBH * L Rotting Heights 3G,C,2E $10k 1200g, 3yrs SfVrWrWtWmWsSmMSCStSuISsB * HFV Tips: This park is a mess of vandalism, broken rides, and rides that seem to have lost most of their tracks! Clean it up and rebuild. Fiasco Forest 2G,2C,E $1k 900g, 1yr WWmSmSISsBH * Tips: This park is going to kill someone with its dangerous rides. Either fix or replace these deathtraps before people get hurt (and before the year ends as well!). Pickle Park -- $10k 1400g, 3yrs VrWTWmWsSmMUCStSuISsB * Tips: Here the trick is that you can't advertise, you simply must get guests going home happy to get a good reputation. Giggle Downs 3G,4C $5k 1250g, 2yrs SfVrWTWmWsSmMSUCStSuISsSi * L BHV Mineral Park -- $10k $10k, 2yrs VrWTWmWsSmMCStISsBFV * Coaster Crazy -- $10k see below -- all coasters -- * Tips: This one has the most unique winning requirements of all, you must have 10 DIFFERENT types of rollercoasters in your park, each with at least 6 excitement. Hopefully by now you know how to build good coasters... By the way, you have unlimited time to do this. Urban Park 2G $10k 1000g, 3yrs SfVrWWmWsSmMSUCSuISsBHFRV * L C Tips: You start with a tiny chunk of land next to a town, and there are other small chunks of land for you to buy, but you'll have to get construction rights to get to them! Geoffrey Gardens -- $10k 2000g, 4yrs SfVrWTWmWsSmMUCStSuHFV * -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2. Your Park -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This Section deals with how to set up a successful park, and has some other great ideas on how to make money in the park. - The first thing that you want to do in your new park is to set Research up to the maximum funding possible ($400 a month). If you do not have the Information Kiosk available already, then you will want to uncheck all research boxes except for "Shops and Stalls". (Information Kiosk is the most useful shop in the game, since it sells both maps and umbrellas) - Once you get the Information Kiosk build it close to the entrance (not right by the entrance, but somewhere nearby), as your guests will want a map to avoid getting lost (and an umbrella if it rains). Typically what I do here is to build the Information Kiosk on a corner of the first intersection, that way everyone has a good chance to buy something when they enter the park. Note: Don't forget to recheck the research areas back to all areas. Unless you don't mind never getting new rides... - Next you will want some rides. Build a good mix of rides, some gentle, some exciting, and of course a rollercoaster. Place one, and only one, rollercoaster by the entrance to get the guests' hearts pounding early. It also increases their happiness. The rest of your Rollercoasters you will build deeper into your park (you build only one by the entrance since they will have to travel to the others, and will sometimes see other things on the way) You want at least one indoor type ride, like the Haunted House. Note: The game sets ride prices if and only if you are letting Guests into your park for free. If you are charging them to get into your park then you will have to set the price yourself. (see sections 3 and 4 for pricing guidelines) - Third, hire one of each type of employee. Uncheck the handyman's option to mow the grass. You don't need that yet. (mown grass looks nicer, and helps guests happiness ratings, and park value ratings) When you do want someone to mow the grass, hire a handyman specifically for that task, and uncheck all but the mow grass option. - Fourth, jack up the entrance price to the park to around $15-$20. You want it cheap enough to keep your guests happy, but high enough to get you some money. Generally, for every 4 new rides that you build, add $5 to admission. $10 if one of those rides is a roller coaster. I'm not saying that the only money you get should be from the entrance fee, I still think you should also charge them on rides. This way you can maximize your chances of getting all your guests money. - Finally you are going to want to build some amenities, such as Bathrooms, and shops. Build these a little further away from the entrance, since the guests who enter don't need to use them yet. Avoid placing food shops near the exits of vomit intensive rides--although you can, and possibly should, place Drinks stands there. Note: Once you get over $30 thousand dollars, you don't need to increase your admissions price any more! I always keep my admissions price around $50 at that point. (the absolute maximum that you can set your admission price is $100) Banners (Add-On): Banners not only work as Signs, but they also work as "Do Not Enter" signs! The best ways to use banners are these: To block off exit paths (the ones that have nothing but an exit) To block off empty areas of the park so you can finish building them To tell guests where they are Banners can only be placed on normal paths, that is you can't put them on sloped paths. Be very aware of the direction that the banner faces, face it the wrong way and you get the wrong results. For more information on banners check out the Landscaping section below. Small Area Parks: Some parks seem to be too small for you to build a great theme park in, or are they? One of the best ideas in these parks is to literally build rides on top of each other. For example build a Hedge Maze, then raise one square of land by it, then build another ride on that square. Don't worry the ride will have supports raising it where you don't have land raised. Different rides can have a different height above the land. Here's a chart (provided by Ake Malmgren): Height levels: The non-custom rides also have maximum height above ground values, but they aren't displayed in the game. Here is the list: Gentle Rides Bumper Cars: 6 Ferris Wheel: 5 Haunted House: 6 Hedge Maze: 4 Merry-Go-Round: 8 Observation Tower: 61* Slide: 7 Space Rings: 13 Exciting Rides 3D Cinema: 4 Gravitron: 9 Motion Simulator: 8 Scrambled Eggs: 8 Swinging Ship: 5 Swinging Inverter: 4 Whoa Belly: 61* Shops and stalls: 8 Buying Land: If you want to expand the park, you can buy land (in the Main Entrance window). Land that is for sale has a little white sign on it, and costs between $15 and $90 per square (depending on the Scenario). Construction Rights sell in the same way, but only 2 scenarios let you buy those. Other parks come with construction rights already purchased, like Katie's World (for the underground coaster) and Mega Park, where you can build a ride (or anything else, for that matter) across the path to the entrance. Oddity: You don't need a path that leads immeadetly from a ride exit. If there is a path on a lower level under the exit, the guests will fall down and land there without any problems. Of coure you will get a bunch of messages that says you don't have a path from the exit. (Ake Malmgren) Common Viewpoint: Ever wish that you could visit your wonderful theme park? Well one way is to view a guest just before they enter your park, name them, and click the "i" button (the bottom button on the individual guest's window) to receive updates on them. By following around several people like this you can get a new viewpoint on your park, and it may help you solve problems that you didn't know existed! If you leave his window open you get to see how long a queue wait really is, how hard it is to find a place in the park, and if you really have enough facilities like bathrooms or food and drink stalls. Note: Naming your peeps with a number first to assist in keeping track of the peep. (i.e. name someone "1 Dan Simpson" or "2 Bob Roberts") They will then be listed first in the GUEST MEGA LIST, making them much easier to find later. Add On Note: Every once in awhile, the guest that you have been watching for awhile will think "I have the strangest feeling that someone is watching me." Funny! Money Making: Remember that you can take a loan. If you need a new rollercoaster RIGHT NOW, then take out an extra $5k or so (keep your loan under $20k total, the max loan possible is $50k but you shouldn't need that much; also bear in mind that each scenario will allow a different Max Loan). Also use the Rides button (press "R") and slide the marker down to "Profit" to see where you are making, and losing money. If a popular ride isn't making money, it may be that you are charging so much for the ride that people won't go on it. You want to get all of their money, but you don't need it all at once, so lower the rates. (see sections 3 and 4 for a pricing guide to rides) Later in the game you may want to consider only charging for admission (say... $90) and giving the rides away for free, or maybe you want to let them in for free and charge them more on rides. Well there are problems with both. Since your ideal is to get every cent from the guest charging $90 at the gate is a problem: 1) what if a guest doesn't have $90? and 2) what if the guest has more than $90? The first guest can't come in, and the second will probably leave your park with money. (there's only so many ice creams that he can buy!) Your other option is to let them in for free, and charge them more on rides. This option is even worse. Here's why: Suppose Guest 1 enters your park with $100 and he's happy. Then he gets in a long line for a log flume that was poorly designed (i.e. LONG). By the time he gets off the log flume he is hungry, thirsty and very unhappy. Since he didn't pay to get into the park he's getting outta there. I usually stay with the $50 admission and still charge for rides. I get all of their money, and they usually leave only when they run out of money. Awards: Best Value Park in the Country Worst Value Park (is there an award for Least Safe? Deadliest?) Tidiest Park Untidiest Park Most Beautiful Park Safest Park Best Roller Coasters Note: If you click on a duck, it will quack. Ducks only appear if you have water in your park. I have heard of parks where there are so many ducks that it looks like a Hitchcock movie. Note: To slow the game down, click and hold the right mouse button. (only works on slow computers! For a different way to slow the game down, go down to section 7. Alternative Strategies) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.1 Queue it up! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'll discuss Line Queues here, before I even talk about the rides themselves! The first thing to building the ultimate Queue is Ride Placement. Place the ride well away from the nearest path, at least 2 or 3 squares. This keeps the Queue from "attaching" to a path before you are ready. Then start building the Queue, and don't put it near a path until you are satisfied with the length. Only after you have built the entrance Queue to a ride should you build the path to the Exit. So, how long should your Queue be? That depends on the type of ride mainly. For example, a roller coaster is a very popular attraction, PLUS it loads a lot of people at once, PLUS its a short ride, and can also have multiple trains. So for a Rollercoaster build a long (10-20 squares) queue line. Long waits in line are fun for no one, so if the "people" tab on the ride window say a queue wait of 10 minutes or more, cut the line down. Note: To change the color of the queue (Add-On only) simply click and hold down the Queue button in the paths window. A small choice of colors (Blue, Red, Yellow, Green) will appear for you to choose from. Here's the breakdown: Rollercoasters - 10 to 20 squares Exciting Rides - 6 to 15 squares Gentle Rides - 5 to 9 squares Log Flume - 6 to 9 squares Boat Hire - 3 to 5 squares Transport Rides - 5 to 15 squares (depending on the type of transport) Even if you see a very full line, don't overdo it and make it longer, then the people will wait in line a long time, and they will lose a lot of happiness; and if the ride isn't so hot (like the Log Flume) they'll have been worse off for going on the ride. Keep waits under 9 minutes if you can. Even less for long rides (5 minutes and more). If waits get above 15 minutes the people will get fed up and leave the line. Finally, don't just wrap the queue around itself, try to open up some holes to the side to place trees, fountains, etc. This will help keep the guests comfortable, and happy. _____ ride entrance ________ ride entrance | | | | __ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |__| | | |_____| | | |________| Example of a boring Queue Example of a better Queue Dynamic Queues: Alright there's no such thing (see the Wish List in the Final Words section below) but there is a good way to "fake it". A dynamic queue is one that changes its size depending on need, i.e. if more people want to ride it, it increases in size, if less people want to ride, it decreases in size. When you first build a ride have one section that "pokes out" of your main line queue. This will accommodate the larger crowds that new rides see. When the crowd dies down, or if the wait time is too much, simply cut off that area of the queue. When to have No Queue At All: There are times when you don't even need to build a queue. Simply having the entrance built right next to a path will allow people to enter the ride. This is only feasible with certain types of rides (never ever do it with a rollercoaster, for example). The best rides to do it with are the Space Rings, Maze, Car Ride, Boat Hire, and the Slide. If you build these on a crowded enough path, then they will always be full, yet never need a queue (therefore people are never actually waiting for the ride, and therefore never becoming unhappy with a long wait). Note: Even a ride with no queue, still has a queue of one person, except now that person is waiting on a normal path. Note: Entertainers can help keep the people in line amused. Ride Exits: The best place to put a ride exit is on an already existing path, rather than building a path specifically for the exit. (That can result in dead ends, and lost guests) Which means that you will want to place the ride at least 1 square away from any paths, and then place the exit somewhere in that area. Note: Placing the exit near the entrance will promote repeat business on that particular ride. (especially useful on rollercoasters) Note: If your exit is not connected to a path, and is over water, guests will all fall off and drown. Now Incorporating all of the Queue ideas, we'll now do a little trick, that seems to me, to save a little space. First build a Merry-Go-Round 1 square away from a path. Build the entrance on the far side away from the path, and build the exit right next to the path. Now build the queue so that it goes immediately back to the path. This method has several advantages, the first being that the Exit is always on a normal path, so you don't have to create new dead-end paths; second, it saves space. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.2 Park Maintenance -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mechanics: It is my theory that for every 4 rides you build you should hire a new Mechanic. This keeps a "net" of coverage on your park, as there will usually be a mechanic nearby if a ride breaks. As your rides age, their reliability will go down tremendously. To help alleviate this problem, swap the Inspection rate on the rides down to "every 10 minutes". At each inspection the reliability will go up a little. Also if your rides are REALLY old (5+ years) you need to take drastic measures to insure that they don't crash. Consider replacing the ride. Or, just reduce the number of trains on a rollercoaster down to 1. (this will avoid a crash) Another way to tell if it is time to replace a ride is "Down Time". Note: If you want to get your mechanic somewhere quicker, do NOT just pick him up and put him there, this resets his JOB and he will forget what he was doing. Instead just wait. If you have to wait too long you know that you don't have enough mechanics. Overkill Maintenance: One way to guarantee a good response time from your mechanics is to hire one mechanic for every ride (yes, EVERY ride) and give them ONE route marker right on the exit of the ride--the route must actually be ON the exit, not just by it. Then set all the ride inspection times to 10 minutes. Too bad there's no "Constant Inspection" option. This comes in handy when your roller coasters are very old, and when they fail it can be fatal. With any luck your Mechanic will fix the ride before any accidents happen. Note: If the ride exit is at the first square on the station platform, the machanics can reach this end faster and (hopefully) fix the station brakes before an accident happen. (Ake Malmgren) Handymen: For every roller coaster or shop that you build you should hire a new Handyman to help with the added trash and vomit. Make sure to "specialize" your handymen, that is, don't have them clean trash AND mow lawns, in that that is very inefficient. Have most your handymen clean trash, water gardens, and empty trash cans. Then have a few mow the lawns. 15 Second Rule: So how many Handymen do you need? There's no really good way to tell, but one strategy I use is to count to 15 once I have spotted some garbage. If by 15 no handyman has ever come onto the screen (max zoom in, of course) then I hire a new handyman. (Then again I subscribe to the "More is better than Less" philosophy, I'd rather have more Handymen than I need than have less than I need!) If one has come onto the screen in the alotted time, then I move him onto the garbage. There are, naturally, special cases when this rule does not apply: 1. At the exit of Rollercoasters. They need a Handyman all their own. 2. If you already have over 40 handymen, you probably won't want more. (although it should be noted, that in large parks, I often end out with around 60 handymen) Let them Roam: So should you give your handymen an area to clean up (assigning an area) or should you just let them roam on their own. Both. In general you want most of your handymen just roaming around, but you also need some to permanently stay in your "worst areas" (i.e. those by the pukiest rollercoasters). Why not assign them all routes? Too much hassle when your parks get really large, plus you don't get all that much benefit from all your micromanagement. Note: Another way to remove litter/puke is to remove the path. Finally, you need security guards to stop Vandalism. But since you can't always stop it, you need to know what to do afterwords. Vandals strike only 3 things, benches, garbage cans, and lights. The vandalized bench will be broken in half, the garbage cans will be tipped over, and lamps will have their lights broken. Simply replace the old items with new ones to fix. (Don't right click to remove! That may get rid of the path as well) So who are all these vandals? If you check the people screen, the vandals are the ones with the red snarling faces. If you manage to catch one of these perps, you can try to get his anger out by placing him on a one square path with a bench. He'll smash the bench and become happy again (well... he won't be so violent anyway), then you can move him back into the park. (this is covered again in the next section as well) Note: Guests doesn't get mad (red-faced) if there is nothing to vandalize. (Ake Malmgren) Note: Keeping a clean and pleasant park helps cut down on vandalism. If your park is clean enough, you may not need Security Guards at all. Plus it really isn't that hard to replace benches/lamps/trash cans, so lately I haven't been hiring Security Guards. Note: The maximum number of staff members that you can hire (handymen, mechanics, security guards, entertainers) is 116. However, if you have a lot of guests in your park (4000+), you may not even be able to get to 116. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2.3 The Guests -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To better serve your park guests, you will need to understand them. For one thing they are all male, and exactly the same age. The following is a small breakdown of your park guests stats: Happiness - happy people stay in your park and will be more willing to part with their money. Happiness is increased by fun rides, like roller coasters, and maintained by normal rides. The guests become unhappy if they are: Tired, Sick, Hungry, Thirsty, or have to go to the bathroom. Other things that contribute to unhappiness are: Long waits in line, and inability to find good rides, and how clean/pleasant your park is in appearance. Finally, don't forget that you do have Entertainers, and although it seems like they are worthless, they do help your guests happiness ratings. Energy - a tired guest won't go on anything but the most exciting rides to "wake up", but once he has done that will go on other rides. Tired guests also walk slower than others, and are less happy. Place a good roller coaster by the entrance to wake up these sorry fellas. Hunger, Thirst - these two stats start at a random value when the guest enters the park, usually under 1/4 full. These values increase mostly over time. Thirst is also affected by what the guest is doing. Eating Fries increases thirst, as does a high nausea rating. Nausea, Nausea Tolerance - guests always underestimate their chances of getting sick off of a ride. Nothing you can do about it except provide numerous benches, and clean any vomit up. Also note that sick guests become very unhappy and walk very slowly (to the point of slowing down the launching of rides). Bathroom - need I explain? Other Complaints: "I'm Lost!" - reduce the number of paths that don't lead to rides, provide more Information Kiosks (if you priced the maps high, then reduce that price). Also guests seem to get lost more often when they take a transportation ride to a far off section of your park. Also try to build shorter paths between areas of the park. "I Can't find XXX Ride" - same as above. Also Observation Towers can help the guest spot the ride. Or you could take them there directly via pincers. Another thing that may prevent the finding of rides is large scenery around the ride, so if there are lots of tall trees, consider chopping some. "I'm not paying that much for XXXX" - reduce the ride cost, OR change the ride around to be more exciting. "I can't find the Park Exit", "I want to go home" - you've lost these guests, and they want out. Pick them up with the pincers and get rid of them before they become even MORE unhappy. Nothing you can do will keep them in the park, so don't even bother. Note: If you need a certain number of guests in your park to pass the scenario, you may want to stick these peeps (guests) in a place that they can't get out of. Something like a 1x1 path in the middle of nowhere works. (see "7. Alternative Strategies") How Guests Move: Guests are morons. You just have to accept that. Their normal algorithm on moving goes like this: Walk down path If you are at an intersection, pick a direction at random Also realize that Stores, and Line Queues create intersections. The only exception to this algorithm is when a guest knows EXACTLY where he is going (his window will say "Heading for XXXX"). This means that you HAVE to avoid using Double Paths (paths that are 2+ squares wide), and cutting down on intersections also helps. Employees also follow this algorithm, which is really annoying. Compliments and How to get them: The guests want a nice clean park to visit, good rides to go on, and short lines. Also pricing things affordably gives the guest a good feeling that translates into happiness. When the guest likes something, they will give you the "good thought" (check the people button, and look under thoughts). Happy patrons, when they leave, promote your park to their friends. Big Problems: Every once in awhile you will want to check the People button and look at a summary of their thoughts (the second "Group" tab). Checking here will give you a good idea of areas to improve in your park. If a lot of people complain of hunger, build some food shops; if people complain of having to go to the bathroom, build a bathroom; if lots of people complain about waiting in line forever, consider cutting the line down. Vandals: The best way to prevent Vandalism is to keep your guests happy. However, that doesn't always work, so here's some suggestions on vandalism. Whenever a guest goes red in the face, he is about to commit vandalism. So what do you do with a guest that you catch before he does anything? Put him in "Jail". That is, a one square path with a bench on it for him to smash. Let him smash it and get him outta there. Consider it "Destructive Therapy". If you are wondering how Security Guards affect vandals, Guests do not commit vandalism if there is a guard present. They don't actually get "caught". Oddity: Guests will remain seated on a vandalized bench for quite awhile, but no new people can sit on the vandalized bench. Note: Guests' Preferred Intensity increases as they ride tame rides (or as the manual puts it "Riding less intense rides near a coaster can often help guests get up the nerve to ride the more extreme attraction" pg. 11) Note: Guests who leave happy are considered "Good PR" and a free advertisement. Note: Guests who Die or Leave unhappy are considered "Bad PR" and can discourage others from visiting your park. Note: Guests can die in crashes, or drown; see section "4a. Crashes" below for more info -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3. Rides (non Rollercoasters) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Before we get to the Complete Ride Listing, a few words. All rides have many customizations in them. From the amount of time the ride will take, to the amount of people crammed into it, it is usually all contained in the ride Information under the Gears tab. Any ride with independent vehicles, like the Chair Lift, or the Boat Hire, has a maximum of 12 vehicles. Music rides influence the moods of people walking by, and make them happier. Indoor rides are popular when it rains every other ride is considered outdoor Custom denotes that you can custom build the ride a single * by the people number indicates that many people per vehicle a single * in front of the ride name indicates an Add-On only ride Gentle Rides: cost: size: people: notes: Bumper Cars $440 4x4 12 Music, Indoor Car Ride $540+ ** ** Custom Ferris Wheel $450 4x1 32 Haunted House $340 3x3 15 Indoor Hedge Maze $216+ ** ** Custom (16 max people) Merry-Go-Round $460 3x3 16 Music Observation Tower $592+ 3x3 20 Indoor, Custom, Tower Slide $330 2x2 ** Space Rings $288 3x3 4 *Crooked House $260 3x3 5 Indoor *Circus Show $500 3x3 30 Indoor, Music *Ghost Train $570+ ** ** Custom *Cycle Railway $450+ ** ** Custom *Miniature Golf $740+ ** ** Custom *Cycle Monorail $540+ ** ** Custom *Flying Saucer $560 4x4 12 Exciting Rides: 3D Cinema $560 3x3 20 Indoor Go Karts $920+ ** 1* Custom Gravitron $580 3x3 8 Motion Simulator $440 2x2 8 Indoor Scrambled Eggs $360 3x3 16 Swinging Ship $387 5x1 16 Swinging Inverter $424 4x1 12 Whoa Belly $800+ 3x3 8 Custom, Tower *Roto Drop $880+ 3x3 16 Custom, Tower Water Rides: Boat Hire $205+ ** ** Custom Log Flume $1320+ ** 4* Custom River Rapids $1840+ ** 8* Custom Water Slide $1200+ ** 2* Custom *River Ride $1260+ ** 16* Custom Transportation Rides: Chairlift $1440+ ** 2* Custom, Indoor Miniature Railroad $1300+ ** ** Custom Monorail $1550+ ** ** Custom, Indoor *Suspended Monorail $2400+ ** ** Custom, Indoor Ah, More US:International Comparisons: US: International: ------------------------- --------------------------- Swinging Ship Dragon Boat Whoa Belly Launched Freefall Gravitron Top Spin Scrambled Eggs Twist Miniature Railroad Steam Train _or_ Miniature Railway Bumper Cars Dodgems Boat Hire Boat Ride _or_ Boat Hire Reverse Whoa Belly RC Reverse Freefall Rollercoaster Fries Stall Chips Shop Cotton Candy Stall Candy Floss Stall Play Music (Add-On): One new addition to the Add-On is the ability to set any ride to play music, just like the Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round, etc. Here is a list of the styles that you can play: Gentle Style Summer Style Water Style Ragtime Style Techno Style Wild West Style Rock Style Fantasy Style Horror Style The Play Music option is found by opening the ride's window and selecting the far right tab. (the "people" tab) Tip: (from Ake Malmgren) If you have built a ride so near the path that the queue area 'sticks' to it before it should, and you won't rebuild the ride or path, you can either build the queue area at one level higher or lower than the path, or make it so that when you put a queue piece next to the path, it has another piece to stick to rather than the path. Like this: SSSSSSSSSSSS <-- Station platform Entrance -->EQ <-- Build this first Queue -->QX <-- So that this will not stick to main path Main path --> PPPPPPPPP P X is where you want to place the queue piece Gentle Rides: People for the most part don't like Gentle Rides. Most people want to ride Rollercoasters (not all, some are a little chicken). But you can usually get anyone onto a Gentle Ride. They tend to ride Gentle Rides AFTER having already ridden on something exciting. This is the most true with the Haunted House, which can have no business at all if people haven't ridden something exciting first. The other time when a lot of people ride gentle rides is when they are getting up the courage to ride something more thrilling. Custom Rides: So what exactly makes a good custom ride? First off, each custom ride has a saved template in the game, so you don't have to start off designing them right away. The main problem with this is that it doesn't always fit into your park. Remember that the amount of vehicles/trains/boats is determined by the size of your Station, and if you have multiple stations, then it is decided by the size of your smallest station. Well here's some notes on each ride: Boat Hire - a station platform is all you need, you can build "Guide Rails" if you want to control where they go, but you don't need to. If guests get lost/stuck on your boats, then you might want to consider putting in a guide rail. Also build a Guide Rail if you want to limit the amount of time the guest spends on the ride. Note: The Guide Rails do not need to form a complete circuit. Log Flume - keep this one short with 3 or 4 drops. 3 minutes is plenty, any more than that and people start to get impatient and unhappy. (they become impatient when they become hungry, which increases over time) Also try to use the Log Flume as a showcase for your other rides, e.g. have it go through the loop of your coaster, or by your Go karts ride. Add-On Note: The Log Flume gets a new track piece, the "turntable", which turns the log around, but only if the log is going slow enough. If the log is going fast, it won't turn. Water Slide - keep it simple, one uphill chain pull and then just move them around, use the complete circle tracks to keep them from flying off the track. (the idea is similar to the Bobsled Coaster since neither are connected to the track) Tadhg Pearson sent me this about Water Slides: "Water Slides always go faster when there are people in the boats and this can result in 'boat pile ups' when empty boats are followed by a few full ones. Increasing the minimum waiting time can help solve this." -- you could also uncheck "maximum" wait time, and leave it "waiting for full load". Also: "Waterslides will always crash if you make a steep drop underground using uncovered track." Ake Malmgren had this to say about Water Slides: "Because the dinghies runs on water, unlike the coasters that runs on wheels, they have more friction against the track and loose speed faster, so water slides are more difficult to design. "When a water slide breaks down, all lift hills stops. That will cause the boats to pile up in the lift hill(s), and probably run into each other and make jams later in the track. Because of that, it is no good idea to have more than one lift hill (I use to have it, so i know the problems). "(The lift hill stops on all water rides on breakdown)" Any Transport - you need at least 2 stations for these to go anywhere, Monorail doesn't need a complete loop, and the Chairlift automatically makes a loop. Build the stations at least 6 squares and more is always better. (well...not _always_ but you get the general idea!) Any Tower - go as tall as you can! Note: on Whoa Belly if you make it very tall you will need to increase the launch speed to keep up, but go too fast and it will "jump free" of the tower. Oddly it may not crash, though. (the one I built cleared the tower by a good 5 feet but then on the way down, went right back onto the tower; however I tried this again later and it caused a crash) Go Karts, Car Ride - Up down, around, whatever. Note: For fun one time I built a really short Go Karts that had only 2 station platform squares and immediately turned around and finished the ride. Then I put the laps up to 10. It got an excitement of "5 High". Not bad for a puny ride! Dan Mullin had this to add about Go Karts: "As with roller coasters it appears that Go-Karts really like to have intertwined and paralleled tracks at the same or similar levels, i.e., a driver going one way on a section of track can see a driver going another way on a different section. This seems to boost excitement quite a bit. "As you know, when run in race mode the winner always gets to take a victory lap. Therefore, a nice balance to achieve in the number of laps is completion of the victory lap at about the same time the last place car actually finishes. Otherwise, if you simply cut down the number of laps you are not speeding things up and you are reducing the excitement level." Ake Malmgren had this to say about Go Karts: "To get extreme excitement ratings on this ride, build it around/through/under/over many rides, preferrably at exciting points, like through loops. It is easy to do because of the tight turns on this track." Hedge Maze - there's no good advice here, except to try to make a good maze, but not so hard as to be impossible. Also keep in mind that the longer the guest is lost in your maze, the hungrier/thirstier he becomes. Note: One of the best ways to build a Maze is to build the Ultra Small Hedge maze. Have only 2 squares of maze, with only one straight path. Place both the entrance and exit on a path (i.e. no queues), and you have a very quick loading/unloading ride! They get out and go right back in! Best of all, the whole ride + stations takes up only 4 squares, and can be placed almost anywhere. Now for more detailed information on Transport rides. Chair Lift - Building any more than 7 station squares is unnecessary since the CL can only have 12 cars. Also to decrease the time it takes to load the ride, place the Entrance near the beginning (where it starts to become the ride) of the Station. (see Common Problems for a "picture" of where to place the Entrance/Exit) Also increase the speed of the ride to 9 mph. (under the Gears tab) Monorail, Railroad - these rides really slow down going up hills, so one idea is to make them into "subways" and only surface them at each station. Part of the idea with these is to show patrons the park, however, so that may not be the best idea. Again make your stations as long as possible to have large multiple trains if you want those. Note: The monorail doesn't even need 2 stations to operate, simply set it to "Shuttle Mode" and it will go to the end of the track and back. Shuttle Mode also works when you don't have a complete loop. Note: You can build a maximum of 4 stations! Note: The excitement ratings in transport rides and water ride are dramatically enhanced when they go through the loop of a rollercoaster. Some thoughts on Pricing: (if you don't charge admission into the park, these prices are too low for you, charge more) These rides fall into 3 pricing categories: freebies, cheap, and workhorse. Freebies are gentle rides like the Merry-Go-Round and the Ferris Wheel. You make these free to keep people happy, and in the park. Cheap rides are the other Gentle Rides, the Transportation Rides, and the Boat Hire. Cheap rates are .30 to .90 and keep people coming on rides that they would other wise avoid. Workhorse are all of your exciting rides and the other 3 water rides. These rides are consistently popular and you can therefore charge more. Workhorse rates are .90 to 1.30. Also be sure to remember that you can charge more for new rides than old rides. This is due to the "Novelty Factor". You can sometimes get away with $5 admissions on new rides. Remember that you get most of your money from Admissions and Roller Coasters so don't freak out about the costs of these rides. Note: The maximum that you can charge any guest on one ride is $20. Further Thoughts on Pricing: Some people split hairs trying to get as much money from the guests at every possible opportunity, by overcharging on new rides, and gradually decreasing the rate. As near as I can see this will merely deplete your guests funds quicker and get them to leave sooner and less happy. I believe that having fair prices (i.e. _not_ overcharging) is better in the long run. Firstly your guests can stay in your park longer keeping your guest count higher. Secondly they leave happy, which encourages more people to come to your park. And finally they usually leave with little to no money anyway, it doesn't matter if you get it all at once, or gradually, you still get their money! Some thoughts on Spacing: Some rides--the Log Flume, Monorail, etc.--launch many separate independent vehicles. Obviously you don't want to launch them all in one bunch, as that would be bad spacing (think of waiting in a line that either moves fast or not at all, and you see what I mean). To increase your spacing you need to edit how the ride launches each vehicle. The best way to do this is to increase the Minimum Wait time. This keeps each vehicle there longer, and increases the space between it and the previous vehicle. Another good way-- especially good on Monorails--is to set both the Minimum and the Maximum to the same time, so that it stays at each station exactly that amount of time. This keeps your transportation network moving. Here's a good formula to follow: Minimum Wait Time = (Ride Time Length / Vehicles on Ride) - 1 Bear in mind that this isn't a perfect formula, and depends on your rides loading in less time than the minimum time. Remember that if it takes longer than your minimum time for the guests to load onto the ride, that your carefully planned Min. Wait time is worthless. Note: The highest setting for "minimum" and "maximum" is 250 seconds. Note: The Data Logging graph stops at 5 minutes. Thoughts on the Pause: This is also discussed down in Alternative Strategies. Normally if you want to change the attributes of a ride (like the amount of logs in a log flume) you have to close down the ride, causing everyone to leave the line. One way to avoid this is to first Pause the game, then close the ride, change what you want to change, and then Unpause. Quick and easy. Notice how the line stayed where it was. However, everyone who was on the ride is now leaving the ride (you can also Fleece the Guests this way). They surprisingly, don't seem to care that much about this. (although it should be noted that they won't be as happy as they would be if they rode the entire ride, since happiness is increased gradually.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4. Rides (Rollercoasters) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Original Rollercoasters: _____ Bobsled | Inverted | Mine Train | Reverse Whoa Belly | Single Rail | Steel Mini | Steel |______ Each is good, exciting and expensive! Standup Steel | Steel Corkscrew | Suspended | Suspended Single Rail | Wooden Crazy Rodent | Wooden | Vertical _____| Add-On Rollercoasters Flying Heartline Twister Slide Friction Steel Twister Virginia Reel Wooden Reverser Wooden Twister For a basics guide to building rollercoasters, go down to "4b. Basic Coaster Building" Special Track Pieces: (not all are available on all coasters) On Ride Photo -- Takes a photo of your guests, which they can buy for $2 (to start) at a profit of $1.80. You want one of these on EVERY coaster that has it available! Brakes/Booster - One slows you down, the other speeds you up. One of these alone is not enough to get you up/down to speed. Helix -- A Helix is a banked turn that also goes up or down. Comes in two flavors, LARGE and SMALL. Half Loop -- The first element in the COBRA LOOP, to use you need to first use a straight track with the small angle up. Then to finish you need to use a corkscrew. Corkscrew -- Standard corkscrew. Inversion -- Like a corkscrew, but not as large. Only available on the Inverted Rollercoaster. (technically a Loop and a Corkscrew are considered "Inversions" but that isn't what we mean here) "S" Bend -- Used to move your coaster 1 square either left or right. Vertical Loop -- The normal loop. Also moved your coaster left or right 1 square. To use have one straight piece angled up slightly then build your loop. Steep Twist -- Not really a "special track" in that it isn't in the little menu, but it counts for me. It is essentially a turn while going down at the maximum angle (not straight down). To build it, have a steep drop (or climb) then on the next track have it also go steep, and do the small turn. Water Splash -- Only available on the standard wooden rollercoaster. Sends the coaster train over a "water splash". Adds excitement but also slows the train down. When designing your tracks pay more attention to Lateral G's than Vertical, as this will increase the Nausea rating of the ride--which you want to keep low. (Lateral G's are created when you take turns while going very fast) Some strategies to keep in mind about L. G's are to slow the coaster down before taking turns, and try to avoid using the sharp turns. And especially don't combine the two. The best way to slow a coaster down before a turn is to have it go up a hill right before the turn. Use brakes sparingly. Test your roller coaster, and if the L.G's exceed about 3 or so several times in quick succession, you may need to go back to the Drawing Board. I'm not saying to avoid L.G's completely, as they are quite intense and exciting, but keep it within reason. It does not really matter if you have more than one "lift hill", as the guests happiness increases based on the ride as a whole, and not by where they currently are. Finally, when you run a coaster through a loop, try to keep the speed down, as fast loops increase intensity and nausea really quickly. To keep things interesting (and expensive) periodically shut down the roller coaster and refit it with something new. On a wooden roller coaster, try to add an On Ride Picture, or a "Splash" section; on a Mini Steel, change the cars to Spinning, etc. This helps to keep your ride from getting stale. Further Thoughts on Design: If you want to create a Roller Coaster (or any custom ride) and save the design, one good way to do it is to follow this idea: - Start the Forest Frontier scenario (or any other) - Take out the maximum loan - Set Research to Maximum, AND take off all research options except "Rollercoaster" (or if you are doing another ride, check the appropriate option) - Design your roller coaster (don't open the park) - Test the Design out, try for High Excitement - Save the design (open the ride window, click the Disk button, select save design; Note: you must have named the ride!) The idea here is to use this scenario as nothing more than a canvas for creating new rides. Then you can take your saved design and place it into whichever scenario you are working on. This should save you time, and money. An alternate idea is to use a scenario that you have already passed that has a lot of money. Close the park (takes awhile to get those guests out of the park, however) and bulldoze the rides. Save the blank park as something else (Test Park works) and start experimenting. Remember that practice makes perfect. Note: Intensity of over 10 is unridable. Not completely unridable, mind you. I built an 11 intensity coaster that had an excitement around 5, but then I cut the intensity back to 9 and the excitement shot up to 8. What the *&#$% is Intensity Anyway? Excitement - is a measure on how exciting the ride looks to a guest and is based on Intensity--between 6 and 9 is usually good, anything higher and the excitement plummets--and the Aesthetics of the ride itself. Large rides with loops generally look more exciting than something that is small and flat. Also try to weave the ride through previous sections of the ride--like sending the track through the hole of an earlier loop. (it's even better to send _other_ rides through the loop!) Tunnels and Scenery will also help. Another trick to use is the old "Decapitation Trick"; which basically works by dropping just below some obstacle just in the nick of time, giving the appearance that it would take your head off. You can also increase excitement in tunnels by placing an object, such as a statue, on top of the tunnel. Finally excitement lowers over time but one way to get it back up is to change the ride--like changing the type of train on the coaster, painting it, or adding to it. Note: Scenery only effects the coaster excitement up to 4 squares away, anything further has no effect. Intensity - is a measure on how intense the ride is. So what does that mean? You want to keep the ride moving fast--have only one lift hill-- and add elements like loops and corkscrews to increase intensity. Simply having a tight turn is not in itself a bad thing, it only becomes bad if its too fast, and followed by a turn in the opposite direction. (think of shaking a soda can, if you simply move it fast in one direction it doesn't fizz so much, but if you move it back and forth fastly, it fizzes quite a bit) Have the coaster go up and down, take sudden drops, and above all keep the speed up! Nausea - is based on the Intensity partly, and on the how you get the intensity. Fast speeds on hairpin turns that go left then right, is generally a good way to get people sick. Try to keep nausea below 7. Some Thoughts on Platforms: --from R.D. Mack Flush loading (enter on the left, exit on the right or vice versa) can be done well if the ride is planned in advance. In addition, placement of the exit and entrance can speed up loading of the coasters, especially if the ride is short and runs more than 2 trains. (See below) 12 length platform, three train operation, 7 cars per train (wooden coaster operation) E XXXXXXXXXXXX X E - Entrance X - Exit The exit can be anywhere along the platform as they are in no hurry to leave, but now the entrance will be centered on the loading train so that the peeps no longer have to walk down to the back. (the peeps walk the same distance to the front as to the back, and take less time doing so.) This formula can be used for all different types of rollercoasters, as well as some of the transport rides. Of course, if one is using a shorter train, the platform entrance should be moved towards the center of the train. Thoughts on Pricing: Roller Coasters are the big money makers, and are very consistent. When it is new, charge $3 to $5 (depending on size and excitement), and as time goes on, drop it to the $2 to $3 range. You shouldn't have to drop it further, unless you want to. On Ride pictures help to increase profits. Note: Guests will only buy ONE On Ride picture in your entire park, period. Further Thoughts on Nausea: Some people just shouldn't ride roller coasters, but do it anyway. For them you need at least 3 benches right outside of the Exit, as well as a Bathroom right by the exit. It is also wise to have a Handyman on patrol by the Exits to popular (and therefore pukey) roller coasters. Also sometimes a Drinks stall nearby helps. Rain Delays: Guests don't like to go on roller coasters (or any other outdoor ride for that matter) in the rain. Doesn't mean that they won't do it, however. There are 2 notable times when guests get over their aversion to outdoor rides in the rain: 1. If the ride is new, people will still line up for it (Novelty Factor) 2. If they just got off the ride and want to go on it again (repeat business) Anyone else who lines up in the rain is a freak. Note: Underground (and mostly underground) rides are considered "indoor". Rain Delays 2 -- Beating the Rain: So your guests won't go on coasters in the rain... or will they. We have already established that they will go on coasters that are brand new due to the Novelty Factor. So when it is raining, (and if it tends to rain a lot in that scenario) you might want to try "Breaking up the Ride". That is, remove one section of the ride (after it was closed, of course), and then re-open the ride. Since the ride is now considered "new", you should be able to get peeps to line up for it. Best done during prolonged rain storms that cut your lines down to zero. How to Build an Underground Roller Coaster: If you've played the Katie's World scenario, you know that it is possible to have a coaster completely underground. Well how do you do that? It is actually kind of simple. Cut away some land down to the level that you want to build your coaster. Then build one station platform above ground in the hole, with the next station platform going underground. Then remove the first station platform and raise the land back to where it was. You are now free to build that underground coaster! You should realize, of course, that this is much more expensive than building a normal coaster. Note: The maximum height for land is 31, so the highest drop that you could manage underground is a 29. How to build an Elevated Roller Coaster: Ever want to put that coaster station above ground in the air? Well it isn't so hard to accomplish. Simply raise one square of terrain to the level that you want, and build your first station on that, then just keep building. Then later go back and lower that piece of terrain back to the ground level. Transport Rollercoasters: You may eventually want to use a Rollercoaster as a train to shuttle people from one area to another. Bear in mind that you can't use the powered launch mode with 2 stations, therefore you have to build a lot of "Booster" tracks to keep it going. Also if you make a straight track it will be very boring. You will want to add some excitement to it via a Loop or something similar. Note: You don't actually have to have the guests go through the loop, as long as it exists on the track somewhere, it will increase the excitement. Fix the Crazy Vole: (Wild Rodent) This ride actually needs a bit of a tune up to make it better. Sometimes when the cars launch from the station, they don't have enough speed to make it all the way to the lift hill, which is surprisingly far away. To help, have a small downhill section out of the station, then turn it and then back up and onto the lift hill. The Single Dueling Coaster: This isn't so hard to produce. Simply build one coaster as normal, except that when you get to finish the ride, move the track 1 square left or right and make a new station that would be identical in length to the first one. Now build a second coaster. Try to keep it the same size as the first section. To finish the ride off, have the track go back into the first station. Now you'll probably want to get half the Trains to each station, so push the "Test Ride" button until half the trains have left, then click the Red "Close Ride" button once. To get the 2 stations to synchronize, click the "Synchronize with Adjacent Station" buttons (you have to do this for each station!) Now you just need to place 2 entrances, 2 exits, and you're done! Note: Do not simply link 2 separate coasters together to make one, that doesn't work! -- answer from alt.games.rctycoon, Michael Kerr Painting Each Section (Add-On): So you want to paint your coaster in a hundred different colors, each section being different from the last. Now you can. Go into the paint tab like always, and note the "Track" and under that "Main Color Scheme". Click on Main Color Scheme to bring up a menu that also includes 3 alternate color palettes. Select one of the alternates, then change some of the colors in the normal fashion. Now click the Brush button and click on any section of track to color it. Now if you change the colors in the menu all the sections you painted with it will change colors as well. Add-On Testing Note: Guests seem to wait for rollercoasters to be tested once you get the Add-On. Which means, no more getting them on any old ride, now you have to make sure it is rideable before they will ride it. This means that if you created the Coaster of Death (you know that it's intensity will be way too high), and you want to get peeps on it before you test. Nope! Peeps now need documented evidence that this ride won't cause their hearts to burst! If you want a more in depth look on Rollercoaster Construction go down to "4b. Building Good Coasters" Some more ride design ideas can be found in "7. Alternative Ideas" Note: If you demolish a ride that had an On Ride Photo, all the photos from that ride disappear as well! Note: The cheapest roller coaster (pre-made) is the Shuttle Launch Steel Roller Coaster. Note: Spinning cars on the Mini Steel Rollercoaster increases Nausea more than they increase Excitement. Note: Naming your Coasters different names, not only helps you differentiate between them, but can also help your guests out! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4.1 Crashes! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you are lucky, you won't ever have to deal with a crash. However, it is very likely that you will have to eventually. Preventing: Constant Maintenance! On your old rides, decrease the inspection time down to 10 minutes (this may require more Mechanics). This increases your reliability rating on the ride, and may help avert major disaster. The most common crash is that of Station Brakes Failure on a Roller Coaster. To prevent this common malady you need to slow the friggin coaster before it gets to the track. There are several ways to do this: - Have a lift hill right before you go back into the station, this is a separate system from the brakes and won't fail in the same explosive way. (having other brakes, i.e. track brakes, does not work because all brakes tend to fail at the same time) - Use up all the speed in the ride. This entails a lot of good ride design as you have to get its speed down before it enters the station yet still avoid stalled out trains, and trains going backwards. Coasters that come into the station at 5 MPH tend to not crash as much as coasters coming in at 90 MPH. Other ideas to try are to have a Mechanic on permanent patrol near your rides, or you could finally remove all the other trains completely. (if you do that make sure that the train has the maximum amount of cars allowed) Dan Mullin has this to add: "I tend to design a coaster so that as much speed is dumped during the ride as possible, then the train is actually hauled back into the station by a small lift hill (maybe 2-3 levels). This can be accomplished by either raising the station a few ticks above the ground or, even better, having the end of the coaster ride underground, then hauling back up to ground level. The latter will normally increase your excitement level. Either way, a train that has to pull back uphill to enter the station at 5 MPH WILL NOT CRASH." The other main way to crash a ride is through bad design. So avoid bad designs! (easier said than done, eh?) Typical bad designs are when you build a hill that is higher than your train can get up. It will then slide back down and hit the next train coming down the track. The easiest way to fix that is to change the hill to a lift hill. Also on your test modes, have only one train go through the ride at a time to avoid any on ride collisions. (an alternative to switching to one train, is to watch to see if it will crash, then to quickly hit the Close button, which will somehow magically remove the trains) Note: If you crash something in the "Test" mode, guests will still fear the ride ("I'm not going on that, it isn't safe!"). Note: When two vehicles are racing to each other, the faster moving one is the "lucky" one to explode. (Ake Malmgren) Recovering from a crash: The best way to recover, is to scrap the ride and build a new ride there. This is because crashed rides have horrid reputations and people will avoid it like the plague. However, it isn't always feasible to replace rides (cost, or maybe you really like the ride), so there is a plan to save it and get it back to being popular. Close the ride for 2-4 months. Give it only 1 train. Repaint the entire ride to a different color scheme (I don't know if this helps them forget that people died here, but it couldn't hurt), and if necessary, advertise the ride. After your Mechanic has had a look at the ride, double click the Close button on the roller coaster to reset the ride, and then you can re-open it. Your roller coaster should be a big hit again! Also be SURE to give it a 10 minute inspection time. And if you feel like it, you can edit the ride a little. (add that On Ride Photo you always wanted!) Don't worry if it isn't popular right away, it will take some time to get there. Note: One odd way to crash is to have the coaster fly through the ground. If you have an incomplete track that allows the coaster train to fly off the track, and it goes into the side of a cliff, instead of going "BOOM" it will go through the cliff, and will only crash when it reaches the edge of your park. (either the sides, or the low level) Note: Besides dying in crashes, guests can also drown. Guests will drown if your ride exit is over water, and has no path connecting to it (then they'll fall right in), if you destroy a path that is over water they will fall in, or if you use the pincers to put them in directly. Note: If two cars is swinging towards each other on adjacent tracks, they may collide and loose almost all speed. This happened to me with the suspended aeroplane cars, I don't know if it happens with the normal cars, or with the suspended suspended sigle-rail RC. (Ake Malmgren) Note: The "Holding Brake" on the Vertical RC will not fail with the rest of the brakes at a Station Brake failure. (Ake Malmgren) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4.2 Basic Coaster Building -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the best coaster designer in the world. But I have been doing it for quite awhile, and know a few tips and tricks to help you build a good coaster. Also if you have any ideas of your own, I would love to hear them! (manymoose@hotmail.com) Firstly: - - t h e S t a t i o n - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Make sure to give yourself plenty of room in all directions for your coaster. Have at least 3 squares from your station to the path where you will connect the entrance to. And on almost every rollercoaster you design, you want to build as many stations as you can (don't stop until it says you can't build any more station platforms!). The exception to this is the Wild Mouse, which doesn't require such a long station. Note: Speed alone does not create excitement nor intensity, rather it is acceleration (called "G" forces) that your ride produces. Acceleration (if you don't know) is created by a change in velocity, either speed up/down, or change directions. A turn to the left/right is called a lateral acceleration (lateral G forces), while a change going up/down is called a vertical acceleration (vertical G forces). Second: - - t h e L i f t H i l l - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Now we need to build a lift hill (or if you'd rather not, see below "7. Alternative Strategies"). Based on the size that you want the ride to be is how tall you want your lift hill to be. Really large rides require a large (25+ units tall) hill, while smaller ones can make do with a small lift hill. Also try to keep in mind the distance from your track to the ground, not only does it get more expensive to build up at great heights, but you are limited to how high you can get off the ground. If you ever need it to go higher than you are allowed, simply raise the ground under the track. If your coaster is going to be using a long train (mine train, corkscrew, etc.) you are going to want to have 2-3 flat tracks at the top of your lift hill, before sending the track down its first hill. Why? Because without it a lot of the train will still be climbing the hill when the first part starts to go down, slowing the first drop somewhat. Third: - - H i l l s & L o o p s - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Remember that you can't go as high up the next hill as you went down the first. (conservation of energy) This means that if you went down 15 units on the first hill, you can only go up 12 or so on the next. The same thing holds true for loops and other trick tracks. You can only make it through the loop if you have enough speed before it, which means that the loop has to be lower than the last drop it came from. (unless you've already built up a lot of speed) The way around this are BOOSTER tracks and BRAKES. If your test ride didn't make it through a loop, then replace a track or two before it with some boosters, and set the speed high. Likewise if the ride is too intense, you could add brakes before the loop to slow it down. Some fun alternatives to Loops (but which still go upside-down) are as follows: - Put down one corkscrew, then do another of the same direction so that it is like a U-Turn - Put down a Half-Loop then a Corkscrew for an odd way to turn a direction or if you want you can reverse it and do a corkscrew then the Half Loop. Fourth: - - E x c i t e m e n t & I n t e n s i t y - - - - - - - - - - - You have to have both Intensity (a measure of what your ride does) and Excitement (a measure of how your ride does it). Also keep in mind that you don't want too high of intensities (10+) as that DECREASES Excitement, and if you get higher than that NO ONE WILL RIDE AT ALL. You can increase Intensity by adding Loops and other special tracks, or by taking high speed turns. You increase Excitement by what you do with the ride. If you send it through a tunnel, you increase Excitement. If you send it around another ride, or by some large scenery, or have it race another coaster, you increase Excitement. One of my favorite things to do is to Loop through another Loop. Fifth: - - R i d e L e n g t h - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - One of the biggest problems I have run into is how LONG to make a roller- coaster. Quite often I end out making too short of a ride. Remember that you CAN have more than one lift hill if you need it, so if you can build the ride longer than you think it can handle. Then if you need to you add the lift hill at the end, and that may help prevent crashes (see "4a. Crashes!" for more info). Tip: Another odd way to change the direction with corkscrews and half loops is to build a half corkscrew, half loop down, half loop up again, and then another half corkscrew. Then you can make the train go the opposite direction next to the incoming track, or the same direction shifted one square left or right(same effect as the s-bend). (Ake Malmgren) Tip: If you've built a what you think is a great rc, but the guests still think it's lame, try to increase the speed by making the first lift hill higher. I shifted the lift hill end on a huge wooden rc one level up, and the excitement rating was more than doubled! (Ake Malmgren) Dueling Rollercoaster Strategy by Twitch: KEY : = To/Then " " = Repeat > = Next i.e. = That is The Basics: First of all, rollercoasters cost a lot of money and as you should know two cost more. Duh! So if you don't got the cash (Ranging from $30,000-$100,000, depending on the type of coaster) you've got better things to do. Like meeting your objectives. A carbon copy of the same rollercoaster isn't really going to boost your excitement, i.e., if you decide to build a duplicate of a ride next to the original it isn't going to help for jack. No interaction = No extra excitement. But you knew that already, didn't you? A dueling rollercoaster is called a dueling rollercoaster for a reason. It crosses paths repetitively from start to finish and should look alike. Not because it has two stations. So if you think you've made a dueling rollercoaster here's how to tell if it is. If the stations are touching each other, not a square away or more from each other, then you've got the first step right. If the first half of the ride, or most of the first half, are identical and have lots of interaction, i.e., it has twists and stuff intertwining each other, then you've got step two right. Finally if each train gets to the station within 20 seconds of each other then you've got step three rite. If it's more than 20 seconds it just doesn't seem like a race anymore. The Real Coaster: Here you will find how to make an ideal dueling rollercoaster. Follow these steps, master them and you'll be making these bad boys in no time. After doing this for a while it almost gets mechanical, an instinct if you will. My last dueling coaster had an 8.83 excitement and just over 9 in intensity and it only took me 5-10 minutes to make, with outside interruptions! For wooden rollercoasters making them into dueling rollercoasters isn't hard at all. The basic steps you should take are as follows: Lift to top of drop: Drop: Rise (just more than half of the drop): Banked helix down (in different directions until they reach each other, i.e., one goes left and the other goes right): Drop#2: banked helix [in same direction this time but make the outside track longer than inside track, (the outside track is the one opposite to the direction of the turn, i.e., if the turn is to the left than the track on the right side is the outside track and vise versa) as to make it possible for the two tracks go the same direction]: Now something to even the tracks to the same speed (an extra little hill and drop to the inside track usually does the trick or lacking that a small brake): " " step 3,4,5,6 (if you want): Freestyle (anything you want to do, helixes, drops, just make sure that each track separates from each other): Rejoin (have the two tracks intertwined again, as to add more excitement, " " steps 3,4,5,6 (if you want): Freestyle: " " Rejoin step: " " Rejoin and Freestyle as many times as you want: Return to station (AT A MODERATE SPEED) These steps also apply to any other track with the banking helix ability. One thing to remember is that if the type of coaster you're making doesn't have the banking helix ability it's probably not worth making into a dueling rollercoaster as banking helixes are the heart of the dueling rollercoaster. When it comes to steel coasters the same steps apply to the track design as wooden tracks. The only extra would be the vertical loops or half loops. These can simply be added between either the Drop: Rise step, Banked helix down: Drop or Freestyle: Rejoin steps. It's actually less complicated than it sounds. Just read over the steps again and add Drop: Loop: Helix or Drop: Half Loop: Helix where necessary and map it out in your head as you go along. Almost Done: I hope this has helped you on your quest to building a dueling rollercoaster. There are just a few things you should remember at all times while building these machines. First, keep speed moderate. It isn't going to help any if you have a super fast dueling rollercoaster. What's the point of being on a dueling rollercoaster if it's too intense? Intensity is a huge factor in dueling rollercoasters. I should know. My local theme park has a dueling rollercoaster and even though I've never been on it while they were running both stations I have seen it in action, and just looking at it was more intense than being ON most rides. Second, these things take practice. If you don't get it the first time just keep trying. Do you think I got an 8.83 on my first dueling rollercoaster? No! And neither will you. Half of my first dueling rollercoasters didn't even make it back to the station. Third, if you haven't read it yet, dueling coasters need long stations if you want them to have more than one train. Refer to the original Building A Dueling Rollercoaster to show you how to get them started, i.e., get a train in each station. (again this is by Twitch) Greg Wolking sent me this: Coasters run faster when they're loaded than they do when they're empty. More people = more mass = more inertia, so the coaster picks up more speed on drops and carries more speed throughout the entire run. With coasters that are attached to the track, this usually isn't too much of a problem although if you're already pushing intensity close to the limit (9 or above) while testing, a full train can take it beyond the "threshold of pain", which you might not discover until it's too late (see below). Awareness of this behavior is critical for the design of coasters that are not attached to the track such as the bobsled, wooden side-friction, and wooden "reverser" coasters. The effect seems more pronounced for the two wooden coasters, perhaps because they are only single cars and there is a greater difference in mass between an empty car and a full one (more so for the reverser, which holds 6 people vs. the side-friction's 4). The problem here is that a coaster may test just fine, but fly off the track and crash after you open it. Therefore, _save the game before you open the ride_. You can generally avoid this problem if you ensure that a coaster is going no more than 20-25mph over the crest of a hill during testing, but even that's no guarantee. Depending on the nature of the run, a loaded coaster may go as much as 10 to 15mph faster than an empty one, especially after a long (more than two levels) drop. In addition to watching the speed through the test run, check the numbers after testing -- if you get a negative gee of more than about 0.30, watch out! Finally, this type of crash seems less likely to occur when a coaster stays straight and level at the crest of a hill instead of entering a curve (bad) or dropping back down (really bad). The exception to this is the bobsled coaster -- entering a curve immediately at the crest of a hill will often prevent this type of crash, as the raised wall of the curve will usually "catch" the train unless it's going _very_ fast. Hint: To get a "real-world" rating of a coaster when it has a full load, open the ride and let it run until you've got enough people in the queue to fill a train. Pause the game, stop the ride, click the "cars" tab, open the drop-list for either the number of trains or number of cars, select the current value, then reopen the ride and resume the game. You don't actually have to change the parameter -- simply choosing an item from either list resets the trains and the ratings without emptying the queue, so you'll get a fresh evaluation based on the next (full) train through the ride. While the game does update a ride's excitement rating dynamically (e.g., if you add theming elements while the ride is running, or to show declining excitement as the ride gets "stale" due to its age), it does not seem to recalculate the intensity or nausea figures unless you do something to reset the ratings. Of course, you can also reset the ratings by modifying the track but since that dumps the queue, your chance of getting a full train on the first run is virtually nil. And, as has been pointed out elsewhere, if you have the add-on pack, most guests won't ride an untested ride, but that doesn't affect those guests that are already in the queue. It only makes passersby "ignore" the ride -- they'll pause at the queue entrance, but walk away without entering the queue or even thinking about the ride at all! Hint: (about Crashes) When a coaster crash causes death, your park rating drops no matter what you do. However, the amount of the drop depends on the number of deaths. So, with "single car" coasters such as wild mouse, side friction, etc. that crash when a car stalls at some point on the ride, you can reduce the impact on your park rating by either resetting (if possible) or demolishing the coaster before any _other_ cars reach that point and crash. Since these coasters only carry 2-6 people per car, if you catch it on the first crash, the impact on your park rating is negligible. Of course, the same theory applies to coasters with longer trains but that first crash (don't they always seem to happen with full trains?) takes much bigger chunk out of your rating. Finally, if you demolish the coaster instead of just resetting it, your park rating will recover _much_ more quickly -- once the ride is demolished, your remaining guests can't "think" about it any more. If the coaster is built entirely above ground (i.e., doesn't go through any tunnels) and you have saved the design, you can usually rebuild it right away (there's something funky here, perhaps a bug -- sometimes the game insists on building a saved design with the station elevated by one or two levels relative to its position when you saved it, so the rebuilt ride is either too tall for its supports or won't fit if it weaves through any other rides or footpaths). This might cost a couple thousand dollars (depending on the age of the ride) due to depreciation, but that's better than having your park rating plummet and living with a "dangerous" coaster that (almost) nobody wants to ride. Re nausea ratings: Extended helixes (more than two full turns in the same direction) can raise the nausea rating very quickly. It seems that as the coaster continues turning in the same direction, the riders get "dizzy" and are about ready to toss their cookies when the track finally straightens out. The faster the train is going, the more pronounced the effect, and it is _much_ worse when the helix is underground (for that matter, all "nausea" effects are magnified for underground track sections because the riders can't see what's coming). You can reduce the effect somewhat by changing the radius of the turn and, if the train isn't going too fast (so the change in lateral Gs isn't too great), you can counteract some of this "dizziness" by adding a second helix in the opposite direction. (again, the above information comes from Greg Wolking) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4.2.1 The Wild Mouse -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following information is from Greg Wolking: Also, an observation: The "Wild Mouse" coasters seem to have amazing longevity -- they don't get "stale" as quickly as other coaster types do. In one case, I had a wooden wild mouse coaster that was over 4 years old, unmodified since its original constructon, priced at $3.00, with guests still thinking "really good value!" even after I had to reduce the price of newer, larger, more exciting (ratings-wise) coasters to under $2.00 just to get people to stop thinking "I'm not paying that much!". Guests also seem less likely to "shy away" from a wild mouse that's very intense. Another note regarding Wild Mouse design: Don't make your station too long! If the first car gets back to the station and unloads before the last car has left, you're wasting money on those empty cars that haven't left the station yet. The more cars on the ride, the more the operating cost. You can simply reduce the number of cars, but unless the cars reach the station at 5mph or less, you're still wasting money because those cars have to traverse the full length of the station at only 5mph before they can reload. As a result, you're not moving as many people through the ride as you could. You can also reduce the interval between the cars by lowering the "Minimum wait time", but that increases the risk of crashes unless you design your track _very_ carefully. Once the ride is open, the cars will get back to the station sooner than they will in test mode because full cars carry more speed than empty ones, so further adjustments may be necessary. Once you determine the optimum number of cars, _and_ those cars reach the platform at more than 5mph, reduce the length of the station (e.g., replace station segments with straight track) until it's just long enough to hold them all. A properly designed and timed Wild Mouse can be a real "money mill" for several years -- it doesn't get "stale" as quickly as other coaster types, so unless you overprice it to begin with, it will earn its intial admission price every 5 seconds (or less, if your track design _safely_ allows a shorter interval between the cars) throughout its service life. And, because the queue is constantly moving, the guests don't get tired and upset as quickly. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5. Landscaping -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Landscaping is a very important aspect of RCT, as it makes a park a theme park rather than a ratty old carnival. Paths: Place benches on every 7 to 10 squares of path, more if there is a shop or a rollercoaster nearby. Also place garbage cans on every 10 to 15. And although it isn't as important, place Lamps by all the benches. And for fun you can put "Jumping Fountains" on paths. (even more fun if you put 10 or so in a row) Finally have your paths go near the most exciting parts of your most exciting rides. This is a little "inside" advertising for your rides. Try having a path go through a loop of a rollercoaster, or by a drop on the log flume, etc. Trees: Lining a path with trees is a very good idea in the Summer to keep guests from sweltering in the heat (which contributes to them feeling sick). Also place trees around rides to add to their atmosphere. This also increase Excitement on rides. Gardens: Flowers, Gardens, etc. are the final piece to the puzzle, and make the guests a little happier. Rides: Try to build rides on hilly areas, and use the land to customize your rides. Have a log flume go down a hill and into a tunnel. Have a steep cliff by a sharp turn on a rollercoaster ("oh no we're going to hit that cliff!"), etc. Also skillful use of trees can add to the excitement of rides. (remember the speeder bikes in Return of the Jedi?) Themes: Mining Theme use the brown dirt and place the Mining objects around. Also be sure to use the wood support on the land as well. Best used on Mine Rollercoaster. Roman use any type of land. Note: This theme has its own type of Entertainer, the Roman Soldier. You can switch to it the same way you switch any entertainer costume, by using the middle tab and the pull down menu. (Add-On only!) Egyptian use the tan style of land (desert). Also good on Mine RC. First of two themes to include Lamps. Wonderland use the Checkerboard land (comes with the theme), and try to use the card walls to surround the ride. Mars Red land style. 2nd theme to include lamps. Spooky (Add-On) Works great with brown land or the Brown and Green. Jurassic (Add-On) Works best with the brown and green land. Jungle (Add-On) Green, or green and brown If you do some great landscaping you will get several bonuses: One, you will be voted the "Most Beautiful Park", and Two you will get guests who take pictures of your breathtaking park. (the other way to get them to take pictures is to name one of them "Chris Sawyer) Another benefit of good landscaping is that it will increase your park value AND your park rating! Note: Fences do not increase Excitement ratings on rides. Note: Landscaping will only effect rides up to 4 squares away. Gardens: If you build gardens away from the path, make sure to have a lawnmowing Handyman also able to water the gardens, as any other handymen are latched onto the path and will never leave it. (Ake Malmgren) The Banner (Add-On): The Banner can only be placed on flat paths, and is used to tell guests when they have entered a new area of the park. But far more useful is its ability to act as a STOP sign (or more accurately, a NO ADMITTANCE sign) to the guests, preventing them from going that way! This essentially acts as a One Way sign, guests can leave from behind the banner, but can't go through the banner. This is especially useful when you want to develop your park one area at a time, you just leave banners blocking off areas of the park that you are going to fill in later, so you don't have guests wandering around there. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6. Shops -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The important thing here is saturation. What do I mean? You must have at least one of each type in every segment of your park. A large park would have 8 segments, medium 6, small 4, etc. (a segment being a small area of your park) In each segment place a food stand (pizza, burger, fries) or two, a drinks stand, a dessert stand (cotton candy, ice cream), a bathroom, and either a Information Kiosk or a Souvenir stand. This allows the guests to easily find what they need when they need it. The longer they need it the more unhappy they become. Also buddy shops up, place a drinks stand by a fries stand. Finally by every shop that sells a food item of any kind, place numerous benches, and a few garbage cans. People like to sit when they eat. A * in the notes indicates that although that is a food shop, it doesn't leave any litter! A ! in the notes indicates that this is an Add-On only shop. - - - - - - - - - - -S T O R E L I S T- - - - - - - - - - - - - - Food: Cost: Notes: | Misc: Sells: Cost: ----- ----- ------ | ----- ------ ----- Fries $300 Salty | Info. Kiosk Maps, Umbrellas $250 Burger 300 | Souv. Stand Toys, Umbrellas 210 Pizza 275 | Balloon Balloons 200 Popcorn 250 Salty | Bathroom Relief 200 Cotton Candy 250 Sweet * | Hat Stall Hats ! 250 Ice Cream 250 Sweet * | Drinks 225 Drink | Hot Dogs 290 ! | Candy Apple 245 Sweet ! | Exotic Seafood 325 ! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Food Courts, Why You Shouldn't Build Them: Food courts may sound like a wonderful idea to you. After all, you may have grown up seeing them in malls, amusement parks, and maybe even at your school. But in Rollercoaster Tycoon, they just aren't that effective at what they need to accomplish, that is, serving food. For example, if you were to build a food court, only a few of the shops would actually do good business. The rest (like ice cream) get ignored. Also food courts tend to get guests lost in great numbers. So avoid building these. Instead, spread your shops out along the paths. Put at most, 3 shops together, and try to make them different. Like a Fries next to a Drinks, or a Pizza next to an Ice Cream. Tip: (from Ake Malmgren) If you have many shops/stalls next to the park entrance, it may cause guests not to find the park exit. (they think that they don't find it, but they usually find it a few seconds later) This will give a lot of messages like "Guest xxx is lost and can't find the park exit", which is quite annoying. (Ed note: This is probably due to the Guests' Pathfinding algorithim getting all messed up with all those intersections that shops create!) Balloon/Umbrella Colors (Add-On): You can change the Balloon colors in the shop window, simply click the colors tab and change the color. Each shop can have its own distinctive color so you can easily tell where each guest bought their balloons. This works the same for Umbrellas at the Information Kiosks and Souvenir Stands. Note: Variety is somewhat important when building food shops. People like a choice between whether to have Cotton Candy or a Burger, so build more than one food shop in the same area. You may often want to build 3 or 4 even. Note: Placing Souvenir Stands and Balloon Stands near the exits of your most popular rides may help you sell those items better (happy people are more likely to buy things!). Note: Never charge people to use the Bathrooms unless you want your guests to leave your park. Bathrooms should be a FREE service of your park! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7. Alternative Ideas -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I know this is a strange name for a section. I'm not even entirely sure why I named it that, so live with it. This section contains ideas so strange that they had to be given their own section. Park Design Fun: ---------------- The Mega-Shop Approach: This is probably more expensive than it is worth, but if you've already done everything you could try this. The basic idea is to have a path that does a big circle around your entire park. We make it a double path with a space in between the two paths. Then in the space in between we build 2 burger huts, one facing one path, the other the other path. Then 2 Drink Huts done in the same manner, and on through the shops. Then build a path to connect the two parallel paths, and build an inform- ation kiosk on that path. Then continue until the entire loop is like that. You can build all the rides you want on the outside and inside of the loop. Then build nothing but benches and garbage cans on the paths. And on any space by a path that isn't taken up by a ride or a queue, put a garden or a fountain. The Alcatraz Approach: Here's something fun to try if you need to have a number of guests in your park to pass the scenario. First build 4 paths in a square (so it would be 2x2), then raise the terrain around it to create "walls". Finally place fences on the top of the walls, and then create a little moat around the walls. You have your own little prison! So whenever you find a guest who is thinking "I wanna go home" or "I can't find the exit" pick them up and place them in the prison. Then they can't EVER leave, and your guest count stays the same! Oh, and be aware that this will effect your Park Rating/Value but not significantly (unless you put a LOT of people in there). Alcatraz Modified: Similar to the first Alcatraz, but instead of putting the peeps in your- self, you have several rides exit into the "prison". The downside is that you have a lot of peeps in there with money that they can never ever spend. Alcatraz even more modified: (from Ake Malmgren) Build a food shop, dessert shop, drink stall and bathroom by the prison to get the rest of the guests money. Put in an entertainer and a jumping fountain to make them happy, and a handyman to keep the prison clean. Then you can put in more guests without dropping the park rating too much. The "You Can Never Leave" Approach: So you wanna keep guests in your park, but that Alcatraz idea seems like too much work. Well here's another idea. Have 3 types of rides near your entrance, a Gentle Ride, a Small Coaster, and a Big Coaster. Have each of the ride exits lead to an area that is completely inaccessible from the Park Entrance. Once they ride one of your rides they will be in the new area, and will be unable to go back or ever leave your park! An alternate way to do this (Add-On only!) is to simply use a Banner to block off the exit to the park. Downside: This really agitates the peeps who are in your park, and you can watch as your park rating plummets into the ground! The Old Remove the Exit Trick: If you need to keep a certain number of peeps in your park, but you don't know whether you can do it, simply remove the path leading to the exit once you have enough guests in your park. The downside? No one new can enter your park! Ride Design Fun: ---------------- The "No Lift" Approach: This is pretty simple, really. Right out of the station build 5-10 booster tracks, each set to the maximum speed (67 mph on a Corkscrew coaster) then you can shoot it up the hills. If you do it right you won't need a single lift hill. The layered Rides Approach: This involves building several (4+) rides in a single area or land. Your first ride needs to be very spread out along the land. Have large drops and wide open areas on both sides. Have the ride cover a lot of ground as well. Build the second on the same idea. Have the 2 rides interlock a little. Loops interlocking other Loops are always fun. Then with your next rides, just try your hardest to interlock them with your other rides at every possible opportunity. Build as many rides as you can this way to increase excitement on a lot of rides. Layered Rides Modified: A slight change in strategy to the Layered Rides approach. Build several small non-coaster rides like the Merry-Go-Round. Then simply build a rollercoaster OVER those rides, and have its entrance by the entrance to the Merry-Go-Round. Saves space, and people have a good choice of rides. Teeny Tiny Rides: -- modified from alt.games.rctycoon (David Keenan & Scott Amspoker) I discussed this a little earlier in section 3, where I mentioned tiny Hedge Mazes and Go Karts. Well that's not all that you can do with Tiny Rides. Try the Tiny Coaster. Build something simple like a station followed by a helix up, then a vertical loop, another vertical loop (this time in the opposite direction) finished by a helix down and into the station. Then set it to Powered Launch mode, and have fun! Working the Pause: ------------------ Just because you can't build rides while paused doesn't mean that you can't do anything while paused. You can do the following things while paused: Hire new employees AND set their routes Rename Guests Change the Prices of rides and shops Close Rides and change their attributes (Guests on the ride will still get off the ride, however) Take out/Repay loans Alter Research Priorities and funding Pick up Guests (useful if you accidentally drown a bunch of them) So if you need to get something on that list done and you don't have a lot of time to spare, just pause it and do it! Change the Game Sounds: ----------------------- You can listen to (and change) the ambient noise sound in the game. In your RCT directory in the folder DATA, change the name of CSS2.DAT to CSS2.WAV and you can listen to it (and edit it) in a wav player of any kind. Also you can change any sound you want to CSS2.DAT and it will be in the game. (UNTESTED) If you do that make sure to back up the sound before you monkey with it! The other game sounds you can only edit if you have done a full install. CSS3.DAT is the Bumper Cars sound CSS4.DAT through CSS14.DAT are Merry-Go-Round sounds (except 10 and 12) All must be PCM 8bit 22khz and Stereo to work. One site (http://members.xoom.com/scifihigh/firstpark/music2.html) has a small archive of alternate sounds for the Bumper Cars. (like the Village People's YMCA, or a Jazzy beat) How to Change the Game Speed: (Hex Editor) ------------------------------------------ ** originally posted by Surfyxx onto alt.games.rctycoon (slightly edited) Although there is no explicit option to change the game speed in RCT, you can change it with a little Hex Editing! ====================================================================== Warning: This has not been tested by me, so do this at your own risk! ====================================================================== Here's how you do it: - Make a copy of RCT.EXE (name it RCT_backup.exe or something) - Open rct.exe with any hex editor - Search for the sequence: 83 F8 19 (hex) There should be only one place that matches this sequence, independent of the program versions or file length. If there are more, just try out each one until you get it right! - 19 (or decimal: 25) is the important value to change the gamespeed, and can now be changed according to your wishes: from 0 (faster) to 25 (default) up to 100 (slower) **Caution**: values between 101 and 255 will make RCT very very slowly, and sometimes it won't even start. So the best values are between 0 and 100. - After changing to the new value, save the new rct.exe, leave hex editor, and play! The following Tips are from Greg Wolking: Here's a few hints you might consider including, especially for those who are intent on "beating" the scenarios without actually "hacking" saved files, etc. in order to "cheat". The basic idea is to get your coasters built without burning a lot of time off the game clock, leaving you more time to handle other aspects of park management. 1. The game runs a lot slower in a window than it does full-screen. The game's elapsed time is keyed to how fast it can animate the coasters, characters, etc. but this does not have any noticeable effect on how quickly you can build a custom ride. So, switch the game to run in a window when building. Even better, switch your display to the highest resolution you can tolerate (i.e., still see what you're doing), maximize the window and, if there are guests visible as you build, do so at maximum zoom (individual guests are not animated at lower zoom levels). In other words, the more stuff there is to animate, the slower the game time passes. The difference is quite noticeable, even on my 400MHz Pentium II box. 2. Save the game before you start designing a custom ride. Take your time, save the track when you're done, then go back and build the saved track at one shot. Drawbacks are when you have to modify the terrain to accomodate the ride (so, if possible, pick a good spot that doesn't require you to dig up a lot of ground, chop a lot of trees, etc.), and the fact that you can't build a "prefab" coaster which goes through a tunnel, even if you demolish it and try to rebuild it in the same spot, so: 3. "Walk" through the entire track and write down the steps to build it. Thus, you can build it a lot faster when you go back to your saved position. Unless you're _really_ good at building coasters "on the fly", this can save you weeks or months of game time, provided that you have the cash available (unless your park is a real dog, you're earning money while you build). I'm currently working on a utility that will "decode" a saved track file and produce a simple text file with step-by-step instructions for building that track. I'll let you know when it's done, as it can be really handy for rebuilding some of the tracks that come with the scenarios, such as the triple-racer in the Three Monkeys Park scenario -- if you want to really develop the park beyond the end of the scenario, this is the only way to replace such coasters when they get old and unreliable. One last tip: When you're really tight on space and must build a queue line that's adjacent to a "main" footpath, just demolish the adjacent section of footpath, build the queue line, then rebuild the footpath starting at the point where you want the queue to attach. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8. Cheats: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There isn't a real need to cheat in this game, but sometimes it's fun to just build coasters without having to worry about space or money. So here's a cheat or two for you. You can find various Game Trainers (cheats) at the following places: (These will NOT work with the Add-On, for a trainer that does work with the Add-On look further below) BEST: USA or UK -- http://www.rct.prohosting.com/home.html Alt: USA or UK -- http://lightning.prohosting.com/~hwinkels/ Note: There are two different trainers that are good, one is the Techno Trainer, and the other good one is the TRG Trainer, which is made by the same person who did the scenario editor. The trainer has these features: Win Current Scenario Add 100 Guests Make Rides New Auto Advertising Mow Owned Grass Own all land Rich Guests Clear Trees Rotate Weather All Rides Available Set Temperature and you get $50k instead of $20k. Happy/Macho Guests and many more... It does not need to be in the RCT directory, it merely needs to be running while you play the game. Bear in mind that I didn't make either Trainer here, so I know little about them and how they work. Also keep in mind that I have the US version, so I have never seen any of the UK versions work. (in case you are wondering, I did download them, but couldn't get it to run, and I have heard some horror stories about it as well, so run at your own risk) Finally, these trainers may not work with all versions of the game. Although the US trainer is supposed to. There are some easter eggs in the game as well: Rename a guest to one of these names Chris Sawyer -- Will take pictures of your rides Simon Foster -- Will paint pictures of your rides Melanie Warn -- Increases the guest to completely happy Katie Brayshaw -- Will wave to everyone she meets John Wardley -- Says "Wow!" when he sees (or is on) a good coaster John Mace -- Gets on your rides for free (it was reported that he would pay 2x the cost on rides, but he didn't for me!) Damon Hill -- races around twice as fast on the Go Karts Michael Schumacher -- works the same as Damon Hill, but a little faster (and NO you can't race Damon and Michael!) Cheats which do NOT work: (at least they didn't for me) It was widely circulated on the net that you could get $5k a month by doing this: Press 'F' to bring up the finance screen, then press 'M' + ENTER. However, this doesn't work, and is likely a hoax. Also at one time GameSpot reported that you could use HORZA or DEMO as a way to cheat. Well that is the Theme Park cheat, not a RCT cheat. The Adrenaline Vault reported that at the Main Menu, if you pressed and held SHIFT then typed 'rct2' that it would activate some in game cheat. I tried this and it did not work! Again, these cheats do NOT WORK. They fail! I add this because I still get emails about these... Also there are NO IN GAME CHEATS! That means that no entering in some bizarre code to pass the game instantly, or any such thing. So don't email me about that either! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8.1 RCT Utilities (non-cheats) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This section is devoted to all of those little programs floating around the net, which are not cheats, but are designed to enhance the game. Since none of these were designed by me, if you have problems with them, you should email their authors. These programs are the property of their authors, and are to be used as described in their documentation. Image Converter BMP (169k download) This little utility takes any bitmap image and converts it to the TP4 format which is used in the game. To use it first, take a screenshot of your ride (from a good enough zoom so that you can see the whole ride). The screenshot will save in PCX format. Now you have to use an imaging program to reformat the PCX as a BMP. Then you can run this program, and transfer the BMP into a TP4! Author: Conrad Feinson (acfeinson@compuserve.com) Web site: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Shadowlands/5366/rct.html Image Converter PCX (119k download) Similar to the first image converter, this one takes a PCX image rather than a BMP, which is handy since RCT takes screenshots using the PCX format. Use the medium zoom to take the picture of your ride (make sure to get it all on screen), and then run the program. Place the Box around the ride completely, and save. When saving make sure to save into your TRACKS directory using the same name as the ride for which this picture is to be used. (ex: if your ride is FIZZLY.td4, you should save it as FIZZLY.tp4) Author: Patrick J. Campbell (campbell@public.shanghai.cngb.com) Web Site: http://members.aol.com/pjc0407/maketp4/index.html RCT Reader (110k download) -- Updated 8-15-99 This program, which has been recently updated, can look at all the stats of your rides directly in your tracks directory. So if you just downloaded a set of 100 coasters, and you want to see which the best are, you can run this and see. This latest version (2.2.0) also supports Zip Files. Author: Luke Harless (luke_harless@ibm.net) Web site: http://members.xoom.com/Luke_H/rct.htm Alternate: http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Drive/6743/rct.htm Scenario Editor (367k download -- NO LONGER AVAILABLE) This little gem allows you to create your own real scenarios, not just the saved game wannabe-scenarios! Here is a list of what it allows you to do: - Set the name of the Scenario and the name of the Park - Set the Goals for the Scenario - Number of Guests and Rating or Park Value or Just for Fun. You can set the number of years to play for the first two choices. - Set the starting Cash, Loan and Maximum Loan amounts - Place the Park Entrance Gate - Place one or two locations where guests walk onto the map - Set the boundaries of the park and the other types of land available in the game - Plant or Remove Trees - more than one-at-a-time! - Enable or Disable all Rides and Attractions - Set the order that the R&D department develops new stuff - Randomize the order in which Rides, Attractions, Special Track elements and Scenery and Themeing objects become available during the game Remember that this is not an endorsed RCT product, and as such, may not run on your system. (i.e. it may cause your game to crash!) Author: Henry Winkelstein Web Site: http://lightning.prohosting.com/~hwinkels/ Utility Rumors: Save Game Editor, this may never happen, but supposedly Conrad Feinson from the above Image Converter is working on it. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9. Bugs! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ah, Bugs. These are sorted by seriousness, with the most serious at the top and the kinda annoying near the bottom. Most of these here are merely annoying. Looking at this list may make you think that Rollercoaster Tycoon is a buggy game, it is not. It has taken 5 months and dozens of people to find all these bugs, and they are almost all very minor. Most of these bugs were originally reported before the Add-On was released, and it is not known whether they still exist! Really Bad Bugs: ---------------- JR Brewin sent me this: "Now, I'm not sure if you can replicate this, But what I did was there was park with a go kart ride, and I wanted to reverse which way the cars go round it, without rebuilding the whole ride. So, I removed the station sections, added a new station by building a NEW ride, and then joined the tracks together. This totally froze my pc. Which wasn't nice. Note, the station from the new ride joined up to the track of the old ride just fine." Dan Mullin had this to add: "Concurring with JR's observations. I was using monos in MegaPark for high speed transport to different areas of the park. I made the mistake of building two shuttle monos going opposite directions and butted the ends of the station platforms up to each other. The game crashed." And Ake Malmgren had this to add: "If you're trying to build any sort of station platforms back to back (like Dan Mullin did with the monorail) the game will lock/crash. It doesn't seem to matter which sort of station platforms it is, they can even be completely different (e.g. chairlift and car ride)." This one just happened to me: I was building the Reverse Whoa Belly rollercoaster (a.k.a. the Reverse Freefall), and while building the vertical section of the coaster, I pressed the 'forward track' button, and that caused the game to crash. Steph sent me this: "This seems to happen with my fiancÈ's and my computer. We have the multimedia keyboard. On my machine, if I try to turn my volumne up, the game crashes. On my fiancÈ's computer, if I have mute on, then go to save, it will crash (right AFTER saving)." Every once in awhile you might get a GSK Exception Trapper Error. This could be caused by old versions of DirectX. You should upgrade to DirectX 6.1 to correct the problem. Most new games come with this, so you could install from a game CD, or download from the Microsoft web site (or pretty much any other gaming related web site). (untested) However, this isn't a guaranteed solution. -- from alt.games.rctycoon (Kip) This one happened to me after the Add-On was installed. I was playing along normally, then decided to open up ICQ, which caused RCT to crash. Very annoying as I had just build a great new coaster! Kenneth R Smith sent me this: "When building a hedge maze, if you remove all of it, but the construction arrow is still visable, then stop construction, the box for the ride pops up, but no ride exists, start the ride, and the game will crash." Ake Malmgren sent me this: "If you save any ride with four station platforms and try to use the design, the track will not appear when you click to place it. A construction window for water slide will appear, but you can't construct anything. The text in the title bar for this window will be the description of the wooden RC. If you click on the 'Entrance' button, the game will crash." The Dreamkeeper sent me this: I found a bug in RCT. First, build a really short Woah Belly! then put it to it's highest speed. Then find someone going on the ride. 'I' him and have his box up on the screen. Watch the Woah Belly! car fly into the air and at the exact second it hits the gound the game will crash with some weird warning. Really Annoying Bugs: --------------------- This bug occurs after a daylight savings time or summer time (whatever) switch (who knows why) which causes your data to become "lost". Your saves will still be there, but your progress through the scenarios is gone. Fear not! If you have saved each scenario after having completed it, then go to the official web page "http://www.rollercoastertycoon.com" and download the small utility: "http://www.rollercoastertycoon.com/test/patches/rctrec.exe" Then merely run it and everything should be fine. Note: Your name will disappear from the scenario listings. Ake Malmgren sent me this: "If the beginning of a multiple car train (RC or transport) enters a second station platform before the end of the train has left the first platform, the game will think this is the same platform, the train status will be 'Departing station' and the train will not stop there. If all station platforms is built like this, the train will just keep going round and round." Small Bugs, Glitches, Etc. -------------------------- I just caught this one: I wanted to kick everyone (2000+ guests) out of my park so that I could experiment with custom rollercoasters. It took forever to get people out. But finally I noticed that I had gotten into "Negative Guests", that is it said I had "-1 guests" then "-5 guests" all the way to "-22 guests". I'm not sure why this happened, but I'm pretty sure that this is a bug. Dan Mullin had this to add: "I also witnessed negative guests. I got bored with Pokie Park and started drowning everyone in the lake. It appears that, though your mechanics, handymen, etc are not listed in the guest totals at the bottom of the page they are still tracked as part of the population. Kill everyone then kill a mechanic and your guest total will hit -1." So what do you do when you suspect that the Guest Counter in the lower left is giving you false information? You open up the Guest Menu (by pushing the Guest Button of course) and it has the "Real" count of how many guests are in your park. One Graphical Glitch: I'm sure you've noticed some odd graphics "bugs" things that show through the foreground when they are in the background, etc. One thing I noticed was on a coaster I had just designed. The third train was half off the station platform, and so the final car on it was on an angle. That car couldn't decide if it was at an angle, like the track, or horizontal, like the rest of the train; and it kept going back and forth. Up. Down. Andy Fey sent me some German Translation errors: 1.) Translation-Error in the German version: If you set "play music" in the options-menu, you don't hear any music. If you set "Don't play music", you hear the music. 2.) In the window with the thoughts of the people there is sometimes this: "I don't have to use the bathroom". But if you click to one of the persons thoughts, they have to use the bathroom really badly. Roderik van de Logt sent this Dutch Translation error: "If you want to remove a tree, you have to click on the tree with the right mouse button, but on the Status Bar at the underside states that you must click the left button. I tried this and it does not work." Tadhg Pearson reports that there is a bug involving early Pentium II machines that causes the game to crash on opening. As of this writing there is no patch available for this. There is a bug that involves the 3D Cinema. If you have the early version (it ends with 64) then the 3D Cinema can only hold a maximum of 8 people despite being listed as having a maximum of 20. A later version (65) corrected this but there is no patch available. You will just have to learn to cope. Andy Fey sent these 2 bugs in as well: 1.) Build a long station of a rollercoaster. At the end of the station add 7 pieces of a straight way with chains. Now build the entrance and the exit and select "inverse incline" and start the test-mode. The wagons are overtaking themselves and making strange things. 2.) Go Karts: Build a track which is not a closed circuit. Select "Continuous Circuit mode". If you want to open the Go Karts a message appears that tells you that you have to build a closed circuit. But if you select "Race Mode" you can open the Karts without this message. Lasse Hedegaard sent me this: "If you're making a rollercoster thru a tunnel that's 1x1 square, and the corner is 90 degrees in 1 square (I think the coaster is called Wild Mice RC) - you can't see thru the tunnel - and it seems that the track stops there - but the train goes thru..." Note: Go Karts has the same effect. Matt Linden sent me this: "Build any type of ride/stall. Right-click on it and bulldoze it (not demolish) completely...leave the construction window open and place it in a different location. Left-click on it to bring up the window and set to 'overall view', and it will still show the original location." Lerdahl Petter sent me this: "After starting the game a small vertical piece of the screen (looks like the size of MS Office shortcutmenu bar.) is showing on left side of the screen. This on occasion updates with a piece of the screen. So if you have a ride window in that part of the screen and you have turned the ride on you can be fooled into thinking that the ride has not started. This problem can also appear if the office toolbar is not loaded." Keith Edwards sent me this: "If you make a raised water tile on the ground, drop a person in it, then remove the water tile, they will appear to drown in the ground. It is funny." Ake Malmgren sent me this: "I've encountered various bugs when building custom hedge mazes: Sometimes, if I forget to build entrance and exit and close the construction window, the entire maze disappears. This happened more often before, for some reason. If I try to open a maze which doesn't have entrance or exit, the main window will center at the edge of the map. Once I built a steel rollercoaster which ended high up in the air, and when I started to construct a maze the construction marker appeared at the end of the rollercoaster. When I then tried to build, I got the 'too high for supports' error." And Ake also sent me this: "When running the game in a window it will not cover the full width of the screen: if the window is wide enough there will be a black field on the right side, that will only be filled when scrolling the main view. Then everything in that field freeze." And Ake also sent me this: "When constructing a vertical roller coaster you may build a banked corner that leads right into a steep drop. It is allowed to build, but the track elements will not fit together and the circuit will be broken." Note: In other words, the game lets you build it, but it won't let you test it, or open it! And Ake also sent me this: "If you have over 2500-3000 guests (I'm not certain about the exact number) you can't scroll down the list over all guests." And Ake also sent me this list of Graphical Glitches: "There are many graphical glitches in the game, because it uses sprites. Examples are: + Rides going underground next to the wall are sometimes visible through the wall. + Suspended rollercoasters seems to be above the ground or go into solid walls when entering/exiting tunnels. + Riders on the single-rail rollercoaster bang their heads when entering tunnels or going under other rides. + Water slide looks to be full of holes when a turn touches a steep ground slope. + The large Monorail train looks odd while turning. + Rides seem to intersect themselves/each other when passing. + If a car crash underground the scrap will fly up thorugh the ground." Mikoz Groelz sent me this: "If you attach the ride exit to a sloping path up like this / the guest will come out, make a jump, maybe, and walk on. Although, the messager says you're exit isn't attached to a path." Really Bizarre "Design" flaws: ------------------------------ NMartin sent me a coaster that ran literally backwards. Here's what he did. Build a small Mini Steel rollercoaster, and finish by having a steep drop, then another steep incline to go into the rear of the station. (so that it will "dip" just before hitting the station) Then set the coaster to "Reverse Incline Launch Shuttle Mode". Here's what should happen, the train will go backwards, drop down the hill, and come back up. But it won't be able to make it all the way up and will go back down. But now it thinks that it is in the station, and will proceed backwards throughout the entire ride at "station speed". Very very strange! If you would like to see a picture of this, or to download the savegame itself, check out my website at http://manymoose.8m.com/coaster/ I have heard a lot of reports of the game colors getting all messed up, turning all pink and whatnot. According to Microprose this is caused by bad (meaning old) drivers. Usually this problem goes away when you save it, or if you do an ALT-TAB. I'm not aware of any permanent solutions. Sean Malloy had this to add: "This appears to be a palette problem. I run a program that periodically swaps background images on my desktop; whenever that happens while I'm playing RCT, the colors go wonky. The problem appears to be due to Windows calculating a new color palette when the background image is changed, and RCT not getting the new color mapping until you do something to force it (i.e., selecting Load or Save, which pops up a dialog box in the Windows colors, resetting RCT's palette. "The effect is repeatable using a slide show program to view a bunch of images; when the image changes, even if it's running invisibly in the background, it recalculates the palette and RCT's colors go screwy." Ake Malmgren sent me this: "I got an rc from extreme rct that showed a weird bug: Build a station platform of steel rc at for example height 10. At the back of the station, make a steep drop down to height 1, then steep up as tall as it gets. Like this: \ \ SSSSSSSSSS>