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Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked review

Read on for a tale of sand, sea and sunburn...

Why did Rhyll, Blackpool, and Stoke-on-Trent, all post-industrial blackspots, invest in wet and wild water parks?

Maybe the Soaked expansion for RollerCoaster Tycoon: 3 (you'll need the original game) holds a clue.

In it, you build monstrous body slides, over-sized swimming pools and cartoon log-flumes for the paying visitors to your expensive theme parks.

Water, in Soaked, is fluid cash. Every guest to your new swimming pool pays an entry fee - for which they're granted access to the pool itself, spas, sun-loungers and any chutes or slides you might bolt on to the sides.

The latter are stupidly good fun to build, but watch out - our first attempts ended up catapulting victims over the landing pool, off the edge of the tiles, and down a 200-foot cliff. Hilarious, but not good for business.

Building a successful water park requires a keen eye for space. Fitting in all those slides and attractions can be difficult, but your heart melts when the first customer leaps from the top of the diving board - with a gleeful "whee!" - right into your huge pond.

Maybe that explains why all those towns needed water parks - they're guaranteed to lift your mood.

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UK censor rating3+
Release date(US), 24 June 2005 (UK)