GR Pick: RollerCoaster Tycoon In Real Life

By | 11 months ago 

A film creator produces an amazing video showcasing what it would be like to visit a theme park from RollerCoaster Tycoon. In short, it would become horrifying in a matter of minutes.

RollerCoaster Tycoon World has spent most of its development in the shadows, and feedback has been mixed when Atari has granted the public a look at the franchise reboot. That said, many gamers have fond nostalgic memories of the series as a whole, and one talented YouTuber has created a first person video showing exactly what it would be like to visit a theme park from the RollerCoaster Tycoon universe.

Though fans can only dream of having photorealistic graphics on par with the gorgeous 3D added to the footage below (or even just decent graphics, apparently), the teams behind RollerCoaster Tycoon World are currently reworking the entire game engine after fans left extremely negative feedback in regards to the game’s initial graphics. Development issues aside, we’re hopeful that the studios involved can recapture the spirit of theme parks that original creator Chris Sawyer brought to the table in the first place.

The below video was produced by AndrewMFilms, a well-known content producer who has made plenty of other videos about videogames and toys mixed with real life footage, including a Lego First Person Shooter. We felt it captured a lot of the things every gamer who has a history with RollerCoaster Tycoon are guilty of doing: popping balloons, forgetting to name attractions, and occasionally sending innocent rollercoaster enthusiasts to an explosive death.

Check out the below video for a taste of what it would be like to be an average guest in a RollerCoaster Tycoon park:

While the upcoming reboot of the franchise is aiming to be a lot less terrifying than the above video makes the series out to be, Atari looks like it’s aiming to bring back a familiar feel to fans of the cult hit original. The publisher announced a partnership with Six Flags a few months ago, which may sound familiar to longtime fans of RollerCoaster Tycoon.

Back when the series was published by Infrogames, RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 had a similar partnership which allowed a few scenarios based on actual Six Flags rides, and even two recreations of actual Six Flags theme parks from Holland and Belgium. Evidently, the amusement park giant was happy with the partnership, and now they’re back for more.

Only time will tell if if Atari can resurrect the franchise, but at the bare minimum, gamers can always go back to the original game that inspired it all for less than the price of a Starbucks coffee. Many gamers are probably still doing things that the nightmarish cursor is doing in the above video, and in a weird way, we take comfort in that.

RollerCoaster Tycoon World still has no release date, although it is expected to launch next year for for PC, Mac, and Linux.