World of Rollercoaster Tycoon is a compilation for the PC that features the games Rollercoaster Tycoon 2, Rollercoaster Tycoon 2: Time Twister, Rollercoaster Tycoon 2: Wacky Worlds, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! and Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Wild! The Rollercoaster Tycoon series of games are extremely well regarded by rollercoaster enthusiasts and strategy fans alike.
Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 (RCT2) comes with the latest state-of-the-art coaster designs, such as Intamin's infamous giga-coaster. Creating a monstrous network of steel, your role as park manager is to create something extreme and fun, but also to ensure potential customers aren't intimidated and too frightened to ride any of your designs. If you're not too comfortable designing a coaster yourself, you are free to choose from dozens of default designs.
Rollercoaster Tycoon 2: Time Twister is an expansion pack for Rollercoaster Tycoon 2. The Time Twister add-on pack helps expand and diversify players' parks with a variety of new themes, objects and environments. Tycoons can now decorate sections of their parks to look like a number historical or forward-looking 'ages' including prehistoric, mythological, dark, rock 'n' roll and future ages. Attractions such as the Raptor Ride, Minotaur Maze and Jet Pack Coaster are on hand to make the experience more authentic for your virtual guests, and there are 14 brand new scenarios for veterans of the series to try out. Time Twister is a comprehensive addition to the Rollercoaster Tycoon series and is a huge bonus for fans of Chris Sawyer's fabulous creation.
Following the 2002 release of Rollercoaster Tycoon 2, there was a further add-on released, called Wacky Worlds, and the suffix speaks for itself. In the Wacky Worlds expansion, players can expect to see some 250 new gameplay elements that comprise of 50 new ride types, more scenarios and a whole bunch of new theming materials, all of which integrate themselves nicely in Rollercoaster Tycoon 2, making it more extensive than ever before.
Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 (RCT 3) was released for the PC in 2004 and was the first game in the series to feature 3D graphics. The premise behind RCT 3 remains the same as its predecessors. Players must, as park manager, spend a sizeable amount of money which they have been given at the start of the game and turn a piece of land into a profitable theme park. Gamers start by purchasing and installing small fairground rides to maintain a working profit that will hopefully bring in enough cash to expand further. For your park to succeed, you will have to employ engineers to keep your attractions safe, cleaners and gardeners to maintain the park, and even entertainers to prevent boredom. When you have enough money, you can design and build any number of wooden, steel, vertical, inverted, launched, flying and 4D rollercoasters. It is even possible to see what all the fuss is about and try out your own rollercoasters via a front-seat view.
In Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked, things get even more exciting, as gamers get the opportunity to build and experience a multitude of water rides in various guises, including multi-layered pools, water slides and dolphin displays. Get ready to don your branded poncho and ride the log flume!
Again, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Wild! is an expansion pack of Rollercoaster Tycoon 3. As the name suggests, Wild concerns itself with the sphere of nature. Create your very own safari park, with giraffes, elephants and gorillas roaming in the background as guests enjoy the rollercoaster you have on offer. There are more rides and attractions to build, as well as the added dynamic of keeping your more ferocious animals under secure lock and key, lest they devour visitors. If they do escape, you'll have to hunt them down and pop a tranquiliser in them before they wreak too much havoc. There's been some time spent on the beasts, and they're not just pretty models. They're programmed to behave like their real-life counterparts, so you can see the attraction as much as your virtual visitors. Wild certainly combines the Rollercoaster series' addictive qualities with added eye candy.
Atari's World of Rollercoaster Tycoon is a compilation that represents extremely good value for money. A complete theme park in itself, this bundle is a real bargain.