Theme Park DS

Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Gamestyle does still love Theme Park just as much as when we first played it in 1994, it is still disappointing to see that EA Japan haven't added anything apart from having a little helper guide you through the game.
  2. AceGamez
    80
    Although it isn't for everyone, this DS version should definitely be snapped up by those who enjoy games that require a bit of thought and time investment, as well as by those who like to show off their creativity.
  3. Not very different from versions on other consoles, Theme Park DS makes good use of the console, and is a neat package for those who want to think on the move.
  4. Being able to swap profiles using Wi-Fi is a nice touch, but we don't need to be touched, we need to be manhandled.
  5. Its depth is fairly lacking by modern standards, so genre veterans may want to stay clear, but management sim newcomers will find a well designed and fun little game.
  6. 75
    Though you'll definitely see that this game came from over a decade ago, you'll still have a lot of fun changing ticket prices, hiring guys in rhino costumes, and cleaning up after queasy kids just stepping off the rollercoaster.
  7. It's not as complex as current-day management sims, but this portable remake of the 1994 classic is as addictive and time consuming as ever.
  8. 70
    Young players will immediately point at the lack of some "obvious" features such as a full multiplayer mode (the current mode only consists of visiting other players' parks without any real way of interacting with them).
  9. Edge Magazine
    60
    A tasteful translation of an enduring classic, but it remains too cautious to satisfy those looking for innovation. [May 2007, p.95]
  10. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    83
    A classic reworked to its former glory. This works well on othe DS and is great fun, but the silly amount of depth makes it excessively complicated too. [May 2007, p.76]
  11. Nintendo Gamer
    80
    Deep, involving management sim with an appealing theme and enough comical touches to make you forget that you're really playing a piece of A-level economics coursework. [May 2007, p.59]
  12. If you're a fan of simulation games or enjoy creating theme parks or managing funds, Theme Park is an excellent port from the original PC game, and it plays amazingly well on the NDS. Despite the lack of true new content and any form of multiplayer, Theme Park proved to be simultaneously challenging and interesting.
  13. 70
    Theme Park on the DS is essentially just a port, but the game has aged well and is still a fantastic title for those who like sim games.
  14. Games Master UK
    69
    Top stuff if you've never played "Theme Park" before, but familiar otherwise. [May 2007, p.75]
  15. Nintendo Power
    60
    The game does have a whimsical charm, however, and the majority of play control is touch-activated and intuitive. [May 2007, p.86]

Awards & Rankings

#29 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
#27 Most Shared DS Game of 2007
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. SteveC.
    May 11, 2007
    9
    Very complex and a lot of fun. It makes my daily train commute go by very quickly. Fans of sim games will love it.
  2. Nov 13, 2015
    4
    Didn't really enjoy it all that much. Difficult controls, and a ridiculous learning curve. Even with the tutorial, I kept encounteringDidn't really enjoy it all that much. Difficult controls, and a ridiculous learning curve. Even with the tutorial, I kept encountering problems and basically flailing until I figured out how to fix them. Full Review »
  3. Nov 9, 2014
    8
    It's basically a port to DS. It's a good game that is fun to play on the go, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes simulation games. IIt's basically a port to DS. It's a good game that is fun to play on the go, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes simulation games. I would have liked to see maybe a small graphical update - but nevertheless this bullfrog classic has made a smooth transition to 3DS. Full Review »