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  • Summary: RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 takes the series to new heights with brand new features including 3-D graphics, giving players complete control of views around the park, and a front seat to the action with a new Coaster Cam feature that allows players to ride the roller coasters. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 also features new gameplay elements that fans have been asking for - including diversity of guests, added group behavior and improved guest AI - and many other new features which build upon the fun and addictive nature of the original game. [Atari] Expand
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. This game is all about customization. You get everything you need to create a park right out of the box, but you can design your own scenarios, park guests, fireworks shows, and buildings. Incredibly, none of this is particularly challenging to figure out as long as you put five to ten minutes into tinkering, with the only exception being the fireworks creator.
  2. One of the best new features is a thrilling coaster cam whose name is a bit misleading since you can get a first-person view for nearly any ride or attraction. [Feb 2005, p.65]
  3. The only complaint that I have about the music feature is that the only way to hear the music is to zoom in very closely on the ride or to ride it yourself.
  4. Don’t be fooled by the bright, cartoony exterior – RCT3 offers a detailed and sometimes complex package.
  5. The new engine looks great, the interface (once you get to grips with it) works reasonably well, and the economic model is compelling enough to keep you playing.
  6. It's the most polished version of the game so far, and those who've never made a small child puke before will be in store for hours of fun. But the new interface with its streamlined minimalism hides a baffling array of build options, and is not the best for the newbie. [PC Zone]
  7. And, despite the face of an excited, yelling teenager on the front cover of the box, we weren't screaming over this one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 47
  2. Negative: 8 out of 47
  1. GabeW.
    Nov 5, 2004
    10
    Best game of the series so far - Game of the Year!
  2. LukeK.
    Feb 13, 2005
    10
    It is the greatest game ever!!!!!!! The only thing I dont like about it is that you can not drop people into the water.
  3. Apr 25, 2012
    10
    This game was SO good. Maybe the best of the series and even better with each expansion. I hope that Atarai give the license of this game to frontier to make more of this!! Expand
  4. JoelG.
    Nov 15, 2005
    9
    Probably one of the most enjoyable design games I have ever played, the hours just disappear. Just building the coasters is so much fun.
  5. Oct 25, 2013
    9
    Anyone else came from Inside Gaming? LOL i bought this game after watching all the explosions, and i gotta say for such an old game it is pretty good, and fun! Expand
  6. anthonyd
    Dec 23, 2009
    8
    i think it is about time we get 3D and "coaster cam" however, the game is missing features from past games (such as the ability to build underground*) also i don't like how a path has to be built in order to get people to walk on it. (in a real park, there is a huge area of concrete and rides are placed on top of it) i like how we can build buildings and mountains. a nice feature is peep editor, which allows you to make yourself and they will visit your park. i don't like how the rides sound, as they are unrealistic (they are in rct1) *fixed in soaked Expand
  7. GregM.
    Dec 5, 2004
    0
    This is bullsh!t. I wasted $40.00 on this game to only find out that you need a nVidia or ATI 3D game card....Why was that not listed on the system requirements on the INTERNET??? I knew when Atari bought this franchise that would be the end of this game. This version will never have the soul like the first 2 did, because they weren't worried about making the most state of the art game, which required HARDWARE that 85% of the country DOES NOT HAVE!! Expand

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