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Generally favorable reviews - based on 57 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
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  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 29, 2017
    100
    Finally, a new amusement park tycoon king appeared. Playability is a brilliant game that lets you try every corner of your imagination. [Issue#277]
  2. 100
    Planet Coaster is everything I could want in a simulation game of this type. Good management tools, good building tools, and most of all, it is extremely fun to play. It's the best amusement park simulation we've seen yet, and any complaints that you might have with the variety of rides that it offers are mitigated brilliantly by the use of Steam Workshop to allow the community to broaden the experience. In this way Planet Coaster feels both nostalgic and yet eminently modern.
  3. Nov 25, 2016
    95
    It’s an understatement to say that Frontier Developments have outdone themselves with Planet Coaster. With its beautiful cartoon-style, incredible levels of customization and a small selection of fun modes to choose from, Planet Coaster has set a new standard for the genre.
  4. Nov 17, 2016
    92
    Planet Coaster is the best and the most complete RollerCoaster Tycoon we have ever seen. Simple as that.
  5. Jul 12, 2017
    90
    A maniacally detailed and complex system of scenery and rollercoaster construction ensures that if there is at least a piece of handyman in you, then you will spend hundreds of hours in Planet Coaster easily. And you will have fun. Players who are looking for dynamic playability or challenge will leave without a buck, but for the builders the game is a paradise.
  6. CD-Action
    Jan 13, 2017
    90
    Planet Coaster is almost perfect (it really is on par with Theme Park and RollerCoaster Tycoon) and every forthcoming tycoon game will be measured against it. [01/2017, p.68]
  7. Jan 4, 2017
    90
    Planet Coaster is well at the top of the list for roller coaster games. It is easy to get lost in for hours on end and lets you explore the depths of your imagination with nearly limitless creation and design.
  8. Dec 28, 2016
    90
    With its incredible level of customisation Planet Coaster is the pinnacle of theme park management games, however be warned that this depth comes with a vicious learning curve.
  9. Dec 11, 2016
    90
    A modern masterpiece. Frontier have created the premiere title in theme park simulator games which offers unrivaled customization albeit at the cost of a little awkwardness controls-wise. Planet Coaster is a game like no other.
  10. Dec 5, 2016
    90
    This is a game focused on the positivity that amusement parks can bring, one that fosters even the smallest spark of imagination and creativity. Planet Coaster's scenario-based maps are a delightful challenge, the included assets are full of character, and its Steam Workshop community is a stupefying bounty of creative talent and inexhaustible content. It's a game that occupies your thoughts when you're not playing it, and it's thoroughly captivating when you are.
  11. Dec 2, 2016
    90
    What it is, is a modern take on the theme park management genre, and a spectacular one at that. Planet Coaster feels like RCT, even if it isn’t. Frontier has delivered an incredible followup to their past games. Unfortunately, it’s a little light on content at the moment. Despite this, I’m confident in saying that Planet Coaster has a great core game, and even though it doesn’t have as much in it as it should, it’s the best theme park game out there.
  12. Nov 30, 2016
    90
    Other than the Cities franchise, the building-sim genre has been a little under represented as of late, and the amusement park-sim world hasn't seen anything this exciting since the early, glory days of Rollercoaster Tycoon. Planet Coaster represents a return to form and sets the bar very high for sim designers in general. Fun, flexible, deep, endlessly entertaining -- and at a bargain price -- Planet Coaster might not be for every gamer, but for fans of the genre it can't be beat.
  13. Nov 27, 2016
    90
    There are very few games that consume me like this. Frontier has made a game where obsession over every detail is somehow fun. While there are a few elements that need improvement, such as the staff management and some much-needed heat maps or location services, Planet Coaster delivers in terms of rollercoaster customization and sandbox flexibility. Let inspiration be your guide and check out this incredible thrill ride.
  14. Nov 23, 2016
    90
    If you’re looking for a deep sim, this game isn’t going to be quite deep enough to satiate your hunger. If you’re looking for constant guided goals and challenges, you’ll run out soon enough. Where Planet Coaster’s long-term legs are going to reside is with the people like me that simply enjoy the thrill of the build. It’s easy to sink hours into, even if you’re just trying to design a building or tweak some scenery. Quite simply, it’s the sequel that RollerCoaster Tycoon games of yore really deserve.
  15. Nov 22, 2016
    90
    Planet Coaster is an amazing simulator. We expect that we can adjust anything and everything and the amazing Planet Coaster actually allows us to. This is the stuff that dreams are made of.
  16. Nov 22, 2016
    90
    Planet Coaster is an excellent theme park builder. Hell, it’s an excellent builder in general—probably the most player-centric one to date. It’s less about the developers giving you a bunch of stuff to build a theme park with, and more about you taking the stuff the developers give you and building a theme park with it.
  17. Nov 17, 2016
    90
    Planet Coaster is a celebration of everything Frontier Developments did well back in the Rollercoaster Tycoon days, with new mechanics and systems piled on top. Its variety of customisable buildings, scenery, objects, coasters, and rides make for an incredibly special game.
  18. Nov 17, 2016
    90
    Planet Coaster isn’t just a wonderful game, it’s an important one. It’s effectively resurrected a dead genre, providing an act to follow that is as inspiring as it is fun to play. At a reasonable price point, it’s a great pick-up for anyone who enjoys the process of creation and management.
  19. Nov 17, 2016
    90
    The game is beautiful, yet minimal in its art direction. It provides so much, yet it’s all so easy to work. The rides can be as intricate or as simple as you’d like. You can create custom monstrous coasters and buildings, or you can use pre-built ones. You can hire staff and keep supplementing the turnover, or you can train them and keep them happy for the long haul. It’s all just done so well that this is a must have for any management, RollerCoaster Tycoon, or generally good PC game fan.
  20. Nov 17, 2016
    90
    Frontier have created one of the best games in the genre, and judging by their support of Elite Dangerous post-launch, it seems that there’s still more to come from the developers.
  21. Nov 27, 2016
    89
    Planet Coaster is a dream come true to the tycoon game lovers and amusement parks fans. A great presentation, attention to little details and exquisite soundtrack combined with intuitive and deep construction tools give us endless hours of creative gameplay.
  22. Games Master UK
    Jan 26, 2017
    86
    More about design than management, but this is still the best theme park sim we've had in decades. [Jan 2016, p.76]
  23. Dec 13, 2016
    85
    Your opinion of Planet Coaster will be completely dependent on what you're seeking. As a management simulator, it hits the basics but doesn't introduce anything revolutionary. As a creation game, it shines because the design tools are powerful and the amount of structures that can be used is almost limitless thanks to a vibrant and active community. Ultimately, the game is fun once you get a grasp of the tools, and it's an excellent title to jumpstart a revival in theme park simulators.
  24. Dec 11, 2016
    85
    Planet Coaster is a hymn to creativity. It is a simulative drug, with the flavor of the old Roller Coaster Tycoon and the beauty of a modern game engine. It's intuitive, satisfying, and allows the player to make very distinctive and unique parks.
  25. Dec 8, 2016
    85
    A complete pleasure to play. It’s evocative of older generations of theme park management sims in all the right ways, whilst having plenty of style and appeal in its own right.
  26. Dec 5, 2016
    85
    The best game in the genre, absolutely recommendable for lovers and beginners to this kind of game. It doesn't hve complex gameplay, and it’s not actually hard, but lets you leave your mind fly and create what you could imagine with an endless set of options.
  27. Nov 30, 2016
    85
    Players who are more interested in the business perspective side of the park may be disappointment with Planet Coaster. However, for the players who are in it to simply build up their perfect park and glorious coasters, this game is an absolute great way to spend time. With a vibrant art style and terrific music, there’s a lot to love with Planet Coaster. Not to mention the mod community opens up new doors of wonder for it’s players.
  28. Nov 28, 2016
    85
    Planet Coaster is a game that not only matches classic tycoon games in quality - it surpasses them in many ways. If you have a designer's soul or a crazy architect's touch and like to create beautiful, detailed amusement parks, you couldn't have found a better game. Planet Coaster really is one of the best. It would be perfect if only it had a better, more complicated economy mechanism.
  29. Nov 25, 2016
    85
    Although Planet Coaster belongs to a niche genre, it is a well-crafted product that we hope will keep being polished. Despite imperfections that certainly affect the experience, its achievements and potential are worthy of admiration and it is a game worth playing.
  30. Nov 23, 2016
    85
    While it may not be an amazing capitalism simulator, Planet Coaster is a fantastic theme park-building sandbox that rarely ever took an idea I had and told me, “No, you can’t do that.
  31. Nov 22, 2016
    85
    Planet Coaster is a must have for fans of the genre. RollerCoaster Tycoon isn't dead, it just has a new name.
  32. Nov 22, 2016
    85
    Creative, intuitive and long lasting: Planet Coaster is the best park-builder on the market.
  33. Nov 21, 2016
    85
    A dream come true for most any theme park fan, Planet Coaster sports terrific tools for creating choice rollercoasters and other attractions. It’s on the management side of things where Frontier takes the easy route. Once you’ve built the perfect theme park, you start to miss more complex systems like random events and difficult-to-satisfy guests. Combine that with some big hits on performance while managing larger parks and Planet Coaster just misses true legacy status, while still being the best the genre has had to offer since Rollercoaster Tycoon 3.
  34. Nov 22, 2016
    83
    Planet Coaster offers few carrots to continue to expand your park outside of the sheer joy of creation. Thankfully, Planet Coaster has so many tools available that that creating your own worlds of fun is often its own reward.
  35. Nov 25, 2016
    81
    This is a paradise for park designer, a dream come true for coaster architects. The challenge level is quite low though, and there is just rudimentary economic management.
  36. games(TM)
    Jan 27, 2017
    80
    An addictive game from a passionate team. [Issue#182, p.84]
  37. Edge Magazine
    Jan 5, 2017
    80
    This focus on creativity over flowcharts perfectly suits the most charismatic, expressive construction and management sim yet. [Jan 2017, p.116]
  38. 80
    Planet Coaster doesn’t invent the rollercoaster wheel, but it does deliver a polished, deep experience, and it gives you every tool you could possibly need to make the magical ride of your dreams.
  39. Dec 6, 2016
    80
    Planet Coaster is more or less everything we could hope for in a roller coaster simulator. Sure, it would be great if we received a few tutorials here and there, but the fun factor is extreme, made that way by the excellent soundtrack, the city-building like strategy aspects and the gorgeous, merry (go-round) visuals.
  40. Dec 2, 2016
    80
    Frontier Developments went with well-known concepts, improving selected mechanics and tools. Gameplay is fun and reminds us of the best times in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series, but Planet Coaster lacks something truly original and unique.
  41. Nov 29, 2016
    80
    Planet Coaster feels like a step into more modern times for the genre. There are bugbears when it comes to the camera and the subsequent patience required to build your perfect theme park, but should one have the stamina to intricately design features for their park, the possibilities are nigh on endless. Managing can feel simplistic at times, but for those who want to have the amusement park of their dreams, even if they use mods from Steam Workshop to supplement their masterpiece, Planet Coaster has it in spades. Now if only the rides could be viewed in VR.
  42. Nov 28, 2016
    80
    Things actually could be even slightly deeper, but for now, Planet Coaster truly is one of the best virtual thrill rides you can check out and one you won’t get off of anytime soon.
  43. Nov 28, 2016
    80
    It’s an absolute blast to build attractions and customize each park’s look from the ground up, and the game consistently keeps things fun and light. It’s hard to shake a feeling of utter satisfaction when one grabs a first-person seat and rides through a freshly built coaster, or watches as a series of triggers make a giant leviathan pop out of a lake every time guests walk near it.
  44. Nov 25, 2016
    80
    Planet Coaster gives you such an incredible degree of freedom in creating what you want that any obstacles just become part of that meticulous process of building the perfect park.
  45. Nov 24, 2016
    80
    Frontier has made an abundant and pretty simulation bound to captivate tycoon fans, although in essence it is much like 'RollerCoaster Tycoon 3'. I admit I would have liked just a little bit more hand-holding at the beginning of the game, but that didn't stop me from having a lot of fun with Planet Coaster.
  46. Nov 22, 2016
    80
    If you’re looking for a theme park management game with a business perspective, Planet Coaster might leave you wanting. However, if you’re coming from the creative angle it’s hard to imagine a richer package. Not only is it a joy to build and refine your rides and coasters, see people love them and design your perfect park, but the levels of detail in the theming, customisation and animatronics take the theme park sim to a whole new level.
  47. Nov 21, 2016
    80
    The best theme park sim of the modern era, even if a few underdeveloped elements mean it’s not quite the ultimate roller coaster ride yet.
  48. Nov 21, 2016
    80
    Planet Coaster has been great to play. It’s been too long since there was a decent theme park sim and I think Frontier has nailed it. The only criticism I have is that it’s quite hard to fail at making a working park, even in hard mode, and hardcore sim fans may find the finance management a little lacking. That doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of creating park though, and difficulty is almost secondary here. Once you’ve played it for a while you just want to be creative.
  49. Nov 18, 2016
    80
    Planet Coaster isn’t Rollercoaster Tycoon, nor is it Theme Park. This may put off those looking for a simpler, more nostalgic take on the genre, but it’s nonetheless the most creative, technically intricate theme park sim to date.
  50. Nov 18, 2016
    80
    Planet Coaster manages to be a worthy heir of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, with a powerful rollercoaster editor and thanks to its beautiful graphics. Least successful is the management part.
  51. Nov 17, 2016
    80
    Frontier has done a wonderful job of maintaining the excitement, visual appeal and overall happiness of both a theme park and a theme park builder.
  52. Nov 17, 2016
    80
    Planet Coaster has the best amusement park editor on the market, but lack in other aspect like the management side.
  53. Nov 30, 2016
    78
    There’s a lot to enjoy in Planet Coaster and you will certainly get out of it what you put in. Play it for the challenges or simply enter Sandbox and make an amusement park to rival Disney Land or Movie World. If you have kids… use the first person camera and as the game takes you along the Roller Coaster, put your arms up and wave them around as if you were actually on it and watch your kids reactions.
  54. Nov 22, 2016
    77
    The amazingly beautiful theme park lacks some management options and more complex gameplay.
  55. Dec 22, 2016
    75
    For better or for worse, there just isn't a lot of depth in Planet Coaster. There are a ton of options, however. The process of coming up with coaster ideas and seeing them executed is wonderful, even if the building process is a bit janky. There's not much to challenge the player after they build a self-sustaining park, so this is definitely an experience for those who can challenge themselves to always think and dream bigger.
  56. Nov 21, 2016
    75
    Better than RollerCoaster Tycoon World, but doesn't do much to innovate on the formula.
  57. Feb 10, 2017
    70
    You’ll rarely face a situation where you have an idea that the game wouldn’t let you expand on. Planet Coaster is just the most complete theme-park simulation game available.
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  1. Nov 26, 2016
    Deep tools and a strong community make Planet Coaster a thoroughly engrossing experience.
  2. Mar 7, 2017
    It's not without its problems, but Planet Coaster is the finest park construction simulator yet. [Recommended]
  3. Nov 22, 2016
    Planet Coaster is best when treated as a giant LEGO set. A sunny, cheery tabula rasa, lying there waiting for you to go nuts in a never-ending quest to make yourself as happy as the grinning faces of the people lining up to take your rides for a spin.
  4. Like Cities: Skylines, Planet Coaster gives new life to the management genre, and even if the launch version does little to improve what I’ve played during the beta, this would still be essential for anyone who dreams of packing in their old job and running a theme park.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 347 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 347
  1. Dec 26, 2016
    0
    If you look closely, you'll notice that vast majority of the positive reviews were written on the day this game came out. This applies to bothIf you look closely, you'll notice that vast majority of the positive reviews were written on the day this game came out. This applies to both critics and regular Joe customers. In other words, they were all written based on a few hours of gameplay.

    I enjoyed the game a lot when I first started playing it, but frankly this game was pushed out before it was finished, and that becomes more apparent the more you play.

    At least the game was somewhat fun for your first few hours before the latest patch, but then Frontier went and gave us this "FREE WINTER UPDATE" which introduced a very poorly implemented ride reputation mechanic that makes the game incredibly not fun. If they'd spent half the time testing out their new feature as they did giving themselves butt-pats for giving it to us "FOR FREE", maybe it would've been actually a good thing instead of the terrible mess it is.
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  2. Nov 19, 2016
    1
    Planet Coaster? More like Planet Scenery. Also, there is very little management involved, making this game relatively boring. There are alsoPlanet Coaster? More like Planet Scenery. Also, there is very little management involved, making this game relatively boring. There are also many bugs still present. Full Review »
  3. Dec 19, 2016
    3
    Well, it's not the worse game I've ever played, but it is one of the most boring. If all you enjoy doing is spending lots of time placingWell, it's not the worse game I've ever played, but it is one of the most boring. If all you enjoy doing is spending lots of time placing walls and roofs over and around shops and bathrooms or building coasters then this game you will like. But, if you want to build and manage a theme park, you should go back to RCT3 from over ten years ago.

    This game is pretty to look at, but simply falls short in every other category. If's quite boring and bland. It has lots of different coaster styles but little of anything else. The parks are very small. Scenery around a coaster seems to be more important than if the coaster is actually exciting.

    Each consecutive update breaks the game a little bit more. I have a PC that exceeds recommended specifications, the game ran quite smooth until they began patching it. Now, not so much. It glitches and the graphics flicker, and more issues have come up with each patch as far as game play are concerned. I have around 21 hours in the game, and most of that was building structures, there is not much else to do. I have since quit playing and while hoping for some decent promised winter update with new content, sadly missed the deadline for a refund from steam.

    It has pretty good reviews overall, but I suspect that a lot of that has to do with how poor of a game RCTW turned out to be. People who wanted a modern version of RCT3 so much they could almost taste it are somehow able to look past how weak this game really is.

    The following will tell you everything you need to know about this game. I began a challenge park. There is no scenario editor. Plopped down 3 flat rides. 1 coaster. A drink stall. A food stall. A bathroom. Trained my janitors and maintenance employees two levels and had $30,000 in profits in about an hour and a half with nearly a thousand guests in the park. There is no challenge, and there is no need to worry about management because it is nonexistent. It is merely a decent coaster builder and a boring one at that.
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