- Publisher: Frontier Developments
- Release Date: Nov 17, 2016
- Also On: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
- Summary: Planet Coaster is the future of coaster park simulation games. From the developer: We’ve created a living world where every guest is an individual with their own personality and money in their pocket. We’re giving you limitless freedom to build rides and scenery piece by piece, and toPlanet Coaster is the future of coaster park simulation games. From the developer: We’ve created a living world where every guest is an individual with their own personality and money in their pocket. We’re giving you limitless freedom to build rides and scenery piece by piece, and to seamlessly blend them with your own hand-sculpted terrain. We’re building a connected global village where everyone can share in your creativity. And that’s just the start. We hope you’ll join us to dream, build and share the ultimate coaster parks in Planet Coaster. [Frontier]… Expand
- Developer: Frontier Developments
- Genre(s): Strategy, Management, Business / Tycoon
- # of players: No Online Multiplayer
- Cheats: On GameFAQs
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Planet Coaster - Dev Diary: Build, Create, Share
Positive: 56 out of 57
Mixed: 1 out of 57
Negative: 0 out of 57
LEVEL (Czech Republic)Sep 29, 2017Finally, a new amusement park tycoon king appeared. Playability is a brilliant game that lets you try every corner of your imagination. [Issue#277]
Nov 22, 2016Planet 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.
Dec 28, 2016With 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.
Nov 25, 2016Although 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.
games(TM)Jan 27, 2017An addictive game from a passionate team. [Issue#182, p.84]
Nov 28, 2016It’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.
Feb 10, 2017You’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.
Positive: 80 out of 112
Mixed: 13 out of 112
Negative: 19 out of 112
Nov 17, 2016If you are like me and played endless hours of RCT3, then I could not recommend this game enough. The customisation is on another level, whichIf you are like me and played endless hours of RCT3, then I could not recommend this game enough. The customisation is on another level, which can be overwhelming at first, however once familiarised with the controls and the objects used to building the possibilities are endless. The coasters are great giving you complete freedom. The soundtrack is gorgeous. The lighting and graphics are beautiful.
I could go on for hours about how great this game is!… Expand
Nov 17, 2016The good
Terrific building tools, and customization options. Terrific terrain editing engine. Top notch sound design and soundtrack.The good
Terrific building tools, and customization options.
Terrific terrain editing engine.
Top notch sound design and soundtrack.
Very good graphics, good customization options.
Good UI design, and plenty of editable shortcuts.
Workshop integrates seamlessly to the game. Sharing options are pretty good.
Addicting as well as relaxing gameplay. The game also has character and charm.
Some bugs and optimization issues at launch.
No proper in-game tutorial affects the NPE (new player experience).
The games' systems need some time for the casual player to get used to them. From the camera to the path system to the building tools.
The management simulation (especially its micro options) has not moved as far as the other aspects of the game, when comparing it to past games in the genre.
More campaign scenarios needed (as well as a custom scenario editor).
More content in general would be welcome.
No proper modding support at this point in time. Also, the inclusion of Denuvo to the game may thwart modding.
Some weird building and customization restrictions are in.
The game is giving me a serious inferiority complex each time I browse the workshop.
Time is passing by too fast when I play this, and at the end of each playing session I've made...jack ****
10/10, would spend 23 hours on making a rustic toilet again...… Expand
Nov 17, 2016I've been waiting for a game like this since the original roller-coaster tycoon, nothing has come close, until now! This really is the bestI've been waiting for a game like this since the original roller-coaster tycoon, nothing has come close, until now! This really is the best Theme Park sim ever!… Expand
Feb 1, 2023The Roller Coaster Tycoon sequel we very much needed, this game feels amazing to play, has plenty of customization options, tons of rides andThe Roller Coaster Tycoon sequel we very much needed, this game feels amazing to play, has plenty of customization options, tons of rides and shops, fun gameplay and great potential to share content, the only pity is that the game seems to have been largely abandoned by Frontier.… Expand
Nov 18, 2016I had Theme Park on the Sega Mega Drive on release, same with all of the first Rollercoaster Tycoons. I loved them. They stole hundreds ofI had Theme Park on the Sega Mega Drive on release, same with all of the first Rollercoaster Tycoons. I loved them. They stole hundreds of hours of my life, especially RCT3. And then the long wait began for something that would capture that magic again, as everything else just seemed inferior.
Over a decade later, you can imagine my excitement when this pops up out of the blue. Although having low expectations (you'd understand that if you've tried pretty much any theme park sim since RCT3!), it was an instant purchase.
Am I disappointed again? In a word, no, but not without caveats.
Planet Coaster features fantastic visuals and almost every sandbox option imaginable for a budding theme park designer. However, it falls down a bit on the theme park management side of things, but I'll come to that later.
The core gameplay is fantastic, but not innovative. This is a modern take on Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, almost to a fault. That's not exactly a bad thing, as that title pretty much set the gold standard, but it is slightly disappointing to not see anything really expanded beyond that, even though the game itself benefits from the tight mechanics that the RCT series established years earlier.
Graphically, it's sublime - cartoon style graphics which aid the fun factor of the whole title, and it never falls into the trap of taking itself too seriously and devolving into Football Manager for Theme Parks.
That said, the title does have very obvious flaws. The biggest one is the difficulty curve - as in it doesn't exist. This is an incredibly easy title right now, and I'm hoping that patches give a bit more of a challenge, as it really lets down the management aspect of the game when you are on auto-pilot 15 minutes in without any reasonable chance of failure in most scenarios.
The other glaring flaw is the lack of ride variety. Sure, there's quite a bit here, but you'd have hoped for a truly breathtaking array of options. It's just so-so right now. Furthermore, the menus are a bit cumbersome - not bad by any means, but could be improved.
But these are nitpicks. As said, I'm hoping that the game is patched and these issues are addressed, so for now I can "only" score it a 8, but this really doesn't need much to be a 9 or even a 10, because it could very easily be the standard bearer for the whole genre with just a few tweaks.
It's worth a buy right now. This title has completely caught me by surprise, and it's a pleasure to play a title that is so clearly a labour of love from a very talented team of devs.… Expand
Oct 29, 2019Made by the RCT3 devs (Frontier) and takes everything to a new level and this is only the beginning, hands down the best Theme Park builderMade by the RCT3 devs (Frontier) and takes everything to a new level and this is only the beginning, hands down the best Theme Park builder ever made. The sounds, animations, lighting, guests and unlimited design capabilities combined give you a feeling that you are in a real park.… Expand
Jun 28, 2020Bring more DLC. Although this is a good game, it’s not evolving anymore, and we’re going to attack it until we finally get another DLC pack.
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