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  • Summary: Off the Rails lives up to its name with 20 death-defying rides so outrageous, they inspire the same word from every park visitor who sees them: "WHOA!" Players build these incredible "WHOA Coasters" to leap from one track to another, launch through the air like cannonballs, blast through aOff the Rails lives up to its name with 20 death-defying rides so outrageous, they inspire the same word from every park visitor who sees them: "WHOA!" Players build these incredible "WHOA Coasters" to leap from one track to another, launch through the air like cannonballs, blast through a burning rings of fire and more. A new lighthearted story ties together more than 100 missions, complete with 34 playable multiplayer theme-park games and social interaction with park guests that's better than ever. The in-depth conversations both advance the plot and suggest better ways to manage the park. But is every guest to be trusted? [LucasArts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    83
    Old fashioned to look at, but packed with invention and things to do. [Christmas 2007, p.77]
  2. 80
    One of the few ideal family games on the 360, Thrillville: Off the Rails is an impressive feat. The variety of fun mini-games mixed with an excellent roller coaster creation tool, and a surprisingly fun and light theme-park sim all add up to a good casual gamer romp.
  3. The game itself is bright and happy and optimistic, it’s well made, and it includes enough content to be well worth its suggested retail price.
  4. VideoGamer
    70
    You shouldn't buy Thrillville Off the Rails for the mini-games - there are much better social video games out there. But as a theme park creator it's not bad, and has literally hundreds of options to tweak and manage.
  5. 70
    If you can put up with some repetition and the simplicity of the management system, you'll enjoy yourself. Most of the mini-games are quite a bit of fun, too, and they make for some good multiplayer sessions.
  6. games(TM)
    70
    The concept is better than the execution, but that doesn’t stop this being a good game that provides more than enough choice to justify its price tag. [Dec 2007, p.108]
  7. 60
    Off the Rails is a solid collection of minigames and a decent coaster creator, a nice party experience for the family. It's a shame the management system wasn't beefed up a bit more--even the little kids could benefit from creating their own theme parks from scratch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 6, 2017
    8
    Thrillville: Off The Rails is fantastic sequal that improves upon everything that made the first game fun, The changes from the first game areThrillville: Off The Rails is fantastic sequal that improves upon everything that made the first game fun, The changes from the first game are as follows:
    -There are new WHOA! Coaster pieces and crashing coasters.
    -There are new games such as Coastertron and Robo K.O. along with sequels to existing games such as Sparkle Island 2.
    -You can see your friends and love interests on a special list which lets you warp to them and they come to whatever park you are in.
    -Certain games might give you a prize if you score high enough 4 or 5 stars which you can give to people to become friends or love interests faster.
    -You now have a HQ, where you can edit your character, save your game, view cut scenes, view your trophies, and more.

    Like the first game, you are once again dropped into the manager position at a newly opened theme park and given a tutorial on how the games mission system works. This is the exact same as the first game, with all mission categories following suit and teaching you everything from the interaction with your park guests to building rides to building game stalls and playing them. The only thing missing is an ability to skip the tutorial entirely, which makes starting a new game annoying sometimes, but the tutorial doesn't take long to finish thankfully.

    Once you've completed all parts of the tutorial, you are given 'free reign' over the current theme park and may approach available missions as you please. This is the point where the game really starts.
    There are 5 major parks in the game, each with 3 themed areas. all 3 areas contain 'build spots' where stalls and games can be placed. There will also be 2 spots for building coasters in each area as well.

    The variety of games/stalls/coasters that can be placed/edited/built is quite amazing and can successfully distract you for very long periods of time, especially when playing the mini-games.
    mini games are part of the games and stalls, with most games actually being playable as there own mini-game with high score egging you on to get the best scores possible in each. The playable mini-games range in genre from beat em ups to racing and boxing, each offering its own unique flare.

    My personal bias on this game is rather high considering I played this game a lot when I was younger, but bias aside, I honestly think this game is worth a try for its unique style and addictive gameplay.
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  2. MasterD.
    Oct 20, 2007
    8
    Thrillville: Off the Rails is a fun single player game, and a really great party game! You can build roller coasters (and ride them), Thrillville: Off the Rails is a fun single player game, and a really great party game! You can build roller coasters (and ride them), concession stands, mini-games (and play them) and more! Expand
  3. SeanB.
    Jan 8, 2008
    7
    It's not bad, really. It's got a little bit of everything to satisfy every type of gamer--from the Sims-like interaction with the It's not bad, really. It's got a little bit of everything to satisfy every type of gamer--from the Sims-like interaction with the crowd and the mini-games (which most are knock-offs of other more popular titles). The premise is, you start with a theme park with basic rides and you have to build your reputation as a park manager and friend doing multiple tasks such as park upkeep, running marketing campaigns, and of course making the visitors happy. The best part is definitely the mini-games, although a few really tough to master and come in with the high scores (such as the training of your ride mechanics with the motherboard circuits). Overall though, it's decent and should keep most entertained at least for a little while. Worth a rent. Expand
  4. Oct 27, 2013
    7
    A pretty decent game that continues on from the first Thrillville game. The game is colorful, lighthearted and easy to play. In fact one of myA pretty decent game that continues on from the first Thrillville game. The game is colorful, lighthearted and easy to play. In fact one of my main grievances is that this game is far too easy, even when set to the highest difficulty. Clearly this game was intended for a younger audience. But even so, it's still allot of fun and nice game to play if you are looking for some plain old fun.

    Overall:
    Clearly a kids game, but still fun for adults, as long as they don't go in expecting a challenge.
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