Hold on tight! RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 lands on iOS

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RollerCoaster Tycoon finally gets the port we needed.
Photo: Frontier Developments Ltd.

No-one wanted to love last year’s RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile more than I did. And no-one was therefore more crushed when the “game” turned out to be the soulless, cash-demanding corpse of a once-great franchise-turned-freemium nightmare.

If you join me in that opinion, you can rest easy since RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 just hit the App Store — bringing iOS gamers the straight-up port of the PC classic they deserve, complete with touch controls and not an in-app purchase in sight.

To put this in theme park terms, the difference between RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 and RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is roughly the difference between reliving the best bits of your childhood, and queuing for hours to get on an overpriced ride — only to have the sugared-up kid next to you vomit in your lap.

Yes, really.

Features of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 include the ability to:

  • Create your ultimate theme park in stunning 3D!
  • Let your imagination run free in Sandbox mode.
  • Play through all 18 scenarios from the original PC game.
  • Watch your guests react to your park as you try to make them happy.
  • Happy guests earn you more in-game money to build out your parks even more.
  • Design your parks using 5 fun themes: Generic, Spooky, Western, Adventure and Sci-fi.
  • See every spine tingling detail with fully controllable cameras.
  • Grab a front seat for the ride of your life with the jaw-dropping Coaster Cam.
  • Cope with challenging objectives, changing weather patterns and enjoy beautiful vistas, sunsets, moonlight, and more.​​

Another difference between the two titles is, of course, the price. While RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile was freemium, today’s new title will set you back $4.99.

If you even remotely care about sending the message that fans want quality titles rather than cheap cash-ins, though, it’s worth it for that alone.

Not to mention that the game itself is pretty darn great.

Source: iTunes

Via: Touch Arcade