RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is a simulation computer game that simulates theme park management. Developed by Chris Sawyer and published by Infogrames, the game was released on October 15, 2002. It is the sequel to RollerCoaster Tycoon and is the second game in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series. In 2004, a sequel, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, was released.
The premise of the game is to complete scenarios by successfully building and maintaining theme parks. Players can choose between various attractions, including transport rides, gentle and thrill rides, roller coasters, water rides, and shops or stalls. The player can further modify the park by changing the land and scenery. Players must satisfy the needs of the visitors by building food stalls, drink stands, bathrooms, souvenir shops, and facilities, like ATMs, information kiosks, and more. Players must balance their budget in their expenses and income.
One of the most notable differences from the original game is that RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 features a more robust system for building structures, in which one can lay each piece of wall and roof individually. Additionally, the game allows a piece of scenery to be locked in place and have its height adjusted, providing greater flexibility. The mechanics in the original game made custom building construction more difficult. Another departure from the original was allowing any ride or shop to be fixed at any elevation, including underground. Previously, only rides that had tracks could be built underground, since the player had to build the first piece above the ground, then extend the track below ground afterward.
Many of the rides from the original RollerCoaster Tycoon have been modified and/or renamed. For example, "The Scrambler" has been renamed "Twist". Also, some old ride designs have been merged into others. For example, the "The Wooden Twister Coaster" is now included in the "The Wooden Roller Coaster".
One feature that proved to be quite popular was the unofficial addition of a feature that allows players to import and use user-created scenery items. Another was that the addition of the ′bulldozer,' which allows the user to remove multiple parts of scenery, not just one at a time. Another popular inclusion was a scenario editor. Players can select an objective with no time restraints and no money restraints, creating a sandbox mode. Plus, another is Rollercoaster Designer, which players can make their own roller coasters to test and save them to be used in other levels. The game is also licensed by Six Flags to include scenarios based on five of their real parks (such as Magic Mountain, Great Adventure, and Over Texas). Furthermore, many popular rides in Six Flags theme parks can be used in RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 but not edited. The game also contains a variety of new themes and music for attractions. Players can also view park guest status, as well as rename and track guests, by clicking on them. Guest AI was improved, allowing for the creation of paved areas, whereas previously any path wider than a single terrain square would cause them to become 'confused'.
Unlike the original RollerCoaster Tycoon, where the player had to complete currently available scenarios to unlock new scenarios, all of the scenarios in RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 are available from the start. In this title, scenarios are divided into five folder tabs (Beginner Parks, Challenging Parks, Expert parks, "Real" parks, and Other Parks) according to their difficulty and content. The "Real" parks folder tab contains five real-life Six Flags parks with many attractions already constructed, and the "Other" folder with empty versions of each of the Six Flags parks. When creating a scenario, the player can save the scenario in any of the five folder categories.
As with the previous game, players can upload their saved track designs onto the "ride exchange." Track designs from RollerCoaster Tycoon and RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 could later be imported into RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 (where the game would render the tracks in 3D for the first time).
Initially, RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 was not entirely popular with fans of the first game, as the game engine and interface were the same as RollerCoaster Tycoon, with minor improvements in graphics (e.g. more images for coaster cars, allowing for smoother animations). Like the original game, RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 still uses an isometric perspective. Nevertheless, the game proved successful and attracted more people to the series, revitalizing the existing fan base.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, as of 2005, has been the most successful game in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series. This game is the last in the series to use isometric viewpoints. For the next release in the series, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, a new 3D game engine was implemented and the interface completely redesigned. There is a camera option in RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 that allows for an isometric view, however.
Two expansion packs were released for RollerCoaster Tycoon 2. The first, Wacky Worlds, is a world-themed expansion. All seven continents of the world are featured; each has a unique park entrance, large scenery group, and several attractions themed to it. The second expansion pack, Time Twister, is based on a time theme. It is somewhat similar to Wacky Worlds in that the new scenarios are presented as additions to the existing RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 ones, and that there are several major new themes, each with plenty of new rides, scenery, and a park entrance. Both of these expansion packs are now available in a Triple Thrill Pack with RollerCoaster Tycoon 2.
- RollerCoaster Tycoon 2: Triple Thrill Pack on the Atari website
- RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 at GameSpot
- RollerCoaster Tycoon Wiki, an external wiki
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