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Theme Park is a simulation game designed by Bullfrog Productions and originally released in 1994, in which the player designs and operates an amusement park. Like most of Bullfrog's games, Theme Park is permeated by an eccentric sense of humour.

Gameplay

Starting with a free plot of land in the United Kingdom and few hundred thousand dollars, the player must build a profitable amusement park, making money by opening rides and selling merchandise and refreshments. The goal is to increase the park's value and available cash so that the park can be sold and a new lot can be bought from another part of the world and start building a new theme park.[1] Newer products can be bought after researching them. Once enough money has been made the player can move on to newer plots. Plots are located all over the world and have many different factors that affect gameplay, including the economy, weather, terrain and land value.

There are over thirty attractions available in the game. Depending on the platform, it is possible to tour the park or the rides. There are simple rides like the bouncy castle and tree house, and more complicated and expensive rides like the roller coaster and the Ferris wheel.

There is a focus in the staff side of the park as well. People employed in the park include entertainers, security guards, mechanics, and handymen. Lack of staff can cause problems, including messy footpaths, rides breaking down (and with sufficient neglect, exploding), crime, and unhappy visitors. Occasionally, wages and the price of goods must be negotiated; failure to negotiate results in staff strikes and loss of shipment. Theme Park offers three levels of simulation, with the higher difficulties requiring more management of aspects such as logistics.

Nintendo DS

The game was remade for the Nintendo DS by EA Japan. It was released in Japan on 15 March 2007 with releases in the US and Europe on 20 March 2007 and 23 March 2007. New features of the game are the user interface, which was designed to fit the stylus functionality of the DS platform, and bonus rides/shops exclusive to certain properties, such as a Tea Room themed on an AEC Routemaster bus for England, Japanese dojo-style bouncy castle for Japan, A Coliseum themed Pizza Parlour for Italy, a La Sagrada Familia-themed Paella restaurant for Spain etc.[1] The remake is based on the DOS version. The game differs from the original in that it provides four different advisors who each provide different advice. In-game music depends not on the ride that is focused on, but rather the adviser that is chosen. In addition, there is only one save game slot.

Sequels

Bullfrog has since released two sequels: Theme Park World (sold as Sim Theme Park in the United States and some other places) and Theme Park Inc (also known as SimCoaster).

References

  1. Interview: Theme Park DS (1 February 2007). Retrieved on 7 July 2011.

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Facts about "Theme Park"RDF feed
3DO Release1994 +
Amiga Release1994 +
ContentTypeVideo Game +
DOS Release1994 +
DesignerPeter Molyneux +
DeveloperBullfrog Productions +
DisplayNameTheme Park +
European Amiga Release1994 +
European Nintendo DS Release23 March 2007 +
European Release1994 + and 23 March 2007 +
FeaturesSingle-player +
GameCatVideo Game +
Genesis Release1995 +
GenreBusiness Simulation + and Simulation +
InputMega Drive Controller +, SNES Controller +, Jaguar Controller +, 3DO Controller + and PlayStation Digital Controller +
Jaguar Release1 March 1995 +
Japanese Nintendo DS Release15 March 2007 +
Japanese Release15 March 2007 +
Media3.5" Floppy Disk +, CD-ROM + and PlayStation CD-ROM +
NameTheme Park +
NamePageTheme Park +
NamesTheme Park +
Nintendo DS Release20 March 2007 +, 23 March 2007 + and 15 March 2007 +
North American 3DO Release1994 +
North American DOS Release1994 +
North American Genesis Release1995 +
North American Jaguar Release1 March 1995 +
North American Nintendo DS Release20 March 2007 +
North American PlayStation Release1995 +
North American Release1994 +, 1995 +, 1 March 1995 + and 20 March 2007 +
North American SEGA Saturn Release1995 +
PEGI3+ + and 3/3+ +
PageNameTheme Park +
PageTypeVideo Games + and Games +
PlatformDOS +, Amiga +, Genesis +, Super Famicom +, Jaguar +, Amiga CD32 +, 3DO Interactive Multiplayer +, SEGA Saturn +, PlayStation + and Nintendo DS +
PlatformTypePC +, OS +, Console + and Handheld +
PlayStation Release1995 +
PublisherElectronic Arts +
RatingBodiesPEGI +
RatingsPEGI-3+ +
RegionNorth America +, Europe + and Japan +
SEGA Saturn Release1995 +
StatusReleased +
Year1994 +, 1995 + and 2007 +

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