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RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile Update Reduces Wait Times and the Cost of In-App Purchases

Posted by on May 8th, 2014
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Three weeks ago RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile arrived on the App Store, bringing the beloved theme park series onto iOS. Now the game is set to get its first major update, bringing with it some improvements and new features.

Whilst the game is playable without spending a single penny on in-game coins or tickets, changes have been made regarding micro-transactions – meaning that buying in-game currencies will cost less for the next few weeks. In addition, wait times for building and construction have been reduced.

Alongside this, new attractions and features are set to arrive in the next update. Using a Flyover Plane, players will be able to send customized messages to the parks of other players. The Flyover Plane can also be used to promote your park, resulting in a bonus in coin production whilst the plane is launched. Some of the new attractions set to arrive include a Stadium, the Flying Jumbo Ride and the Gold Rush Mine.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is available to purchase now for $2.99.

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile Review

RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile Review

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The RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise finally comes to iOS, but it's a rather disappointing affair.

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Power Grounds is probably best described as a minimalistic take on a Roguelike, to the point that it’s more like a puzzle game than anything else. I’d stick to calling it just a puzzle game, but alas, Power Grounds was borne out of something called the Seven Day Roguelike (7DRL) Challenge. The constraints on the creation of Power Grounds are very apparent (hence why I insist it’s more like a puzzle), but they result in a game that has such a laser-like focus on what it is supposed to be that it succeeds in being a very simple but very satisfying experience. Power Grounds takes some of the basic tenants of Roguelikes (randomization, permanent death, turn-based movement) and applies it onto a largely monochromatic grid. Players take control of a stick-wielding hero that is tasked with progressing through six rooms of enemies and obstacles – without dying – to beat the game. To do this successfully, players have to develop a strategy of movement as well as a strategy for unlocking the game’s power-ups. –Campbell Bird

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And finally, this week Pocket Gamer cautiously checked out Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile, took a stab at a Clash of Clans clan war, spent some ker-azy money in Crazy Taxi: City Rush, put together an epic guide to FTL, and checked out some games at Birmingham-based expo, Rezzed. It’s all right here.

RollerCoaster Tycoon, a game that has long captured the hearts of game players everywhere, is coming to the App Store for the first time via a new game called RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile. In the game, you’ll be able to construct and destruct plenty of roller coasters, customize your theme park to your liking, and share your amazing creations with friends.

One of the app’s most exciting new features is the addition of Facebook and Game Center support, which will allow players to invite friends to visit their parks “and exchange roller coaster blueprints.” Additionally, players can go to the RollerCoaster Tycoon website and register to receive news about the game as well as a free in-game gift. Be sure to check out the game’s official announcement trailer below.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is being published by Atari and developed by start up game studio On5, and is set to release on the App Store in “early spring” for the price of $2.99.

Coaster Crazy Review

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Roller Coaster madness has been re-born on iOS and has a price tag that just sweetens the deal.

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Capcom E3 Preview: Dream Park

As I stepped into the demo for Dream Park, I couldn’t seem to shake this feeling that I have seen this game somewhere else.  Echoes of PC gaming’s past were calling out the name of Rollercoaster Tycoon as I was shown the second of Capcom’s trio of upcoming freemium offerings.  While the game doesn’t expressly feature the ability to build your own rollercoasters, many of the other amusement park design and upkeep mechanics are present in their full glory, silently urging you to indulge your inner Walt Disney.

For those that have ever fantasized about building their own fledgling theme, or rather, “Dream Park,” from the ground up, this is the title that will definitely scratch that itch. Players can choose from a park that employs any one of three different themes: Jurassic, Science Fiction, or Fantasy Medieval.  After deciding upon a motif to follow, players then can set off to create rides, modify or upgrade their existing attractions, and better please their consumers.

Once new rides have been put into full operation they will continue to earn a steady income until customers either become dissatisfied with the attraction, or it breaks down. Depending upon the popularity of the ride, you will have to make the tough choice to either repair the ride or sell it for scrap.  These are the kinds of decisions that will plague progression through the lifecycle of this interactive magic land.  But really who are we to complain?  Even the worst day on a Ferris Wheel beats any day in the office…

As you might predict, the more successful your Dream Park becomes, the more money that will be at your disposal for customizing and beautifying the layout of the park.  Even the small touches like adding in proper queue lines for attractions can go a long way towards cleaning up the appearance and  better managing crowds.  Once again, the name of the game when it comes to freemium design is customization, and this is an experience that has it in spades.  Will you chose to indulge your inner control freak?

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