The coaster simulation, mostly all the simulation lovers deserve. Simulation games are an interesting genre where we take over the management of cities, people’s houses, businesses, etc. In our case, we are looking at a Roller Coaster simulation game. The good thing about Planet Coaster by developer Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) is that you can either turn the whole game into a mess or you can create a beautiful amusement park.
Planet Coaster is basically a beautiful world – there are different amusement park settings with different themes, and we basically must go through all the things that go into the amusement, either management, or technical operation. The game first starts off with a bit of confusion as we could not understand the controls as there were no tutorials, I had to go through the videos to understand the controls. Only if I hadn’t worked with the 3D Modelling software, might have been more trouble for me to understand initially.
Once we get into the pirate theme park, which is the first scene I started with, it gives you a basic setting with one roller coaster, one ride, and a couple of different utilities and entertainers. Gameplay of Planet Coaster is pretty much interesting because when you look or select each of the building/coaster/ride, it gives you the specific stats of how that specific structure is doing. If you look at the coaster, it tells you what people are satisfied/dissatisfied with. We can utilize each of these to improve the rating, the better you perform according to the stats, the better money overall budget you have.
Now stats include how much scenery is around the rides and how happy are all the visitors with the queue for the rides, we can also increase the price of coaster. The setting also provides us with extra spaces to put new coaster/rides and facilities on the amusement park, creating path and entrance as well the exit are the next steps. The game is so much detailed that we can also get update on the visitor’s current stats, and we need to update the amusement park according to that. I created some shop, restrooms, juice stores, etc.
The last feature I really liked was doing research, which include adding new facilities and rides as well to the arsenal. Also, we need to keep investing in the marketing which will be better for the increase in park visitors. The employees are one of the important requirement as well, and all the unhappy employee tell us what we have do to keep them happy and stay with the amusement park longer, something like a FIFA Manager games where we try to keep a team member happy.
The graphics are pretty much general and neat and make it interesting to see everything and the sounds are perfectly created for each situation. Overall, I do think this is one of the more detailed simulation games and gives some detailed understanding and fun in creating the whole park setup. Initial part was really confusing as there were no tutorial but the game is really fun and keeps you attached to working around the amusement park. I would definitely give this game 8.5 star out of 10.
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Planet Coaster is available for PC on Steam for $44.99.