Posts Tagged ‘Planet Coaster’

Planet Coaster: the best parks, rides and other creations

Planet Coaster [official site] is, by many accounts, the greatest theme park sim ever. But if you don’t have the architectural vision of Gaudi (who never actually designed a theme park, but really should’ve), or if – like me – you tell yourself that you could build the next Disney World but just don’t have the time, then Planet Coaster can feel a bit intimidating. I get creative paralysis when I have nothing but a plain green field to ‘Build Something Beautiful’ on, and develop an inferiority complex when in the campaign I see how great the pre-built bits of park look next to my comparatively bland creations.

So I’ve left it to the lively Planet Coaster creators’ community to get on with the creative malarkey, while I sit in my cigar-stenched park office – summer sun trickling between the venetian blinds, the sound of kids’ laughter muffled by the triple-glazed windows – and search for the creations that’ll pull the punters in through the gates of my park. Here’s a bunch of my favourite community-made rides, rollercoasters, and other tidbits that I found while perusing the Steam Workshop.

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Planet Coaster gets harder challenge mode, new blueprints, repaired taco icons

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New blueprints and a harder challenge mode are just a few of the ingredients in rollercoaster park-builder Planet Coaster‘s [official site] first patch. Update 1.0.1 also contains traditional fare like bug fixes and optimisations but I’m enjoying the patch notes for phrases like “Tacos icons now appear in Guest Inventories correctly” and “Guests re-equip balloons when leaving rides”. Read the rest of this entry »

Steam Charts: Just Gotta Ride It

Well, this really isn’t the chart I’d expected to see at this point of the year. We’re in peak Silly Season, and yet last week’s 10 best-selling games on Steam form a broadly unexpected bunch.

Which is exactly what I like to see.

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Wot I Think: Planet Coaster

During tumultuous times, there’s comfort to be found in games that peddle nostalgia or task you with making people happy and keeping them entertained. Frontier’s theme park management game, Planet Coaster [official site], does both, letting you create theme parks where the worst thing that can happen is lots of people vomiting.

It is also a game that inspired me to spend an entire hour constructing a toilet, which inexplicably left me very satisfied.

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Scream If You’re Confused: RollerCoaster Tycoon World Launching Day Before Planet Coaster

The creature wearing the skin of Atari has announced astonishing plans to launch RollerCoaster Tycoon World [official site] next Wednesday, November 16th. It’s been on Steam early Access for seven months. The surprising part is: Frontier’s theme park sim Planet Coaster comes out the very next day, Thursday the 17th. Given that Planet Coaster looks the better game by far, it’s a bit silly. Perhaps the eyeholes on the creature’s skinsuit have slipped and it’s stumbling blind, groping in the dark, accidentally typing up announcements. We’ve all been there. Read the rest of this entry »

Parks And Simulation: Planet Coaster

Planet Coaster’s [official site] announcement barely caught my attention at all. There was a time when a new theme park management game might have tickled my fancy, but the subgenre hadn’t been attractive for a while and I didn’t expect Frontier’s game to revive my interest. To do so, it’d have to be a proper simulation that paid as much attention to visitors as to rollercoasters, and it’d need to care about every aspect of its parks rather than focusing on some kind of first-person ride gimmick.

As the developer diaries started to appear, I realised that Planet Coaster was the game to revive my interest in park management, and that it was doing all of the things I’d hoped for and more.

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Whooooo! Planet Coaster Rolling Out In November

Planet Coaster [official site], our next great hope for building and managing theme parks, now has a release date. It’s been in (expensive) paid alpha for a while but it’ll be declared finished and properly released on November 17th. I’ve not touched the alpha at all but I am quite keen to start building the park of my dreams with that fine-looking editor. I have big plans for a park of pond-pocked forest.

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Planet Coaster Alpha 2 Adds Terrain Sculping

Why is there not a carving of this man and his magnificent burg'?

Frontier Developments launched their new theme park sim Planet Coaster [official site] into early paid alpha in March but, while it was fun, it lacked some of the features that made the game look so exciting. The much-vaunted terrain sculpting and fancy coaster-building tools, for example. Those have now arrived with the launch of alpha 2, so players could – I don’t know – make a vast statue of themselves with a rollercoaster winding through their guts. Just throwing an idea out there.

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Whoooooaaaahhhh! Planet Coaster Launches Paid Alpha

I probably would pay to visit an unfinished theme park, but mostly because I can’t imagine a better death than roaring through a loop de loop into a six-twist corkscrew then launching up a ramp to… nowhere, nothing, unfinished track, screaming through the air then landing in the crushing jaws of a still-skinless animatronic dinosaur. I’d be up for that. Let’s start smaller, shall we? You can now pay to create and visit virtual theme parks of your own in an unfinished version of Planet Coaster [official site], as Frontier Developments have started selling alpha access. It’s pricey, mind – more than twice as much as the game will cost when it’s done.

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Planet Coaster Reinvents The Theme Park Genre

Back in 1994, I was five years old and I had a PC in my room. The PC had just two games on it, DOOM and Theme Park, both installed by a family friend who made me promise not to let anyone see me playing DOOM. This meant that while most kids wanted to be an astronaut or a policeman, I wanted to build theme parks. Eventually, world weary cynicism took that away from me: theme park architect probably isn’t a real job, I thought, and it certainly won’t pay the bills. I gave up on my dream.

Seeing the alpha build for Frontier’s forthcoming Planet Coaster last week, I gave up on giving up on my dream. I’m going to be a rollercoaster tycoon (sorry) again.

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Planet Coaster’s Alpha In March, Mods After Launch

RPS have written extensively about theme-park sim Planet Coaster [official site] but Frontier keep announcing juicy features with every new dev diary and livestream. Unfortunately, the interesting news is spread over more than an hour of footage of two men talking in front of a green screen. Not a particularly exciting or intense ride, if you ask me. And possibly nausea-inducing.

So here are the highlights: the game will be highly modular, your creations will easily be shareable online with other players, and, not to be outdone by RollerCoaster Tycoon World, they too have promised mod support, but only after the full release, which is scheduled for a very vague 2016. Oh, and perhaps the most important bit of news: a paid playable alpha should be coming before the end of the month.

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Planet Coaster Dev Diary Shows Rollercoaster Building

Planet Coaster [official site] has had a few developer diaries so far, but each one shows a little bit more of the game in action and gets me a little bit more interested in playing it. There are more shots here of track being laid, twisted and looped, alongside discussion of how you can create and share buildings and props within the game.

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Park Life: Planet Coaster’s Creation Tools

The second developer diary for Frontier’s Planet Coaster [official site] has arrived. It covers the creation tools that will let you modify everything from rollercoasters to individual buildings and rocks. I had zero expectations about the theme park management game but this video, along with the crowd tech in the last diary, is very exciting indeed. It’s almost as if there has been a big SimPark failure that I didn’t spot and this is the Skylines-esque response.

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People Power: Planet Coaster’s Smart Crowd Technology

Of all the things I expected to be writing this Friday, “you should definitely check out this Planet coaster [official site] dev diary” was fairly low on the list. And yet, here we are.

You should definitely check out this Planet Coaster dev diary because not only does it convey the scale of the theme parks Frontier want to build (crowds of thousands), it also shows some of the tools they’re using to simulate those crowds. There are two interconnected goals – to treat every visitor as an individual and to convincingly portray large crowds moving realistically from one attraction to the next.

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Roll Out The Coasters: Parkitect

There have been two big theme parks in gaming news recently. First, there’s Frontier’s Planet Coaster which doesn’t contain any dinosaurs at all, and then there’s Jurassic World, which contains all of the dinosaurs. I don’t think Parkitect [official site] has any dinosaurs but it does have gorgeous isometric rollercoasters and looks like the closest thing to Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 since Rollercoaster Tycoon 2. Kickstarted last year, it’s due to release in August and I want it now.

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David Braben Talks About Rollercoasters

Mate, I don't know what you're on about. It's clearly a dinosaur.

“Can I play as the dinosaur?” I ask a slightly jetlagged David Braben as we discuss the just-announced Planet Coaster [official site] after the PC Gaming Show at E3.

“Mmmm. Not at the moment but it’s a nice idea.”

He pauses then adds, “You do realise it’s not actually a dinosaur? It’s a bloke in a suit.”

“We’re done here.”

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Planet Coaster: Frontier’s Theme Park Management Sim

Before Frontier Developments became famous for Elite again, they mostly made rollercoaster and zoo tycoon games like RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 and Kinectimals. They haven’t stopped making those, and at E3 have announced… something other than a PC release of Xbox exclusive murdercoaster sim Screamride. That’s what I would’ve liked to hear: that I’d soon be building coasters intended to thrill and/or murder every rider. Oh well!

Still, I’ll make do with what they actually announced. Planet Coaster [official site] is a rollercoaster-building theme park management sim (no, nothing to do with pubs [jokes]) coming in 2016.

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