hunterob's RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile (Android) review

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The terrible free-to-play hooks and the dated obsession with the term "peeps" make this one to avoid.

Rollercoaster Tycoon 1 and 2 have always been excellent examples of the management genre, and are remembered fondly with good reason.Easy enough for a kid to figure out, yet deep enough to maintain the attention of an adult. Speaking currently as the latter, it's the perfect game to play with a coffee in hand. What drives one to play is the feeling that despite that you may have periods of inactivity, the park owes it's success to your hand of god, and/or maitenance. When you take this away, when the game is built around the idea of the player interacting with it here and there, it seems there's no need for you to play. Perhaps there could be, but Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile fails completely in this regard. When you build any kind of structure in your park, there is a real world limit of usually around an hour. So you're supposed to come back - the game doesnt need your maitenance. The game manages itself fine without your help, apart from the odd time a ride breaks down. You'll get a notification, as you will when you haven't played for over a day and the game pathetically asks you to "Come back!". Despite this notion of artificial intelligence, the game is absolutely witless. The sense of humor is tonedeaf and unfunny, and it's systems implemented in a way to make itself feel laborious. I built a handful of rides, even building my own rollercoaster track and was able to give them goofy names in classic RT fashion. All the while observing the implementation of "tickets" and such that would only remain to be free for a short while. So why ever use precious tickets to finish a ride immediately when eventually you'll run out and have to pay for the convenience? Why build your own rollercoaster when you only have so many pieces of track before you have to pay? Do yourself a favor, fish out a copy of Rollercoaster Tycoon 1 or 2 you got from that cereal box, or buy it cheaply on Steam. You'd be infinitely better served, and such an experience is sadly nowhere to be found on your mobile device. Only what claims to be ita descendant - a souless husk of its former glory.

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