Planet Coaster Getting Free Spring Update in April

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Planet Coaster’s second major post-launch expansion is coming this Spring. Like the Winter Update in December, the Spring Update is completely free.

The Planet Coaster Spring Update adds several new rollercoaster types, new rides, and a new feature based on crime and security.

“A new danger lurks in the world of Planet Coaster,” states the press release. “Pickpockets and vandals will now operate in players’ parks. A crime-ridden park will see guests’ happiness fall along with your profits, but security guards and CCTV cameras are on hand to keep park guests safe and prevent mischief-makers from spoiling the fun.”

Here is all the new content coming with the Spring Update:

New Rollercoasters

  • Steel Hydra, a suspended swinging coaster
  • Trident, a shuttle coaster
  • Bakasura, an inverted boomerang shuttle coaster

New Tracked Rides

  • Speed Go Karts, build your own Go Karts tracks

New Rides

  • Elixir Machine, 360 degree spinning ride
  • Big Wheel, a Ferris wheel
  • ZoZo, I have no idea, but apparently it’s a classic

New Feature

  • Crime and Security, angry guests may vandalize park scenery and pickpockets will steal guests’ cash. New security staff can be hired and CCTV cameras built to monitor and prevent crime.

Expansion may be too broad a term, as these are smaller updates that add a few new rides and features. The Spring Update doesn’t seem to add nearly as much content as the Winter Update, though adding a new security element is nifty. Still, free is free! If you like theme park sims and yearn for the 90s era of theme park management, Planet Coaster fits the bill quite well (read our review).

The Planet Coaster Spring Update arrives as a free patch on April 11.

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RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic Launches on iOS and Android

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It’s shaping up to be a fine year for theme park sims. Not long after the release of RollerCoaster Tycoon spiritual successor Planet Coaster, original RCT publisher Atari has launched RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic. RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic combines the first two classic RCT games for mobile devices.

“As the creator of the original RollerCoaster Tycoon PC games many years ago, I have seen how much excitement and entertainment they have brought to players all over the world,” said Chris Sawyer, producer at Atari. “I believe fans of the RCT series will greatly enjoy playing the classic titles enhanced on a new platform.”

RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic was developed for iOS and Android by Origin8, and produced by original series creator Chris Sawyer.

The mobile port includes all the features of the classic theme park sims. It includes coaster construction, guest management, original music, and over 90 scenarios. The number of scenarios suggests that the port includes all the expansions released for RCT 1 and 2, which is a ton of content.

This news means that you can now play the first three RollerCoaster Tycoon games on your mobile device, as RCT 3 was released last Summer. If you’re yearning for a proper theme park follow-up on PC, look no further than Planet Coaster. It’s developed by the original team of RCT3. In my review I said it was “absolutely the RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 you’ve been waiting for.”

RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic can be found on the App Store and Google Play for $5.99.

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Planet Coaster Review

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Creating your own amusement park should never go out of style. Frontier Developments’ new self-published title Planet Coaster captures the magic of roller coasters and theme parks from classic games like RollerCoaster Tycoon and Sim Theme Park. Planet Coaster succeeds as a modern update to a classic formula thanks to intuitive controls and an aesthetic that keeps everything light and fun.
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