Atari just delivered an early Christmas present.
Officially called Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic, the $5.99 game looks to be a near perfect copy of the original PC game that was first released in 1999. Seriously. The game is pixelated as hell and the design has barely been updated for touch screens.
That’s a good thing, though. Atari previously released Roller Coaster Tycoon 4, a more modern free-to-play version of the game and it just wasn’t the same.
Atari is now correcting that with the new “classic” version of the game, which it created with Chris Sawyer, who created the first games in the 90’s. The new app brings back the original parks, rides and sound effects from both the Roller Coaster Tycoon and Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 PC games — in all their pixelated glory.
In total, the game has 95 different parks you can unlock and play through, along with a couple expansion packs which are available via separate in-app purchases.
Gameplay is just like the original, with you taking control of managing a theme park by clearing land, building rides, hiring staff and working to keep guests happy and reach profit goals. Playing is somewhat hampered by the app’s navigation, which won’t be very intuitive if you never played the original.
Sure, $5.99 (plus more if you buy the expansion packs) may seem like a steep price to pay for a bit of 90’s game nostalgia, but it will be well worth it to those who spent hours and hours playing the original. Better still, unlike another recent 90’s favorite reborn on mobile, it doesn’t require a data connection to play.