Publisher Atari has announced the revival of one of its most beloved simulations with Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile. Oh yes, the return of the builder is currently an exclusive, coming to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Does it look good? Well, apart from the standard visuals of rounded-out textures and sugary colors associated with social games, it looks aesthetically sound, according to the announcement trailer.
You’ll be able to build a park with a selection of attractions like merry-go-rounds, swinging boats and so on. There are also many trinkets around the park, such as benches, fountains and vegetation. Or, how about a white horse with a hat on?
To gain money, you’ll be able to build the necessary draining concession stands, like a burger joint, a pizza place or a hot dog stand. Most importantly, you’ll be able to customize winding rollercoasters around the park.
Here’s the catch though: Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is a social game, for better or for worse. In the clip, we can see a “social inbox” that’s used to pester friends for tickets.
Some gameplay also reveals the ticket system to be rather limited, probably putting a stop to progress. Next to tickets, as well as currency, there’s also an addition button.
That means that you’ll be able to add these means to your park at whim. We’re going to go ahead and assume this is done with real money. Call it a hunch.
You’ll also be required to “hype your park” to get ahead. It’s looking a lot like other large franchises remade in mobile format.
For instance, SimCity Social from EA had similar mechanisms that forced progress through a social system. That worked so well that the game was already pulled last year.
Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile will be developed by On5 Games.