How to Build a Themed Area in Roller Coaster Tycoon 3

Written by dan chruscinski
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Building a theme park is about more than having a bunch of roller coasters and thrill rides. In order to keep your guests happy, you must also be creative in your park's layout. "RollerCoaster Tycoon 3" allows you to build a park from scratch, choosing the rides and attractions for each area of your park. The game also introduces themes to the mix. You can create a collection of roller coasters located in the wild west or have young guests explore a sci-fi area. Your theme park can be split into multiple themes, connected by walking paths for your guests.

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    Launch "RollerCoaster Tycoon 3" on your computer and select "Play" from the Main menu. Click on "Sandbox" to begin a new game where you can create your own park.

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    Click on the "Terrain" button from the toolbar on the left of the screen. This icon button has an icon that resembles a shovel. Select the "Flatten Terrain" icon from the menu that appears.

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    Press and hold the left mouse button and scroll over the area of your park you wish to turn into a themed area. This will level the terrain and allow you to build your rides and attractions.

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    Select the "Path" button from the left menu and then click and hold the mouse button as you trace a path around your area. This will allow guests to access the area and all rides within. Cut across the area to provide shorter routes.

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    Choose "Rides" from the left menu to open a list of coasters, water rides, thrill rides and more. Choose one or two types of rides for the area. If you want an area for young guests, only select and place rides from the gentle and junior categories.

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    Place the ride in the area by highlighting the desired location with your mouse. If the location is green, you can place the ride. If it's red, you will need to find another area or get rid of a path that is in the way.

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    Click on "Shops" to open other money making attractions for the themed area. Always have a food stand to keep hungry guests from leaving the area.

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    Click on the "Scenery" button to bring up all decorations for this area of your park. The scenery is divided into five different themes: generic, spooky sci-fi, western and adventure. Select scenery from one theme and place it around the area. For example, a spooky area will have ghosts and cobwebbed fences littering the pathway.

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    Add the finishing touches to your themed area by clicking and dragging attractions to better fit the area or adding new paths for your guests. Connect your themed area to the rest of the park with a path and your guests will begin to filter in.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with creating areas with multiple themes such as a haunted wester or sci-fi adventure. Use the "Scenery" tool to pick the items that best match your ideas.

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