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T.J. Hafer

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2016

While it may not be an amazing capitalism simulator, Planet Coaster is a fantastic theme park-building sandbox that rarely ever took an idea I had and told me, "No, you can't do that."

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75 / 100
Nov 21, 2016

Better than RollerCoaster Tycoon World, but doesn't do much to innovate on the formula.

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Recommended
Nov 21, 2016

Despite lacklustre management options, Frontier creates one of the finest park construction simulators yet.

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Metro GameCentral

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8 / 10
Nov 22, 2016

The best theme park sim of the modern era, even if a few underdeveloped elements mean it's not quite the ultimate roller coaster ride yet.

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8.3 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2016

This is as close as you can get to visiting an actual theme park without leaving your home

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9 / 10
Dec 5, 2016

Planet Coaster is an exemplary amusement park management simulation with fantastic construction tools and a wealth of high-quality user-created content.

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Unscored
Nov 21, 2016

Planet Coaster is best when treated as a giant LEGO set. A sunny, cheery tabula rasa, lying there waiting for you to go nuts in a never-ending quest to make yourself as happy as the grinning faces of the people lining up to take your rides for a spin.

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7.5 / 10.0
Dec 21, 2016

For better or for worse, there just isn't a lot of depth in Planet Coaster. There are a ton of options, however. The process of coming up with coaster ideas and seeing them executed is wonderful, even if the building process is a bit janky. There's not much to challenge the player after they build a self-sustaining park, so this is definitely an experience for those who can challenge themselves to always think and dream bigger.

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Nov 17, 2016

Planet Coaster isn't just a wonderful game, it's an important one. It's effectively resurrected a dead genre, providing an act to follow that is as inspiring as it is fun to play. At a reasonable price point, it's a great pick-up for anyone who enjoys the process of creation and management.

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8 / 10
Nov 29, 2016

Planet Coaster feels like a step into more modern times for the genre. There are bugbears when it comes to the camera and the subsequent patience required to build your perfect theme park, but should one have the stamina to intricately design features for their park, the possibilities are nigh on endless. Managing can feel simplistic at times, but for those who want to have the amusement park of their dreams, even if they use mods from Steam Workshop to supplement their masterpiece, Planet Coaster has it in spades.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2016

Creative, intuitive and long lasting: Planet Coaster is the best park-builder on the market.

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Unscored
Nov 24, 2016

Despite the weak career mode, the depth of Planet Coaster's tools and the strength of its community make it a thoroughly engrossing experience. Old-school PC gamers can rest easy: this is the theme park game you've been waiting for.

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Unscored
Nov 17, 2016

Like Cities: Skylines, Planet Coaster gives new life to the management genre, and even if the launch version does little to improve what I've played during the beta, this would still be essential for anyone who dreams of packing in their old job and running a theme park.

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Nov 27, 2016

Frontier Developments has produced a fine theme park simulator with Planet Coaster, a polished title which keeps things fun, fast, and consistently entertaining.

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90 / 100
Nov 26, 2016

There are very few games that consume me like this. Frontier has made a game where obsession over every detail is somehow fun. While there are a few elements that need improvement, such as the staff management and some much-needed heat maps or location services, Planet Coaster delivers in terms of rollercoaster customization and sandbox flexibility. Let inspiration be your guide and check out this incredible thrill ride.

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9 / 10.0
Jan 4, 2017

Planet Coaster is well at the top of the list for roller coaster games. It is easy to get lost in for hours on end and lets you explore the depths of your imagination with nearly limitless creation and design.

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2016

Overall, this game is a complete pleasure to play. It's evocative of older generations of theme park management sims in all the right ways, whilst having plenty of style and appeal in its own right. It's a game that can be both a source of relaxation and a challenge, depending on the player's mood. Planet Coaster is also poised to offer some excellent longevity via integration with the Steam Workshop. The possibilities are endless, and this reviewer is definitely on-board for the ride.

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85 / 100
Nov 30, 2016

The real treat to this game is it's challenge mode, in which players will have to manage their guests happiness, customization, construction and employees all the while trying to stay within your budget.

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9.5 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2016

It's an understatement to say that Frontier Developments have outdone themselves with Planet Coaster. With its beautiful cartoon-style, incredible levels of customization and a small selection of fun modes to choose from, Planet Coaster has set a new standard for the genre. Nonetheless, it's still early days and with the foundations of the game being so solid, it's likely that we'll see the developer continue expanding the game so that it can reach its full potential. I thoroughly enjoyed playing Planet Coaster and can't wait to get back to my parks. Despite its long-awaited release, Planet Coaster does not disappoint and is well worth at least a few hours of your time.

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8 / 10
Nov 21, 2016

A cracking sim for coaster fans that embraces creativity and a passion for theme parks.

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