Planet Coaster Reviews

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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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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2016

Planet Coaster is a hymn to creativity. It is a simulative drug, with the flavor of the old Roller Coaster Tycoon and the beauty of a modern game engine. It's intuitive, satisfying, and allows the player to make very distinctive and unique parks.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2016

Planet Coaster is a celebration of everything Frontier Developments did well back in the Rollercoaster Tycoon days, with new mechanics and systems piled on top. Its variety of customisable buildings, scenery, objects, coasters, and rides make for an incredibly special game.

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Nov 22, 2016

If you're looking for a theme park management game with a business perspective, Planet Coaster might leave you wanting. However, if you're coming from the creative angle it's hard to imagine a richer package.

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PCGamesN
Top Critic
8 / 10
Nov 16, 2016

Planet Coaster isn't Rollercoaster Tycoon, nor is it Theme Park. This may put off those looking for a simpler, more nostalgic take on the genre, but it's nonetheless the most creative, technically intricate theme park sim to date.

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4.5 / 5.0
Nov 17, 2016

Planet Coaster truly is the spiritual successor to the king of tycoon games. You'll have as much of a blast playing it as your park attendees will (hopefully) have riding your rides.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2016

Frontier has done a wonderful job of maintaining the excitement, visual appeal and overall happiness of both a theme park and a theme park builder. If you're at all interested in the genre, then Planet Coaster is a game you should be picking up today.

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Nov 21, 2016

Planet Coaster isn't perfect yet, but what's there is just incredibly fun. There's a lot of learning to do along the way, but with all of the customization and freedom, Frontier Developments has delivered one of the best possible successors to the Rollercoaster Tycoon franchise.

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9 / 10.0
Dec 28, 2016

With its incredible level of customisation Planet Coaster is the pinnacle of theme park management games, however be warned that this depth comes with a vicious learning curve.

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3.9 / 5.0
Nov 30, 2016

The safest way to experience an amusement park... and to make the scariest ride you can subject other people to.

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4 / 5.0
Nov 28, 2016

Planet Coaster clearly has aspirations of expanding itself through a larger base of players, embracing user-created content to the fullest and allowing players to show off their various parks to each other.

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Nov 22, 2016

Planet Coaster is one of the most player-centric builder games ever made, setting you loose with its tools to create the theme park of your dreams. And then some.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2016

Planet Coaster manages to be a worthy heir of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, with a powerful rollercoaster editor and thanks to its beautiful graphics. Least successful is the management part.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2016

While Planet Coaster has some flaws with management and automation, it is nonetheless an excellent theme park simulator that adds many new tools for the aspiring rollercoaster tycoon.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2017

It's not a perfect game, but in its own little way, it sort of is, and I'd expect no less from the team that brought us RCT2 and 3

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9 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2016

As someone who started playing Planet Coaster without any real expectations, I can safely say that the game is well worth your time if you are the least bit interested in a game reminiscent of the classic Rollercoaster Tycoon games. Frontier have created one of the best games in the genre, and judging by their support of Elite Dangerous post-launch, it seems that there's still more to come from the developers.

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8 / 10
Nov 24, 2016

If what you want is to plonk down a bunch of rides, be creative with your layouts and create a happy mini-universe for guests and yourself (you can go on the rides too, in first-person view), which brings out and caters to your imagineering side, then Planet Coaster is the game for you.

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Nov 26, 2020

That aside, Planet Coaster is indeed the best theme park creator we've ever had. In Australia, there aren't many theme parks left at all (can you believe that Sydney - a major global city - only has one theme park, and it's a tiny space that can be walked across in a few minutes), but there was a big one when I was growing up, and this game takes me back to looking forward to going to that theme park every so often. There are some UI issues, and one or two clunky moments within the management side of the game, but nothing that detracts from the sheer creative joy of playing around with those coasters and creating the park of your dreams. I can almost smell the churros.

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9 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2016

Planet Coaster isn't innovative. It doesn't change up the gameplay from Roller Coaster Tycoon, and it definitely doesn't shy away from sticking close to its roots. What it is, is a modern take on the theme park management genre, and a spectacular one at that. Planet Coaster feels like RCT, even if it isn't. Frontier has delivered an incredible followup to their past games. Unfortunately, it's a little light on content at the moment. Despite this, I'm confident in saying that Planet Coaster has a great core game, and even though it doesn't have as much in it as it should, it's the best theme park game out there.

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Jim S
Top Critic
Dec 23, 2016

Planet Coaster is everything I could want in a simulation game of this type. Good management tools, good building tools, and most of all, it is extremely fun to play. It's the best amusement park simulation we've seen yet, and any complaints that you might have with the variety of rides that it offers are mitigated brilliantly by the use of Steam Workshop to allow the community to broaden the experience. In this way Planet Coaster feels both nostalgic and yet eminently modern.

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