RollerCoaster Tycoon 3

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
First Released 2004
Developer Frontier Developments
Publisher Atari (original)
Frontier Foundry (Complete Edition)
Music Alistair Lindsay
Platforms Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Nintendo Switch
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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 (commonly abbreviated as RCT3) is a strategy and simulation computer game available on Windows and Mac OS X. It is the third instalment in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series and was released on October 26, 2004 in North America and November 3 in European countries. A remastered version called the Complete Edition was released in 2020 on PC and the Nintendo Switch.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 features two methods of gameplay; In career mode, players must complete predetermined objectives in pre-designed scenarios. In the new sandbox mode, players have unlimited time and money to create their own custom amusement parks. New features include the ability to import and export custom attractions, design custom scenarios and people (which are referred to as peeps), as well as design an in-game recorder and a fully three dimensional world players can view from all angles.


Like the previous games in the series, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is a strategy and simulation game in which players manage all aspects of an amusement park by building or removing rides, scenery and amenities, adjusting the park's finances, hiring staff, and keeping the park visitors happy. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 features two main game modes. The career mode features scenarios where players must accomplish goals, such as impressing a visiting celebrity (called a "VIPeep") or attaining a certain park rating. Each scenario has three levels of objectives, which are ranked as Apprentice, Entrepreneur, and Tycoon; the higher the level, the more challenging the goal is to complete. A third of the scenarios are playable from the start, with the rest unlocked when the player completes the objectives at each level. The second mode of play is the sandbox mode. Players are given a large, empty plot of land and unlimited funds with which to build their own custom parks .

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 includes new gameplay features such as the CoasterCam, which allows players to experience an on-ride POV of their roller coasters and other rides, and the MixMaster, which allows the player to coordinate firework shows and time them to in-game music. Unlike the two previous versions of the game (RollerCoaster Tycoon and RollerCoaster Tycoon 2), the peeps arrive in groups and show variation in gender and age, including children, teenagers and adults. A day/night cycle changes the demographics of the park's peeps; rides at night appeal to teenagers, while the daytime attracts families with children. It is possible to harm peeps, but will never die as they did in the previous titles, nor will they drown when placed in water. This change was most likely for user-friendly issues. Parks now have opening and closing times, and the time of day is displayed. Scenery is divided into themes to customize parks, with western-, spooky-, sci fi- and adventure-theme sets. Another feature is the ability to import coasters from the previous games in the series into RCT3.

The game uses full 3D graphics instead of the isometric viewpoint of the previous games; this means that players can rotate and zoom the view of the park to any degree. However, there is an option to fix the camera's rotation to isometric angles, as in the previous games.

When roller coaster cars (or vehicles from any other type of tracked ride) derail from the tracks, they explode after a short period, whilst in the older games, they exploded on contact with the ground.

Although the core features RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is based on the previous games, Chris Sawyer, the developer of the first two games, acted only as a consultant, as the game was developed by Frontier Developments instead, and published and advertised by Atari.


RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 includes many real roller coaster models, however due to the limitations of the track builder not all can be constructed in a realistic manner.

A recreation of Expedition GeForce exists in the game. The game also includes a recreation of Stormrunner at Hersheypark as well as other licensed Hershey content.

Roller Coasters

In-game name Game Real-world equivalent
Air Powered Coaster RCT3 S&S' Thrust Air Coaster (HyperSonic XLC, Do-Dodonpa)
Alpine Coaster Soaked! Wiegand's Alpine coasters
Bobsleigh RCT3 Mack Rides' bobsled roller coaster
Coasterball Wild! Intamin's Ball Coaster, a ZacSpin predecessor
Compact Inverted Coaster RCT3 Vekoma's Suspended Looping Coaster
Corkscrew Coaster RCT3 Arrow Dynamics' looping roller coasters, Vekoma MK-1200 track
Dizzy Dropper Wild! Cancelled Turbulence project at Hersheypark
Drifting Coaster Wild! Maurer AG's Drifting X-Car
Extended Coaster Wild! Bolliger & Mabillard track with various B&M cars and Maurer AG cars
Floorless Roller Coaster RCT3 Bolliger & Mabillard's Floorless Coaster
Flying Coaster RCT3 Bolliger & Mabillard's Flying Coaster
Flying Turns RCT3 Wooden bobsled track, Intamin bobsled coaster cars
Giant Flume Soaked! Intamin's Mega Splash
Giga Coaster RCT3 Intamin 1st Generation Mega and Giga coaster track and cars
Glider Coaster Soaked! Zamperla's Volare
Half-Pipe Coaster Soaked! Intamin's Half Pipe
Heartline Coaster RCT3 TOGO's Ultratwister
Hershey's Stormrunner Soaked! Storm Runner at Hersheypark
Hyper Coaster RCT3 Arrow Dynamics' Hyper Coaster
Hyper Twister Coaster RCT3 Bolliger & Mabillard and Giovanola's hyper coaster
Inverted Impulse Coaster RCT3 Intamin's Impulse Coaster
Inverted Coaster RCT3 Bolliger & Mabillard's Inverted Coaster
Inverted Hairpin Coaster RCT3 Reverchon's Gliding Coaster
Inverted Shuttle Coaster RCT3 Vekoma's Invertigo
Inverted Vertical Shuttle RCT3 Vekoma's Giant Inverted Boomerang
Inverted Wild Mouse RCT3 S&S' Screaming Squirrel (specifically Afterburner at Wonder Island)
Junior Coaster RCT3 Trains resemble that of a Zierer Tivoli
LIM Launched Coaster RCT3 Premier Rides' LIM launched coaster
Lay Down Roller Coaster RCT3 Vekoma's Flying Dutchman
Log Flume RCT3 Arrow Dynamics' log flume
Looping Roller Coaster RCT3 Schwarzkopf looping trains
Mine Ride RCT3 Mack Rides' powered roller coaster
Mine Train Coaster RCT3 Similar to a Vekoma mine train, but with only two rows per car like Arrow Dynamics mine trains
Mini Coaster RCT3 Schwarzkopf Jet Star and Wildcat cars and Magic Kingdom's Space Mountain cars
Mini Suspended Coaster RCT3 Similar to Caripro's Batflyer, but with a chain lift like Island of Adventure's Pteranodon Flyers
Mini Suspended Flying Coaster RCT3 Similar to Skytrak at Granada Studios
Multidimension Coaster RCT3 Arrow Dynamics and S&S' 4th Dimension roller coaster
Pipeline Coaster RCT3 Arrow Dynamics' prototype pipeline coaster
Rafts RCT3 Raft ride
Reverse Freefall Coaster RCT3 Intamin's Reverse Freefall Coaster
Reverser Coaster RCT3 A postcard shows at least one was built
River Rapids RCT3 Intamin river rapids
Robotic Coaster RCT3 Never-built version of Robocoaster G2
Roller-Soaker Soaked! Hersheypark's former Roller Soaker
Rotating Tower Coaster Wild! Possilbly based on a patent from Werner Stengel
Sea Serpent Shuttle Soaked! Pax Company's Cobra
Side Friction Coaster RCT3 Side Friction roller coaster
Sky Rider Soaked! Caripro's GyroFlyer
Spinning Steel Wild! Mack Rides' Spinning Coaster
Spinning Wild Mouse RCT3 Reverchon's Spinning Coaster
Spiral Coaster RCT3 Schwarzkopf's Jet Star II/Jumbo Jet
Splash Boats RCT3 Hopkins' shoot the chute ride
Splitting Coaster Wild! Setpoint's Seizmic (never built)
Standup Coaster RCT3 TOGO's standup coaster
Standup Twister Coaster RCT3 Bolliger & Mabillard's standup coaster
Strata Coaster RCT3 Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point
Suspended Swinging Coaster RCT3 Arrow Dynamics' Suspended Coaster and Vekoma's Swinging Turns
Tilt Coaster RCT3 Tilting element from Gravity Max at Lihpao Land, however the game has Arrow-style cars rather than Vekoma cars. Thrill lift is a concept by Vekoma.
Towering Coaster Wild! SBF Visa Group's Tower Coaster (Fear Coaster/Cool & Fresh)
Turbo Bikes Soaked! Vekoma's motorbike roller coaster
Twister Coaster RCT3 Bolliger & Mabillard's Sitting Coaster
Vertical Drop Coaster RCT3 Bolliger & Mabillard's Dive Coaster
Virginia Reel RCT3 Virginia Reel
Water Coaster RCT3 Premier Rides' Liquid Coaster
White Water Rapids Soaked! Large-sized version of Intamin's river rapids
Wild Mouse Coaster RCT3 Mack Rides & Arrow Dynamic Wild Mouse roller coaster
Wooden Coaster RCT3 PTC wooden two-bench and three-bench cars and GCI Millennium Flyer-esque articulated trains
Wooden Wild Mine RCT3 King Solomon's Mines at Southport Pleasureland
Wooden Wild Mouse RCT3 Old wooden Wild Mouse roller coasters, cars based on Wild Mouse at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Junior Rides

In-game name Game Real-world equivalent
Buffalo Roundabout RCT3 Unknown
Dinosaur-Go-Around Wild! Venture Rides Dino Carousel
Floundering Ferry RCT3 Zamperla Rockin' Tug
Flying Saucers Ride RCT3 Disneyland's former Flying Saucers ride
Merry-Go-Round RCT3 Carousel
Monster Ride RCT3 Unknown
Odyssey Ride RCT3 Same as Floundering Ferry
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Soaked! Same as Tea Cups Ride
Snake Helter-Skelter RCT3 Same as Spiral Slide
Spiral Slide RCT3 Helter Skelter
Tea Cups Ride RCT3 Teacups

Thrill Rides

In-game name Game Real-world equivalent
Aileron Soaked! Chance Rides Aviator
Barn Stormer Wild! Intamin Barnstormer
Bucking Bull RCT3 Mechanical bull
Chairswing RCT3 Zierer Wave Swinger
Claw of Doom Wild! HUSS Giant Jump
Discus Soaked! HUSS Giant Frisbee
Disko Soaked! Zamperla Disk'O
Double Sky Wheel Soaked! Twin version of Chance Rides Sky Wheel
Double Swinging Inverter RCT3 Chance Rides Double Inverter
Enterprise RCT3 HUSS Enterprise
Flying Carpet RCT3 Zierer Flying Carpet
Gallows Swing RCT3 Unknown
Giant Slide Soaked! Giant Slide
Gravitron RCT3 Wisdom Rides Gravitron
Gyrator Soaked! HUSS Booster
Insanity Wild! Fabbri Evolution
Kaos Soaked! Chance Rides Chaos
Lasso RCT3 Same as Roundup Ride
Launched Freefall RCT3 S&S Tower Ride
Loop the Loop Wild! Appears to incorporate elements from the Technical Park Flying Fury
Loop-O-Plane Wild! Eyerly Aircraft Company Loop-O-Plane
Meteorite Wild! Larson International Super Loop
Mine Drop Ride RCT3 Unknown
Motion Simulator RCT3 Unknown
Octopus Soaked! Polyp
Parachute Drop Soaked! Intamin Parachute Tower
Phoenix Twister RCT3 HUSS Condor
Pirate Ship RCT3 Pirate Ship
Pounding Surf Soaked! Vekoma Waikiki Wave Super Flip
Power Boat Soaked! Unknown
Revolution RCT3 Chance Rides Revolution
Rip Tide Soaked! Chance Rides Wipeout
Robot Arm Wild! Robocoaster G1
Roll-O-Plane Wild! Eyerly Aircraft Company Roll-O-Plane
Roto Drop RCT3 Intamin Gyro Drop
Rotor RCT3 Chance Rides Rotor
Rotovator RCT3 Same as Rotor
Roundup Ride RCT3 Round Up
Sky Sling RCT3 S&S Sky Sling
Sky Swat Wild! S&S Sky Swat
Sky Swing Soaked! Skycoaster
Sky Wheel RCT3 Chance Rides Sky Wheel
Spider Top Spinner RCT3 Same as Top Spinner
Spin Doctor Soaked! Fabbri Giant Booster
Swinging Inverter Ship RCT3 HUSS Ranger
TNT Vortex RCT3 Same as Revolution
Tagada Wild! Tagada
Thunder Bobs Wild! Matterhorn
Top Spin RCT3 HUSS Top Spin
Top Spinner RCT3 Mondial Top Scan
Top Star Wild! Soriani and Moser Top Star Tour
Topple Tower Wild! HUSS Topple Tower
Twirler Wild! Sellner Manufacturing Tilt-A-Whirl
Twister RCT3 Scrambler
Whirling Dervish Wild! Fabbri Hard Rock
Zipper RCT3 Chance Rides Zipper

Water Rides

In-game name Game Real-world equivalent
Bumper Boats RCT3 Unknown
Canoes RCT3 Unknown
Jet Skis RCT3 Unknown
Mini Sub RCT3 Unknown
Rowing Boats RCT3 Unknown
Swan Boats RCT3 Unknown
Water Tricycles RCT3 Unknown
Windsurfer Soaked! Unknown

Pool Slides and Rides

All rides are exclusive to the Soaked! expansion pack.

In-game name Real-world equivalent
Aqua Blaster Slide Unknown
Body Slide Unknown
H2O Slide Bowl Unknown
Inflatable Ship Unknown
Lazy River Unknown
Ring/Raft Slide Unknown

Gentle Rides

In-game name Game Real-world equivalent
3D Cinema RCT3 Unknown
Aquarium Soaked! Unknown
Circus RCT3 Unknown
Crazy Golf RCT3 Unknown
Crooked House RCT3 Unknown
Dodgems RCT3 Unknown
Dolphin Show Soaked! Unknown
Ferris Wheel RCT3 Unknown
Ghost House Ride RCT3 Unknown
Giant Ferris Wheel Wild! Unknown
House of Fun Wild! Unknown
Insect House Wild! Unknown
Kara Oki Concert RCT3 Unknown
Killer Whale Show Soaked! Unknown
Laser Battle RCT3 Unknown
Lion Show Wild! Unknown
Mirror Maze RCT3 Unknown
Nocturnal House Wild! Unknown
Planetarium RCT3 Unknown
Reptile & Amphibian House Wild! Unknown
Space Arcade RCT3 Unknown
Space Rings RCT3 Unknown
Spooky Wheel RCT3 Unknown
Tiger Show Wild! Unknown
Trampoline RCT3 Unknown
Western Wheel RCT3 Unknown
Wild West Show RCT3 Unknown
Zero-G Trampoline RCT3 Unknown

Transport Rides

In-game name Game Real-world equivalent
Air Boat Wild! Unknown
Chairlift RCT3 Unknown
Elephant Transport Wild! Unknown
Elevator RCT3 Unknown
Hop-On Hop-Off Transport Trams Soaked! Unknown
Mini Railway RCT3 Unknown
Monorail RCT3 Unknown
Paddle Steamer Wild! Unknown
Safari Train Wild! Unknown
Safari Transport Wild! Unknown
Suspended Monorail Trains RCT3 Unknown
Trams RCT3 Unknown
Water Based Transport Soaked! Unknown

Other Rides and Attractions

In-game name Game Real-world equivalent
Car RCT3 Unknown
Cheshire Cat RCT3 Unknown
Double Deck Observation Tower RCT3 Unknown
Ghost Train RCT3 Unknown
Go-Karts RCT3 Unknown
Haunted Hotel RCT3 Unknown
Hershey’s Kissing Tower Soaked! Unknown
Mini Helicopters RCT3 Unknown
Monster Trucks RCT3 Unknown
Motorbike Races RCT3 Wacky Soap Box Racers' cars as Motor Cycle Chase
Observation Tower RCT3 Unknown
Quad Bike Wild! Unknown
Soap Box Derby Racers RCT3 Knott's Berry Farm's former Wacky Soap Box Racers
Squeaky Cycles RCT3 Unknown
Steeple Chase RCT3 Arrow Dynamics' Steeplechase
Vintage Cars RCT3 Unknown

Expansion Packs

Two expansion packs for RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 were released - Soaked! and Wild!. A bundle, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Gold, was also released, including the original game and the Soaked! expansion pack; this was followed by RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum (Deluxe for the EU version of the game), including both expansion packs and the original game.

Both expansion packs added ability to build underground (although it is available without the expansion pack in the form of an update patch).


Soaked!, the first expansion pack, allows the player to build water parks, including swimming pools and water slides, and adds more ride types and scenery to the original game, along with the ability to add waterfalls. Water jets and lasers were added to the MixMaster. Two additional themes were included with this expansion pack; Paradise Island and Atlantis. A new type of footpath, called "Underwater Tunnel", could go underwater (unlike all the other footpaths types). Soaked! contains many new ride types (including the Roller Soaker).


Wild!, the second expansion pack, allows the player to build animal exhibits and safari rides which can travel through an exhibit. this expansion pack also and adds more ride types and scenery to the original game. The expansion pack contained many new ride types; including the popular Extended Coaster which had many track pieces, both new and old.

User created content

A roller coaster with custom trains and scenery.

Like its predecessor, RCT3 has the ability to import user-created content into the game, such as rides, trains and scenery objects. Many of these custom objects are available to download from the internet.

Entire parks and custom scenarios can also be extracted from the game and shared between players.

Cheats & Easter Eggs

Renaming peeps certain names can unlock various Easter eggs and cheats.

  • John D Rockefeller: Increase your money by 10,000
  • Chris Sawyer: All peeps applaud you & jump into the air
  • Mouse: All the peeps in the park stop what they're doing and stare at the cursor.
  • Guido Fawkes: Enables the Advanced firework editor (Usage: Scenery -> Firework Mixmaster -> Fireworks Displays -> Add firework display -> Advanced firework editor).
  • Atari: All peeps applaud you. (Removed in the Complete Edition)
  • James Hunt: A dune buggy appears that you can control (exit coasterCam and delete as scenery when done)
  • D Lean: Opens the Flying Camera routes editor (also available through Ctrl + Shift + 0 without using the cheat).
  • A Hitchcock: Many birds come to your park.
  • PhotoStory: All peeps take group photos.
  • ATITech: Every Person (both guests & staff) move super fast, though the game time passes at normal speed (rides & coasters do not speed up) (Expires after 20 seconds).
  • Make Me Sick: All guests vomit and nausea is reduced to zero.
  • Jonny Watts: PeepCam (Opens CoasterCam and sets it right over the head of the peep you just renamed).
  • John Wardley: No maximum height.
  • Frontier: Rides never break down.
  • Jon Roach: Peeps ride all rides.
  • Sam Denney: Peeps ride all coasters.
  • Atomic: Normally, when a vehicle from a tracked ride explodes, nearby peeps will be pushed away by invisible shockwaves. With this cheat active, the power of these shockwaves drastically increased.
  • Andrew Thomas: Decreases track friction, which can make coasters go faster along their tracks. (v1a Beta Patch needed)
  • David Braben: Allows for extremely fast lift and launch speeds. (v1a Beta Patch needed)
  • Andrew Gillett: Removes the friction on roller coasters. (v1a Beta Patch needed)
  • Mornington Crescent: This allows building shops etc. underground. (Soaked! expansion pack needed)
  • David Walsh: This enables the ability to make the user interface invisible using CTRL+U once the cheat is active. This is useful for taking screen shots. Pressing CTRL+U again to makes the user interface visible again. (Soaked! expansion pack needed)
  • M Brookes: Enables the ability to place wall pieces and other scenery items on the edge of footpaths. (Soaked! expansion pack needed)
  • Alistair Lindsay: Alters the speed at which some sound effects are played at pause, fast and fastest. (Soaked! expansion pack needed)
  • Rick Griffiths: Changes the inside of the underground tunnel from rubble to sharks on all sides. (Soaked! expansion pack needed)
  • Rabbit: Animals constantly breed (Should make your animals reproduce very quickly, like rabbits).(Wild! expansion pack needed)
  • Alvin Swazonegger: Allows long billboard movies. (Wild! expansion pack needed)

External links

RollerCoaster Tycoon series