RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is a 2014 construction and management simulation video game, developed by On5, UAB and published by Atari. It is an installment in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series, the second to be released for mobile devices, after Frontier Games made a port of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 for iOS. The original creator of the series, Chris Sawyer, had no involvement with the development. The game is free-to-play.
|RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile|
April 10, 2014
October 22, 2014
|Genre(s)||Construction and management simulation|
The person playing, the “Tycoon”, is able to build and maintain rides such as carousels, bumper cars, roller coasters and a ferris wheel. The Tycoon is able to build food stands that sell ice cream, pizza, hot dogs, etc. to earn money for future builds. The ticketing booth, along with regular restaurants, a daycare center, and souvenir shop, among others, also provide money. Rollercoasters can be either custom built or pre-built, made of wood, steel, titanium, or carbon and edit it later.
The Tycoon must constantly add and maintain attractions to attract Peeps, the game’s consumers. As rides break down, Peeps start to leave and the parks’ Buzz level, the percentage of people that love the park, goes down. Repairing rides raises the Buzz level and Peeps return. Earning money and completing quests earn the Tycoon experience, money and/or tickets, rare tokens used for the same purposes as regular coins. Every time a quest is completed, a new quest comes up with a different reward. Leveling up earns money and tickets and unlocks new attractions. On January 9, 2016, two new coasters were added along with the option to create new parks and build a big empire. People could also take part in a campaign mode similar to those of earlier games.
The game received overwhelmingly negative reviews. On review aggregate site Metacritic, it scored 35 out of 100, from 13 critic reviews. It scored 36.36% on GameRankings, from 11 critic reviews. The game was criticised because of its micro-transactions (despite the fact that the game is free to play), excessive wait timers and features removed from previous RollerCoaster Tycoon games. Chris Schilling for Eurogamer also criticised the music, calling it “irredeemably bad”, giving the game a score of 1 out of 10.