RollerCoaster Tycoon

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RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon cover
Developers
Chris Sawyer
Publishers
1999-2000 MicroProse
1999-2000 Hasbro Interactive
2001-2003 Infogrames
2003-present Atari
Release dates
Windows March 1999
Taxonomy
Monetization Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Point and select
Genres Building
Themes Amusement park
Series RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon on HowLongToBeat
RollerCoaster Tycoon on IGDB
RollerCoaster Tycoon guide on StrategyWiki
RollerCoaster Tycoon on MobyGames
RollerCoaster Tycoon on Wikipedia
RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon 1999
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 2002
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 2004
OpenRCT2 (Engine fanport) 2015
RollerCoaster Tycoon World 2016
RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic 2017
RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures 2019
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition 2020

General information

RollerCoaster Tycoon Wiki - A wiki dedicated to everything RollerCoaster Tycoon related
The Definitive RCT Reference Guide - a detailed source on every element of the game, including official downloadable content
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
1999, 2000/2002 Gold, and 2003 Deluxe releases.
All use SafeDisc DRM. There is a workaround for Loopy Landscapes under Play without CD (Loopy Landscapes)
Windows
GamersGate
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Deluxe Edition
Windows
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Deluxe Edition
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Deluxe Edition. Includes soundtrack.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Deluxe Edition
Windows
Humble Store
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Deluxe Edition
Windows
Steam
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Deluxe Edition
Windows
A faithful, higher quality icon can be found on DeviantArt.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Corkscrew Follies Also known as Added Attractions in Europe
Windows
Loopy Landscapes Includes the entirety of the Corkscrew Follies/Added Attractions expansion pack.
Windows

Version differences[edit]

The Gold Edition (known also as Totally RollerCoaster in Europe) includes the base game and both expansion packs.
The Deluxe Edition is a variant of the Gold Edition that comes with a unique executable (1.20.015 as opposed to patched Loopy Landscapes' 1.20.013) that is more resilient to common trainers. It also comes bundled with many custom track designs from the old official website's ride exchange section. It was originally only released in North America, but digital releases are based off this version.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

RollerCoaster Tycoon has a number of patches available from Atari's FTP server. Additionally, Corkscrew Follies and Loopy Landscapes each have one patch. These will update RollerCoaster Tycoon to v1.08.187, Corkscrew Follies/Added Attractions to v1.10.026, and Loopy Landscapes v1.20.013.

The 2003 Deluxe release, as well as all downloadable versions are already patched to the latest version.

Downloadable Content[edit]

There are two official roller coaster collection downloads from Chris Sawyer, both available via his website. While the "Cat" collection can be used in any version of the game, the "Phobia" collection can only be used in conjunction with games that have either the Corkscrew Follies/Added Attractions or Loopy Landscapes expansion packs.

Play without a CD (Loopy Landscapes)[edit]

Copy files to disk and edit registry files[1]
  1. Copy all files from the "Data" folder on the CD-ROM to the "Data" folder in the game directory. Overwriting is not necessary.
  2. In the Registry Editor, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Fish Technology Group\Rollercoaster Tycoon Setup.
  3. Change the SetupPath string value to point to your game directory (copying the Path value is the easiest way).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/285310/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Saved Games[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/285310/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

This hack only supports the following resolutions: 1280x720 (16:9), 1280x768 (15:9), 1280x1024 (5:4).
This hack works with the original retail release, not the GOG.com/Steam/etc. versions.[citation needed]
Hack widescreen resolution[citation needed]
  1. Open rct.exe with a hex editor such as HxD
  2. Search for the following string: 58 02 00 00 68 20 03 00 00
  3. Depending on the resolution you choose, edit the string accordingly
    1. 1280x720 (16:9): Change 58 02 to D0 02
    2. 1280x768 (15:9): Change 58 02 to 00 03
    3. 1280x1024 (5:4): Change 58 02 to 00 04
  4. Search for the string 20 03 00 00 c7 45 f4 58 02 00 00
  5. Change 20 03 to 00 05 (regardless of your screen resolution)
  6. Save and close the hex editor
  7. Run the game, start/load a save, click the save icon, and click on "Options"
  8. Select the 800x600 resolution to enable the resolution you hacked in

Notes

Higher resolutions could result in decreased performance, especially if there is a lot of attractions on screen.

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Audio can only be fully muted or fully enabled.
Surround sound
Subtitles
No speech
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Always on.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
UK and US localizations differ in certain names and terms. The Deluxe Edition has US English.
Dutch
Unavailable in digital releases
French
German
Italian
Simplified Chinese
Official translation by «Suntendy»,unavailable in digital releases.
Traditional Chinese
Unavailable in digital releases.
Japanese
Expansions were not localized. Unavailable in digital releases
Korean
Unavailable in digital releases
Polish
Unavailable in digital releases
Brazilian Portuguese
Local retail only: Infogrames Brasil & Fullgames releases.
Spanish
Swedish
Unavailable in digital releases

Issues fixed[edit]

The downloadable versions are already patched to be compatible with modern systems. The fixes below are for the original release.

Compatibility modes[edit]

Setting the game to run in compatibility mode can help fix many issues with launching and playing the game. To do this, right-click the .exe, open Properties and set the game to run in Windows 95, Windows 98 / Windows ME, Windows XP SP2, or Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode from the Compatibility tab. For example, when playing an older version of the game (not the Steam/GOG versions; e.g. a version that works with the Beast Trainer cheat software), the full screen mode will not work on Windows 10 unless the game is run in Windows 95 or Windows 98 / Windows ME compatibility mode. Note that the BeastTrainer.exe needs to be run in the same compatibility mode as the game, otherwise it won't find the game instance.

Desktop composition[edit]

Some problems can be caused in Windows 7 and Windows Vista by having desktop composition enabled. To turn this off, check the 'Disable desktop composition' option from the Compatibility menu (right-click .exe > Properties > Compatibility).

Dialog boxes not opening/unable to save[edit]

Running RollerCoaster Tycoon with visual themes enabled can prevent the open/save dialog box from opening. To fix this, check the 'Disable visual themes' option from the Compatibility menu (right-click .exe > Properties > Compatibility).

Another save game issue can be caused by not running the game as an Administrator. To fix this, check the 'Run this program as an administrator' option from the Compatibility menu (right-click .exe > Properties > Compatibility).

Moving camera with mouse irratic in windowed mode[edit]

Set high DPI scaling override for game
  1. Navigate to <path-to-game>, right click RCT.EXE and go into Properties
  2. Open Compatibility tab and click on Change high DPI settings
  3. Enable Override high DPI scaling behavior and choose Application in dropdown menu

Issues unresolved[edit]

Mouse issues after closing[edit]

In Windows XP and above, after the game is closed, the left mouse button might seem unresponsive as it is still assigned to the game process. Repeatedly right-clicking (preferrably in an empty section of the desktop) will "release" full mouse control. On Windows 9x, this issue does not seem to appear as the game process leaves an "empty" tab in the taskbar that is closed by a single click.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 55 MB
Video card (GPU) 1 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/285310/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (285310) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References