RollerCoaster Tycoon 3

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For the Complete Edition, see RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 cover
Frontier Developments
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
OS X Aspyr Media
Release dates
Windows November 2, 2004
macOS (OS X) November 25, 2005
Metacritic 81
Monetization Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, First-person
Controls Point and select
Genres Building
Themes Amusement park
Series RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 on HowLongToBeat
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 on IGDB
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 guide on StrategyWiki
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 on MobyGames
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 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

Key points

Active modding community.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 5 DRM for the original release, SecuROM 7 DRM for the expansions and rereleases.

Has the original 2004, 2005 Gold, and 2006 Platinum releases.
macOS (OS X)
RollerCoaster Tycoon Mega Pack
DRM details are not known
Platinum Edition.
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RollerCoaster Tycoon Mega Pack
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X) (unavailable)
Steam (unavailable)
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Platinum Edition. Does not require the Steam client to run.
macOS (OS X)
The Windows version is no longer available digitally in favor of the Complete Edition.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
macOS (OS X)
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Import track designs from previous games[edit]

Track designs can be imported from RollerCoaster Tycoon and RollerCoaster Tycoon 2.
  1. Copy all the desired files with either a .TD6 or .TD4 extension into %USERPROFILE%\Documents\RCT3\Coasters\.
  2. Run the game and start a new game (sandbox or any scenario).
  3. Click on the button immediately below the rides button (it looks like a wrench and hammer).
  4. When you click the button, a list of all the .TD6 and .TD4 files currently in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\RCT3\Coasters\ will appear.
  5. Click on the desired track from the list to import it.


These instructions are for the Windows versions of the game.
Due to differences in how RollerCoaster Tycoon and RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 handle track designs, not all tracks will be compatible.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open options.txt.
  3. Add the following line:
SkipBannerSequence 1


Installing patches for mismatched editions causes problems, be sure to get the correct update.

  • "Soaked!" expansion: There is only one patch for this expansion pack and is segmented to US and EU patches. Those who own the Scholastic version of the game should pick up this patch instead.
  • "Wild!" expansion: The American version has 2 patches, Update 1 and Update 2. The EU version can be found here.
  • Gold Edition: One update (archive).
  • Platinum Edition: Comes fully pre-patched.

See also:

Patch v1.2 Rev A is the latest patch for the OS X version.[3]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Atari\RCT3\
Epic Games Launcher %APPDATA%\Frontier\RCT3\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Containers/com.aspyr.rct3.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum/AppData/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2700/pfx/[Note 1]
OS X location may vary depending on the version of the game you have.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\RCT3\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Containers/com.aspyr.rct3.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2700/pfx/[Note 1]
OS X location may vary depending on the version of the game you have.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
For unlisted resolutions see Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed. Fonts may appear altered.[citation needed]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Limited to 100 FPS.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Edit file[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open options.txt.
  3. Edit Resolution XXXX YYYY line to your desired resolution.
  4. Save the file.


Keyboard Remapping
Keyboard Remapping
Camera Controls
Camera Controls

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Ride cam can be inverted
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.


Audio and General Game Settings
Audio and General Game Settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, GUI, and game volume controls.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX Advanced HD[5]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash on start[edit]

In Windows Vista or Windows 7, users may experience a crash while attempting to start the game for the first time.
Modify config file[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game> and open options.txt.
  2. Locate the line FirstRun 1, found under the TWEAKS section, and change it to FirstRun 0.
  3. Save your changes.

Generic crash issues[edit]

Some crashes can be caused by manually setting the resolution.
Modify config file[citation needed]
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\Atari\rct\.
  2. Open options.txt.
  3. Find the following line (values may be different): Resolution 1600 1200
  4. Replace the numerical values with your desired resolution. The first value is width, the second is height.
  5. Save and close the file.


You may need to show hidden files in order to see the config file.
Administrator privileges are recommended to ensure the fix is applied to all users.

Game fails to launch, but attempts to launch repeatedly[edit]

This issue is caused by the game not being installed on the system partition.
Reinstall game on system partition[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
Install the version 1.2 Rev A patch for Intel support.
The Wild! expansion is only available in the Platinum edition of the game on OS X that was Intel-only.
Support for 64-bit was added in August 2019.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum[6][7] Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 733 MHz
AMD Athlon 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB (256 MB for XP and higher)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon
Nvidia GeForce 2
32 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.7.5, 10.8.2
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core) 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600
Nvida GeForce 8600
256 MB of VRAM

Supported Mac GPUs[edit]

ATI/AMD Nvidia Intel
HD Series GeForce Intel HD
2600 8600 3000
3870 8800 4000
4670 9400
4850 9600
5670 GT
5750 120
5770 320M
5870 330M
6490 650M


  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>/2700/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (2700) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. COBRA Development Technology & Tools - Frontier Developments
  2. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 - FAQ - last accessed on 2016/07/18
    "Q: How do I convert tracks from RCT or RCT2 into RCT3?
    A: Simply drop the TD6 or TD4 files in the My Documents\RCT3\Coasters folder; then when you run the game a new button will appear at the bottom of the rides button (it looks like a wrench and hammer). When you hover your pointer over new button, the tool tip reads "Import Track Designs From Previous RollerCoaster Tycoon(r) Games." When you click the button, a list of all the TD6 and TD4 files in the My Documents\RCT3\Coasters folder will be appear. The issue with some rides not importing is that the clearances are different in RCT1 and RCT2 so not all old coasters work. The game may have issues if you import an old coaster and the tracks run into each other. Hopefully most of the coasters import ok.
  3. Aspyr Support Center - last accessed on 2011-06-04
  4. Verified by User:Silent on 2017-02-04
    Tested with 1080p
  5. RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3 -
  6. 6.0 6.1 RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3: Platinum - Steam Store Page
  7. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 - Wikipedia