RollerCoaster Tycoon

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This game received 159 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.180 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #237 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.359

Artwork: 7.088

Sounds/Music: 6.516

Other Aspects: 7.345

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4 months ago
Rollercoaster Tycoon is one of the weaker Stern games of the Whitestar era.

I am a huge rollercoaster enthusiast and I've played Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 a whole lot. I should actually be in the target audience for this, but even I don't think the game is themed that fittingly except maybe for the Rocket feature (yellow ramp).

The layout is kind of there. It isn't bad but it isn't good neither. There are some good shots in the layout like the ramp shots. Until this day I wonder why Stern picked that troll or whatever it's supposed to be as a figurine for dunk the dummy. I've always found the feature to be annoying and a major reason not to play the game.

In terms of rules this game is actually alright. It is pretty straight forward and the multiball is fun. But for me there isn't enough to the gamecode to make the game adequately replayable.

The artwork is quite good, at least it matches the theme well. I've definetely seen worse looking games from that era. The animations look excellent.

All in all, this is a decent machine with some flaws. Nevertheless, this game has some nice shots and the multiball is worth at least one game or two.
10 months ago
Theme isn't great and not one I'd have in my collection, but the game has a ton of shots and it shoots well. Rules don't do much with the layout but a fun game to play every once in a while.
1 year ago
Could it be better? Well…….. yes.
Is it horrible? No, it’s actually really fun and affordable!
1 year ago
This game is certainly a mixed bag. I really love some aspects of this game, but some others really bog it down.


Man, what a great layout this game has! I’ve rarely seen such good flow in a game. However, this only applies to well maintained models: I have played some rough one’s where this doesn’t apply.

The ramps are probably the best part of the game, especially the one that goes behind the flippers (I am unaware of the names, I only know the one on the far left is the Chicago Loop).

Mediocre Aspects:
The sound is ok. Not that great, but perfectly acceptable for the time.

The artwork is satisfactory, and fits the look of the original game as well as putting in some of John Youssi’s traditional artwork.


The ruleset. There is no other way to get around it, the rules in this game are just bad. While the shots themselves may be satisfactory, it never feels like you are going anywhere in the game except for multiball. It’s also a cop out to make the modes worth so few points, as well as the poor implementation of guests. If it weren’t for this, I would probably truly enjoy this game, but the fact they made it just this poor disappoints me. I do understand they were working with source material that was hard to adapt, but you could have done it better than this!

Overall, this is an overall decent game, but with such a good layout, the poor rules end up killing it.
2 years ago
Fun game, especially compared to other options in its price range. It’s a bit cheesy, the art could be better, and the overall layout could be improved with certain shots feeling unnecessarily tight and others too open. That said, the whole comes together into a fun and surprisingly challenging package. I always find myself excited when I see one and have to get at least a few plays in, even if it isn’t the best machine out there.
2 years ago
Overall fun table- I added led lighting to the back of the playfield and LED all the way around to brighten it up- its a dark playfield with incandecents-
2 years ago
I always liked playing RCT in the wild for a game or two. I got the chance to pick one up. And it's a fantastic and super fun playing game. Yes, the rules are pretty shallow. Basically a multiball only game. Like 90s Segas. But it shoots fantastic. And every shot when you make it, from any of the 4 flippers feels good. And there are lots of satisfying "thunks" and rail noises.
Just all around pinball fun. Super underated. Because I can't think of a game I would trade it for, in the same price that's as good, or as fun
2 years ago
I know a lot of tournament players crap on this game and rightfully so.
But, if you're playing this game causally I think its a lot of fun. Its a fun layout and shoots smooth. Lots of different flippers and things to aim for and plenty of fun ramps.
Its a fun game.
But, its not really a looker. I don't care for the theme. The art is serviceable in the theming, but I just don't care for it. There are no real toys in it. The troll doll doesn't count. The callouts and animations are nice and do help provide energy to the game.
About the code. I know I watched a whole Papa tutorial about the game and figured out the flaw in the game code, but I can't remember what it was. If I was in a tourny and it was in it, I'd watch that video. But, just playing with my friends or family there is no need.

I like the game and I think the theme is family friendly. Would I have it in my house. No... I rather have almost any other lawlor machine. But, I think it would be nice enough in a non-hardcore players home.
Flawed game, but still a fun game.
3 years ago
Enjoyed the many types of shots you can do. Had a blast playing with one, easy to follow and fun. Under rated game for sure! I personally love the audio and the call outs! Very busy game and easy to love
3 years ago
Played the computer game a LOT in college, so when one of these became for sale locally, I had to pick it up. I think it's a great game for kids with fun, bright colors, and a neat theme. I know some people don't think this is a good machine, but I think it's solid.
3 years ago
I'm not sure how they took a great theme and made it boring, but they did. The layout slows everything down such that at times the ball simply trickles down the playfield. The colorful ramps don't really add any excitement. This is a game I want to enjoy, but find the whole thing boring.

The troll doll in the dunk tank is possibly the most out of place toy in pinball history.
3 years ago
Few great features of the game include:
the rocket launch
the "Multiball!!" sound byte

Not so great:
Gets tired but it takes a while.

I played the computer game and the theme spoke to me but perhaps not a long lasting theme. If the price is right its fun to have in your collection and once you get tired of it you'll trade it for another title around the same price point without any regrets.
4 years ago
Fun game, too easy on the standard settings so I set ours to extra hard to make it a challenge. It’s our first pin, but can see it being traded in the future.
4 years ago
If you like habit trails, this is it! The game if fun, the animations are great. The only thing I don't like is the upper left playfield where not much is going on.
4 years ago
I enjoy playing this game because all of the shots are fun to make, and I am a wire ramp fan. Two were for sale at Pintastic show this year for $3500. Id be tempted if I had room. Yes, the troll figure is lame.
5 years ago
I'm a big fan of the PC game. I played the heck out of it. For the pin, I was looking for a family game that had a lot of fun factor. Something that would delight non-pinheads to come up and give it a spin. RCT does the trick.

The layout and wireforms are top notch. The game is packed. The play is pretty great.

Wasn't looking for a deep ruleset, and i'm not a competitive pinball player. That may be why I love this game.
5 years ago
While the lack of modes and deep rule set might impact its appeal to the pinsider, visitors and occasional players all seem to love my RCT. Kids love it too. For that reason it has its place in a lineup.
5 years ago
pinball is excellent the game is great it's a stern game and being more fan of bally or williams I'm thinking of flipping is underrated little known as happiness themes awesome some negative brittleness of plastic ramps and lack of projector lamp on target drooping paint of the feet and glass rods and lock bar not to my taste that I replaced stainless steel pinball that I advise you to buy still remains at a fair price and it's really worth it
5 years ago
Rollercoaster Tycoon is a really fun pinball! I might be a little biased, because I was a huge fan of the PC games. However, as a pinball game, it really works well!

There are several ramps that are colored to look like rollercoasters, including one that goes over the flippers. The flow of the game is really good, and there are 4 flippers to make all of the shots.

The game modes can get a little repetitive, but they are fun - at least for a while!

Scoring is one complaint that a lot of people have on this game, but it doesn't really bother me. I don't need games to score hundreds of millions to be a "good game". I believe the default replay value on this game is 10,000,000, so that should tell you something.

The sounds and music definitely fit the theme. The troll yelling at you in fun, and like any other game (at least for me) can be tuned out while playing if it's a little annoying.

Overall, I think this is a great game - I think of it more as a standalone carnival/theme park game and not so much the "Based of the PC game" gimmick.
5 years ago
Not a bad game to play. the roller coaster ramp shots are fun. I wasn't able to play it enough to determine whether it had a decent rule set or not. If not, than this is a pretty shallow game.
6 years ago
“Hey Buddy! Hit me!” Ahhhh……that adorable little troll doll. LOL! I always looked past this machine on location. I just never took it seriously. Is this a pinball machine or a gumball machine? I was dropping my kids off at a movie theater one day and I went inside to play their Demo Man. To my disappointment RCT was sitting in its place. I put some quarters in and had an awesome time playing it. I liked it so much that I actually bought one for myself. Let’s just say that it didn’t last a long in my collection, but I still have a soft spot for the machine. Let’s cover the good and then we will cover the bad. This machine has a lot of shots! I counted 28 to be exact. If you are a shooter and you like to hit targets, this will keep you busy. I love ramps! If you love ramps, you have three of them in this game, not including a VUK that feeds a very cool wireframe that goes to the top of the glass and then loops behind the flippers. The LED dot matrix display on the playfield also gives a nice touch to the look of the game. If you setup this game with the correct LEDs, the light show can be pretty decent. Especially when you hit “The Scrambled Egg”. That shot makes a pretty cool light show that is satisfying when you hit it. I found the goofy repetitive music slightly charming. The audio cues add carnival fun. The organ, the screams, etc. Let’s get to the bad. The rules and scoring are absolute dog $#@%! Yes, you have plenty of targets, but hitting them has to be your satisfaction, because you aren’t going to see the payoff on the scoreboard. In addition, this is a very low scoring game. Don’t expect to see big multipliers with big bonuses. When you hear the little troll dude say “BIG BONUS!!” you look at the screen in disbelief wondering WTH just happened. There are only six modes and as others have noted, two of them are the same! Huh? Instead of doing another Dunk the Dummy, they should have done a Super Joy Ride that would have incorporated all of the rollercoaster ramp and VUK shots. One major disappoint was when I had all of the multipliers lit up and then I completed Park Tycoon. I was waiting for my BIG BONUS! Well….I think the big bonus is tied to the number people in your amusement park, but after you complete Park Tycoon it resets the number of visitors to zero…so when you get your bonus after completing the wizard mode, it’s just a big THUD! The artwork is…well….pretty much hideous. You remember those little golden books when you were a kid? Yeah….it pretty much looks like that. I have always loved Circus/Carnival themed things and perhaps that is why despite all of its flaws I still enjoyed his game and played it many, many times. I just thought it was FUN! The layout of his game has so much potential. Such a missed opportunity. Strangely I sometimes miss this little oddball machine and would even consider purchasing one sometime down the road. How sick is that? For the average novice that just want a cool machine in their basement for house guests, this isn’t a bad choice, but serious players will find little to love here.
6 years ago
I love the different roller coasters!
6 years ago
I’m a fan of the rollercoaster tycoon video games so I enjoy the theme on the game quite a bit and it was incorporated quite well. The troll is out of place for sure but it doesn’t bother me. The layout is a bit unique with 3 ramps and an upper flipper shot that leads to a habitrail that goes below the flippers which is cool. The biggest downfall of this game is the rules. There are only 6 modes and 2 of them are the exact same with slightly different scoring. The remaining 4 are nothing special either. I’ve owned the game for a few months now and I can get to the wizard mode almost every game with standard setting. Just not very deep or interesting code..
6 years ago
The terrible ruleset combined with a mediocre theme really kill this one. The playfield layout is nice with tons of vaired shots, unfortunately there is usually no reason to shot for many of them. I had one on loan in my gameroom for free and I still wanted it gone after a couple of weeks because it is such as one trick pony. If this layout had a classic Tron theme over it with the colored wireforms as light cycle shots it would be a HUGE winner. It's a shame that a feature packed playfield like this was given such poor code. The one thing it certainly does have going for it is that it is very family friendly and approachable for novice players.
7 years ago
Pins based on games don't work....SMB, SFII, BH, PACMAN ETC are all terrible games.

Troll is ugly, collecting more visitors goes with the video game but is just boring in a pin. Has some good shots but on the whole this gets boring fast.

Comments suggestiing this should be in the top 100 are laughable...get out and play some more pins if you think that.
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