Top Roller Coaster PC Games

People have been visiting theme parks for years. The water rides, ghost houses, and merry-go-round are fun, but the main attraction has always been roller coasters. If you are one of those people who just can't get enough of roller coasters, you should try one of these roller coaster games. You'll design and perhaps ride your roller coasters and maintain your own park.

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"Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Platinum"

"Roller Coaster Tycoon 3". Box Cover Courtesy of Pricegrabber.
"Roller Coaster Tycoon 3" is the long leader and most popular choice when it comes to roller coaster and theme park games. You'll ride the coasters, customize the food stalls and shops, create your own family of visitors, and build water slides and roller coasters. The Platinum version includes the "Soaked" and "Wild" expansion packs.

The sequel for "Roller Coaster Tycoon" doesn't change the gameplay, but adds new editors and new rides. The new editors for the theme park management game include a scenario editor and a ride manager. The biggest downside is it has the same graphics and interface as the original. This collection includes "Roller Coaster Tycoon 2" and its expansions.

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"Roller Coaster Tycoon Gold"

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The gold edition of "Roller Coaster Tycoon" (released in the '90s) includes the original and both expansion packs for the game. A perfect gift for a gamer (or yourself) purely for nostalgia.

Forget about managing a theme park, get right to the good part in "NoLimits Roller Coaster." What's the good part? Being able to design, build, and ride a roller coaster you created. The editor takes some time to get used to, but once you do you'll feel limitless in your power to build the fastest roller coaster on earth. More »

"Ultimate Ride" does the one thing that "Roller Coaster Tycoon" does not - the ability to ride roller coasters you create. There are two main playing modes - Imagineering Mode and Build Mode. Imagineering mode challenges you to create roller coasters with specific criteria. Build mode allows your imagination to run wild. The only limitation is the law of physics.