24
Oct
rollertycoon

Fans of old-school classics, gather round and feast your eyes! Atari has announced that two of its high-value properties will be coming to Android in 2013. First on the list is the retro hit Roller Coaster Tycoon. If you were around in the late 90s (and we assume most of our readers are over the age of 12), you might remember that there were two kinds of simulation games back then: Sim games from Maxis, and everyone else. At the top of that gleaming mountain of "everything else" was Roller Coaster Tycoon.

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This game centered around creating your own theme park. You could build your own coasters, designing every single individual loop, turn, dip, and spiral. It wasn't just your typical rides, either. You could build a theme park out of everything from log flumes to swinging ships, bumper cars to haunted houses. It was a brilliant tool for the kid who always wanted to run their own attraction fun land. And now, it's coming to Android.

As if that wasn't enough, Dungeons and Dragons: Warbands is also making its way to the platform. This turn-based strategy game is built in the insanely popular D&D universe. In real life, Warbands is played with collectible figurines. The Android version, of course, would offer virtual versions of the characters, making it a little easier to keep up with and a lot cheaper to get started in the game. This is what's known in the narcotics business as a "gateway drug."

This is fantastic news for mobile gamers and, hopefully, we'll see these games revamped into high-quality powerhouses on Android. So, who's going to come ride on my eXtreme Supra Shaker Deluxe 3000* when my park opens?

Source: Atari

* I am currently hiring someone to give my roller coasters better names.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/flguillemette Francois Guillemette

    Pretty excited for Roller Coaster.
    The first one has a special place in my heart :)

  • http://twitter.com/LeeNephi Lee Smithson

    Joy. :D

  • Mike

    Yay!

    • Matt Tithof

      Now if only we could get some RA2 on Android as well... but knowing EA, they'll screw it up.

  • http://twitter.com/nedlog2000 Jeff Golden

    I'm waiting for Baldur's Gate.

  • http://twitter.com/raunakchopra Raunak

    YIPEEEE !!!! RCT is coming 2 android.. cant wait :D :D

  • gladgura

    My dreams come true. Roller Coaster Tycoon was a all time favorite.

  • Al

    My childhood! :'D

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.roseberry Eddie Roseberry

    I still have RCT on my Win 7 PC. But Quad Core, i7 6 Gig's of RAM and it starts lagging once the park gets huge. How is th's suppose to work on a mobile device? Very watered down no doubt. I'll probably buy it for sentimental reasons no doubt.

    • http://elder-tylers-blog.com/ pache71

      I think this might have to do more with incompatibility with newer versions of Windows. I have this problem with rct2 but works fine when I run it on XP

    • spunker88

      It only needs about a 100mhz processor to run. The reason it may be lagging on your system is because its not optimized for multithreading on modern hardware so its only getting access to one core, there could also be a CPU/memory leak due to incompatibility with Windows 7 and newer hardware.

  • zmberven

    ERMAHGHERD!

  • marcusmaximus04

    Ah, fond memories of launching a train of 40 people straight into a bunch of houses....

    • Chris Gutwin

      Then getting that warning that your train has crashed. Well no crap it has :p

  • http://www.facebook.com/GabrielHellsing Gabriel Hellsing

    Booyah! :D Rollercoaster Tycoon! Second only to Transport Tycoon. :D

  • Chris Guanche

    I wasted so much time on the original RCT and would happily do so all over again.

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    This is how the world ends?
    This is how the world ends, not with a bang, but with a roller coaster simulator...

  • Nick Wells

    "Welcome to my park! If you look to the left, you'll see various members of your friends and family being hurled into a fiery death. This is no cause for alarm however, as it amuses our park owner."

  • Keith Myers

    Finally, some of the good games. I would give my left nut for a Starcraft 1 port.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    If :

    1. They also throw in RCT2 with all the expansion packs
    and
    2. I can import my old parks/data from the PC version
    Then HOLY SHIT!!!!

  • MAINEVENT23

    .... My jaw just dropped. RCT is probably the most played game of my childhood. So many memories of dropping angry visitors into bodies of water and watching them drown. :')

    • http://twitter.com/shriiiiimp Jonathan Richard

      Agreed!

  • CJ Walker

    Coming to Android in 2013 is such a tease. I'll patiently wait it out though because I'm really excited for this. RCT on my tablet is going to be awesome. Bring over some Age of Empires II and I'm set!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002743458418 Colton Clark

      I hear ya! AoEII was my favorite!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002743458418 Colton Clark

    This gives me hope for more older games from when i was younger... Especially Age of Empires, I really wanna see that come to Android

  • oneillperson

    I grew up on RCT!! Bought all 3 games and all expansion packs. Best PC games I ever played.

    You're an angel, Atari. I'm buying this whenever it comes out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andddlay Andrew Black

    sooooooooo excited for this. the amusement park app that kinda emulates rct is just not the same

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    Speaking of ride names, I got:
    Renegade
    Terminal Velocity (clocked at 236mph thanks to 8 cars)
    K2: Scale The Summit
    Ride The Wind
    Escape From Dark Mountain
    Fireflight
    Apexx
    Blue Lotus
    Conquest
    Michael Jackson: The Experience (don't ask)
    Monster Truck Madness
    Nexxus (WAYYY before the phone came out)

  • Christopher Woodward

    Is this no longer?

    • Christopher Woodward

      Roller Coaster Tycoon I mean..