Are you Old Enough?
If you're old enough to remember the old Rollercoaster Tycoon games from the last decade or maybe even Theme Park (which was so long ago now I don't want to think about it) you'll be on familiar territory with Adventure Park.
Familiar but slightly disappointing territory.Wait... This is a review for Adventure Park, Right?
It is, but a little historical context is important here. Let me take you on journey back to 2005.
We were listening to The Crazy Frogs Axel F on our I Pod, watching Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith at the cinema and secretly hoping that Santa would bring us a new Xbox 360 for Christmas.
One of the other things that I found myself doing back the halcyon summer of 2005 was playing an amazing game called Rollercoaster Tycoon 3.Rollercoaster... of Love
A shiny new 3d graphics engine, terraforming, customisable scenery, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 had it all and that's before you start building the facilities and the rides.
You'd build a few shops, a few rides, maybe place a fireworks display or two. Employ some staff to run it all for you and tweak your prices to pay for them.
Then you could drop back down into first person view and explore your own park, even take a ride on that huge rollercoaster you'd just finished building! Now lets go back... back to the future!So Adventure Park is Like Rollercoaster Tycoon?
Yes and no..... mostly no.
In the sense that you get to build your own theme park, rides, stores and all, then yes, Adventure Park is like Rollercoaster Tycoon.
In the sense that it is executed as well or as much fun to play as Rollercoaster Tycoon then No, no it's not like the classic game at all.But it looks "nice"
Yes, compared to the classic park games, it looks "nice". The graphics are fairly well detailed (if not pretty) even when you zoom all the way in.
Then again, the hardware we're all running has come a long way since that Rollercoaster fuelled summer of 2005, so this is really a given.Bigger IS Better
At first I found the tiny map size to be another hindrance to my enjoyment of this game.
Then I began to realise that this isn't a huge issue as there isn't that much content to place on them anyway.Double Dipper
The star attraction of any game like this is usually the Rollercoaster design itself. Unfortunately here, your coaster construction options are limited.
Want loops, spirals, curved bends banking and twisting their way around the scenery of your park? then you're out of luck.
The track design here is strictly an up and down affair.Hey Kids, What's that Sound?
Whilst playing I began to notice that the game felt hollow, empty somehow.
I gave up with the clunky controls and left my second "upty, downy" coaster half constructed to ponder why. Then it occurred to me, the reason this game was lacking any sort of atmosphere was down to sound, or lack there of.
No people screaming as they hurtle around the (just up and down) track of your painfully built coaster. no chatter of people as they stroll between the burgerstand and toilets, no ambient sound at all,
Apart from the occasional squawk from a stray flock of birds lost in the souless emptyness that is your "fun" park and some slightly irritating music, all is silent.Death by a Thousand Cuts
There are many little annoyances in this game that by themselves wouldn't overly bother me, but taken all together they become a pretty big distraction.
I could point out a host of irritations here but I think I can some it up with the example you are about to read.Why Can't I sit down?
You can't sit down because you need to achieve a 3 star park before you can build benches.
Benches! Wow, We need to get the R&D boys on that! oh wait, their is no R&D, just the star rating system to unlock objects.
I know this is a game mechanic to incentivise continued play but benches.... really! Oh well, just keep walking...Rose Tinted Monitor
For me, it's the nostalgia of building a theme park again that attracted me to Adventure Park, unfortunately nostalgia can only carry you so far.
After playing Adventure Park for a while I was left with an overwhelming desire to turn it off and play Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 instead.
Enjoyment can be found here, you just have to look really, really hard to find it.( To view the full review (and others) please take the time to visit www.review-well.com/ )