Time to try your hand at track and field, only without the field and with a lot more creating of rollercoasters
Track and Field, Hold the Field
If you really love a good puzzle game and just so happen to also enjoy the incredibly detailed and comprehensive world of rollercoasters, Rollercoaster Creator is a flash game that might very well appeal to you. Instead of having to go through the whole tiresome rigmarole of building up a theme park from scratch in order to simply be able to get on with the building of your own rollercoasters (which is really the only bit that many people are looking to experience anyhow), the gameplay of Rollercoaster Creator involves solving the puzzling conundrum of getting a set of passengers from one end of the screen to the other, by getting you to be the person who is in charge of creating the tracks underneath them.
Release Date: 01/11/2014
Rollercoaster Creator is developed by Gamesgames.com.
Laying Down Some Tracks
Concept wise, Rollercoaster Creator is a very simple game. It isn’t a full-on simulator-like experience that provides absolute freedom in rollercoaster creation – we’ll leave that kind of epic detail to full-on tools such as Rollercoaster Simulator. Instead, this a very light-hearted puzzle game that has a few easy-to-use rollercoaster-building tools that allow you to triumph over the quandaries that are presented in each level, presided over by the good-old fashioned laws of physics of course.
In each level you’re presented with a beginning and end section of the track on opposing sides of the screen. See that that blank space in the middle with coins floating in various locations? That’s your blank canvas on which you will be drawing your rollercoaster design. Also, see that toolbar across the bottom of the screen? Yup, those are your tools and parts that you are able to use in each level.
You’ve got the free-drawing tool that lets you draw the shape of your track in freehand style. You’ve also got the sharp incline and sharp decline tools, as well as ones that let you create a loop and also vertical drops. These latter tools are great for quickly laying down their respective parts instead of having to draw such structures freehand with the mouse. So all that’s left to do is to build your design that you think will get the passengers successfully from the left of the screen to the right, and then press the play button, which begins the coaster ride for realisies.
No Frills, All Thrills
In order to augment the fun a little bit more and make it more challenging, you also have to get the passengers from one side to the other without flinging them off the track or crashing the coaster. In addition, you can also collect the on-screen coins if you make a design that’s good enough to pass by them all. If you do these things and also make the ride thrilling enough, you can also collect what are called “Thrill Coins” at the end of the level.
So as you can see, it’s a very simple affair is this Rollercoaster Creator. What makes it better than the rest is that it has a few little touches, including the ability to see instant replays of your attempts, the speedometer that records how fast your passengers are going, and the fact you have 21 levels to tackle before you need to go and get some more of this kind of action in Rollercoaster Creator 2.
A Fun Folly
If you’re after a comprehensive rollercoaster experience then you’re looking in the wrong place. This is still just a flash game after all and is subject to the limits of the platform. The graphics are decent, the design is pleasant, and you’re still going to be subjected to the annoying and repetitive music that’s typical of flash games like these (though you can mute it if you wish). You’re not going to have complete and total control over your coaster since you’re subject to the limits of the tools and parts available to you. You can’t create real-life coasters like you can in Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 or 3 either, so forget recreating coasters like the Leviathan, for example.
What you can expect with this game is some instant-action puzzles that are grounded in physics and steeped in rollercoaster juice. It’s a great little game to pass the time, and don’t forget to check out the sequel (whose link I mentioned a few paragraphs ago).