RollerCoaster Tycoon is Getting a Match-3 Mobile Game For Some Reason
RollerCoaster Tycoon Story from Atari and Graphite Labs is a match-3 puzzle game for iOS and Android that nobody asked for.
RollerCoaster Tycoon is a series many have fond memories of, but it has been in a bad place for a long time. Modern Atari seems unsure of what to do with the property, as it got mediocre sequels and mobile releases. RollerCoater Tycoon Adventures for Nintendo Switch did initially seem like a glimmer of hope for the series, but critics did not like it. Now, Atari is doing something the series that I’m not sure any fans wanted: a match-3 game for mobile devices called RollerCoaster Tycoon Story.
Atari is championing this title as the series’ first match-3 game and a refreshing entry in the series. Atari’s VP of Marketing Tony Chien is particularly gung-ho about the project, saying “We’re delighted to introduce RollerCoaster Tycoon Story – a new chapter of casual gameplay based on the most popular theme park game in the world. Adding a story-driven campaign, hundreds of puzzles, and a unique rail match system offers an entirely new experience for a brand-new audience while offering a wholly new and refreshing approach for existing fans of the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise.” Unfortunately for Atari, those comments will likely fall on deaf ears with the RollerCoaster Tycoon fanbase.
Who knows, RollerCoaster Tycoon Story may actually be quite fun and a standout title within the match-3 genre on mobile, but it’s still obvious that this is not what fans want from the franchise. The one new interesting mechanic RollerCoaster Tycoon Story introduces to the match-3 space is that each level takes place on a rail system so pieces aren’t just falling from top to bottom. A park restoration mechanic outside of the match-3 levels does evoke earlier RollerCoaster Tycoon more but is still a far cry from the gameplay many expect from the series.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Story’s reveal trailer has an overwhelmingly negative like-dislike ratio, with most comment voicing frustration at how Atari has handled the series. Atari seems to be shooting from the hip with many crazy ideas like this match-3 game, hotels, and a new video game console just to see what sticks, and it’s questionable how sustainable that is.
With Planet Coaster coming to PS4 and Xbox One soon, there isn’t much reason to get excited for RollerCoaster Tycoon Story. That being said, if you are interested in the game it released today for iOS and Android.