How to Play Roller Coaster Tycoon Online

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RollerCoaster Tycoon was originally released in 1999 and continues be be a popular choice for personal computer (PC) gamers. The game, which was published by Hasbro Interactive, takes players through the process of managing their own theme park, with an emphasis on roller coaster construction, design and arrangement. RollerCoaster Tycoon is played both online (with the purchase of the full-length version of the game on the Internet) or offline (with the use of a computer disc).

Access the Internet through your computer browser. Navigate to a website that offers RollerCoaster Tycoon game downloads. Choices include, or All of these sites offer free online RollerCoaster Tycoon play for a short trial with the option to purchase the full version of the game online as well.

Download the version of the game that you are interested in playing. If you want to purchase the full-length RollerCoaster Tycoon game, you may choose to do so at this time. If you want to play a partial version of the game (the first few stages of RollerCoaster Tycoon) you will still need to download the game, but you will not be charged any money.

Access the RollerCoaster Tycoon in-game tutorial by entering Forest Frontiers (the easiest difficulty level scenario in RollerCoaster Tycoon).

Follow each in-game prompt inside Forest Frontiers. You will be led through opening your amusement park, building a merry-go-round, creating your first custom roller coaster and hiring an amusement park mechanic.

Complete the Forest Frontiers tutorial; then begin playing any of the scenarios in RollerCoaster Tycoon. Because RollerCoaster Tycoon is an open-ended game, you can revisit any scenarios whenever you choose and can continue to build your amusement park for as long as you like.