Frontier Developments made their iOS splash with excellent ports of the Wiiware titles LostWinds [$3.99] and LostWinds 2 [$3.99] and a touchscreen version of Microsoft’s Kinectimals [$2.99 / Free] game. Now, they’re digging into their past experience a bit for their next iOS release. Frontier has worked in both the Rollercoaster Tycoon and Thrillville series, and they’re getting ready to ride the rails again with Coaster Crazy.

Unsurprisingly, Coaster Crazy has you building… well, crazy rollercoasters. But there’s a puzzle element as well. The riders of your coaster designs demand certain things: some are speed freaks and want the fastest ride possible, some like tons of loops, and so forth. Your job is to design the tracks in a way that caters to everybody’s needs in a balanced fashion, which sounds easier said than done.

Check out the trailer for Coaster Crazy which gives you a good idea of the personalities in the game as well as a look at the ultra-intuitive touchscreen system for building your own coasters.

PocketGamer got their hands on an early version of Coaster Crazy at the Frontier offices in England and talked with the development team to learn some of the inspirations and features in the game, so definitely give that a look. Coaster Crazy will initially come with 30 single-player challenges, but there’s an online component too that will allow you to download and try out the coasters that have been created by your friends and vice versa.

It all sounds really pretty cool, and I’ve been dying for a fun and accessible coaster building game for quite some time now. Coaster Crazy looks to fit that bill and I’m looking forward to checking it out when it launches sometime before Christmas this year.

  • RickyBrooke

    This is the announcement I've been waiting for!!!

    Rollercoaster Tycoon is my all-time Number One game and I've been waiting for a long time for a proper version of that or a close translation of the coaster building element for iOS !!!!

    Frontier is a fantastic software house and I loved RCT3 and still play it from time to time... I have every faith that they will deliver a fantastic game.

    I am declaring this my Number ONE wanted iOS game right now.... Please Frontier make sure that you support the new iPhone 5 wide screen size of 16:9, please put in as much customisation options as possible and support the game community with expansion / theme packs after launch and this will be frickin' amazing!!!!

    • Benjamin Rodriguez

       as much as I do agree with you on the wants part. You gotta be more realistic. I mean look at the minecraft port.

  • CoSTa

    Well, they should port Frontier FE to iOS. Come on Mr. Braben, what are you waiting for?

    • xStatiCa

      I would pay $80 for an iOS port of Elite 3 or Elite 2 as long as it used sensor controls.

  • ducksFANjason

    Seems interesting. Nice trailer too!

  • nizy

    I too was a big fan of roller coaster tycoon back in the day. This looks interesting, putting the entire focus on the roller coasters, which was the highlight of RCT games to me anyway.

  • JCat_NY

    Been waiting for an announcement from Frontier. Touch interface and coaster building = pure bliss.  This looks like RCT3 with possibly smoother coasters.

  • Madison Gerritsen

    I adore the iOS version of Lost Winds (although on a nitpicky side they should replace the Lost Winds intro video (lo res) with the Melodias intro video (high-res) to perfect it. But those games were and are amazing.
    Can't wait for this one. It sounds really good.

  • Jaime Coston

    My love for Rollercoaster Tycoon implores me to add this the watch list and the trailer seems to affirm me that this actually looks to be a great game in the making!

  • Pete Morris

    I've never played Rollercoaster Tycoon, I must admit, but I used to enjoy Theme Park back in the day. Could be tempted to give this a try!

  • FrontierAshley

    Thanks for the write up and nice comments!