It turns out that Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile [Free] is the surprise release of this week. Out of the blue, the game has appeared on the App Store this morning and you can now download it now for $2.99. Announced last month, it became a controversial title when the trailer showcased a lot of free-to-play elements like dual currencies, timers, and other things that strongly indicate freemium gameplay. It also seemed filled with social elements.


Atari has defended this move by saying that the initial payment nets you $5 of in game currency, which helps you early in the game. We’ll have to wait for some impressions to really know if that holds up or if you need to spend even more money to get anywhere… Which seems like the more likely outcome of all of this.

Keep your eyes on this thread, where some of our members are already playing the game and will undoubtedly report back as soon as IAP starts being required to play.

  • kendahlj

    Feels like Christmas!!

  • hellscaretaker

    well for £1.99 im going to give it a punt

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    • the_rebel14

      Are you a wizard? O-O

  • NickyNichols

    So, it's $3 to get in the park, and everything else is priced separately, and there are wait times (like lines!) HOW AUTHENTIC!

    • HarryWarden

      Hah! Good one.

    • XboxOne

      Get iAP for free like I did when it first came out.

  • repapermunky

    Oh joy, look at those awesome currencies.

  • Snowyday2

    Cool I thought it won't be comeing out this week

  • kevin8977

    I bought this game as soon as I saw it was available...and I regret it. It's just another freemium game with timers and the IAP's go up to $100 which is pathetic. The Rollercoaster Tycoons on the computer were amazing and some of my favorite games. This game is a disgrace to the franchise. The ONLY thing this game has going for it is being able to design your rollercoasters. This is pretty much the same as that Piece of trash Theme Park game by EA. Don't buy it just avoid it.

  • Ann0ying

    What? Freemium farm for 3$? No way.

  • Boopero

    Very simplified version of Rollercoaster Tycoon. Very casual. Red Tickets are the premium currency. You need these to buy fancier rides, speed up things etc. you do earn 1 per level up and from completing goals.

    Guests do not seem to follow paths, wandering around under the coasters etc. they come into the park from neighboring land instead of the main gate. I assume there is a way to build walls/fence around park.

    Building coasters is simplified and has less options. It is so casual that you can push the Complete button and the game will connect your track to the gate.

    This is your typical casual freemium game....

    • iwant_todie

      Wow, this sounds literally awful. They probably saw all the bad press and just pushed it out unfinished. What is the point of paths if the guests don't use them??

  • thematrixx

    I was all set to buy it when it came out and was hoping it to be a premium game; that is pay once whether it be $5-6 (was my guess) and own it. But not even for free will I download a "freemium" game...who can afford it?

    • HarryWarden

      How can they have the gall to charge up front for a freemium game? Yucky.

  • Adams Immersive

    Atari is still doing things? That's good... I still hope they'll add the previously-expected iCade support to Centipede Origins.

  • Design by Adrian

    There is absolutely no reason to defend F2P games if these monstrosities keep being developed and released!

  • Jcoop9

    Between the bad IAP implementation and the goals system that is used, the fun of rollercoaster tycoon is gone. I'm not against IAP when it's done right, but this implementation feels like the user is being gamed.

  • tinkie277

    Glad I read this first, I am going to avoid it now.

  • thiagovscoelho

    so it's like the game but without the fun
    well you had the chance to get the pc version for cheap on GOG's promo folks so you could have put those 3 bucks to use right there

  • CooleTeeps

    I thought this would probably come out today. I can already tell it's gonna be like Star Trek Trexels: Paid with IAPs and timers. ;(

  • TeddyNYC

    Doesn't sound like a proper, well-designed iOS port of RCT. Just a butchered freemium mess. Maybe someday, we'll get the "remastered, we're sorry about the crappy freemium game we originally gave you version."

  • Matthew Friend

    I'm truly saddened. RC3 was a near masterpiece with the expansions. I agree with other players, we don't get iPad Air Retina graphics, it looks a lot more like RC2 graphics. I am not one against IAP, but Atari botched it badly. Don't buy it. I'd rather buy the game for $49.99 flat out from the start, if it had better graphics and gave a RC3-like experience. IAP has to be done with precision, this is more like a $ and $ and $ and more $$$$$$ G R E E DDDD effect. Can't 1 company realize that their greed can be sated easily by typical new full game price, full game access, but with the lure for buying expansions later? That always worked. IAP being beyond nickel and dimed to death is getting old.

  • PJ

    Utterly surprised that they're charging an admission price AND including a standard premium currency. Didn't those kind of schemes kill amusement parks in the original title?? No one wants to pay double.

  • rmwebs

    RCT2 will remain the best in the series. Going al 3D is NOT going to make such a technical game better, it just completely destroys the management side of the game. I hated RCT3.

  • Marshmat

    Is this worth $3 I used to play it on my computer