When RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 [$4.99] hit iOS a few months ago, most players were happy to see it but would almost immediately add "I wish RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 made it to iOS, too." Well, it seems all those players' wishes have been heard since Chris Sawyer is currently working on bringing RCT 2 to iOS. RCT 2 was the last game of the series to be developed by Sawyer, since he only acted as a consultant for RCT 3. RCT 2 didn't use a 3D engine, like RCT 3 did, so for many players it has aged better than its successor. While opinions always differ, many feel that only RCT 1 and RCT 2 are the "proper" RollerCoaster Tycoon experience with RCT 3 being a good game but not as good as the previous two in terms of graphics, gameplay balance, and so on (at the same time, many like RCT 3 the best, so it's a matter of taste). Sawyer wasn't involved in the mobile version of RCT 3, so his only work on mobile so far has been Transport Tycoon [$6.99].

In his interview for Eurogamer, Sawyer that the success of Transport Tycoon on iOS (it did and is still doing quite well) convinced him of the feasibility of bringing RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 to mobile. Since the newer versions of RollerCoaster Tycoon have moved on in terms of style and gameplay, Sawyer believes there's a gap in the market for the original "classic" version of the game with its "unique graphical style and more simplistic gameplay." Hopefully the UI will work at least as well as the one in Transport Tycoon. There's no release date for RCT 2 in the interview, but hopefully it's not too far off. If you want to read the whole interview (which is quite interesting), go here.

  • Touchmint

    I liked RCT3 until it stopped working. Looking forward to 2 but might be a little weary on buying until they fix the 3rd

    • Connor Molloy

      You should know that the 3rd game was made by a different developer. Not that rct2 couldn't possibly have issues lol

  • hunkyducky1

    RCT 3 is not as good as the previous two in terms of graphics???

    • TLaz99

      Many feel that those early 3d graphics haven't aged well

    • chad64

      lol ikr, 3d is a big graphics gap from, 2d

  • gaymerX

    The only issue I see with this release is the controls. I spent countless hours playing this game when it released and the controls are very exact. Even with a mouse it was sometimes difficult to pick that one single square plot of land that was buried behind other items. Hope this releases though. I'd be excited to try it.

  • gmattergames

    In order for it to be " classic" it'll have to be premium, which is doubtful. Doesn't EA own this?

  • hyperthyme

    Sweet mother of pearl! <3 <3

  • TeddyNYC

    Reading this just made my day. I loved RCT 2. I also like RCT 3 which I have, but wish they would add the soaked add-on in an update. Anyway, my iPad mini 4 is waiting.

  • jamiejap

    yeah, i played rollercaster Tycoon 2 emulated on my mac. it's just a amazing game!

    • Colton George Rushton

      You could just use OpenRCT2 which allows for native support for both Mac OS and Linux.

  • tinkie277

    Get on with it!

  • Sofaspartan

    I hope that Roller Coaster Tycoon 4 Mobile wasn't what they were talking about here. That game is a soulless money grab. Please, please, port the classic Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 to mobile!

    • chad64

      it is the classic one, and is being ported by the main man aswell. 😀

  • Colton George Rushton

    I would also love to see the original Roller Coaster Tycoon on iOS as well.

  • Perry Kappetein

    Any update when this is coming out

  • Chicken McPhee

    I'd love to see these games hit the desktop. People would buy the Transport Tycoon remake for $10 on Steam easy.