In our Wii downtime, I checked out Thrillville for Xbox (also available in Playstation and PSP). Where it may seem similar to Rollercaoaster Tycoon, it’s much different.
Listing off the objectives and game play of both games, one would think they are quite similar. However, Thrillville is more about mini-games and goals than it is about building the biggest and best amusement park. For example, when you hire a park employee, you have to train them via a mini game. The more training, the better they’ll do. You also have to talk to people and make friends. You can ask them what they’d like to see or talk about sports or animals. You even get the ability to flirt with the ladies. 🙂
The rides in Thrillville are cool, but there doesn’t seem to be as many as Rollercoaster Tycoon. And the coasters, well they can’t compare. Or not that I’ve seen anyways. Thrillville’s are mainly smaller and shorter.
Rollercoaster Tycoon is more of the Sim City type of environment where you just try to make things bigger and better. You get lots of options and there is a ton to do. Thrillville is more like the Sims where it’s more about the people, specific goals and minor details.
- Works on a game console. (PS2 or Xbox)
- Mini Games
- You get to run around with first person point of view.
- You can really talk to people.
- Great music from today’s top artists.
Rollercoaster Tycoon pros:
- Lots of rides & stalls.
- Waterparks and Expansion Packs
- More detailed customization. (sidewalks, land, trees, benches)
- More land to develop on.
- Bigger, better and many more coaster designs.
Both are great games, but quite different. It is really hard to explain, but once you play them you’ll find out. Both have their positives and negatives, but in the end, I think Rollercoaster Tycoon is better. Although I’m addicted to Thrillville at the moment.