The presentation of Planet Coaster is fantastic
Planet Coaster is a theme park building and management game.
Developed and published by Frontier Developments for Microsoft Windows, the game released in November 2016.
Delve into the world of cartoon adventure by building the theme park of your dreams.
DESIblitz reviews Planet Coaster in full.
Welcome to Planet Coaster
The game can be played in three different flavours.
Firstly, there’s a career mode that places you into a scenario consisting of a pre-built park with objectives to complete.
The other two modes essentially give you free reign over building a park from scratch with the only differences being that in Sandbox mode you have unlimited money and everything is unlocked, this isn’t the case in Challenge mode.
DESIblitz’s favourite of the three modes was this Challenge mode.
We enjoyed the finance management side of it but if you want to go crazy and build insane rides out of the gate, Sandbox mode is for you.
Customise (Nearly) Everything
Planet Coaster allows for extreme amounts of customisation. From the terrain and roller coasters all the way down to individual restaurants and rest rooms.
At first glance this can be daunting, placing a basic burger bar down in your park to realise that you’re the one who needs to add each individual light, sign and prop is great at first but for DESIblitz this got tiresome the more we played.
The amount of enjoyment you’ll get out of this amount of customisation is down to your individual tastes but we were relieved to find out that players can upload and download rides, buildings and props to the Steam Workshop.
Meaning that if you’re like us, and you don’t want to dive in too deep into the nitty-gritty parts of the game, you don’t have too. But it’s there if you’re into that kind of stuff.
Simple and Clean Presentation
The presentation of Planet Coaster is fantastic. The visuals, while not mind blowing, are nice and clean.
The music is also great. From the incredibly infectious feel good main theme track to the large amount of included songs that can be played to your park’s visitors, there’s something here for everyone and every ride.
Learning the Ropes
Our main criticism of Planet Coaster is that learning how to play the game isn’t exactly straightforward. There is the previously mentioned Career mode that gives you tips and the game also has tutorial videos.
While these are welcome we wish there was some sort of in-game tutorial to assist the player in the first few hours of the game.
Enjoying the Ride
Overall Planet Coaster is a fun time. If you want to build and create every aspect of your park the game’s got you covered. If not, many talented players are uploading new rides and buildings to the Steam Workshop constantly.
The game has great music and visuals and any of the shortcomings of the game could always be improved in future updates.
Planet Coaster also seemed to run well on our GTX 980 GPU, so optimisation doesn’t seem to be an issue.
DESIblitz Rating: 8/10