Aspyr bringing RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Mac-ward

For the first time, the hugely popular RollerCoaster Tycoon series will be available on the Macintosh, thanks to Aspyr Media Inc.’s efforts. The company on Friday announced Plans to bring RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 to the Mac, and will release the software in November.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is the latest major release in the game that puts you in charge of roller coaster theme parks. You get to build, operate, and — in the most fun part of the game, actually ride roller coasters. Created by Frontier Developments, the game is licensed for the Mac from Atari. Aspyr Studios, Aspyr’s own in-house game development team, is working on the conversion.

More than just a roller coaster simulator, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 makes you responsible for running a complete theme park filled with coasters, attractions and, most importantly, guests. You must respond to the individual likes and dislikes of the people who frequent your parks, and you can even use the “CoasterCam” to experience the park from their eyes.

Features include five different themes: Generic, Spooky, Western, Adventure and Sci-Fi; the Fireworks MixMaster, a “sandbox” mode that lets you create your own dream park with unlimited funds; 170 different rides; still-picture and movie-making ability, and more.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3’s Mac system requirements haven’t been announced yet; Aspyr Media has stopped providing preliminary system requirements until its games are four to six weeks away from release. The game will soon be available for pre-order from Aspyr’s Web site for US$49.99. The ESRB has rated RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 “E” for “Everyone.”

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