Aspyr: Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 hits beta milestone

Aspyr Media Inc. announced Thursday that its Macintosh conversion of Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 has reached its Beta development milestone. The game is expected to be released in November, and is currently available for pre-order for US$49.99.

Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 is the popular strategy game in which you run an amusement park. You’re responsible for making money, staffing the park, and building rides and other attractions that keep your guests coming back and spending money. Once you’ve built your coasters and other rides you can actually ride them using the CoasterCam; You can also choreograph pyrotechnic displays using the Fireworks Mixmaster. Aspyr Studios is converting the game to the Mac based on Frontier’s original code; the game was licensed for the Mac by Aspyr from Atari.

System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later, G4/1GHz or faster, 256MB RAM, 2.0GB hard disk space, ATI Radeon 9000 or Nvidia GeForce FX5200 or better 3D graphics with at least 32MB VRAM and DVD drive. Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 has been rated “E” for “Everyone” by the ESRB.

For a first look at Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 on the Mac, please visit Macworld’s Game Room .

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