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OpenRCT2 continues being an impressive free and open source game engine reimplementation for RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, allowing you to play it nicely cross-platform on modern systems.

v0.3.5 is out now bringing new features. Here's the main highlights:

  • Feature: [#3868] Initial support for using TTF in OpenGL mode (still contains bugs).
  • Feature: [#7682] Follow ride/guest/staff in main window viewport.
  • Feature: [#13407] Allow building chain lifts on enclosed dinghy slide pieces when cheats are on.
  • Feature: [#15084] [Plugin] Add "vehicle.crash" hook.
  • Feature: [#15143] Added a shortcut key for Giant Screenshot.
  • Feature: [#15164] Highlight elements selected by the Tile Inspector, tracks are currently not supported.
  • Feature: [#15165] [Plugin] Add the ability to create entities using "map.createEntity".
  • Feature: [#15194] [Plugin] Add guest properties, ride downtime and park casualty penalty.
  • Feature: [#15195] Added a bug-report item in file dropdown menu.
  • Feature: [#15294] New vehicle animation type: flying animal.

Absolutely loads of bugs were fixed too including solving memory leaks, crashes, rendering issues and much more.

From what one of the developers told us over email, another release is planned to arrive soon bringing a new save format "which drops limitations tied to SV6, the original save game format". Looks like there's a lot of improvements that will come with it and the developer said they "can't wait for the new parks done with this".

You can find OpenRCT2 here and to make it easy they have pre-built versions for Linux like an AppImage to run cross-distro. You also need to grab the required data files from RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 by buying a copy of the original on GOG or Steam.

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3 comments

Holzkohlen 9 Nov, 2021
I forgot this is a thing. I believe I still have it on CD somewhere though my cd-rom drive has not been used in quite a while. Best be buying it again :D
ElectricPrism 9 Nov, 2021
Quoting: HolzkohlenI forgot this is a thing. I believe I still have it on CD somewhere though my cd-rom drive has not been used in quite a while. Best be buying it again :D

Not only is it a thing, it's a pretty damn good thing. It plays well at many resolutions.

I think you basically just need to extract the files on the CD to your home folder ~/.local/share/OpenRCT2 ( I think ) and then you don't need to worry about it again unless you nuke your $HOME dir someday.

This is definitely a project that continues to impress me (like Augustus & Julias re-implementation of Caesar III and others, even 0AD has come a long way these last few years).
Holzkohlen 10 Nov, 2021
Quoting: ElectricPrismNot only is it a thing, it's a pretty damn good thing. It plays well at many resolutions.

This is all I need. Fancy graphics be damned, but I cannot play something without decent support for modern resolutions. I have since found my cds and I'm ripping them right now. This is probably a mistake, since I have wasted too many hours of my life with Roller Coaster Tycoon already
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