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A good one to keep an eye on for fans of RollerCoaster Tycoon 2, as OpenRCT2 [Official Site], the open source game engine has been updated again recently. This open source game engine needs the files from the original game, which you can find at GOG.

In release 0.1.0 they've worked on some better multi-monitor support. The game will now actually start up on the display it was last on, which sounds really damn helpful.

They've also added in more cheats like being able to claim all land or disable rides ageing. The entrance fee for parks can now be set up to £200, so you can rake in the cash from your visitors. There's also now an option to display guest expenditure and they fixed many sources of desync when playing online. Surprisingly, looking at the server list there's even people playing it online right now.

As expected, there's tons of bug fixes since the engine is still in the reasonably early stages (while being quite playable!). Not that it's related to Linux, but the game engine now also supports OpenBSD and Android too!

See the full changelog of this release on github. That also shows what they've already done for the next release too. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Ray54 19 Jul, 2017
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Currently I can see the "RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Triple Thrill Pack" icon on my desktop, as I bought it in a sale a couple of months ago, after seeing Liam's earlier article about OpenRCT2. I have forgotten how long ago ago I last played it properly, but it must be close to 20 years ago. I have played it a couple of times since buying it, but I struggle remembering how to do basic things, like getting the on-off ride platforms in the right place. So far I have been running it under Wine with no problems and enjoying it. Could someone who has played it under both OpenRCT2 and Wine, please say what are the advantages/disadvantages of running it under OpenRCT2 as compared with Wine.
janisozaur 19 Jul, 2017
Quoting: Ray54please say what are the advantages/disadvantages of running it under OpenRCT2 as compared with Wine.

I cannot comment on what's the experience like when running vanilla with Wine (OpenRCT2 also works with Wine), because I never bothered. I do develop OpenRCT2, though, and can name some of the improvements:
* support for any resolution you may have with resizeable window and borderless fullscreen
* performance improvements
* multiplayer
* many tools for easier advanced building.
These are just a few of the items that we have, but hopefully that should be enough to get you to try it out and decide for yourself. I'm actually a bit surprised, writing your post probably took you more effort than giving OpenRCT2 a try and answering all the questions you may have.
ElectricPrism 19 Jul, 2017
Quoting: janisozaur
Quoting: Ray54please say what are the advantages/disadvantages of running it under OpenRCT2 as compared with Wine.

I cannot comment on what's the experience like when running vanilla with Wine (OpenRCT2 also works with Wine), because I never bothered. I do develop OpenRCT2, though, and can name some of the improvements:
* support for any resolution you may have with resizeable window and borderless fullscreen
* performance improvements
* multiplayer
* many tools for easier advanced building.
These are just a few of the items that we have, but hopefully that should be enough to get you to try it out and decide for yourself. I'm actually a bit surprised, writing your post probably took you more effort than giving OpenRCT2 a try and answering all the questions you may have.

Great work, I noticed on 1600x1200 that moving the cursor to the right doesnt pane. Maybe paning is confined to 16:9 monitors.

In any case one cool thing i can see is viewing the park at 4k high res.

It was a bit confusing fighuring out where to extract the assets too also -- usage would increase if the task coul be automated im sure like

- import from wine

- import from cd

- import from windows drive

It seemed logical to me to store the data files in ~/.local/share/OpenRCT2
stretch611 19 Jul, 2017
Wow, I need to go and get this...

RCT and RCT2 were always some of my favorites. I don't remember playing either since I fully transitioned to linux about 9 or 10 years ago.

Luckily, I double checked my GOG account and both RCT Deluxe and RCT2 Triple threat pack are already in my account.
janisozaur 19 Jul, 2017
Quoting: ElectricPrismIt was a bit confusing fighuring out where to extract the assets too also

See https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/rct2-data-gog/ about that. Perhaps you could also help out with figuring out all the relevant data paths and contribute relevant detection.
Dolus 22 Jul, 2017
Love projects like this. It's almost like giving these classic games immortality.
AlveKatt 22 Jul, 2017
Can you ride the rollercoasters you build in first person?
ElectricPrism 23 Jul, 2017
Quoting: janisozaur
Quoting: ElectricPrismIt was a bit confusing fighuring out where to extract the assets too also

See https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/rct2-data-gog/ about that. Perhaps you could also help out with figuring out all the relevant data paths and contribute relevant detection.

Thanks for the lead, I'll add it to my list, it might take a bit to get the qued but maybe I can contribute bug fixes or some clarity to the situation -- I love helping projects where I can.
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