With the re-release of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum on the Mac App Store there’s been renewed interest in this classic game around the Internet. One of the best aspects of the game was Atari’s official Ride Exchange, which was a one-stop shop for sharing and downloading new user-created content for your game. This way you could experience the thrilling rides created by friends and strangers alike. Unfortunately, this official forum for sharing new content is now closed.
But wait, don’t cry, fry your eyes RollerCoaster enthusiasts! GameAgent has scoured the web to find several fan-created sites that allow users of this game to continue to share their creations with other thrill seekers. However, it must be emphasized that utilizing these resources might be different for some of users relatively new to game mods or usually just rely on content from the Mac App Store. These fan-made additions require a little extra leg work to install and use properly. This means digging into the files on your computer and adding .zip files and other file types into subfolders within the RCT3 game folder.
This video might help in understanding the process:
This thread has plenty of great how-to information if you’re still stuck.
Without further ado, here are some of the remaining places to get new content for this great game.
The RollerCoaster Tycoon Wiki
This is the best place to start. Since it’s a wiki, it doesn’t only have extra tracks to download, it also has general information about the whole process of adding content to your RollerCoaster Tycoon game. Start here on this main page to browse all the general information to help you get started.
Once you’ve gotten a feel for the page and read up on general info, head over to this page. This is the wiki’s Ride Exchange page. You can browse all the user-created content that you can download. It’s divided by user name, so if you’re only looking for certain types of tracks, you’ll just have to have patience and browse through it all. The good part is that it gives instructions on how you can upload your own custom created rides!
This one is for many different theme park games, with only a specific section dedicated to RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. On top of that, this site specifically deals in custom scenery only, not rides or full theme park experiences. But if you’re looking for some great assets when creating your own rides, then this site has some great stuff. According to the site the most popular of those offered is the Steelworx theme pack. You can check out their offerings here.
Frozen’s RollerCoaster Tycoon Depot
This site only has two downloads for RCT3, but figured it’s worth sharing anyway. You can check them out here.
This site positions themselves as more of a content aggregator than a creator of original content for the game. In their own words: “RCTDataBase is an online directory for all the latest and greatest in the RCT community. Only completed projects will show up on the front page as we want to provide accurate and complete kits. No scenery, videos, tracks, parks, objects, etc. are directly hosted here unless they are from the staff – or prior arrangements have been made, and permission has been granted. Each post is linked to the corresponding article and download link provided elsewhere on the internet.”
This forum has more extensive and updated content than any of the ones we’ve mentioned previously. This is a fully functioning and active forum full of sub forums with all sorts of content. There are forums for posting your own content, as well as ongoing competitions between users for best new tracks with voting by the community. Keep track of the latest updates to the site and the world of RollerCoaster Tycoon (and other theme park games) in the news section or just talk about the game in general in the discussion forum or talk about anything non-coaster related in off topic areas. It’s easy to spend lots of time here absorbing all that it has to offer.
For those that want to cut straight to the chase, check out the uploaded RCT content here. There’s subsections for individual rides, full theme park experiences and even special effects and custom scenery. Or just go to the Downloads Center.
RCTLounge might be the largest of all the sources we’ve discussed. This one, like RCTgo, is still a very active forum with all sorts of content. There’s subforums for other roller coaster games, as well as chat areas and plenty of great how-to and tutorial information. This site actually has the best, most informative how-to information with plenty of friendly rollercoaster tycoon pros on the forums that would be glad to help if you had questions. But if you’ve got the hang of it by now, then just jump to the goodies by following this link.
It’s awesome to know an older game like this one still has an active and enthusiastic community still wanting to create new content and share it with others. Between all of the websites mentioned above you will certainly find enough new content to keep you satisfied with your copy of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum for years to come.
Have you made any customs tracks, parks, or scenery you’d like to share with the community? Do you have any questions or thoughts on these resources or know of any others that should be included? Let us know in the comments!