RollerCoaster Tycoon 3

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
Release dates
October 26, 2004
November 25, 2005
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 at Steam Charts
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 at SteamDB
 RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 at Wikipedia
RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon 1999
RollerCoaster Tycoon: Corkscrew Follies
RollerCoaster Tycoon: Loopy Landscapes
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 2002
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2: Wacky Worlds
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2: Time Twister
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 2004
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked!
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild!
RollerCoaster Tycoon World 2015
Advantage Active modding community
Disadvantage Game is not optimized for modern hardware so performance can still suffer on the most powerful Haswell CPUs

General information

More information Community Discussions for game series
More information Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail DRM-free DRM details are not known Platinum Edition; Retail or download DRM-free Platinum Edition
Mac App Store Availability Table Icons - Mac App Store.svg Platinum Edition, OS X only
Origin Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg Platinum Edition
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Platinum Edition
Advantage version includes bonus content. (Soundtrack, three manuals, and two avatars).

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Add options line

  1. Open %APPDATA%\Atari\RCT3\options.txt
  2. Add the line SkipBannerSequence 1


Installing patches for mismatched editions causes problems, be sure to get the correct update.

Information Original Edition: The latest is update three. From vanilla. From update one. From update two.
Information "Soaked!" expansion: There is only one patch for this expansion pack and is segmented to US and EU patches. Those who own the Scholastic version of the game should pick up this patch instead.
Information "Wild!" expansion: The American version has 2 patches, Update 1 and Update 2. The EU version can be found here.
Information Gold Edition: One update.
Information Platinum Edition: Comes fully pre-patched.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows %APPDATA%\Atari\RCT3
OS X ~/Library/Containers/com.aspyr.rct3.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum/AppData
Information OS X location may vary depending on the version of the game you have.

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\RCT3
OS X ~/Library/Containers/com.aspyr.rct3.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum
Information OS X location may vary depending on the version of the game you have.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF Incomplete.svg 16:9 not listed; for unlisted resolutions edit options.txt
Multi-monitor Impossible False icon.svg
Field of view (FOV) Impossible
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable Using Borderless Gaming. However, windowed mode breaks the fonts slightly, the game still ALT-TABs fine in fullscreen.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable Can be forced through driver's control panel, and RadeonPro and Nvida Inspector.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Hackable Can be forced through driver's control panel, and RadeonPro and Nvida Inspector.
High frame rate Impossible Limited to 100 fps

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard Remapping
Camera Controls
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Impossible Ride cam can be inverted
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

Audio and General Game Settings
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Music, GUI, and game volume controls.
Surround sound Impossible
Subtitles Impossible There is no spoken dialogue apart from screams.
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native
EAX support Native EAX Advanced HD[1]

Issues fixed[edit]

Windows 7 crash on start[edit]

Information In Windows Vista or Windows 7, users may experience a crash while attempting to start the game for the first time.

Fix To fix

  1. Locate the options.txt file (Typically located within the root installation folder of the game), and open it with a text editor
  2. Locate the line FirstRun 1 (found under the "TWEAKS" section), and change it to FirstRun 0
  3. Save the file and close it. The game should now run normally.

Windows 7 crashing issue[edit]

Information You may need to change folder options to show hidden files to see some files
Information Ensure you have access to edit the options file by going to the properties of the file and setting the permissions to all for the user you wish to edit them.

Fix Only 2 lines of text in options file

Making a custom resolution for RCT3 has fixed an issue on some systems.

  1. There is an option file in both your RCT folder in program files along with your document files. This can be found in %APPDATA%\Atari\rct.
  2. change the options file that it now says the following, changing the X's with what you want your resolution to be(Width Height):

Resolution XXXX XXXX

StaticBatchTriCutoff 80

DynamicBatchTriCutoff 200

CycleMenuMusic 4

DayNightCycleType 1

GuestLOD 2.100000 1.350000

AnimalLOD 2.100000 1.350000

VegetationLOD 2.100000 1.350000

FenceLOD 2.100000 1.350000

BuildingLOD 2.100000 1.350000

PathLOD 2.100000 1.350000

SceneryLOD 2.100000 1.350000

SupportLOD 2.100000 1.350000

TrackLOD 2.100000 1.350000

RideLOD 2.100000 1.350000

GeometryImposterDistance 400.000000

GeometryImposterTolerance 0.300000

SkipCacheWarming 3.000000

ReflectEnable 1

WaterBumpEnable 1

ReflectTerrain 1

ReflectScenery 1

ReflectPeople 1

ReflectAnimals 1

ReflectParticles 1

BlendSceneryLODs 1

Bloom 1

Refraction 1

LaserRayHit 1

EnableIME 0

ImportMyMusic 1

DetailMapTerrain 0

WaterDroplets 1

Language English

FirstTime 0

On Windows the game fails to launch but attempts to launch over and over again.[edit]

Information In Windows the game may fail to launch, but the game keeps trying to launch over and over again, this is caused by the game not being installed on the system partition.

Fix To fix

  1. Uninstall the game.
  2. Reinstall the game on the system partition.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000 XP, Vista, 7, 8.x
Processor (CPU) Pentium III 733 MHz Pentium 4 1.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB, 256 MB for XP and onwards 256 MB, 384 MB for XP and onwards
Hard disk drive (HDD)
600 MB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon
GeForce 2
32 MB of VRAM
ATI Radeon SDR
GeForce 2 Pro
64 MB of VRAM

[2] [3]

Operating system (OS) 10.7.5, 10.8.2
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core) 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600
Nvida GeForce 8600
256 MB of VRAM

Supported Mac GPUs[edit]

ATI/AMD Nvida Intel
HD Series GeForce Intel HD
2600 8600 3000
3870 8800 4000
4670 9400
4850 9600
5670 GT
5750 120
5770 320M
5870 330M
6490 650M



  1. RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3 -
  2. 2. RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3: Platinum - Steam Store Page
  3. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 - Wikipedia
  4. 2. RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3: Platinum - Steam Store Page