RollerCoaster Tycoon 3

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 cover
Frontier Developments
OS X Aspyr Media
OS X Aspyr Media
Release dates
Windows October 26, 2004
OS X November 25, 2005
RollerCoaster Tycoon
RollerCoaster Tycoon 1999
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 2002
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 2004
RollerCoaster Tycoon World 2015

Key points

First title in the series using a 3D engine
Active modding community.
Game is not optimized for modern hardware.

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Platinum Edition. Platinum Edition.
Gamesplanet Platinum Edition. Platinum Edition. Includes bonus goodies such as the soundtrack, three manuals, and two avatars.
Mac App Store Platinum Edition.
Origin Platinum Edition.
Steam Platinum Edition.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes

Essential improvements[edit]

Track designs from the isometric 2D titles RollerCoaster Tycoon and RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 can be imported.

Skip intro videos[edit]

  1. Open options.txt in the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Add the following line:
SkipBannerSequence 1


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

  • "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.
  • "Wild!" expansion: The American version has 2 patches, Update 1 and Update 2. The EU version can be found here.
  • Platinum Edition: Comes fully pre-patched.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
16:9 not listed; for unlisted resolutions edit options.txt
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed. Fonts may appear altered.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced through the NVIDIA Control Panel/AMD Control Center.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced through the NVIDIA Control Panel/AMD Control Center.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Limited to 100 FPS.

Input settings[edit]

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

Audio settings[edit]

Audio and General Game Settings
Audio and General Game Settings
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, GUI, and game volume controls.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX Advanced HD[1]

Issues fixed[edit]

Windows 7 crash on start[edit]

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

You may need to change folder options to show hidden files to see some files.
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.
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. Find the following line, and set the desired values.
Resolution YourWidth YourHeight

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

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.
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
OS X[2]
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 Nvidia 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. 2.0 2.1 2. RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3: Platinum - Steam Store Page
  3. RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 - Wikipedia