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
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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild!
RollerCoaster Tycoon World 2015

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

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\options.txt

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\RCT3\Parks

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 Unknown
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Impossible
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Impossible
High frame rate Unknown

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Impossible
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Unknown
Surround sound Unknown
Subtitles Unknown
Closed captions Unknown
Mute on focus lost Unknown
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

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Pentium III 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM


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