Following on from Wacky Worlds which arrived about a year ago, Time Twister is the second add-on pack for Chris Sawyer’s RollerCoaster Tycoon 2. In that time, Chris Sawyer has conjured up fourteen new scenarios, a handful of new objects to add to your park, but unfortunately very little else.
The new scenarios are themed to fit one of six different time periods, including Prehistoric, Dark Age, Roaring Twenties, Rock 'n’ Roll, Mythological and Future. Unfortunately we are offered nothing new here, only variations on scenarios which previously featured in the game.
As expected with any Tycoon add-on, the game offers a selection of new rides and attractions, but in fact you’re not getting anything you haven’t seen before. Take the 'Trilobite Boats’ from the Prehistoric theme, which is pretty much identical to the original log flume except the boats are now shaped like trilobites. In addition, the 'Triceratops Dodgem Cars’ is a clone of the previous dodgems ride, except the cars themselves look more like dinosaurs.
Graphically I'm afraid to say you will feel like you have gone back in time, but for all the wrong reasons, as Time Twister fails to improve much on the dated graphics style of RollerCoaster Tycoon 2. OK, so the park objects are in fact more detailed than before, and another noticeable difference is that a lot of the scenery items are now animated, but unfortunately most are crudely done, using few frames. With the Mythological theme you’ll get moving skeletons and argonaughts.
Let's face it though, RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 appeared identical to the first game in the series, and this expansion pack does little to help the situation. Some of the decoration items at least look fairly impressive, and fit nicely in to the given periods. You will be able to construct Roman stadiums and mythological Minotaur mazes if you wish. Unfortunately, some average eye candy like this does nothing to improve on the actual gameplay. Infact the only impact that this expansion pack has on the game is that it adds new attractions to the game, a few new objects and rides.
The only sound which has been added to the game with Time Twister is a music track for each theme, to accompany the rides. The additional sound effects which came with RCT2 were infact ripped from the first RollerCoaster Tycoon game, including the shouts and cheers from the guests, and the clicking of buttons on the menus.
Yes, it still sounds like a theme park, but if I were a guest I'd be freaked out by a constant feeling of deja vu.
It's nice that Sawyer attempted to theme this expansion instead of just adding more Corkscrew Follies or Loopy Landscapes, but unfortunately it's just another blatant attempt to milk a successful game. Once upon a time RollerCoaster Tycoon stood tall as King of the Tycoon hill, but add-ons like this do nothing to support its title.
RollerCoaster Tycoon addicts will probably enjoy the new content, but in my opinion this gives new players no reason to start playing.