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Tuesday, January 2, 2001

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Apple Looks at Sim Theme Park
9:30 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A recent update to Apple's games section features a preview of Sim Theme Park, a Maxis coming from Feral and Aspyr Media. In this game you play manager of an amusement park, trying to grow the business while carefully controlling many elements in the park to keep the profits rolling in. Here's a clip from the preview which includes a quote from Karl Fitzhugh of Bullfrog (the original developers):

Not only can you ride your rides, but you get to design the ones with tracks, such as the flumes, roller coasters and go-carts. They’re simple rides when first installed, but your researchers can create jumps, loops, and tunnels that you can add on later.

“Building roller coasters is my favorite [aspect of the game],” says Fitzhugh. “There’s a real satisfaction in building a coaster, riding it, and tuning it up to give the best possible experience. And, of course, being able to publish your parks (and, therefore, your coasters) to the web site means that players all over the world can ride your creation too.”

Check out the rest of the preview for more. A demo of Sim Theme Park is available right now, though many people are having issues running it on some video cards. For those having issues, Aspyr is promising a patch will be released soon.

Sim Theme Park Demo (55 MB)
Aspyr Media's Sim Theme Park Web Site
Apple's Preview of Sim Theme Park
Feral Interactive
Bullfrog Productions
Sim Theme Park

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