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Rating: 4.6/5 (1375 votes)
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Joshrollercoasterrush_screen1Casual gaming developers Digital Chocolate are on a roll this month, releasing yet another mobile-turned-Web game just this week. Rollercoaster Rush—originally a tiny action game for cell phones—has been revamped and upgraded to Flash, showcasing better graphics and an improved collection of levels. Rollercoaster Rush puts you behind the "wheel" of a rollercoaster brake operator. Essentially, it's your job to ensure that passengers have the thrill of their life, while at the same time making sure it's not their last. Just as any seasoned operator will tell you, the first rule in rollercoaster school is to avoid sending your passengers flying off the track to the pavement a hundred feet below. It's just bad for business.

So in Rollercoaster Rush, you control just two things: the acceleration and braking of the coaster. It's a pretty simple setup; just use [left arrow] to apply the brakes and [right arrow] to speed up. If you need to pause the action, just hit the menu button at the top of the screen. Each level presents you with a different rollercoaster track, beginning with simple ups and downs and eventually leading into severe slopes and multiple loops. A moment before each change in the track occurs, a moving yellow sign will appear on the screen, indicating the shape of the upcoming track. As the sign comes nearer to its outlined frame in the middle, the less time you have to adjust before it's too late. This usually gives you the time you need to alter speed; either accelerating so that you can climb a hill or blast through loops, or applying the breaks to ensure that you're not at top speed at the crest of a hill, which would send the rollercoaster cars flying away or crashing into a piece of upcoming track.

rollercoasterrush_screen2Scoring is simply tied to how much fun the customers are having. The passengers in the cars will display little smiley-faces when you're doing a good job of giving them their money's worth. The wider their smiles, the more fun they're having and the higher your score will be. And the happier your customers are, the more they'll spread the word about your rollercoaster skills, leading more passengers to board your coaster in subsequent levels. As a well-designed incentive, you've got to obtain a high enough customer satisfaction rating before you can move on to the next track, or you'll have to repeat the level until you get it right.

Analysis: If you didn't know any better, you might mistake Rollercoaster Rush for a Nitrome game at first glance. The action and style are similar, and judging by the popularity of most Nitrome games, that's a compliment for this game. Levels increase in difficulty at a steady pace as you're met with harder obstacles like multiple loops, mountain-like slopes and even crazy track jumps. Things get really interesting when all these elements are smashed together close to one another. It requires some pretty precise speeding up and slowing down at just the right moments, or you'll either send your passengers flying to their doom or give them a boring ride. The graphics and sound are both rendered nicely in this Flash upgrade of the original, although judging by the developer's recent work, one has to wonder if they could have designed it a bit prettier.

Digital Chocolate also offers a PC version of the game to buy; a downloadable game with 75 total levels on three continents. The free online version offers the U.S. levels only. Although the game itself is a short ride in all, it's a fun one, especially if you're a fan of action games (that goes double for you rollercoaster junkies out there).

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winster June 16, 2008 1:53 PM

I found the signs pretty much useless because what was important was the exact shape of the track after the jump which the signs didn't show.


Cute game. It seems the main trick is to keep pressing right every time you try the level for the first time and try to remember where you crash, then replay the level and move your finger away on those places. Brakes seem to be redundant, at least in the first half of the game.

I just don't like how the game forces me to press "play" too often. If I pressed "replay track" then yes, I want to replay it, why confirm it yet again!?

Also, should I say "woot, first post" or something?


You can never be sure your post is first due to anonymous comments that are held for moderation.

And yes, I agree confirmation dialogs on anything but data changing/deleting functions are an annoyance.

bombchu June 16, 2008 3:38 PM

Just the name made me want to go dig out my insanely old copy of Roller Coaster Tycoon :P ...that was probably sold... ten years ago or something.

But yeah, I agree with the comments before me. Fun little time-muncher with a few too many confirmation dialogs. :)

Ben Newman June 16, 2008 3:42 PM

I think the main problem here is not that there are so many menus you have to click through, but that you have to click through them - the gameplay is keyboard-only, but the menus are mouse-only. That's a big interface no-no in my book.


Really fun game concept... but execution needs some more help. I loved it until I started getting to the more difficult levels; there needs to be a much more meaningful warning system to show what's coming down the track. Also, mouse-only menus between keyboard-only gameplay is very annoying.


> Also, should I say "woot, first post" or something?

No, you shouldn't. Never, ever do that.


oh god so massively agree with "Don't have one interface for the game and another for the menus" and also, this isn't some new, cutting-edge game for the PC! The game is based off of games (java, I think) almost identical bar the tracks from some time ago. More PC-to-phone-back-to-PC.


WOOT! 75/75 stars! Took way too long! Mouse wouldn't be too bad if all the continues were in the same place. I agree with everyone else. Nothing more needs to be said.


The Download Version is a little better, it even includes a track editor.


I agree that the menu and gameplay should both use either the mouse or the keyboard. It's really a bother to have to click on 'replay' and 'play' when you have an infinite number of lives, and you just want to go back and try that again.


I'm seriously impressed that someone found the time and effort to get 5/5 on all the tracks!

I actually really enjoyed this game, I thought the mechanics worked really well for a silly arcade game - but I do agree that the whole clicking around to replay etc thing is incredibly annoying...

Brianna S June 17, 2008 9:57 AM

I really liked this game other than the fact that one could not simply leave their hands on the keyboard. I found that for the levels it was rather hard to find out what was ahead so one had to replay them several times to figure out the timing and then go back to the first level quickly to get some people so that I could get five stars. I also found that I could not get five stars if I braked at all during the ride. Did anyone succeed in getting five stars when they braked? I think the fact that they made the "no brakes" award so important probably had to do with this.
Other than that the game was rather unique and nice.


I may be wrong, but it seems to me the number of stars has to do with how many awards you recieve (which may or may not include the no brakes award... I have gotten 5 stars without it), so you need to replay some levels several time to push the envelope far enough to achieve it. It also has nothing to do with how many passengers you have.

Valeball June 17, 2008 12:39 PM

I must say: this was dissapointing. I played it on my cellphone some time ago (a year maybe?), and I really enjoyed it: "Realistic 3D engine where camera angles shift with the coaster! Action-packed, one-finger gameplay that will keep your nose glued to your cell phone" - yes!

So much that I've been looking for something similar to play in my browser at my pc, but this, - no.

Valarauka June 17, 2008 12:42 PM

Eh, simple game, not too innovative.

I think the star rating depends on your track high score, and more people = more score, so having more folks should help. On the other hand, the score bonus from awards massively outweighs score from passengers, so it's not all that important.

Also, let me add one more voice to the chorus of people begging for keyboard-usable menus in a keyboard-only game. Sheesh, you'd think developers would have this one down by now! Nobody wants to move their hands around between every single run...


How on earth will I get five stars on Trollercoaster?


I found this game a few months back and my 7 year old wanted to see and then play. She beat me hands down! There were only two tracks where she didn't get 5 stars.

It's a fun game, but have to agree with everyone who expressed the annoyance of having to move from keyboard to mouse, or stylus in my case.

Marbles June 18, 2008 1:16 PM

Adam -
You can get two awards on the first jump, and up to three on the third (but then slow down, so you won't crash).
I think you need around 850 to get five stars.


All I can say is that first girl on the ride must really love parachuting...

Labyrinth June 19, 2008 11:02 AM

I've tried and tried, and I can't get 5 stars on level five. I've tried it with 1 to 8 passengers, never letting off the gas, never hitting the brake, and nothing will get me the 5 stars.


Labyrinth June 19, 2008 2:00 PM

I FINALLY figured out level 5 Spacious Skies.

For me, using 3 people on Spacious Skies is the magic number. Also, the longer you stay upside down on the loops, the more points you get. At least that's what it looks like to me. Although you can't go too slow, otherwise you'll fall off. Then it's all luck on getting the awards on the track.

I was stuck at only getting around 800 or so points, then when i figured out what to do, I got my score up to 1300ish.


hal9000 June 20, 2008 4:44 AM

I have finished the "USA-tracks" - 5 stars on all of them - but the France and Australia maps are still not playable! Why? Anyone?

RollerRosalyn June 22, 2008 5:39 AM

Addictive little game.

Fun trying to figure out the means by which to achieve the five stars.

When the timing is just too difficult to be worth the time it takes to do it over enough times til you finally get it right, you can alway of cheat.

Slopes aren't perfectly curved so on the top of a sharp slope there's at least one bump (if not two).
Run your first car over the bump to get a smile.
Quickly brake to a stop.
Let yourself roll back down the hill just enough to get back past the bump(s).
Brake. Curiously when you brake going backwards you come to immediat fullstop, which serves our purpose well.
Repeat until you have "enough" points then finish the track without taking risks.
The number of stars awarded at the end of the track only reflects how high you scored. I think it's around 700 to get all stars.

Roller Rose June 22, 2008 5:52 AM

Little addendum: 700 points gives you 5 stars.
You only need to score 300 during the track because of the bonus 400 for finishing the it.


I have got 75/75 stars on the 1st page (America) but I still can't unlock the other pages. HELP ME!


Guys, France and Australia are only available in the full (i.e. paid-for) version of the game.


i found the game very good only found it a while back aswell

Annoymous. Teehee! July 20, 2008 8:44 PM

How can you get to the next level?
The arrowed place?
Cause i completed all of the level on the first lot..like stars are there...?


This is A COOL game . i Love It.
But Ive Completed all The tracks . Got 5stars on all of them. and They hav all come up with that Star on The Circle. But I Cant Play On The Other like Island Place.
:S . I Cannot do anything else. ive completed evrythin on that 1 to the MAX.
and now i cant get to the other world from AMERICA to FRANCE

xzzzzzzzzzzzzddddddwe34 August 19, 2008 3:23 PM

I do not know how to get past the 4th level.


This game is fun. I've beaten every level but Trollercoaster. How do you beat it?

In levels #1(Freedom Flight) and #5 (Spacious Skies) you can just press the accellerater and then you win, AND get a no brakes award! You can also get a no brakes award on Rock and Roll, #2, but make sure you slow after the double loop! Don't do anything until you can to go up at a 90 degree angle.


Whoo! 5/5 on all of them!
I only started playing it 2 days ago 8D


Why can't I get to Australia and France

Mike walker January 22, 2009 10:17 AM

I can't figure out why i can't move on to the next set of tracks on the next page. I even got 5 stars on all of the first tracks it just won't let me move on... can you please tell em what to do?

snazafraz00 January 31, 2009 10:52 PM

I like the game, and so do my children. I had just about 5 stars on all american tracks, had France and Australia opened up. Then my 5 year old wanted to play. She got on and apparently clicked on start new career. I lost it all. Aarrgghh. Would be nice if there was a SAVE CAREER feature.


I cant unlock other countries, how do i do it?

Michele June 7, 2009 2:51 AM

I'm addicted to the game but I agree with the other comments my other problem with the game which is so annoying to me is that there is no separation between players there are 5 people in my family and this game has no way to save a game for a individual which really sucks!


what do you do once you get 75/75 stars? Do I get a new Level or do i have to keep playing these same ones over and over again ?

helperouterperson March 20, 2010 2:03 PM

guys, the other places are not for the demo version ! and im stuck on trollercoaster, can anyone help me ??


okay i got 5 stars on all of them but i cant unlock the other maps....wtf??


HELP! I know this sounds really stupid, but i can't get past the 2nd level in America. I keep crashing, no matter what I do. I speed up- crash. Ibrake- crash. I do nothing- CRASH!! arghh its soo annoying!!


I managed to get 75/75... really chuffed i clicked on the island next to it, but its not letting me play it?????? all that effort and no reward.... let down!

TERRANCE May 11, 2011 1:13 AM

Please i am begging you to get a roller coaster rush app for android...This is my all time favorite game.


How do you get onto the next section. I have done the first 15 levels with 5 stars on all of them and now it wont let me onto the next section!


To be honest, I thought this was going to be the dumbest game ever, but it was actually very addicting :)


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