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Thrillville - PS2 - Preview

E3 2006 First Look Preview

From the makers of the Roller Coaster Tycoon series, Thrillville is a new kind of simulation game. Built from the ground up with the console gamer in mind, Thrillville is a simulator that focuses on the big picture.

You’re an amusement park owner. Hundreds of people come to your park everyday, and it’s your job to make them happy. You can converse with them, find out what they like and dislike, and hopefully build a better park because of it. Respond to their wants and needs and they’ll come more often, spend more money, and make it possible for you to build additional amusements.

Customization is key, but not to the point where it’s overwhelming. LucasArts knows that console players don’t necessarily want to tweak every financial aspect. But that’s there too if you want, just not to the point where it’s too much.

In designing a coaster, players will find that there are 25 different types to choose from. These are pre-built coasters that you may plant in your park as is, or take apart and redesign to your liking.

Still not satisfied? Then build one from scratch. You may ride your roller coaster, homemade or otherwise, for additional fun and thrills.

What makes this different from the Roller Coaster Tycoon series? What makes it different from Sim City? Thrillville isn’t just about amusement park management – it’s also about attractions. One of the attractions shown involved a first-person shooting gallery, inspired by the light gun shooting galleries you’d find in carnivals many moons ago. Thrillville is a family-friendly game that does not include any blood or any indication of harm toward another human. Therefore the shooting gallery uses dummies, not other in-game characters. The dummies may be shot for points and added fun. LucasArts believes that this experience helps transform players into the shooting gallery. They feel that it’s more than just a mini-game, that it takes the gameplay beyond the traditional simulation builder.

In total, 101 attractions will be available, including go karts, shooting galleries, a jumping game via adult-sized trampolines, etc. Many of these attractions will be playable in multiplayer, allowing your friends to join in and be amused together.


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