||Are there any add-ons
and extra scenarios on the web
||Yes. There are two extra
scenarios on the official
Rollercoaster Tycoon web site. You can find our scenarios
||Are there any known bugs
in Rollercoaster Tycoon
||Yes, although Hasbro have
not always been forthcoming about what they are. Earliest
versions of the original game lost all record of completed
scenarios after any daylight saving time change. The earliest
version of Loopy Landscapes stopped any new guests arriving
after around 62 or more different types of rides, shops
and stalls were available to build.
As a general rule, you should intall the latest patch
available for your version of the game. The latest official
patches for the game can be found here.
||Are there any patches
for the game
||Yes. There are both official
and unofficial ones. The latest official patches for the
game can be found here.
The most well-known unofficial patch is known as the Drexler
patch and is named after its author Josef Drexler.
This allows unofficial scenarios and parks to be used
with the game.
||Does Rollercoaster Tycoon
run under Windows 2000 or Windows ME
||Rollercoaster Tycoon and
the first add-on Added Attractions (Corkscrew Follies)
are not officially supported by Hasbro to run under Windows
2000. However, Loopy Landscapes (which includes Added
Attractions) will run under Windows 2000. You will need
version 1.20.013 or later of Loopy Landscapes. The latest
official patches for the game can be found here.
||Is there a scenario creator
and/or editor available.
||There is no official scenario
editor available. You can use the latest version
of either the Dragons
Trainer or the Save
Game Modifier. Both allow you to make a lot
of changes, and both pieces of software will get the job
||I want to reinstall Rollercoaster
Tycoon or move it to another computer. How can I keep
all the progress I've made in scenarios.
||Follow the instructions
Don't panic! They are not as complicated as they look.
|| When I installed Roller
Coaster Tycoon: Loopy Landscapes there was no problem.
But when I played the game it went black and said
inaccessable file or corrupted file. What can I do?
||You need to reinstall if
you get this message. Uninstall first, but choose to keep
your saved games.
||After I get the game
installed the start page is too big. So I can not see
the top menu bar to even play. My question is if there
is a settings button or a solution to my problem. PLEASE
||This sounds like a problem
with your graphics card. But most of the menus can be
accessed by pressing keyboard shortcuts. These are detailed
in the manual.
||The game starts to install
but quits to the Desktop. What's wrong?
Make sure that you have
enough hard drive space available on your hard drive
before installing. If you don't have at least 50 Megabytes
free, the (RCT) game can't install. The expansion packs
will require even more.
If you are using an "active"
anti-virus scanner (i.e., one that detects virus activity
as your computer runs as opposed to one that only scans
files for viruses when you tell it to), you may need
to disable that feature before you install the game.
The installation utility must be able to create and/or
modify executable files to do its job, and many active
anti-virus scanners will detect this as "virus activity"
and literally blow the installer out of the water.
If you have enough space,
check the shiny underside of the game CD for fingerprints,
smudges, scratches, or anything else that may cause
your drive to have trouble reading it.
If the CD looks clean and
undamaged, then your CD-ROM drive may be running in
"MS-DOS Compatibility Mode". Consult your Windows 95/98/ME
||I decided to remove RCT
from my computer and re-install it. Every time I
start it up, it crashes; what's wrong?
You must find and remove
the file named RCT.ICD from your Hard drive. The easiest
way to do this is to use the Windows 'Find' feature.
1. Press F3 and then type
in the name of the file.
2. Click search.
3. Select the file and hit delete.
Before attempting to re-install it is recommended that
you go into your hard drive using your Windows Explorer
and also manually delete ANY leftover game folders to
insure that your new re-install is clean. Make a backup
copy of your Save Game's folder.
||When I launch the game,
I get a message saying "Error Trapper: Access Violated".
My early experience with
this error and RCT seemed to be due to some programs
not releasing all of my computer's memory. Early versions
of AOL was a prime example, and rebooting the computer
prior to playing RCT was the usual solution. Virus scanning
programs, and Crash Guard type programs are also likely
suspects. It is also best to empty your System Tray
of any programs that are also fighting for mutual memory
space. Computer games DO NOT like to share computer
memory! See Shutting
Down All Your Applications.
If you have installed the
Loopy Landscapes add-on pack and are receiving this
error when you launch the game, a patch is available
that fixes this error, as well as a few other minor
game play issues. Be sure to download the Loopy Landscapes
patch. It is available at the official game site: www.rollercoastertycoon.com
in the Downloads section.
||The game crashes after
just a few minutes, and I get a message that says "GSK
||There are a number of problem
Windows sound and video drivers which don't properly support
some Direct X functions used by the game. In most cases,
all crashes can be solved by installing the latest Windows
driver updates for your sound and video cards from the
||I launch the game and
the screen just turns black, or quits back to Windows
without any error message.
||There are several things
that you can try to fix this problem:
1. Shut down any other applications that you may have
running on your system such as screen savers, virus scanners,
etc. See Shutting Down
All Your Applications.
2. Turn down video hardware acceleration in the Windows
3. Try resetting your computer's video resolution to 640x480
with 256 colors.
4. Update your video card drivers.
||The game randomly freezes,
crashes, or locks up the computer.
First, shut down all other
applications that may be running on your computer. Other
applications can interfere with the game's operation.
See Shutting Down All
If this doesn't help, then
the software drivers that Windows uses to communicate
with your hardware may be out of date, or incompatible
with the game. Install the latest Direct X compatible
drivers available for your video and sound card from
the card's manufacturer. If you have already updated
to the latest driver version from the manufacturer and
the problem persists, you may want to see if reference
drivers are available from the video chip manufacturer.
Reference drivers are usually more standardized than
the manufacturer's versions and may work better with
a wider variety of games.
||I can't hear any sound
or music in the game.
First, check your speakers
to make sure that they are turned on, connected properly
to the rest of the system, and that the volume controls
are turned up. If they are, then check your windows
volume controls by clicking on the small yellow speaker
icon on your Taskbar.
If you still can't hear
sound, then you'll need to update your sound card drivers
to the latest versions available.
This game uses Microsoft's
Direct X for all graphics and sound effects. It cannot
run properly unless Direct X version 5.0 or higher is
installed on your computer. It may also exhibit problems
if the video card and/or sound card in your computer
are not 100% Direct X compliant.
Re-install the latest version
of Direct X, then reboot your computer and try playing
the game again. You can usually find the latest Direct
X relevant to you and your computer by opening the CD
of the last game you bought and installing that Direct
X version directly. Otherwise, go to the official Microsoft
Windows site to download a copy.
If you experience crashes
and have a Yamaha sound card use an emulated driver.
One is the Yamaha Softsynthesizer which you can get
Download any one, the driver will still work after the
||The game occasionally
locks up or crashes for no apparent reason.
First, shut down any other
programs that you have running on your system. Other
programs can interfere with the program's operation.
See Shutting Down All Your Applications.
If your computer has a
fast processor such as a Pentium II or III, try turning
down your video hardware acceleration in Windows. Consult
your Windows Manual.
Next, be sure that your
computer has plenty of free hard drive space to use
for a swap file in case your system runs out of memory.
Make sure that you have
installed the latest version of Direct X. Older versions
may not have all of the right drivers for your hardware.
That could cause the game to crash under certain conditions.
You can usually get the latest version of Direct X off
the CD of the last computer game you just purchased,
otherwise, you may need to go to the Microsoft website
and download a copy.
||I have RCT/LL, installed
the Drexler Patch, and have been playing for several months.
Suddenly, after about 20 seconds of play I get a "Data
corrupt or inaccessible" error. And when I close the box,
the game crashes to Windows.
Once you start getting
this message it will always pop up no matter what scenario
or saved game you load. Don't worry about the message;
your data is NOT corrupt! This is purely a blatant anti-consumer
scare tactic to dissuade you from using trainers. Using
the TRG Trainer, run the "Clean Config" option to clean
out your game's configuration files. This can sometimes
occur when using a trainer. Most peeps never experience
||Shutting Down All Your
1. Find your Windows 95/98/ME
Taskbar. This is the bar where your START button is
2. For every button on the Taskbar except for the start
button, right-click once and then left-click on "Close".
3. Do the same for each of the icons on the opposite
side of the Taskbar. If there is no option to Close
or Exit the application, don't worry, we'll deal with
that in a moment.
4. Once you have closed down all of the applications
that you can using this method, press <control>
<alt> <delete> (only once!) to bring up
the Windows 95/98/ME task manager. You will see a list
of programs that are still running.
5. The only 2 programs that need to be there are Explorer
and Systray. For everything else, click once to highlight
the program you wish to close, and then click on "End
Task". The task manager will close too, so you will
need to press <control> <alt> <delete>again
if you need to terminate any other programs.
6. Once you have closed down all of the applications
on your system except Explorer and Systray, try running
your game again.
Don't worry about losing
these programs permanently as they will re-load next
time you start or boot up your machine.
||I've finished several
Scenarios, but I turned on the game one day and my finished
Scenarios were gone
Due to a problem in how
the game keeps track of time, this issue may occur after
the switch to or from Daylight Savings Time. To recover
your progress in the game, go to www.rollercoastertycoon.com
and click on the Downloads section. There you will find
the "Scenario Progress Loss" patch that solves this
||Scenario Progress Loss
Due to a bug in the early
versions of RollerCoaster Tycoon, you may find that
your progress through the scenarios is reset when Windows
changes your PC's clock between normal time and Daylight
Savings Time. This problem was fixed in later versions,
and updating the game to the latest version will prevent
this problem affecting you. The following methods of
retrieving your scenario progress and scores are:
A.) If you DO NOT have
the Added Attractions / Corkscrew Follies Add-on:
1. Download the progress recovery utility from www.rollercoastertycoon.com.
2. Run by double-clicking on the file.
3. Wait for it to complete.
4. Start RollerCoaster Tycoon as normal and your progress
should be restored.
B.) If you DO have the
Added Attractions / Corkscrew Follies Add-on:
1. Un-Install the game (Make sure you DON'T delete saved
games when prompted).
2. Install RollerCoaster Tycoon from the original CD,
but DON'T start the game.
3. Install Added Attractions / Corkscrew Follies from
the CD .
4. Start the game as normal - The scenario progression
should then be restored.
Note that in both cases,
you need to have saved games for all your 'completed'
parks in the "Saved Games" folder for the recovery process
to work. Your saved games must have been saved AFTER
||What does the Loopy Landscapes
Patch fix or change?
The Loopy Landscapes patch
allows the following fixes, changes, and enhancements
to your RollerCoaster Tycoon: Loopy Landscapes game:
1. Allows the game to work
better in Windows 2000
2. Fixes a small problem in the first ten scenarios
in Loopy Landscapes wherein Guests stopped coming to
the Park after you reached a certain level of Research.
3. Includes all previous patches and fixes, such as
the "Daylight Savings" patch from the original game
and the Corkscrew Follies add-on.
4. Resolves the 'Error Trapper: Access Violation' error
that some users experience when attempting to launch
The patch is available
for download at www.rollercoastertycoon.com,
along with additional information about the previous
||Latest Bug-Fix Patches
Since being released, RollerCoaster
Tycoon, Added Attractions / Corkscrew Follies add-on
pack, and RollerCoaster Tycoon - Loopy Landscapes have
been updated to fix a number of bugs. The latest version
of RollerCoaster Tycoon is V1.08.187, the latest UK
and US versions of Added Attractions / Corkscrew Follies
is V1.10.026 (V1.10.021 all other languages) and the
latest version of RollerCoaster Tycoon - Loopy Landscapes
RollerCoaster Tycoon can
now be played under Microsoft Windows 2000.
There was an issue where
guests would stop entering the park once the player
had reached a certain level of ride research. This problem
was only evident in the first ten Loopy Landscapes scenarios.
This has also been fixed so that guests will continue
to enter the park throughout the duration of the scenario.
You can check which version number you currently have
by selecting 'About RollerCoaster Tycoon' from the disk
icon pull-down menu while playing the game -- the version
number will be displayed at the top of the window before
If you don't already have
the latest version, you can download and install a patch
to update your game and take advantage of the latest
bug fixes at the www.rollercoastertycoon.com
website Downloads section.
||I am trying to run RCT
under Windows NT but it won't work.
RCT requires full Direct
X5 or later Direct X support to function correctly,
so until Microsoft releases full Direct X, drivers for
Windows NT, the game is unlikely to function correctly
||I am trying to run RCT
under Windows 2000 but it won't load Save Games.
You must click on the Save
Game directly which will launch the game.
||I am trying to run Loopy
Landscapes under Windows 2000 but it won't run.
The Loopy Landscapes official
patch will allow you to launch LL under Win2000. It
also addresses issues with game startup on certain AMD-equipped
systems (related to the issue with W2K). Available at:
||Data File Corrupt or
The CD ROM drive is dirty,
or the CD itself is dirty, damaged, or defective.
Even with a full install,
certain files (such as CSS17.DAT) are left on the CD,
so the game must be able to read them from the CD at
various points during game play (while viewing the intro
screen, starting a new scenarios, when loading or saving
a game, and, after loading a saved game, the first time
the game clock ticks over to a new day). If your CD
ROM drive is "cranky" or the CD is damaged, the game
won't be able to read those files.
This error can also occur
after you've been using a trainer with the game. The
primary symptom is that you get the "data file corrupt..."
error message after you've been playing a saved game
for a few minutes. If this is the case, Henry Winkelstein's
TRG Trainer has a "Clean config" function that can usually
clear up this problem. Note that unlike all the other
functions of this trainer, the "Clean config" command
will only work properly when RCT is not running.
||I keep getting a DD Help
Error during play.
This is a sound card issue
and non-compliance with Direct X. See if you can locate
newer drivers for your sound card at the manufacturer's
website, and the latest version of Direct X. Yamaha's
sound card is especially susceptible to this error.
||RCT crashes when I press
the Right mouse button.
It is caused by a conflict
between the mouse driver and Microsoft's Direct Input
code. One driver which causes this problem is the 'Genius
NetMouse' mouse driver, and it can be solved by removing
the driver from Windows, and then installing a 'standard
serial mouse' driver, or 'standard PS2 mouse' driver.
||After reinstalling my
Corkscrew Follies/Added Attractions, or Loopy Landscapes
I keep losing all my scenario progress.
Symptom: After installing
RCT, CF/AA or LL, and CF/AA or LL official patches,
copying over the old Save Games folder, and running
RCT, I play a scenario and save it. When I return to
it later it is gone and all the scenarios are locked
except for the first 5.
Cause: People you who experienced
this have usually "burned" a copy of their Saved Games
folder onto a CD-R(W).
Effect: The 001 file created
by the RCT/CF/LL install is overwritten by the user's
001 file from their CD-R(W). The copies of the Saved
Games (and the 001 file in the folder) are all Read-Only.
Depending on the technique they have used to make the
CD-R(W) copies, perhaps the date and time stamp on the
001 file are also not what the game would expect.
1. Delete the "burned" 001 file.
2. Copy the 001 file from the CF/AA or LL CD Saved Games
3. Mark the new 001 file as NOT Read-Only, but mark
the Archive Attribute as Set.
4. Delete the CSS0.DAT file on your hard drive.
5. Restart the game to force a rebuild of the CSS0.DAT
file. This will rebuild progress using the saved games
in your Saved Games folder.
1. Uninstall the whole game, using the option to delete
the Saved Games. (First ensure that you have a copy
of the Saved Games elsewhere.)
2. Reinstall RCT
3. Reinstall CF/AA or LL
4. Install the official CF/AA or LL patches if required
to bring your version up-to-date.
5. Copy the burned Saved Games into the Saved Games
folder, BUT NOT THE 001 FILE.
6. Install the Drexler patch (if you require it) once
the game is up and running.
Second Alternative Cure:
(if you do not have the saved games you need to restore
all your progress)
1. Using a backup of your CSS0.DAT file, follow the
instructions for restoring scenario progress using this
||When I record WAV files
and convert them to DAT files for the game, they play
When recording and replacing
the Carousel or Bumper Car DAT files, you must use the
following specifications in your WAV Recording program:
PCM; 22,050Hz; 8 bit; mono
16 bit can be used for
improved music quality, but with twice the number of
bytes for the final WAV/DAT file. Within the context
of the game, along with all the other background noise,
8 bit is just fine. I have also found that mono can
be used instead of stereo without losing the directional
"stereo" effect in the game. There is little use in
recording the WAV in Stereo since the game plays it
from a distant, point-source flat ride. (You can never
get close enough to the ride.) It may also save you
||I have CF/AA or LL and
replaced some of the CSSX.DAT music files for the carousel,
but the new ones won't play.
You need the latest Drexler
Patch to fix this bit of anti-cheat code introduced
with Corkscrew Follies.
||When I try to open a
Save Game .sv4 file downloaded from a website, I get an
"Invalid Data Error."
Most save game files available
for download from the various RCT dedicated websites
have been altered with the use a program called a Trainer.
To open these files it will be necessary to download
Patch. This patch removes the game's anti-cheat
code which checks for "tampering" of the .sv4 Save Game
Note: There are no Drexler
Patches available for the stand alone version of RollerCoaster
Tycoon. The Drexler Patch can only be applied to RCT
that is using the expansion disk Corkscrew Follies/Added
Attractions, or Loopy Landscapes.
||I used a Trainer to swap
train types on my coaster. Now the ride's reliability
drops to zero after about 15 seconds of game play.
You need the latest Drexler
Patch to fix this bit of anti-cheat code introduced
with Loopy Landscapes.
||I just downloaded a .td4
track file from a website but it will not open in my game.
Now that Loopy Landscapes
has been out for a year most track files have been created
with games using this expansion pack. The LL .td4 track
files are slightly different than the earlier stand-alone
RCT version .td4 track files (having more data), and
are not backward compatible. That means that even the
standard wooden roller coaster, for instance, created
under LL cannot be opened by stand-alone RCT or Corkscrew
||I have LL and the .td4
track file still will not open.
It is quite likely that
the particular scenario you are attempting to install
this roller coaster in either does not allow this style
roller coaster, or your Research Department has not
yet researched out all the features required to build
||I am having problems
running RCT, CF/AA, or LL on Windows XP.
Since Windows XP and 2000
are based on the same kernal, the problems are similar
with both. Download the Windows 2000 patch from
the official site.
You MAY need to
recopy the RCT.ICD from the correct language folder
on the CD onto your hard drive.