Theme Park

  • Developer: Electronic Arts, Bullfrog Productions
  • Genre: Strategy/Wargame
  • Originally on: Sega Genesis (1995)
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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  • User Rating: 6.0/10 - 3 votes
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Game Overview

Is there a system that does not have a version of Theme Park on it? I remember being blown away by this game at a friend’s house when he got it for PC. I have played many, many versions of this game and today I am checking out the port that was made for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. Porting a game that was made to be used with a mouse to a console with only three buttons was no easy task, but they did a decent enough job.

It’s A Small World

The goal of the game is to create a fantastic theme park that is full of amazing rides, attractions and is a happy and clean place for people of all ages to have fun in. As you build your Theme Park, you will make money and money is really what this game is all about. Everything you do in the game costs money (just like in a real theme park) but you have to spend money to make money. As you progress through the game, you can sell your park and then move to a new location in the world to try and start a new park.

Some Of These Rides Need A Bit Of A Spit Shine

I must admit that the Sega version of Theme Park is the roughest looking of the bunch. The PC version and the 32-bit versions have a ton of personality, but here in order to fit this massive game on a cartridge, they had to cut back the graphics considerably. The rides look decent enough, but when you move the screen, things can go to hell and the game looks flat out weird!

There is just not as much polish here at all as there is in the other versions of the game. The music repeats the whole time you play it and gets very annoying. When you go to a different ride the music will change which I like. Still, just play your own music as you play this and you will have a much better time.

Theme Park Light

Look, this is Theme Park, but it is probably the weakest version that I have played. It is just very “basic” in comparison to the other versions that I have played over the years, even the SNES version holds up better than this. I know that a lot of people have trouble using the controller for this game. I never felt that was the issue, instead, it was many of the gameplay features that caused me problems. To start with the handymen flat out do not clean unless you manually make them do so which takes up far too much time, especially if you have a large park. The game moves at a snail’s pace when you try to move the screen. Worst of all is the speed that the days move, there is no way to slow this down and it is not uncommon to spend a month building a path!

Theme Park for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive is not a bad game. As a matter of fact, I would say that if you grew up with this as your only version of Theme Park you will have very fond memories of the game. It is not bad, it really is not. However, when you have played the other versions of Theme Park, there is no getting away from the fact that this one here is probably the weakest of the bunch.

8.5

Final Score

Pros:

  • It is Theme Park on the Sega
  • I liked how each ride had its own theme
  • Making roller coasters and water rides are fun
  • It is very addictive
  • You have to be very hands-on

Cons:

  • I have played most versions of t this game and this is the weakest
  • Having to constantly micro-manage the handymen is annoying

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible, SystemP-200

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:Theme Park supports single modeSingle game mode

Theme Park Screenshots

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