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Life's a rollercoaster: Theme Park World

Since spring, Theme Park World has gained an awed deference among the specialist press that must have been something of an embarrassment for its developer, Bullfrog. Finally though, we have the product itself and all the hushed, lump-in-throat praise suddenly makes sense. Theme Park World is an absolute cracker of a game.

As anyone familiar with the Theme" genre will have guessed, TPW is a god sim. In this case, you are in ultimate control of a theme park, overseeing every aspect of your very own Alton Towers. Every detail of park creation and management has been included, allowing you free reign to produce a magical Mecca for youngsters everywhere. Facing a bare patch of ground can be daunting at first, so there are info screens and a catalogue of aids to help you, the most vocal being a cartoon Scottish advisor (voiced by Lewis McLeod, who does the impressions for BBC Radio Scotland's On The Ball) who will guide you through any problems.

Soon enough your fledging park is populated with rides, shops, security guards, toilets, ice-cream parlours and, most importantly, children. From there, success depends on innumerable factors from the obvious, like ticket price, to the much more subtle, like having balloon animal-making entertainers touring the queues. If all goes well, kids, then dollars, roll in, allowing you to expand the park, research crazier rides and make even more money.

However, it is not all money. Fulfil a variety of unknown criteria and golden tickets become available. Collect enough of these and more theme parks become available, resulting in four parks running simultaneously. There is also the ability to publish your parks on the Web, letting big kids worldwide play in your wonderland.

Theme Park World is packed with detail, from the vomiting children to the chance to ride your own attractions, and the ever increasing complexity produces a clever sliding scale of difficulty. It is an hour-eater but well, well worth it. Disney is dead, long live the king! (lain Davidson)

Simulation, radical experimentation would be misplaced. This is pure, unadulterated Fl action and if that sounds exciting to you, Formula One 99 won't disappomt. (ID)


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With Quake: Arena and Unreal Tournament hitting the shelves around Christmas, it WOuld seem that, for the first-person shooter, the future lies in deathmatch, Gone are the days of seeking keys and SWitches to open dOOrs, trapdoors and, hopefully, the level eXit. All that counts now are closed arenas, a never-ending arsenal and gallons of controlled, highly aggressive violence. And that is exactly what Turok Rage Wars delivers to the Nintendo 64.

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However, play this With others and the game bursts into a whole new dimension. There are both team games and indiVidual deathmatches, eaSily transforming the best of friends into the worst of enemies. It is fast, fun and highly addictive. The solo game itself doesn’t really warrant the asking price, but for those haVing friends round for Christmas turkey, this Will easily fill the time until the Queen’s speech. (ID)



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