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Video Game / Parkitect

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Parkitect is a construction and management simulation video game by Texel Raptor studio. In this game, you build and manage your own theme parks.

The development of this game started in March 2014, and released in November 2018.

Parkitect provides examples of:

  • All Deserts Have Cacti: Various cacti are available as "Western" decorations.
  • An Entrepreneur Is You: It has greater focus on scenario play and financial management compared to Planet Coaster.
  • Anti-Frustration Features:
    • Accidentally built a building or prop in the wrong place? Deconstructing things will refund 100% of building cost, so you don't need to worry about money.
    • The scenery immersion factor is actually pretty easy to get used to, at least when it comes to preventing negative factors. Simply placing walls or trees around objects that incur an immersion penalty (such as supply depots and staff rooms) is enough to hide it away from guests. Doors also count as walls without blocking off paths.
    • There are not only blueprints for pre-built rides, but also scenery assets and shop combinations. So it's incredibly easy to set up a one-tile bathroom that's covered for immersion's sake.
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    • You have the option to build scenery freely or by using the grid, which can help for space management.
    • Research is way more flexible than it was in Roller Coaster Tycoon; not only is the potential maximum budget much higher, but you can also research two items at once if you have the money to hire a new research team.
    • Guests take longer to drown. This is handy when you accidentally leave them in water from removing paths. Not so much when you do it on purpose, but when you do that, you probably weren't going to fish them out anyway...
    • Even if you can't charge for both a park entrance and ride entrance fees, guests will behave in a way that won't inconvenience you either way. They'll make an effort to ride at least one ride if your park entrance is free, or they'll eventually tire out and leave your park if your ride entrances are free.
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    • "No Entry" banners can be specified to block guests or different types of staff.
  • Artificial Brilliance: The guests have a lot more object permanence than the ones in Roller Coaster Tycoon, having better navigation skills to reach the rides they're interested in and being affected by visual cues instead of randomly selecting paths at crossroads. Thus, they're a lot more proactive in finding rides that cater towards their intensity preferences.
  • Big Boo's Haunt: Using "Spooky" decorations like tombstones, skeletons, or huge eye creatures can invoke this trope.
  • Developers' Foresight: The ill-advised trick to block your park exit with a "No Entry" banner in Roller Coaster Tycoon is even more ineffective here; guests will bypass such a banner if it means leaving the park.
  • Dump Stat: The "Prices" category for your park rating can easily be ignored, and should often be in order to maximize the profit you get from the park. It should only be heeded in scenarios that explicitly require this stat to be above a certain threshold.
  • Easy Logistics: Slightly averted. Unlike Rollercoaster Tycoon, and like Planet Coaster, staff members need some rest at the Staff Room whenever necessary. Unlike both, now food, drink, gifts, and other stuff must be supplied through a logistics depot, as well as connecting trash chutes for disposal and building staff paths. Played straight in that storekeepers don't need such maintenance, although they do need to arrive at the park proper, resulting in a little bit of downtime for newly constructed stalls (and they'd still be inoperative at the start due to requiring the supplies provided by haulers).
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: You can hire entertainers in dinosaur costume. It's the default costume representing the dev mascot for Texel Raptor.
  • Game Mod: The Steam Workshop not only hosts saved blueprints, but also new objects as well as gameplay features such as coaster cam and free camera, which the vanilla game lacks as of 2021.
  • Green Hill Zone: Use grassy terrain textures and many trees and flowers.
  • Haunted House: It's available as one of the calm rides.
  • Isometric Projection: This game is full 3D, but this camera option is available from the settings.
  • The Lost Woods: Addition to normal trees, there are fantastic plant objects like huge flowers, spooky trees with face, or big colorful mushrooms. Using these objects can create fantastic forests to your park.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Downplayed Trope. Vandals always wear masks that cover the lower half of their face, but the only thing they can do is destroying roadside objects like benches or lamps. And having security guards in your park can easily deal with them.
  • Medieval European Fantasy: You can use medieval themed props like archery targets or old barrels to invoke this trope.
  • Palmtree Panic: You can use palm trees and sandy terrain textures to make beaches for your park.
  • Shifting Sand Land: Paint the ground with sandy terrain textures, and plant many cacti.
  • Shout-Out: One of unlockable achievements is named "Wild Ride", a nod to the infamous fan-made car ride in RCT2. Said achievement's icon depicts a skeleton in the exact same pose as Mr. Bones.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Using ice/snow terrain textures and white-colored trees is a good way to invoke this trope. Also, there are snowman props.
  • Spiritual Successor: To first two sprite-based RollerCoaster Tycoon games.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Guests can't swim at all.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Maple Meadows is very similar to Forest Frontiers, the first scenario in RCT1.
  • Swan Boats: The Paddleboats ride can use swan boats.
  • Threatening Shark: Inverted Trope. There's a shark costume for Entertainers, and they too will make guests happy.
  • Tomorrowland: You can use various sci-fi themed props, like futuristic towers, Tesla coils or large radars.
  • Towering Flower: Big flowers are available as "Fantasy" decorations.
  • Vague Age: The age of guests are not defined in this game. All of them are able to ride coasters with extreme intensity, but they are childish enough to enjoy huge playground slides.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential:
    • You can make roller coasters with ultra-extreme nausea ratings, which will always make guests throw up.
    • You can pick up guests and dump them into water. They will not survive.
    • You can charge a fee for using restrooms.
    • You can pop guests' balloons (which they bought from your store) by clicking them. You get an achievement for popping enough of them.
    • Encouraged when it comes to vandals. The kindest thing you can do in dealing with them is to ban them from your park. There's nothing stopping you from drowning them instead...
  • The Wild West: Western themed props and sand/rock terrain textures are available, so you can easily build western-themed parks.
  • You Have Researched Breathing: In some scenarios, you need to fund your research team to unlock very basic things, like info kiosks or balloon shops.