Mall of America: Camp Snoopy Tycoon?

Monday, November 1, 2004 6:05 PM
Hello Coaster Fans Who Are Busy Building Coasters in RCT3,

Just wondering if anyone notice on their local store shelves Mall of America Tycoon? I have seen many Mall Tycoons and Mall Tycoons 2 but not Mall of America Tycoon. It's 19.99 at a local Walmart here in Ohio.

The funny thing is, it's covered with Camp Snoopy Pictures. And it almost entirely talks about you getting to run Camp Snoopy. It has pictures of it's coaster and rides, and Snoopy Bounce, etc. Looks to be A LOT of puplicity for Cedar Fair and it's Camp Snoopy. Makes me wonder if they sell this there.

It looked kinda cheesy overall, but might be worth it for those Camp Snoopy fans.

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Monday, November 1, 2004 6:09 PM
A lot of publicity? From a bargain bin software title?
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Monday, November 1, 2004 6:10 PM
Worth it?

Show me one "Tycoon" game under the "Value" or "Budget" type brand names that was actually GOOD. You're bound to find nearly none.

Seaworld Tycoon was no good... only fair, but very very restricting...
Mall tycoon, which this is kinda built off of, wasn't all that great, along with Mall Tycoon2... it's fair, but has a lot of flaws.

If the box feels like there's nothing in it except a CD, it's most likely garbage... and I felt the box... it's like there's nothing in it at all...

I never played it, cannot comment specifically on it, but I can guarantee that since it's a budget game, the pretty box is just a cover-up for a very "average" game. It's less buggy than RCT-3, but it's probably lacking in gameplay & freedom.

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Monday, November 1, 2004 6:54 PM
Then there are the tycoon games that are SUPPOSED to be good, and they are still buggy pieces of crap.

cough...cough...rct3...cough...cough

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Monday, November 1, 2004 6:57 PM
Just as an aside, while you are specifically speaking of "tycoon" games, I fear that some might extrapolate your musings to other value titles.

Just because a video game ends up in the bargin bin doesnt *necessarily* mean that is sucks. For example, last year's Beyond Good and Evil sold horribly and ended up in the bargin bin just to recoup whatever money it could, but the game was a critical success and, IMO (and the opinion of many "hardcore" gamers) was a phenomenal game. One that "out-Zelda-ed" The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker.

just a thought

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Monday, November 1, 2004 9:48 PM
Beyond G&E was a great game, no doubt about that. Its a shame it didnt sell well at all. But Better than Zelda: Wind Waker?

Lets not go that far....

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Monday, November 1, 2004 10:36 PM
Tycoon games can be fun. It all depends on what you like. My sister loves Zoo tycoon and I like Railroad Tycoon 2 & 3.
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Monday, November 1, 2004 10:56 PM
Amazon has a few screenshots of the game.

Looks like your average mall-building Tycoon game with a theme park element built in, though you have to give them credit for including a few realistic rides for accuracy.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2004 6:51 AM
Zoo Tycoon & Railroad Tycoon weren't "Budget" games. Zoo Tycoon was in fact manufactured by Microsoft & retailed for $29.95 along with its numerous expansion packs.

Tycoon games Im referring to are all the dumb ones with all the obscure objectives:
Cruiseline Tycoon, Circus Tycoon, Trailerpark Tycoon, Skatepark Tycoon, Ski Resort Tycoon, Vega$ Tycoon, Moon Tycoon, Airport Tycoon, Lemonade Tycoon, Pizza Tycoon... etc etc etc. The list goes on & on.

Unless the game actually has some type of "hype" from the media like Gamespot, IGN, or whatever... as well as some previews, movies, and maybe even a demo... you know not to hold your breath. There are very few exceptions to this rule, but most has held up regarding any of the "budget" Tycoon games (RCT, Zoo, & Railroad being the exceptions)

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Tuesday, November 2, 2004 10:45 AM
School Tycoon. Trailer Park Tycoon. The list goes on and on. But agreed, Zoo and Railroad Tycoons were not cheap, to buy or to make...
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Tuesday, November 2, 2004 12:36 PM

RollerCoasterGod said:
Looks to be A LOT of puplicity for Cedar Fair and it's Camp Snoopy. Makes me wonder if they sell this there.

Cedar Fair probably had little, if anything, to do with it. Remember, Cedar Fair only *operates* Camp Snoopy. IIRC it's actually owned by Mall of America (which would make sense since it's in their mall).

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