Review: Planet Coaster – Console Edition

Build your amusement park to the smallest detail with this extremely detailed simulator!

As I mentioned before, I’m not that fond of games that become more like a job than relaxation. There are really a plethora of such games where you constantly need to give a hand, so that your characters feel good and happy. When Planet Coaster: Console Edition appeared in the review pile so I thought it was just a “build roller coaster” game. But I was wrong.

Planet Coaster: Console edition - Wendros - Frontier - press image - copyright 2020
Press image: Wendros

Planet Coaster: Console Edition is thus the console version of Planet Coaster, which was released on PC already four years ago (2016) here, however, with improved graphics and new gameplay features. The game allows us to build our very own amusement park down to the smallest detail. You control everything from what attractions you should have, what flowers you plant to how much you take in admission. At first I felt a small lump in my stomach that I should now try to keep track of everything and that all customers would be happy – but soon I realized that Planet Coaster in fact, it is a “job” I do with pleasure!

Planet Coaster: Console edition - Wendros - Frontier - press image - copyright 2020
Press image: Wendros

I quickly get caught up in nerdy myself in all the little details and they are not enough 700 finished sections, you can create your own, as all building blocks are available separately. Once you have created a new attraction and decorated it as you like, you control how much it costs and whether you should raise the entrance to the entire park. You can quickly see if the attraction works properly, or if you need to fix something.

Planet Coaster: Console edition - Wendros - Frontier - press image - copyright 2020
Press image: Wendros

You can also go down to ground level and click on which visitor you want to get their opinion on what they think of your latest craft. If something does not work, you will receive quick feedback so that you can fix the problem. It’s fun to just move through the park and see all the (hopefully) happy people.

Planet Coaster: Console edition - Wendros - Frontier - press image - copyright 2020
Press image: Wendros

What I felt was the downside Planet Coaster: Console Edition was that it was not always easy to get the precision I had wanted, because using a game controller. It would have been better with a mouse because then it would have been easier to aim, release and get the construction exactly the way you want it. Above all, this is true when you go in and start creating your own details. Then there are an awful lot of buttons and sections to keep track of and go into. Since it really is everything from building, to finance and customer service that you need to keep an eye on, it will be quite extensive.

The game works well on Xbox One X (tested version) and if you want to get a little more out of the experience visually, there is a free Xbox Series X patch. You can read more about it in our Xbox Series X test.

Planet Coaster: Console edition - Wendros - Frontier - press image - copyright 2020
Press image: Wendros

In summary, that is Planet Coaster: Console Edition a really fun simulator with good voice actors and clear tutorials. You have many hours of entertainment ahead of you, as you can constantly expand your amusement park and create new, cool attractions. This turned out to be a “job” that actually suited me perfectly. The only thing that lowers the grade from becoming one must is precisely the fact that the game is not optimal on console, unfortunately but gets a little clumsy sometimes with the hand control and it becomes a little too much to keep track of in the head at the same time.