Thrillville

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Thrillville
Thrillville.png
European cover art
Developer(s) Frontier Developments
Publisher(s) LucasArts (North America)
Atari Europe (Europe)
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox
Release
  • NA: November 21, 2006
  • PAL: December 1, 2006 (PS2)
  • AU: February 2, 2007 (PSP)
  • EU: February 9, 2007 (PSP)
Genre(s) Strategy, action, party
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

Thrillville is a simulation and strategy video game that depicts theme park management, very similar to RollerCoaster Tycoon, which Frontier Developments also developed. Thrillville is available for PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and, in North America, Xbox.

Plot[edit]

The concept of the game is to design and build a theme park that will satisfy tourists looking for a thrill. Park guests must be kept happy by use of roller coasters, carnival rides and games like bumper cars and arcade games. In party play mode, players can play all the mini-games available against the computer or friends. The player can build facilities that would be available in amusement parks, such as bathrooms, food stalls, drink stalls and even some hat and balloon stalls. The player may also talk and interact with his guests to become friends. Using a teen character, the player may also flirt with the opposite sex. The player can play mini-games to gain money, make loans, and hire staff to clean, entertain, and fix rides. Keeping park guests happy will increase publicity and money. Missions, through the completion of which the player may gain money and other rewards, are also available.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
PS2 PSP Xbox
Edge 7/10[1] N/A N/A
EGM 4.5/10[2] N/A 4.5/10[2]
Eurogamer 6/10[3] N/A N/A
Game Informer 7.75/10[4] N/A 7.75/10[4]
GamePro 2.5/5 stars[5] N/A 2.5/5 stars[5]
Game Revolution B[6] N/A B[6]
GameSpot 7.6/10[7] 7.7/10[8] 7.7/10[8]
GameSpy 3.5/5 stars[9] 3.5/5 stars[9] 3.5/5 stars[9]
GameZone 7.9/10[10] 7.9/10[11] 8.1/10[12]
IGN 7.5/10[13] 7.5/10[13] 7.5/10[13]
OPM (US) 7/10[14] 7/10[14] N/A
OXM (US) N/A N/A 8/10[15]
The A.V. Club B[16] N/A B[16]
The Times 3/5 stars[17] 3/5 stars[17] N/A
Aggregate score
Metacritic 69/100[18] 72/100[19] 71/100[20]

The game received "average" reviews on all platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[18][19][20]

The A.V. Club gave the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions a B, saying, "You'll be extremely busy when you get started. Luckily, the game is forgiving, so you don't have to worry about going out of business if you'd rather go off and train cheerleaders. It's your park; have fun with it."[16] However, The Times gave the PS2 and PSP versions three stars out of five, saying, "There is plenty to do in the management of the park and great rewards for success. However, all this is undermined because it is much more fun to play one of the driving, mini-golf, shooting or football games than do all the menial things."[17] The Sydney Morning Herald gave the PS2 version two stars out of five, saying that "A trip to Thrillville takes you on a long, unnecessary detour through Dullsville."[21]

Sequel[edit]

A sequel, Thrillville: Off the Rails, was released on October 16, 2007 for PSP, Wii, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS.

Frontier Developments returned to create Off the Rails for all mentioned platforms, except for the DS version, which was developed by DC Studios instead. The game features over 20 rides and over 30 minigames, as well as new types of coasters called Whoa! Coasters.

Frontier Developments continued their development of theme park management games with the release of Planet Coaster in 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edge staff (January 2007). "Thrillville (PS2)". Edge (171): 85. 
  2. ^ a b EGM staff (January 2007). "Thrillville (PS2, Xbox)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (211): 106. 
  3. ^ Parkin, Simon (December 12, 2006). "Thrillville (PlayStation 2)". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Helgeson, Matt (December 2006). "Thrillville (PS2, Xbox)". Game Informer (164): 130. Archived from the original on March 9, 2008. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b World of Forms (November 22, 2006). "Review: Thrillville (PS2, Xbox)". GamePro. Archived from the original on January 17, 2008. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Parker, Tom (November 28, 2006). "Thrillville Review (PS2, Xbox)". Game Revolution. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  7. ^ GameSpot staff (November 21, 2006). "Thrillville Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b GameSpot staff (November 21, 2006). "Thrillville Review (PSP, Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c Theobald, Phil (November 21, 2006). "GameSpy: Thrillville". GameSpy. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ Zacarias, Eduardo (November 28, 2006). "Thrillville - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 5, 2008. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  11. ^ Aceinet (November 19, 2006). "Thrillville - PSP - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 18, 2008. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  12. ^ Knutson, Michael (November 27, 2006). "Thrillville - XB - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 21, 2008. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b c Lewis, Ed (November 21, 2006). "Thrillville Review". IGN. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "Thrillville". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 78. January 2007. 
  15. ^ "Thrillville". Official Xbox Magazine: 75. January 2007. 
  16. ^ a b c Dahlen, Chris (January 3, 2007). "Thrillville (PS2, Xbox)". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on January 7, 2007. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b c McNamara, John (December 9, 2006). "Thrillville (PS2, PSP)". The Times. Archived from the original on February 8, 2007. Retrieved April 6, 2017. (subscription required)
  18. ^ a b "Thrillville for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "Thrillville for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  20. ^ a b "Thrillville for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  21. ^ Fish, Eliot (December 18, 2006). "Thrillville (PS2)". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 

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