Knowledgebase: Game Manual
Posted by Luis Vera on 05 August 2018 01:15 AM

The Main View contains your park in the background, tool buttons along the top, and information buttons in the lower left and right corners. Click on any button to open its associated window.

Pause / Options

Pause This button stops time until you click it again. All activity stops in the park and you cannot build while the game is paused. You can do other tasks, however, including looking at statistics, dealing with finances, managing staff, redecorating rides and eavesdropping on your guests’ thoughts.


The Game Options menu contains the following:

Load Game – Click here to open a saved game and resume playing it.

Save Game – Save your current game so that you can load it later.

About RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 – Click here to view the list of folks who helped make this game possible.

Options – Opens the Options window, which includes a number of game settings you can change to customize the way RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 works.

Sound – This drop-down menu lets you pick the sound card driver the game will use.

Music – Toggle music ON or OFF.

Sound Quality – Choose between LOW, MEDIUM and HIGH.

Forced Software Buffer Mixing – This setting should automatically be adjusted when you install the game. However, if the game stalls regularly or the sound crackles, then toggling this setting ON or OFF might improve those problems.

Currency – This drop-down menu lets you set the type of currency used in your park.

Distance and Speed – Choose between Imperial and Metric systems of measurement.

Temperature – Choose between Fahrenheit and Celsius.

Height Labels – Choose between Real Values (5 feet or 1.5 meters per elevation block) or Units (one unit per elevation block).

Display Mode – Choose among various screen resolutions. Higher resolution settings might slow the game down.

Note: Although the game features a variety of screen modes, it is designed to provide optimum performance in 800x600 mode.

Landscape Smoothing – Toggle ON to smooth angled edges on landscape.

Gridlines on Landscape – Turn landscape gridlines ON or OFF.

Construction Marker – Set construction markers to White or Translucent.

Scroll View – When ON, the Main View will scroll when you move the mouse cursor to the edge of the screen.

Shortcut Keys – Click here to see a list of keyboard shortcuts. Click on a command in the list to assign a new shortcut to it. 

Show Real Names of Guests – When ON, guests are assigned real names; when OFF they are assigned numbers, such as “Guest 234.” 

Screenshot – Takes a snapshot of the current screen and saves it in a file in the directory where you installed RollerCoaster Tycoon 2. The default keyboard shortcut for this command is Ctrl + S.

Quit Game – Ends your current game (you have the option to save it) and exits to the Main Menu.


View Control Tools

Zoom Out

Enlarges the amount of the park you see in the Main View, but displays less detail.

Zoom In

Takes a step closer to the action — displays a smaller area of the park in more detail.

Rotate View

Rotates the landscape a quarter turn (90 degrees) clockwise.


View Options

Sometimes — when you’re building structures, for example — you need an uncluttered view. The View Options menu includes several ways to achieve this. Select an item from the menu to toggle it ON or OFF. A check mark next to a menu item indicates that option is ON. You can have any combination of view options — or even all of them — activated at the same time.

Underground / Inside View – Makes the land surface transparent and provides an underground view. Use this when building underground. The game automatically switches to the underground view when a path or ride you are building goes below the surface.

Remove Base Land – Completely removes the land graphics, allowing you to see underground rides and scenery more easily.

Remove Vertical Faces – Completely removes the vertical “cliff faces” on landscapes.

See-Through Rides – All of your attractions (including shops and stalls) become invisible.

See-Through Scenery – The scenery (trees, bushes, walls, and so on) becomes invisible. Invisible Supports – The structural supports of your rides become invisible, offering a clearer view of the areas beneath them.

Invisible People – All guests and staff are removed from sight. This is quite helpful when your visitors are roaming your park like swarms of bees, obscuring everything.

Height Marks – There are three options for displaying height marks: on Land, on Ride Tracks, and on Paths. This marks every square of land, path or ride-track with its height level relative to the elevation of your park gates. This is handy when you’re trying to match up sections of footpaths or track, and for making the most efficient use of your landscape.

Note: You can choose whether height marks are displayed as Real Values or Units in the Options menu.



Click on this button to open the Mini-Map window, which is a map of the entire park area with tiny representations of paths, rides, and guests. Land owned by the park is colored a lighter shade. Click anywhere on this map to center the Main View there.

There are two tabs in the Mini-Map window: Guests and Objects. Use the Guests tab to help identify overcrowding and clogged paths. Use the color-coded legend on the Objects tab to locate rides and shops. This can help you disperse needed refreshment stands, for example.


Construction Tools


You can always use the right mouse button to bulldoze trees, scenery, and paths one item at a time while in any construction mode. But, you can use this handy tool to demolish larger areas of scenery with a single click. 

Land Tools

Think of the Land tool as your paint and paintbrushes. When you go out to craft and tame the land in your park, the tools will help you. Use the Land tool to adjust the height and slope of any landscape tile (square) in the park. 

Water Tools

If you lead a guest to water, you can probably get him to cool down on a water ride! Use the Water tool to create lakes, rivers, and ponds. 

Scenery / Theme Objects

Scenery objects include gardens, statuary, benches, shrubs, and other useful or decorative non-ride items in your park. Click here to place them in your park.

Build Footpaths / Queue Lines

You’ll use this button often, as you fill your park with (and tear up) walking paths, queuing lines, ramps, and bridges. 

Build New Ride / Attraction

Click on this to open the Ride Creation window. This is where the fun really begins (and the cash starts to flow).



Tools Rides / Attractions in Park

To really excel as a “roller coaster tycoon,” you must analyze park data and adapt to changes, so your guests remain happy and eager to spend time and money in your park. The Rides/Attractions window presents a number of useful overall reports on every ride and facility in the park.

Park Information

This button does the same thing as clicking on the Park Entrance: it opens the Park Status window. 


This opens the Staff window, where you can hire, control and fire park employees. 


You were born to be a tycoon, and the visitors who come to your parks thank you! Click here to learn more about the little people you love to entertain. 



Finances and Park Rating


This information button shows your current cash on hand. When you move your mouse cursor over this figure, your current weekly profit and park value are displayed in a pop-up window. Clicking on the number opens the Financial Summary window. You can change the monetary unit in the Options menu.

Guest Population

This is the number of people currently in your park. Click on this number to open the Guest tab in the Park Information window

Park Rating

The longer the green line, the higher your park rating. When you move your mouse cursor over the green line, your actual park rating (between 0 and 1,000) is displayed in a pop-up window. Click on the green bar to open the Park Rating tab in the Park Information window.


Date / Weather / Messages


Some scenario objectives are time-based — be sure to keep an eye on the calendar so you don’t miss a deadline. The window displays the current month and year, and moving your mouse cursor over the date will display the day in a pop-up window.

Note: Years are measured from March to October since parks typically operate seasonally.


Take a look here to see the current temperature and weather conditions. You can change the temperature units (Celsius or Fahrenheit) in the Options menu.

Recent Messages

Click anywhere on the Date/Weather button to display the Recent Messages window, which lists recent on-screen announcements, such as ride breakdowns, new research discoveries, and awards.


When it rains, all of your guests will want umbrellas, and the only place they can get them is at your Information Kiosks and Souvenir Stands. Make sure you’re not undercharging for them.


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