4 [Financial] Lessons From Rollercoaster Tycoon

The goal of Rollercoaster Tycoon is to build and manage your own theme park. Like in many games, everything is possible. You could design the most ridiculous coasters entirely yourself, you hire entertainers in costumes, or you could simply put down a Ferris wheel.

As you see, I’ve learned a lot of things about Rollercoaster Tycoon. Let’s dive into the financial lessons I learned from Rollercoaster Tycoon.


No cheat codes resulted in me watching my income and spending very carefully. I would evaluate what would cost me the most money in a month. Looking at my financial summary, trying to figure out where I would be able to save money.


The point is, I learned to be patient and not to instantly get gratification all the time. I would take the responsibility as a 9-year-old would. I would sit there, thinking about how I can pay off my loan as fast as possible.

Calculated Risk

Test your rides, test the waters before you decide to dive in. Don’t go all-in on things that you know nothing about. Take the risks in the areas where you know exactly what risk you’re taking and how that might benefit you.


Over time, I found shortcuts to maximizing my earnings when playing Rollercoaster Tycoon. Like when it started raining, I would raise my price for umbrellas enormously. People would pay anything for an umbrella when it starts raining. Anything. Simple supply and demand.