Top 15 Rollercoaster Tycoon Best Layouts That Are Awesome

Rollercoaster Tycoon

Rollercoaster Tycoon is a classic title in business management and theme park building. The third installment is the most recent release, until the game turns to Planet Coaster. Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 uses 3D graphics and a lot more diverse camera shots to let you look at your own park in beautiful detail.

In this article, we’re going to look at the Top 15 Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Best Layouts that are awesome.


15# Best Rollercoaster Tycoon Layout - Vanilla Hills

Vanilla Hills Gameplay: (146) Let's Play RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 - Part 1 - VANILLA HILLS ★ Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Gameplay - YouTube

The very first layout map in every RCT game is always simple for getting started with the game.

The benefits of Vanilla Hills are:

  • There’s a lot of clear space that allows freedom for roller coasters and pathway building.
  • You don’t get many obstacles in your way.
  • You don’t need to think much to get started with building the theme park of your dreams.

Because of the third highlight, you’ll still come back to this map just for that reason alone. Sometimes you just don’t want the aggravation of thinking too hard with these types of games, so Vanilla Hills is an awesome layout for sticking with simplicity.


14# Best Rollercoaster Tycoon Layout - Fright Night

Fright Night Gameplay: (146) RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Fright Night (Complete) - YouTube

Fright Night is a devilish and nightmarish scenario. It not only contains spooky theming, but the level also has:

The very intense selection of roller coasters like Vertical Drop, Towering Coaster, and Wild Mouse Coaster provides fun, creative building along with the Halloween theme.

Similar to Vanilla Hills, a lot of clear, flat land gives space for building tall, wide tracks.

There are also tall mountains and hills in some spots of the level, which is useful to build a high starting point for a ride without having to put in a chain hill. (e.g., vertical drop).


 13# Best Rollercoaster Tycoon Layout - Box Office

Box Office Gameplay: (146) Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 - Box Office - Walkthrough Gameplay PC - YouTube

Fancy a go at building your own Universal Studios? Then look no further than the box office layout. On the map, this landscape has a lake, mining sites, forest, and mountains. It’s trickier than the first two and requires more skill in building around them, but with plenty of creative strategies, it can be done.

  • Build the roller soaker. A suspended train carriage drops into a water tank.
  • Thrill rides include the Swinging Inverter Ship, Top Spin, and Motion Simulator.
  • a large variety of scenery items to provide flexibility in building this world.


12# Best Rollercoaster Tycoon Layout - Goldrush!

Gold Rush Gameplay: (146) Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 - Goldrush [Tycoon] (1080p) - YouTube

The Rollercoaster Tycoon layout of Goldrush takes you out to a very barren desert. Naturally, this theme park setting is well-suited for wooden coasters, runaway trains, oil mines, and loads of great western decorations.

 If you feel that your layout is getting too dry, then why not build a swimming pool for your guests and even add a water slide or a rubber dinghy track?

 Important note: 

 Make sure there are plenty of drink stalls for your guests.


11# Best Rollercoaster Tycoon Layout - New Blood

New Blood Gameplay: (146) Let's Play RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 - Part 16 - NEW BLOOD ★ Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Gameplay - YouTube

A fan of vampires? Then sink your teeth into this theme park layout. As you’ve probably guessed, this world offers all the scary scenery, including bats, castles, and coffins. The rides on offer include:

  • Scary coasters, including inversions, suspended passenger trains, and wooden coasters, are available; just make sure there are enough mechanics on hand.
  • This layout also features thrill rides like the Enterprise.
  • New Blood offers a huge range of tools to create your vampire-themed fairground.

Important note: 

You’ll need to complete the earlier maps in campaign mode to unlock this Rollercoaster Tycoon layout.


 10# Rollercoaster Tycoon Layout - Valley of Kings

Valley of King's Gameplay: (146) Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 - Valley of Kings - Walkthrough Gameplay PC - YouTube

The Valley of Kings’s game layout is further along in the RCT 3 game. Set in another desert-type setting, the map focuses on an Ancient Egypt theme. In career mode, you start off at the apprentice level, and your starting goals are:

  •  to sustain at least 300 guests for a month.
  • A weekly income of $100 from all the rides
  • A minimum of two coasters that are 820.20 feet or more

To help get you started, Valley of the Kings already has a steel coaster named "The Python." It’s great as the ice is broken for a small running theme park; all you’ve got to do is develop the attraction into an awesome complex using Egyptian-style rides and decoration.


9# Rollercoaster Tycoon Layout - Go With The Flow!

Go With The Flow! Gameplay: (146) Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 - Go With The Flow - Walkthrough Gameplay PC - YouTube

A water-style theme park layout that is set within the walls of a palace or pavilion You can build a wide selection of water rides and even add them to a swimming pool complex. On this map, you start off with just pathways and a lot of space to build on grass and water.

The benefits of this scene are:

  • You get a Taj Mahal-type building in the center.
  • The theme park layout offers very majestic rides, including a massive Ferris Wheel and a "London-Eye" type with the same carriages (just make sure you’ve got enough room).
  • Enhance your park by researching new rollercoasters.

Overall, Go With the Flow not only provides an opportunity for great theme park building, but the challenges set are sufficient to keep your problem-solving mind busy.


8# Best Rollercoaster Tycoon Layout - Broom Lake

Broom Lake Gameplay: (146) RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Broom Lake (Complete) - YouTube

The Broom Lake layout is located in a desert, where you can build an experimental high-tech park. Similar to the Halloween level, it contains a spooky theme; however, the land style is a barren wasteland, and with the mention of the CIA, it has an Area 51-type edge.

The land is fairly mountainous; however, there is a restriction on space with this game layout.

The benefits of this map include:

  • It’s challenging and isn’t that easy to complete, so when you do finally conquer the Tycoon challenges, you’ll feel very satisfied with your sense of completion.
  • You get a VIP guest drop-in at some point too, which adds to the pressure of having the most premium-run theme park.
  • Create high-tech roller coasters such as the Lim Launched Coaster and the Air Powered Coaster.

Broom Lake is a challenging scenario, so you’ll need to really give thought to your theme park building strategy on this one.


7# Rollercoaster Tycoon Best Layout - Cosmic Craggs

Cosmic Craggs Gameplay:

As you can see from the picture above, Cosmic Craggs offers a wide range of coasters for this level and is one of the much later stages of RCT3. So, you’ve probably guessed that the difficulty gets harder. On this layout, you can expect:

  • Good-sized building plots, but it is very mountainous
  • The layout features space heroes, and your objective is to make them proud.
  • Start off by building a gravity-defying stand-up rollercoaster, or, if you’re not ready for such a big investment at the beginning, purchase one of the smaller thrill rides like Gravitron or Zipper.

This scenario is difficult and one of the last level selections for what you have to work with.


6# Rollercoaster Tycoon Best Layout - Checkered Flag

Checkered Flag Gameplay: (146) Let's Play RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 - Part 3 - CHECKERED FLAG ★ Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Gameplay (RCT3) - YouTube

By the name, you should’ve already guessed that go-karting is the main feature of this theme park layout. If you’re a big Formula One fan, then this level will be sure to keep you enthralled for hours.

  • Other rides you can build around the gigantic go-kart track include:
  • Log flumes. White Water Rapids and other water rides like slides, etc.
  • A huge selection of thrill rides like Top Star, Rip Tide, and Twirler.

To really challenge yourself with roller coaster building, why not have a go at putting together the Splitting Coaster, where you need to build two tracks in parallel to each other?

There’s a lot to the Checkered Flags Layout, and it was one of my favorite theme park builds in the game. It’s one of the beginning stages, but it does get your imagination going, especially as it starts you off with a pre-made Go-Kart track.


5# Best Roller Coaster Tycoon Layout - GunSlinger

Gun Slinger Gameplay: (146) RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Gunslinger (Complete) - YouTube

GunSlinger is another Western-style layout, and it starts you off with a runaway train and an old-fashioned ferris wheel. You start off with the objective of building two rollercoasters with a minimum length of 885 ft. and a minimum park value of $25,000.00.

The difficulty setting for this stage is moderately difficult, and the benefits of landscaping this awesome layout are:

  • You can experiment with western-themed rides such as the TNT Vortex or Lasso.
  • In the beginning, you are given seven rollercoaster-type designs. The recommended ones to go for are wooden styles like Wooden Wild Mine, StrataCoaster, and Hypercoaster.
  • Western-style buildings come with the territory, and it’s exciting to incorporate them into your roller coaster designs.

Overall, this layout keeps up with the engaging momentum of the Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 game, and if you’re a fan of the Wild West and Western styles, then you’ll enjoy the mood of this game as a whole as it offers a few scenarios to this theme.


4# Best Rollercoaster Tycoon Layout - Ghost Town

Ghost Town Gameplay: (146) Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 - Ghost Town - Walkthrough Gameplay PC - YouTube

As you can tell from the screenshot, things really do get a bit spooky on this game map layout. Starting off with a pathway running through the center, with nothing more than a few derelict buildings scattered along it, you’ve got a lot of work to do to turn this into a thriving theme park.

You get to start off with:

  • 4 thrill rides, including the Chair Swing, Double Swinging Inverter, Gallows Swing, and Rotor
  • 6 roller coasters: the Wooden Wild Mouse, the Wooden Coaster, the Mini Suspended Coaster, the Corkscrew Coaster, the Reverser Coaster, and the Tilt Coaster.
  • Spooky Wheel and Ghost House Ride are two gentle rides.

With a budget of $15,000, the best way to get started is by offering some shops, thrill rides, and a gentle ride. Don’t forget to put in maintenance staff, and then once profits start to accumulate, start building your rollercoasters and going to town on your theme park creativity.


3# Rollercoaster Tycoon Layout - Island Hopping

Island Hopping Gameplay: (146) Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 - Island Hopping - Walkthrough Gameplay PC - YouTube

As we now enter the last three best layouts that are awesome for Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, you’ll notice the landscapes are more beach, water, and paradise island styles, which is my favorite type of scenery in the whole game.

If you have a creative streak, you can use the pathways to model the piers found at seaside resorts. Who doesn't enjoy a pier with a large funfair at its end? Like Brighton Pier, Santa Monica, or Blackpool Leisure Beach.

To help with development on this map:

  • You start off with $10,000, and on Island Hopping, you only get given the entrance with a small pathway, so you are literally starting from scratch.
  • offers interesting thrill rides, and if you’re nostalgic enough to remember the Magic Carpet, then you’ll be excited to know you get to start off with the option of building one of them.

You begin with seven rollercoaster designs, but the only one with water is Rafts until you begin to unlock more.

There is a lot of potential with this awesome layout to build the most exciting theme park of your dreams on the water and on small sandy islands.


2# Best Rollercoaster Tycoon Layout - Captain Blackheart’s Cove

Captain Blackheart’s Cove Gameplay:

At the apprentice level, you are expected to:

  • Sustain at least 300 guests in your park for 2 months.
  • Build and have at least 20 guests in a swimming pool complex. 
  • Build from scratch a thriving seaside theme park.

This level is on Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! However, on the Nintendo Switch version, this is built in with RCT3 and Safari.


1# Best Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Layout - Oasis of Fun

Oasis of Fun Gameplay: (146) Roller Coaster Tycoon 3: Soaked ! Oasis of Fun - YouTube

Oasis of Fun definitely lives up to its name and is my favorite awesome RCT3 layout. The ratio of land to water is very balanced, making it a very inspiring landscape to work with. You start off with $10,000 and nothing more than a very natural oasis setting, with waterfalls, palm trees, and a few huts.

The ride inventory at the beginning includes:

  • The giant water slide, the pirate ship, the flying carpet, and the zipline are the four thrill rides.
  • 7 rollercoasters: Log Flume, Inverted Impulse Coaster, Roller-Soaker, Turbo Bikes, Wooden Coaster, River Rapids, and Hershey’s Stormrunner.
  • Tropical-style stalls like Coconut Drinks, Moorish Kebabs, Pizzerias, and Turkish Delight

 Without a doubt, Oasis of Fun is my top favorite and most awesome RCT3 layout because of the rides on offer, the type of landscape, and also because the difficulty is moderate. I’ve had hours of fun designing on this level, and it's the one I come back to the most.

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