Planet Coaster DLC Review: The Happiest Places on Earth

In Planet Coaster you're given almost absolute freedom to architect an amusement park of your dream.

Insanely tall rides, kookily entangled roller-coaster loops, heavy metal music blasting the speakers, while guests shriek in terror - you can do it all. And also the basics of business/personnel management and marketing.

Planet Coaster DLCs, however, extend your creative palette even further. And we've prepared a review of every single one.

1. Winter Update (free) - Ho-ho-holy deer

It's the most wonderful time of the year! And the strong Christmas vibe is just overpowering: you can construct sleigh rides, retro Collider, bumper cars, Xmas gift shops, and gingerbread houses. And even a little railroad using the Iron Horse - the steam locomotive

If you'd like, you can recreate Santa's village, surround it by the caramel-cane trees, put the snowman guards by his residency and build an Elf sweatshop toyshop.

New features:

  • Global management of Shops & Attractions: prices, opening/closing hours.

  • Info panel displays the Prestige level of the rides. Feedback is provided from the guests' opinions and notifications.

  • Deleting paths can be done via one button.

  • All Staff view allows you to tweak payment, training, roster and other parameters of your staff instantly.

  • Sandbox and Challenge modes also feature a new location: Arctic.

2. Spring Update (free) - Hot summer in the desert

The snow melts away, and the Xmas tinsel is put back in the boxes till the next year. And here comes another free goodie with new both exciting and frustrating content.

Perhaps the biggest challenge in the Spring Update is organizing security: pickpockets and ill-mannered guests will do all they can to ruin the fun time for other visitors. So you will need to dispatch guards and set up CCTV-cameras to minimize the danger.

Other novelties include:

  • 150 new building elements. Security fences are especially helpful.

  • Revamping old rides to increase their popularity.

  • 5 roller-coasters can be synchronized for dueling.

  • New attractions: Bakasura, Big Wheel, Steel Hydra, ZoZo.

  • Three new scenarios have been added as well: Chef's Beef Raceway, Oak Island and Downtown.

3. Summer Update (free) - Fireworks & corn dogs

What is the most anticipated day in summer? The 4th of July of course!  And in Summer Update you get to make the skies burn. In the literal sense of the word.

You can sculpt the visual ecstasy for your guests by applying the Display Sequencer. It boosts guests' happiness since you can make the skies glow in various colors, but it charges you money upon each use. At least it can be triggered at certain dates and even precise time.

Another cool novelty is the Video Billboards. Apart from premade pictures and videos, you can use your original media files to be played on them. The supported formats are:

  • WEBM (videos)

  • JPG

  • PNG

  • TFF

  • BMP

The new attractions include Iron Claw, Sky Watcher, sci-fi Black Out, Viper One, and others.

And new scenarios are waiting to try your patience: Miss Elly's Dinner - a huge coaster made of wood, Gold Mine Tower - an abandoned gold mine with the Wilde West vibe, Starship Hanger - a sci-fi movie studio lost in the middle of a desert.

Note: too many video billboards being active at the same time will sabotage your fps.

4. Spooky Pack ($10.99) - Town of Halloween

It is a monster mash indeed.  Although widely hated for its almost $12 price tag, Spooky Update isn't that bad: it can keep you entertained for nearly 100 hours!

In this DLC you will experiment with:

  • New effects - slime, colored smoke, lightning, mist, fire, howling wind.

  • Scenery - Jack-o'-lanterns, tombstones, dancing skeletons, lighted windows, moving curtains, robotic spiders/rodents.

  • Rides - The Huntsman, The Hoax, etc.

  • New Mascot - all hail King Ghoster!

Not to forget customizable features: the haunted windows can now project videos & pictures, including your original media files and the guests, can put on the thematic headgear and masks.

All in all, it's a very atmospheric and so far the biggest DLC Planet Coaster has to offer.

5.  Anniversary pack (free) - One year of Lunaparking

To celebrate its one year in the industry, Planet Coaster offers a new intriguing feature: smart audience targeting.

Your guests now display more discernible traits. Guests are separated into various groups, and these groups have different likes & preferences, making them fussy about which attraction to pick. On the other hand, it lets you predict how much cash they can spend.

There will be a new scenario, in which you'll have to turn a desolate beach resort into a money-making theme park - Gulpee's Island Paradise.

Scenario Editor is another innovation: you can now tailor your own scenarios and share them with other players via Steam Workshop.

Along with the guests, your staff becomes more humanized too:

  • They can go on strike in the middle of a busy day.

  • Their energy gradually decreases, which means they will need recreational facilities.

  • You will have to hire extra staff to cover lunch breaks.

  • After completing Anniversary Pack, you'll be able to qualify for a personnel manager position.

6. Adventure Pack ($10.99) - The mummy returns

Inspired by the classic adventure movies, this DLC features a truly flamboyant set of scenery items and decorations. Mummies, jungle vegetation, Aztec columns, dropping/rolling boulders, deadly temple traps, blades, spikes and so forth.

You can recreate almost any scene from any Indiana Jones movie, while your guests will be screaming ecstatically on a new mine cart ride.

New attractions include:

  • Gold Fever - a mine cart ride through the cave tunnels.

  • Island Adventure - a big steam-boat joyride.

  • Land Ahoy - the same as previous, only smaller, taking action on a single water channel.

Plus a new mascot: Renee Feu - the charming adventure-seeker.

7. Studios Pack ($10.99) - Lights, camera, action!

Be it a zombie apocalypse, or one of those massive shoot-outs from the 80's movies - Studios Pack can do it all.

It is your own giant dream factory that includes:

  • 127 animatronics elements.

  • 20 effects.

  • 19 brand new blueprints.

  • 85 scenery blueprints.

  • 78 triggerable effects.

And more...

You can organize decorations, props, vehicles, use lighting to recreate any famous movie studio/set or build an original one of yours.

The rides include Re-Motion accompanied by the projecting screens, Horror Heights, which is a multi-drop tower.

8. Vintage Pack ($10.99) - The golden 50s

This DLC draws inspiration from the '50s, '30s and even '20s with its charming retro attractions. Classic Ferris Wheel, horse-carousels, a devilish rickety wooden coaster Zephyrus, Loop da Loop, fortune-telling machines and so on.

Despite its austere content, Vintage Pack feels like a heart-warming, a bit hipsterish time travel. A county fair + carnival that somehow made its way to our days from the time when your grandfather was a hell-raising kid.

9. World's Fair Pack ($10.99) - International affairs

Gather all wonders of the world in your theme park in this DLC. You get to improvise with sceneries and decorum from:

  • Spain

  • China

  • Mexico

  • Britain

  • Japan

  • France

  • Morocco, etc.

Pagodas, golden dragons, miniature Big Ben - all at your service.

Besides every culture has its own food-stalls that sell snacks, which those countries are famous for.

Attractions feature monorail Polarity and Interceptor, Jixxer - two rivaling motorcycle coasters.