Planet Coaster Tips and Tricks: What Every Tycoon Should Know

Planet Coaster expects only one thing from you: building a successful and aesthetically beautiful Luna Park. There's no denying that it's easier said than done.  And you'll have to do a lot of positioning, resizing, coloring and carousel building before the amusement park of your dream becomes a reality.

We have prepared a couple of tactical tips and tricks that will make your quest of overshadowing Disney theme parks a little bit easier.


1. Set the right mode

Your Planet Coaster conquest begins with choosing a right game mode:

  • Career mode - that's where you learn the ins and outs of Planet Coaster. It will task you with a number of scenarios, in which you'll have to build certain attractions, keeping visitors excited. The first 3-5 scenarios will go relatively smooth for you, which is perfect for learning how the game mechanics work.

  • Sandbox - here you can let your imagination run wild. Unlimited cash, vast territory, and build-all-you-want approach. Perfect for finding your unique style, experimenting and making bizarre constructions.

  • Challenge mode - limited budget, limited income, and research-then-build concept. With 4 difficulty levels, you can learn what it feels like to be a theme park tycoon.

  • Scenario Editor - no limits for your fantasy whatsoever. You can regulate any parameter and set any objective.  Your scenarios can be shared online with other people.

2. Plan smartly

You should keep the building ratio well balanced:

  • 5 rides - 1 food stand, 1 drink stand.

  • 6 rides - 1 toilet.

  • 5-7 rides - 1 ATM.

Speaking of ATMs - the easier the mission, the lesser your need of those. Especially in the very start of the Career mode or in the Easy level of Challenge. The bigger the difficulty grows - get at least 1 ATM  as soon as you can, for it guarantees the guests will use your rides and generate profits.

As for the First Aid - you need to deploy it only in those areas, which have the highest vomit alerts.

3. Snacks

Another reliable source of income - the food stands. Here's what you need to make them make money:

  • Arrange routes for your guests around the rides in simple, untangled loops.

  • Make those route loops crisscross.

  • Build the food stands on spots where the route loops intersect.

  • This way you will economize your budget money by building fewer food stands. Meanwhile, guests will have to pay you to get the munchies.

4. Broad way

To avoid bustle make the paths for guests broader. This will be your insurance against the guest traffic getting jammed, which results in money loss.

5. Advertising

Although marketing and promotion guarantee more visitors, in the beginning, you won't need more than one cheap advertisement at one time - this will be enough. What you really need to do is to invest into attracting different demographic groups from time to time. The balance between attracting teenagers & adult guests.

6. Build smartly

Hotkeys and shortcuts will let you save time and energy while architecting your Luna Park:

  1. Press F while placing wall-based items like windows, canopies, etc. on the wall. This provides accurate and perfect lining up. It also works for floor objects: benches, trash bins, flower pots, lamps.

  2. Turn a building and a nearby scenery into one movable object. Select both of them and click on Add standalone scenery connected to the building.

  3. If you need to split the road, making it go in two different directions - press Z to make it look smooth and lovely.

7. Duplicating scenery? Child's play!

While it seems to be an impossible effort, you can actually duplicate scenery items pretty quickly. You need to do this little manipulation:

  1. Pick a short column with a grid background.

  2. Drag it down, so it goes underground.

  3. Choose a scenery item you want.

  4. Put it above the column, so the scenery is inside the grid.

  5. Select it as "building".

  6. Press Ctrl + D to duplicate it.

As you can see the trick here is to classify a scenery item like a building. Saves a load of time and energy.

8.  Bullet-like precision

Sometimes you need to select a number of scenery items to move them to another spot and so on. But trees, bushes and other objects may get in your way and cause a great deal of frustration.

To select scenery with precision:

  1. Use Click or drag to add to the selection.

  2. Then left-click on the scenery items you need.

In case you want to sculpt some elaborate construction - say a luxurious fountain with a jester statue - you might want to put one scenery item on top of another.

To do so:

  1. Choose a scenery that will serve as a foundation.

  2. Press Ctrl + X.

  3. Select a different scenery object.

And voila: it will be placed precisely on top of the basis. Repeat the action as many times as you need to finalize your architectural composition.

9. Camerawork

You can utilize two camera modes in Planet Coaster.

The first one allows you to observe your amusement park from a bird's eye view. Via this mode, it's easier to get the overall picture of your Luna park and get from one end to another. The controls are classic WASD.

The second mode is accessible through pressing T button. Its first-person view is perfect for a more detailed exploration of your park since you can put yourself in the shoes of a regular guest. It's helpful when you're indoors, underground or just want to check how gorgeous the architectural ensemble of your park is.

10. It's all about janitors

To keep your park clean, you don't have to mark patrol routes for you janitors manually anymore. Instead, use Create a new roster command. It allows you to assign the hard-working filth eliminators to specific areas or rides.

11. Blood-thrilling rides

To increase the popularity of your park, always invest in the intense and fast rides. The slow rides don't make much hype, and you can only resort to them if you plan to build a thematic ride - a scary one for instance.

The critical components of building a joyful ride are:

  • Avoiding too many flat patches of the ride track. The differences in height must be balanced in your roller-coaster like verse & chorus in a song. It'll create an adrenaline-stimulating rhythm, which in turn won't hit the Fear mark.

  • Playing with gravity and banking tools, that tilt the ride in a certain direction.

Putting your debut ride together will include these steps:

  • Setting up a Station - place, which has entrance and exit for the guests.

  • Building a lift chain, which makes the ride go up. It is recommended to make it as tall as 50 meters in the beginning. Later you can increase the height to the limits set by the game.

  • Making a slope so the car can go down, using the extra speed boost from gravity.

Your ride makes a full loop, and the job is done. Only through experimenting with those building tools and getting a hold of the mechanics you can build genuinely bestselling attractions.

12. Music

Every ride can be accompanied by any music you want. Just formulate a playlist and put it in the UseMusic folder, which is located within the PlanetCoaster folder.

So here they are, our top Planet Coaster tips and tricks. Did we miss something out? Do you have more handy tips up your sleeve? Feel free to share.