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Posted: December 6, 2000
Written by: Dan "Tweak Monkey" Kennedy
Every once in a while, a PC game comes along that is different than the rest. The game isn't necessarily better, more fun, or superior to other games, but it has one quality that makes it stand out -- it is friggin addicting! I think just about every gamer out there can recall at least a few games to which they were undeniably addicted. These are the games that cause you to lose sleep, miss school or work (sometimes on purpose), or that you spend literally hundreds of hours playing.
This article contains a list of the ten most addicting PC games. No, these are not representive of all gamers, and no, these are not the only addicting PC games. For the most part, these are games that I have been addicted to at one time or another, or that were brought to my attention during a recent poll in our forums. I know several games were excluded that could have been included, but again, this is only a list of ten games, and I think all of the games on the list belong on it.
Anyway, read through this article and enjoy it... I'm sure it will bring back some memories... Note - this article was written nearly 12 years ago. For some fun addictive flash games we've tried over the years, check out this list on our forum.
#10: Roller Coaster Tycoon
What is it? - Roller Coaster Tycoon is a simulation game in which you create and operate your own theme park. RCT has sold tons upon tons of copies, and still remains near the top of the best seller list. It's easy enough for anyone to figure out, yet it takes skill and time to master. You have to constantly monitor the condition of your theme park, the prices of the rides, food, etc., and just about every aspect you would have to watch in real life. You have to hire security guards to keep the baddies at rest, costumed bears to entertain the children, and engineers to check the rides. Don't forget to make plenty of bathrooms to help the visitors with those overpriced cheeseburgers and pizzas, and while you're at it, hire plenty of janitors to clean up the vomit (which will be EVERYWHERE if you're not careful). You can build pre-made rides or you can design your own... some that go so furiously fast that they fly off the tracks and kill people... oops.
One nice thing about RCT was you could build above or below ground.
The Verdict - If you have $25 or so to blow and you want to find a good fun and clean game to keep you (and your family) entertained for massive amounts of time, check out RCT. Be warned though -- if it wasn't addicting, it wouldn't have made the list.
Download the RCT demo here.