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Monday, 3 September 2012

How to install custom scenery on RCT3.

In this guide I will explain how to install MOST Custom Scenery sets. By MOST I'm talking about scenery items that DO NOT involve...

  • ride events
  • particles
  • stalls
  • firework stands
  • benches
  • bins
  • park entrances
  • cars/trains
  • rides
  • And others that need certain parts of their files to be placed in MORE than one folder.
Most of the ones listed above probably have a readme.txt file anyway, so read that and there should be instructions on the installation there.

Okay so now you know WHAT TYPE of files I'm talking about, it's time to tell you how to install them files to RCT3.

PLEASE NOTE: It is at your own risk that you install these files, I am not responsible for any loss of data. Remember to back up your RCT3 folders just INCASE you did something wrong. It is important that you make sure you have the required expansion packs required for certain scenery.
STEP 1: Locate the Themed RCT3 folder.

First try copying and pasting the following into the location bar (found at the top of the windows explorer window.)

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Atari\RollerCoaster Tycoon 3\Style\Themed"

Then hit enter.

If that did not work try this:

  • Go to computer/my computer
  • click on 'C:/'
  • then click program files or program files (x86)
  • then click 'Atari'
  • then click 'RollerCoaster Tycoon 3'
  • scroll down then click on ''Style'
  • then click 'Themed'
You should then be in the right place with a list of genres, this is where we will be extracting our .zip files.

STEP 2: Extract your downloaded .zip files

You could either use Windows Explorer to open the zip file or a different extracting program, try googling one. I'm pretty sure you'd fine a free downloadable one.

Once extracted, make sure you read ANY readme file, it could be important. Then copy the files from that .zip file and paste them in the directory - [step 1]

STEP 3: Test and debug
Restart/run Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 and go to sandbox mode, then try looking through all the scenery types/genres and try to find what you were looking for.
NOTE: Sometimes the scenery could be in Walls, fences or even the trees, so be sure to search in them categories too!
If you find what you were looking for try placing it. Your game MAY crash, if it does immediately delete what you downloaded as your computer was not able to handle the file, it could of taken up to much memory RAM.

If it does not crash and allows you to place it, the test is complete!

Known bug, sometimes it may crash even if you have a high-end computer! This is because RCT3 was ONLY made to handle 1 GB of RAM. For example I have 4GB of ram and it used to only use 1 GB ram. So I searched on google and I found a handy piece of software that allows you to make any program use your full amount of RAM. The program is called "Large Address Aware" you can download the .zip of the .exe file here: http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=34392&d=1269231650

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  1. i get a bug when I try to place a few things, not at all of them.. but i need some really hard. : no sid for siv or something like that. what should i do?