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Independent video game developer Graphite Lab recently collaborated with interactive entertainment company Atari to develop the newly released RollerCoaster Tycoon Story. St. Louis based Graphite Lab brought the game to life from initial concept to finished product.
Founded in 2009, Graphite Lab was purchased in 2015 by Matt Raithel and is known for developing titles connected to hit licenses. The independent video game development studio has produced titles alongside top publishers like Cartoon Network, Disney, Hasbro, and Konami as well as created mobile apps for major franchises featuring Mr. Potato Head, My Little Pony, Tonka, and Transformers.
Based on RollerCoaster Tycoon, one of the best-selling franchises in PC gaming history, RollerCoaster Tycoon Story is the latest entry in the series and the first to introduce a single-player storyline. The RollerCoaster Tycoon series was created by legendary game developer Chris Sawyer and first released on Windows PC in 1999.
The new RollerCoaster Tycoon Story game features an innovative rail match system where players earn tickets that can be used to complete tasks such as repairing rides, cleaning up park grounds, and rebuilding shops. With the help of a cast of characters, players can restore the luster to Eagleland theme park while unraveling hidden mysteries and meeting new characters along the way.
“This is an exciting game that pays respect to the classic while offering a new way for players to step into the shoes of a RollerCoaster Tycoon,” said Graphite Lab’s Owner and Studio Director Matt Raithel. “Our attention to character development makes this a unique story, one we plan to build upon and grow over time.”
The free-to-play “match 3” puzzle game is now available on the App Store and Google Play for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices.