Special thanks to weaselwarrior for contributing tutorial.
The Planet Coaster Park Management Screen is a huge upgrade over prior Roller Coaster Tycoon games. The interface is clean and easy to use. You can also get a lot of information on how your park is running through the different screens. One of the downsides, which may be fixed at a later date, is the inability to sort the different fields in some menus.
The overview tab gives general information on the most important aspects of your park. It includes a guest summary, staff summary, and the rides & attractions summary. It also shows you the top guest thoughts in the park, a financial summary, and a summary of your marketing and research.
The park graph tab shows you data on your overall park rating, balance bonus, scenery rating, marketing bonus, and your ride rating.
This tab gives you the ability to modify your opening and closing times. I haven’t seen any effects of this feature. It is also greyed out in the first scenario. Changing park times would likely be helpful if you are going for a horror park and want most items occurring at night.
The last part of this window is the leaving guest thoughts. This can give you an indicator of why your guests are leaving and the impression they have of the park.It also gives you the ability to set standard, family, and priority passes. You need an information booth to use priority passes. You also need to build separate ride entrances for priority passes.
The park statistics tab is a very basic overview of the current ride rating, scenery rating, park balance bonus, marketing bonus, guest happiness, and park rating.
The finance tab starts with your month to month balance sheet. You can open up the different sections to get a more detailed breakdown of costs and revenue for each subsection.
The loan tab allows you to take out loans from the bank. In this scenario, you can have out up to three loans. You get different amounts and interest on your loans depending on the scenario.
The finances graph shows you data on rides and ticket sales, construction costs, other cash, park management, cash flow, shops and facilities, and profit.
Each scenario sets what you can research, you can pick between rollercoasters, rides, and shops.
This tab shows you prior research projects and the overall cost and time of those projects.
This is where you start up marketing campaigns. You can choose newspaper, TV, or online advertisements. Within those three, you can choose to target adults, teens, or families.
This shows you prior marketing campaigns.
This is the tab you use to hire new staff. When you click on one of the photos it will allow you to place that new staff member.
This is where you create work rosters for your staff. You can select specific rides or areas for the staff to work. You then assign staff members by bringing up their personal window by clicking on the little blue button between their name and happiness in their tab. You go to the second page under work roster and select the work roster you want to assign your staff too.
The lines at the bottom show their needs and whether they are being fulfilled. Example: The teens have a need for drinks that my park is not meeting, so I can build more drink stands to satisfy this need.
This is also a good place to come to understand which groups are the best to target for your park or for you marketing. If adult groups are spending over $20 more than family groups, it is because my park is more geared towards adults through my ride selection. If I built a ton of gentle rides, I could probably make this a more family focused park.
Guest thoughts give you an idea of what is happening in your park. You can see if guests are turned off by litter in your park, if a ride is too expensive or cheap, or if the queue lines are short or long.
The guest graph shows you the number of teen, adult, and family groups over time. So you can assess if your actions are helping you target one group or another.
The shops tab shows you the name, status, monthly guests, date opened, and last month’s profit. Similar to the attractions tab, you cannot sort based on profit, which can be difficult if you have more than a dozen shops.