I’ve been an avid fan of Planet Coaster ever since it’s release, being a Roller Coaster Tycoon veteran who completed every version of the game and researcher of theme parks over the years.
Planet Coaster requires players to build theme parks that feature Roller Coasters, Thrill Rides, Track Rides and Guest Facilities that help motivate Guests to spend prolonged amount of time in their park.
While in most cases the scenarios in Planet Coaster are straight forward, there are a number of cases where players will experience difficulty getting through campaigns when they are running out of money, when too many staff members begin quitting or when rides continuously begin to break down, ultimately leading to the player losing all sources of income as well as a big drop in the theme park’s rating.
In cases where a player’s park is beginning to crumble, players may want to start dipping into the cheat codes that will help them to keep their theme park afloat.
There are a number of cheat codes players can use when playing Planet Coaster and while many will help a player with the day to day management that they need to participate in, there are a number of cheat codes that will simply enhance the gameplay, essentially not allowing the player to cheat, but instead merely unlocking new aspects of the game that the game would not otherwise have access to.
The following are all of the cheats players have access to when playing Planet Coaster. To activate a cheat, players must rename either a guest, ride or an employee.
CHEATS THAT AFFECT GO-KARTS
The following cheats only affect gameplay when interacting with Go-Karts and will not provide players with anything over powered.
Upon naming a Go-Kart Track “BOLLARD” players will be able to control a single Go-Kart in order to manually drive it.
Players will be able to help or hinder a guest by either playing successfully by guiding the Go-Kart using W A S D as their keyboard.
Unfortunately the driving mechanics aren’t the smoothest and quite frankly, to me the ability to control Go-Karts isn’t actually as much fun as one would assume.
I will say though, there is a hidden easter egg as players will be able to honk their Go-Kart by hitting their Shift button.
Although players will be able to win a GO-Kart Race, this doesn’t actually affect any of the game, making this a fairly safe cheat for players to use if they are not looking for something game breaking or for something that will severely help a player.
CHEATS THAT AFFECT GUESTS AND/OR STAFF
The following cheats will only affect a specific guest, all guests or even staff members.
Many of these cheats are simply for the memes, however players will also be able to use these cheats to either increase or decrease the difficulty of their theme park, while also having some great access to screenshot worthy scenes.
Upon naming a guest “ANDY CHAPPELL” the guest the guest will gain a boost in speed when driving their Go-Kart.
Essentially the Andy Chappell cheat allows players to guarantee that a single guest will be able to win every Go-Kart race, even if they crash into every wall.
While not a game-breaking cheat, the Andy Chappell cheat can be used to boost the happiness of a patron, making it ideal for players who are struggling with an unhappy guest.
The nice thing about the Andy Chappell cheat is that it is not over powered, though it can be useful in sticky situations where a player is experiencing too much of a rating drop from someone being extremely unhappy, though players can essentially use another cheat that is more game breaking to achieve this if necessary.
Upon naming a staff member “DAVID GETLEY” players will enter a harder version of Planet Coaster, leaving them to question why they have turned on the cheat at all.
The David Getley Cheat is a cheat that I choose to avoid as it will cause guests to become more unhappy essentially having the Security Guards to have to do double the work as it will result in more criminals who vandalize scenery such as Benches, Bins and other scenery that can be broken.
Players are always advised to hire a plethora of Security Guards before they attempt to turn on this cheat as doing so before a player has enough Security Guards will most definitely result in a park plummeting in ratings and may lead to the demise of the player’s theme park.
The David Getley cheat is definitely something you’d want to turn on mid-to-late game (if that’s even a thing).
Upon naming a shop “MCLINTHE” all guests will begin to get nauseous, essentially leading all Handymen to have to work double time.
All guests will begin to think “I’ve thrown up” and will immediately throw up on the floor.
Similar to the David Getley cheat, players will want to use the Mclinthe cheat sparingly and will want to make sure that they have a plethora of Handymen to sweep up the messes that guests cause.
Having so many guests throw up at a time will potentially cause the rating of a park to drop. Depending on how many guests a player has in their theme park, though in my opinion this is an easier cheat to deal with comparatively to the previous David Getley one, though that really has to do with how many scenery items a player has.
Upon naming a guest or staff member “TEGIDCAM” players will be able to access a hidden camera mode that allows players to gain the vision from the eyes of a guest or staff member.
The Tegidcam is a great cheat to activate as it will help players see from the view of a guest, essentially giving them an extra perspective as to how their park looks from way down below.
I personally like to use the Tegidcam cheat to take screenshots of my park, especially on guest paths and will sometimes use it to ensure that I have properly designed my park to look good.
Players will be able to control the guest by using W A S & D.
By naming a Security Guard “LOCKETTMAN” the Security Guard will gain a comedic amount of super strength, being able to punt any guest that they are in pursuit of, essentially breaking all laws of physics and sending them flying off once caught.
The Lockettman cheat does not actually affect the skill of a Security Guard or make it easier for the Security Guard to actually catch criminals, however it does provide a player with a good amount of comedic relief, especially when having a bad day.
I personally like turning on the Lockettman cheat early, so that by the time it is actually used I forget it and randomly see a civilian flying across the screen.
Enjoy your screenshots folks, because this is the funniest thing you’re going to see other than the absolute hilarity of watching guests fly all over the place before of a rollercoaster flying off the handle from either a testing rollercoaster or a coaster that’s been opened too early.
CHEATS THAT AFFECT ROLLERCOASTERS & RIDES
The following cheats affect the mechanics of rollercoasters, though the reality is that many of these can simply be altered by turning on the advanced functions for track editing in the player’s settings.
Unfortunately a player does not have a whole lot of control when using these cheats making the settings players can obtain in their settings more beneficial, though these cheats can be used on a whim if a player doesn’t know how to access their track advanced setting or can’t be arsed with fiddling with the mechanics they bring.
Upon naming a guest to “JAMES TAYLOR” coasters will begin moving a bit faster, allowing players to ensure that coasters will be able to make it up all hills and essentially making is sure that players have no difficulty having a coaster reach full circuit.
The James Taylor cheat does not provide players with too much of a boost, though it can be helpful if players have an impeccable design they are currently struggling with.
It should also be noted that Log Flumes and River Rapids will also gain some extra speed.
Upon naming a guest “ANDY FLETCHER” all coasters will lose friction, causing their coasters to not only move faster, but experience more G-Force, resulting in some great possibilities, but also leading to the chance that coasters will become unridable.
I would recommend using the Andy Fletcher cheat sparingly as they can also lead to the demise of a theme park, though in Sandbox it can be fun to test out new builds, especially if you’re a newer player.
It should also be noted that Log Flumes and River Rapids will also lose all friction.
Upon naming a staff member “STEVE WILKINS” players will begin experiencing a much higher increase in rides and coasters breaking down.
Steve Wilkins turns on my biggest nightmare and makes it extremely difficult for a park to sustain itself both rating wise and financially as guests will be regularly kicked out of line, forcing players to have to pay back the money that guests initially paid to line up at the ride or coaster.
Players will not notice a big change in breakdowns as the Steve Wilkins cheat will essentially cause the breakdown rates to increase. So, if a ride has low probability to breakdown, it will remain this way, however, as the ride ages and increases in unreliability, players will see this rating significantly increase.
To avoid having too much negative aspects come from the Steve Wilkins cheat, players should hire a number of Mechanics to ensure that the park has enough to both repair rides and inspect them to raise the reliability of rides.
Realistically, if I was going to use this cheat, I would turn every rides’ inspection time to every 10 minutes as this can vastly improve the uptime of a ride, though you will still be expecting a good amount of downtime, essentially decreasing the amount of income players can gain from rides.
The Steve Wilkins cheat will also provide players with a reason to rebrand and refurbish rides as normally players can actively avoid these parts of the game as they do not negatively impact the rides to a point where guests will no longer use the rides enough.
I personally enjoy the Steve Wilkins cheat as it helps make challenge mode that much more difficult, though I will say it’s not the most fun to activate when in scenarios as I want to get those done as soon as possible.
Upon naming a ride “FRONTIER” players will never experience a single ride breakdown again.
By far the Frontier cheat is the most powerful cheat players can activate as this will essentially get rid of all of the problems a player experiences with breakdowns and realistically can be the saving grace for parks where a player must collect a certain amount of income in a month.
I personally like to use the Frontier cheat when I’m in a Sandbox Mode, simply because Sandbox does not have any challenges and isn’t meant to be difficult anyways, so why make it harder than it needs to be?
As mentioned, the Frontier cheat can be extremely useful when a player is on a scenario that requires players to collect a certain amount of income.
I personally find that if I wait to long to complete challenges like this, I will often get stuck in a loop where all rides break down at the same time, essentially making me lose progress on the challenge as many of these challenges require income to remain consistent for at least 3 months at a time.
For you “no cheating” sticklers, this isn’t the cheat for you, however, for newer players struggling with their income, I would recommend not shying away from this one as it can prove to be extremely valuable.