Many of Park Beyond’s tenets will look familiar if you’ve played park-building games like RollerCoaster Tycoon. You can freely design your amusement park, creating rides like rollercoasters and Ferris Wheels while raking in money from visitors. Understanding mechanics like the Heat Map, Profitability and more is the key to abusing them to earn lots of cash.
What are some other ways to rake in revenue? Here are a few methods.
Rides and Profitability
Defining your approach when playing is key. Do you want to appeal to teenagers, adults or families? Do you want your park to have something for everyone? When building a ride, you can check the Visitor Preference stat, which will tell you who it’s geared towards.
Of course, you also want to select rides based on their Profitability. The higher the Profitability, the more money a ride can bring in. However, consider the Fun and Amazement aspects – the former determines how happy visitors are with a ride, and the latter will determine how quickly you can Impossify a ride, allowing you to buff its capabilities (read more about that here). Make sure to check the different Hooks since they can further appeal to different demographics but should match the overall theme of a park.
You won’t automatically have rides with high stats in all three qualities, and there are also Upkeep costs to keep in mind. Look at the initial offerings as more of a future investment for the park while you work towards better options, but always keep Profitability in mind if you want more money.
If a ride is doing well (which you can view on the Heat Map), don’t hesitate to increase its entry fee for more profit. On the other hand, if it’s under-performing, especially in the mid-game while other rides are doing better, it’s a good idea to nix it in favor of something better.
One of the more obvious ways to get more money is to increase the entry fees. Raising the cost of entry is a good strategy if your park is bringing in visitors while Fun and Happiness levels are high. However, it’s not something you can do immediately since you first need to build a rapport with visitors and ensure there are repeat customers. Suddenly increasing the cost may have the opposite effect and cause attendance to decrease.
When increasing entry fees, focus on steady increases rather than sharp hikes. It reduces the risks of suddenly losing visitors while ensuring some profitability on your end. As for how to increase Fun and Happiness, the former is determined more by your rides and attractions, but you can raise the latter quickly by having different amenities like bathrooms, benches and trashcans.
Keep these close by so visitors don’t have to walk very far. While you need to hire workers like janitors to maintain them, the bump in Happiness is well worth the cost. For more details on Staff and their roles, head here.
Several other tools can tell you what visitors want, which extends to the products that your park should have. If you check the products tab, it will tell you which food and drink items are popular. Based on that, raise their prices for some quick revenue.
Items with ribbons are strongly favored, so you can significantly bump their prices for more revenue. If an item isn’t doing that great, remove it. Check the Visitors tab to learn more about what they want, which extends to the different products. If a product is trending upwards, consider stocking it in your park.
Like any amusement park, rides and attractions will bring Fun and Amazement, while amenities will increase Happiness, but some of the highest profits can come from the refreshments. Jack up the prices for food and drinks, so even if there’s a hit in Happiness from visitors, you can use everything else in the park to compensate for that. Just remember to build up a well of goodwill first.
When deciding on a theme for your park, stick to a single one. Several things like Hooks match the theme you’re going for, so it helps plan things better.
Pay attention to the Heat Map and see which areas are getting the most traction. Are bathrooms popular? Increase their costs. If certain rides are performing exceptionally, increase their entry fees. Of course, you’ll want to keep other things in mind and not gouge your customers, but these can lead to returns.
If you’re having money troubles, you can always take a loan from various lenders. They each have different rates – Bellpepper Finance will give you $10,500 but have a Friendly interest rate, while the First International Bank of Caimania can give you a whopping $20,000 but has an Evil interest rate.
Always go with the more forgiving interest rates if you’re short on cash. Once the revenues are rolling in, consider lenders with Grabby interest rates that aren’t too punishing. If you’re flush, then you can opt for the higher lenders. Once again, don’t take out a loan if you can’t pay it, or there will be trouble.
Park Beyond is available for Xbox Series X/S, PS5 and PC. Check out our official review for more details.