- Estimated achievement difficulty: 3/10 [Achievement Difficulty Rating]
- Offline: 38 
- Online: 0 [but you need to be online to access Frontier Workshop]
- Approximate amount of time to 1000: 40-60 hours [Estimated Time to 100%]
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: N/A
- Missable achievements: None
- Does difficulty affect achievements: No
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No
- Achievement tracking: Yes
“Surprise and delight crowds as you build the coaster park of your dreams and manage a truly living world with unparalleled attention to detail. Whatever your skill level, bring your ideas to life. Take advantage of Blueprints to quickly place over 700 pre-made objects, including coasters, facilities and scenery; build from the ground up with detailed piece-by-piece construction; or transform the ground itself with terrain-altering tools.
Running your park is just as easy. Guests react in real-time as you set prices, place scenery, and install exciting new attractions. Keep them entertained so attendance figures, and profits, skyrocket.
Looking for inspiration? Discover the Frontier Workshop and harness the world’s best designs in your expanding empire. Download coasters, scenery, buildings, and entire parks, or grow a following by uploading your own creations. From stunning firework displays to sprawling cruise ships, there’s no limit to the creativity.” - microsoft.com
Planet Coaster is a management simulation game where you can build and maintain your own theme/amusement park and try to make it as profitable as possible. Build rides and shops, place scenery, or hire staff; your ultimate goal is to make your guests happy. Whether you’re completing objectives in Career mode or building your park from the ground up in Sandbox mode, Planet Coaster gives you the tools necessary to make your park as successful as it can be.
Note that these steps are interchangeable and can be done in any order.
Step 1 - Career Mode:
There are 14 achievements for 400 specifically tied to Career mode, with another four for 70 that will be unlocked through natural progression. This is where you will be spending the bulk of your game time.
For the rank achievements, you only need to reach Rank 10, which unlocks when you earn 57 stars. But to complete Career Mode, you need to earn all 72 stars the game has to offer. Some of the Hard scenarios are difficult to accomplish and have very strict guidelines and requirements. Refer to Rank 10 (80G) and Star Studded Career (80G) for more information.
Mendel from PST.org has offered tips for some of the more difficult scenarios. His thread can be seen HERE.
Step 2 - Challenge Mode:
Challenge mode tasks you with performing specific objectives in your new park. Some are simple and some are more difficult, but you have the option to do whichever ones you want. There are three achievements for 65 to unlock for completing 1, 5 and 10 challenges over a period of time. Refer to Challenge Veteran (50G) for more information about this mode.
Step 3 - Sandbox/Frontier Workshop:
Sandbox mode is where you can let your imagination run wild. There are no restrictions to what you can build, plus you have unlimited funds, so get ready to build your dream park!
Who are we kidding? The only reason you are going to be playing this mode is to unlock achievements, am I right? So let’s get started. In this mode, you should be unlocking 17 achievements worth 465. You will be completing activities such as rehiring staff, winning first place in a Go Karts race, achieving a park rating of 1000, and training a staff member, to name a few. Some will be quick while others will take some time.
For 10 of those 17, it is highly recommended that you access the Frontier Workshop to download a specific coaster in order to unlock those 10 achievements within minutes. If you choose not to download that coaster, it will take you much longer. Refer to Air Miles (80G) for more information.
While the controls are a little wonky compared to its PC counterpart, and it could use more editing features, Planet Coaster is a fun and relaxing game, and with the available modes, you can often find yourself getting lost and spending hours creating and maintaining every aspect of your park.