I’ve recently been playing Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 on the Switch. It’s a great nostalgia hit, and a fun way to pass the time.

As I got deeper into the game I wanted to Google the finer details of it. Stuff like the best ways to manage queue times, what the optimal price for a ride is, and park design inspiration.

I relied on Google all the time when I played Minecraft. How to make this, how to create that. What block A is for, what block B works with. My Pinterest is full of images of building inspiration. The same with games like Cities: Skylines and Civilisation. But looking back, it sort of took away from the experience.

With RT3, I’ve resisted that urge to rely on Google. I want to figure it all out myself through trial and error and - shock, horror - actually treating it as a game. I’m playing it in a bubble, just like I used to do as a kid on my Mega Drive.

Not everything needs a Google search.