vampyre's invert is a great layout, it falls just short of stellar. The curves in the first half certainly work very well, but i would have preferred to see another inversion to maintain the element-to-element flow. the buildings are solid -they remind me of beauty and the Beast - and there's a fantastic use of detail throughout: the ruined walls and wall gates use those tiny building 16th/tile blocks to great effect, and they aren't needlessly scattered about the rest of the park- its all very tasteful. As far as I'm concerned it is a decent start to a park that could be fantastic when finished. On the downsides, it was obviously unfinished. i watched the coaster go a few times and then scanned the rest of the park- I really liked some of the houses, but the similarity between them all left me feeling like I had seen them all after just one. I would have liked to see the foliage demonstrated near the entrance spread over the whole area.
A few (well okay, more than a few) years on, I'd happily revise my description of this layout to be a 5-star smash hit. It just looks outstanding and is perfectly "packaged" despite some real unconventional choices - no loop to be found and a very turn-heavy front half.
That aside, the landscaping effort is still praiseworthy as well. diorama.JPG(160.69KB) downloads: 32
The land-blocks here and the tiny flower objects give it a real diorama feeling and it's very smart about applying detail only where it really matters and leaving open space elsewhere.