Part of the reason for this rides success is it's compact layout. Instead of
the traditional lift system the train is winched backwards and released,
going back through the station and through a compact series of inversions.
It then reaches a second hill where it's winched up it, then released where
the train goes backwards around the inversions back in to the station.
The backwards section comes as the real highlight of the ride. Especially as
you do the vertical loop backwards, as it pulls of a noticeably
intense amount of g-forced.
The main criticism aimed at these rides is of them being to rough, with some
people saying there unpleasant or painful to ride. I wouldn't go that far.
Yes it is rough, which definitely means it doesn't get the best out of
the track layout, this definitely knocks a point of the final score. I
wouldn't quite go as far as to say it's deeply unpleasant or unrideable.
It's interesting to thing that there was a time this ride would have
been a noticeable signature coaster, at least on a national scale. I
remember doing repeat rides of the Missile at the now closed American
Adventure Park in the mid 90's. Nowadays quite a few smaller parks have it
as there signature coaster, but in the grand scheme of things it's a pretty
standard ride. It's still a pretty good compact coaster, which I think is
worth a go, but not one to go out of your way for.