Caesars Palace

a game by Interplay Productions, and Virgin

Platforms: PSXSega GenesisGenesisNESNESGameGear

Genres: Casino & Cards, Simulation

See also: Caesar Games, Poker Games

  • Virgin / NES

Do you have a slight case of gambling fever? Then check out Caesars Palace for the NES! Walk in with lots of cash and proceed to any of the common game tables. You can pick from any of the classic games like playing the one armed bandits, blackjack and, of course, poker. Caesars Palace looks and feels like you are really there, except it is a whole lot cheaper!

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Overview

One of the most famous casinos in Las Vegas is now available on your television screen. Caesars Palace, the new PlayStation game from Interplay, is a blessing for gambling addicts because the money is not real, unlike the real casino. Unfortunately, this is also one of the problems with the game.

Caesars throws you onto the gaming floor with the option of playing 5 different authentic casino games. For those people not familiar with the games available, you can watch a tutorial video on the rules of the games. Caesars claims to "deliver the total Los Vegas experience"—but I will take the real thing over this any day of the week.

Gameplay

Obviously a casino game is all about gameplay. Actually, it is about the games you play. With five different games to choose from—including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, and slot machines—here's what you can expect from each.

A cornerstone to every casino, Blackjack is one of the most popular card games in Vegas. The table you play at has a $5000 bet maximum and just about anything else in between. The first thing you will notice about the Blackjack table is the incredibly small cards you play with. Not only are the cards small, but they are blurry. I mean blurry to the point of not being able to tell if you have a red 6 or 8. There were many times I had to count the number of dots on the card to determine the value of the card. This is inexcusable. I use a 35-inch television to review games and if I could not determine the card on a screen that large, I pity someone using a smaller screen. Aside from the small cards, everything else is pretty standard at the table.

The next game you can play is Craps. This is a dice game that has you betting on the outcome of the dice roll. You can bet on different outcomes including guessing the exact roll. I really don't have any complaints or compliments about the Craps table. It is just average. It does not take much in the way of skill, but is more a game of chance.

Third, you can play Roulette, in which you'll bet on where a rolling marble will stop on a spinning wheel. You can bet on colors, numbers, even or odd, or exact numbers. The payoff is different depending on how you bet. Once again, this game was neither great nor terrible. The wheel was pretty clear and you could always tell what number was landed on. There was nothing here that really made Roulette stand out either.

Fourth is a game called Baccarat. This is the game of the true Vegas high-rollers, in which you bet on the bank or player on who will have the highest total cards. I am not an avid gambler and have never heard of this game before, so I was pretty lost. I have a feeling that most people that are not hardcore gamblers will not get into this game either. By the way, it had the same problem with the small cards as well.

Finally, we have good old slot machines—pull down the lever and watch it go. The only problem is that you only have three different slot machines to chose from. You can pay 1, 5 or 25 dollar machines. Part of the fun of slots is walking up to a row of slot machines and trying to guess which one is going to be lucky. You have no choice in this game. You can only chose how much money you want to spend and are limited to a single machine. It would have been cooler to have three machines for each betting amount so you could alt least choose one of three machines with the same dollar amount. Aside from that, the slots were decent. Winning seemed to be a bit easy. It was almost like when my bank roll was getting low, the machine knew it and I would hit a decent prize. All in all, the slots were probably the funnest part of the game.

The interface and menu system of this game also takes some time to get used to. There were numerous occasions where I had to look at the help screen to figure out what I needed to do. Also, changing your bet amounts was a pain to figure out. I may just be dense, but it took me quite a while to remember what all of the controls were.

Graphics

The graphics can be best described as lackluster. They were marginal in the case of Roulette and Slots and below average in card games, Blackjack and Baccarat. I don't understand why they did not make the cards bigger. I was disappointed that you never really got a chance to see the actual casino. I think that a big part of the Vegas experience is soaking up the whole atmosphere, and you just don't get to see much more than the table you are at.

Bottom Line

After playing this game for a while, I asked myself the question, "Who would buy this game?" I still have not found the answer. I can't imagine spending 50 bucks on a game like this. The games were too few and lacked the playability that they could have had. Plus you never really felt like you were in a casino. I know that there is nothing that will ever compare to the real thing, but at least try and give it some of the glitter and glitz that makes Vegas so fun. If you really enjoy gambling at home with imaginary money, you can give it a try—but in the end, you may be disappointed.

reggie posted a review

Caesar's Palace is a 1990 video game developed by Realtime Associates. It is named after the famous Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip near Las Vegas, Nevada. In this game, you have one thousand dollars in chips and you must try to become rich. This game gives minor children an experience previously limited to people 21 years of age or older.

In Caesar's Palace you can play 5 different games: Blackjack, Slot machine, Roulette, Video poker, and the Big Six wheel.

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