It's rather depressing to put down the efforts of hard-working programmers, but there's simply no excuse for such a poor attempt. Where shall I begin? Let's get the one good point out of the way: Caesars has an excellent tutorial system. Video demos will walk you through learning each game; you won't have to read any boring manuals. Once you're in the game, you can press a button wherever your cursor lies, and the computer will explain in very simple terms what you're pointing at. This can be of great help for those trying to learn tricky games like craps. Now, on to the bad. The dealers' voices, although well-done, are lethargic, boring and monotonous. Once in a while, they'll get excited with silly lines like, "Wow! Cool! Good for you!" Luckily, you can turn the bothersome voices off. It's also very hard to see any numbers in the game (on the roulette wheel, dice, cards, etc.). It's not a good thing when you have to squint at a TV from three feet away. Finally, Caesars just isn't fun. It doesn't offer enough games (how about some poker, or more than just three slot machines?), and it doesn't give you any story line or goals. Very uneventfully, I turned $5,000 into $1,000,000 over time. Where's my reward? Where are the high rollers' tables? Where's the fun? Not here. You just keep blindly gambling till you fall asleep from boredom. Yawn.
Gambling games aren't my thing, but even I can admire the attributes of Caesars Palace. All the games are straightforward and easy to learn with a minimum of fluff. I've never played baccarat before, so I really put the Training Mode to the test and found it to be simple and to the point, yet comprehensive. The voice samples were a mixed bag; some of the stuff they say are funny (particularly when you lose) but they can get repetitive at times.
Sure, this game features gambling tables that have been digitized from the real Caesars Palace. Trouble is, I don't care about that stuff. All I want in a gambling game is a little personality and a bunch of different tables, and Caesars Palace offers neither. You only get five gambling games, and poker isn't even one of them (although, strangely enough, it's in the PC version). Aside from the sharp hi-res graphics, there's just not enough.
I was extremely unhappy after my experience with Caesar's Palace. Needless to say, the options available to you are incredibly limited, and certain games are cumbersome, thanks to the clumsy interface. I don't get the feeling of being in a gambling facility, like I'm risking it all on a hunch. With the handy save feature, making millions just requires a little patience at the roulette wheel, saving and loading. I also can't believe poker is missing.
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Caesar's Palace might be the venue for PlayStation casino fans, but don't bet on it. CP houses five games--craps, slots, blackjack, roulette, and baccarat--plus full-motion-video tutorials of the complicated casino contests. The high-res graphics are stunted only by low-res TV sets; it's sometimes hard to read the card faces. Frequent loading times don't help much either. The dealers' accented voices, along with the cheesy jazz music, can be turned off, while the button layout is sometimes trickier than necessary.
The staid Caesar's Palace really could be more inventive, and it's already been bested by this season's other gambling sim, Golden Nugget.
- Play the maximum number of coins on slot machines so winning combos don't show up on a line you're not playing.
- In blackjack, if you have two cards that add up to 11, choose the Double Down option--you have a good chance of drawing a 10 for 21.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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.