With Caesar’s Palace, Nintendo authorized a game that teaches kids how to be curmudgeons, enjoy buffets, and blow their money accordingly. This no-frills gambling game recreates, in loving 8-bit, what it may or may not be like to walk around in a casino circa 1992.
When you first start, a woman gives you a thousand dollars in chips before scooting you out to the casino. Loosen the slots, spin the wheel of fortune, play roulette, hit up some video poker or blackjack, and most importantly, visit the men’s or women’s restroom. Those free drinks are bladder movers!
Moving around the casino floor is clunky. Instead of controlling an actual person, you move a cursor and “click” on the different areas where you want to go. The games provided are for a type of gambler who doesn’t care whether they gamble virtual or real money. Roulette, slot machines and the wheel of fortune take no skill to win or lose, and when you do win something, there’s little reward involved; throw the money on the virtual pile.
Where’s the thrill in sinking virtual chips into a virtual pit when you can go waste your all-too-real life savings down the road at an Indian casino? Blackjack at least has some tension, but the rest of Caesar’s Palace is as enticing as it is fake.
PUBLISHER: Virgin DEVELOPER: Realtime Associates
GENRE: Gambling RELEASE DATE: 12/1992 – (US)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: GB, GEN, GG