Casino Kid II opens with you, the Casino Kid, taking on the world. The United States? That’s so Casino Kid.
The aesthetic changes here are welcome. Instead of wandering around in a casino trying to find the right person to play with, you’re taken to a world map that lists different people you have to “battle.” Once you beat a character, they’re crossed off the map and you move on.
While the game’s AI doesn’t feel as cheap as the original, the core game still plays like the first. This means a whole heap of blackjack and poker. Poker is genuinely fun and feels fair, but once again, blackjack is cheap. If you ask for a hit above 13 or 14, you will almost always lose. Sofel actually added roulette as well, but roulette is even more of a chip-suck than blackjack.
Basically, if you liked playing blackjack and poker against US opponents in the first Casino Kid, there’s nothing to prevent you from liking blackjack and poker against opponents across the world. Since the one new addition feels like it was included to make you lose your money quicker, Casino Kid 2 doesn’t completely justify its existence as a sequel. But hey, as long as this keeps you from gambling real money, you can’t fault the game too much.
PUBLISHER/DEVELOPER: Sofel GENRE: Parlor
RELEASE DATE: 04/1993 – (US)