Compared to other gambling games like Blackjack or Caesar’s Palace, Casino Kid has genuine personality, even if the gameplay amounts to nothing more than card shuffling. Instead of controlling a nameless, invisible entity playing cards, you play a teenage anime character fighting for a million dollars. Win said amount and you face “The Best, Most Mysterious Gambler Ever” and your right to become the Casino Man.
You walk around a bustling casino, interacting with patrons, provocatively dressed waitresses, and poker and blackjack dealers. Find the appropriate dealers and face off against them in a battle of wits and cojones. The only games in this casino are blackjack and poker, so hope you enjoy playing ridiculous amounts of both of those.
The computer cheats like crazy too. Blackjack isn’t even a hard game, but you’ll find it challenging to beat Lisa, the first dealer. If you clean out the dealer, you move on to the next one with a higher starting bid. There’s also a password system so you don’t have to start over every time.
Imagine playing thousands of poker games in a row, your winnings are up to $978,000 and lightning strikes your NES. Just remember, if you lose your temper in that situation, you might have a gambling problem.
PUBLISHER/DEVELOPER: Sofel GENRE: Parlor
RELEASE DATE: 01/06/89 – (JP), 10/1989 – (US)