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"Caesars Palace" (Game Boy)
A title that has spanned nearly every console that were active in the nineties decade. While this portable version presents some quirks, we recommend playing the console versions.
If you're a frequent visitor of, or a current resident at, Las Vegas, then you'd know about Caesars Palace and its nonstop expansion and renovation that has taken place since—personally, it's been going on before I was a teenager. Also, Caesars Entertainment has partaken on the sports betting realm pushing the national legalization of sports betting that much closer. Caesars Palace continues to keep busy, so why not talk about their very own branded game that was released back in 1990?
Possibly the most amusing part is the beginning as you boot up the game. It features the classic Caesars Palace sign along with the temperature of the environment and the "current" time. That information may not exactly reflect the accuracy of the location to where you're playing this game at, but it was a bit funny to see. Upon entering the casino, you receive $1,000 in Caesars credit—chips—to start you off. When I played this the first time, cashier Suzy scared the crap of me. It may not be creepy as the jumpscares that are common today, but man, aren't cashiers in cashier booths brightly lit?
After you get your chips, you can play any game to your heart's content: Slot Machines, Blackjack, Video Poker, Roulette and my personal favorite, The Big Six (Money Wheel). The odds of winning vary completely, however, like most casino gambling experts who have written countless books about casino gaming would agree that Roulette and The Big Six are a money waste. Both games, like real life, don't expect to break even when playing these games, leaving the other three choices to play. Slot machines are okay, depending on the theme of the machine and the paylines. The Video Poker game is neat but seems to pay off whenever it wants. If you're used to poker games like Deuces Wild, you'll be frustrated with this, as some hands don't qualify for a payoff. That leaves the player with one choice: Blackjack. The game is easy: Beat the House going close to 21 without going over. At times, the dealer's hand can be utterly ruthless against yours; An example would be if the dealer had an Ace, asking Insurance or not. During our gameplay, the dealer had the higher chance of having a blackjack (21) than anything. Pathetic.
When I think about it, this is a game a video gamer plays after their blood pressure has broken its limit playing a challenging game, say, Zanac AI. After raging, the video gamer would pop a random game like this to kill off the frustration and focus on something irrelevant to what they focused on from the game previous. I'm sure all this happens while video gaming at the corner of their room on a brisk, chilly Friday night while all their friends clocked out of work to meet with others at a dive bar to get tipsy, inadvertently getting involved in brawls against other patrons and the bouncer. The video gamer knows that having dealt with enough from the game previous, they chill out and play a game like Caesars Palace. Certainly not as dramatic as getting into a fight with a drunken prick who spiked your girlfriend's drink, even though she gouged the bouncer's eyes with her heels for refusing to allow her partner to fight off the jerk until the drunkard is defeated, laying flat on the cement, bruised up next to the dumpster where his bloody wounds become a buffet for ants, flies and rats to feast on (Karma always finds a way). It takes a substantial amount of effort to break even, or profit, playing a game like Caesars Palace than it is to beat up a drunkard and make him food for nature (leave no animal hungry).
There's no reason to go to bars undergoing drama like that; Playing this game is your therapy to ease off the agitation you went through playing a difficult game prior. Only difference is you and your girlfriend's drinks won't get spiked by a prick who thinks Failure is the new hipster (a "wasteman" in British terms).
You do have the option to use the restrooms, but all you hear is the water running. Our guess was you went in to wash your hands.
One can only do so much....
The feel and play of the game is rather nice, giving that Vegas vibe with the lights and presentation. The ending of this game, after you cash out, is kind of neat for a handheld game. We'll save that for you to watch.
All in all, remember this: Beating up a drunken idiot isn't hard, playing this game and breaking even is. Challenge yourself, and stay away from drama.
- A popular casino simulation title ported to the Game Boy.
- Features the classic Big Six casino game.
- Both the music and controls are so-so.
- Odds seem to favor the House a lot.
- Could've become a colorful experience if customized for the Super Game Boy.
|Game Title||Caesars Palace|
|Description||At the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace beckons you into a land of fantasy with bustling cardtables, jingling coins and dazzling lights. Now you can experience the pulse-quickening excitement of casino gaming anywhere you go with CAESARS PALACE for the Game Boy.
BLACKJACK - Dealer slides you two cards. They total 16. Do you play the odds, stand or take a hit?
VIDEO POKER - Select your wager - your cards are revealed. Discard and draw, but be careful not to throw away a potential winning hand. It's as much a game of skill as of chance.
SLOT MACHINES - Try to coax a jackpot out The FOUNTAINS OF FORTUNE, The RICHES OF ROME or THE MAGNIFICENT SEVENS.
ROULETTE - Place your bets, spin the wheel and watch the ball roll over the slots - into your number? Round and round it goes - where it falls, nobody knows.
THE BIG SIX - Find out once and for all if Lady Luck is on your side when you spin CAESARS BIG SIX MONEY WHEEL.
Once you've experienced a taste of casino gaming, you'll never want to leave CAESARS PALACE!
|Introduction||CAESARS PALACE Video Game Casino
Welcome to the CAESARS PALACE Video Game Casino, a royal wonderland that will dazzle you with unparalleled excitement and challenge your every skill with games of chance. Good luck and enjoy the games!
|ISBN / Bar Code number||0 52145 81002 0|
|Video Format||1.33:1 (4:3) Full screen|
|Audio Format||Mono (Stereo via Super Game Boy)|
|Released||June 1991 (US), 1991 (EU), August 07, 1992 (JP)|
|Disk/Cartridge Count||One (1)|
|Genre||Gaming / Simulation|
|Published by||Arcadia Systems, Inc.|
|Licensed by||Nintendo / Arcadia Systems, Inc.|
|Developer||Magnin & Associates|
|Company||Nintendo / Arcadia Systems, Inc.|
|Product / Item Number||DMG P CE (10418)|
|Copyright||NINTENDO, GAME BOY AND THE OFFICIAL SEALS ARE TRADEMARKS OF NINTENDO OF AMERICA INC.
© 1989 NINTENDO OF AMERICA, INC.
ARCADIA® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF
ARCADIA SYSTEMS, INC.
MADE IN JAPAN.
THIS OFFICIAL SEAL IS YOUR ASSURANCE THAT NINTENDO HAS APPROVED THE QUALITY OF THIS PRODUCT. ALWAYS LOOK FOR THIS SEAL WHEN BUYING GAMES AND ACCESSORIES TO ENSURE COMPLETE COMPATIBILITY WITH YOUR GAME BOY SYSTEM.
|Other||This game pak for use with Game Boy Compact Video Game System.
ARCADIA SYSTEMS, INC.
18001 Cowan Street, Irvine, CA 92714
CAESARS PALACE is a trademark of Caesars World, Inc. and
used under license from Caesars World Merchandising, Inc.
This product is for entertainment purposes only.
Any use for gambling or wagering is prohibited.
DESIGNED AND PROGRAMED [sic] BY:
COPYRIGHT © 1990
ARCADIA SYSTEMS, INC.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
LICENSED BY NINTENDO.