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I am a slot machine junkie. I am also a Sim/tycoon junkie. What better way to merge the two addictions than a Simulation game of a casino? Thus my purchase a few months ago in Helsingborg of Casino Empires, an older game put out by Hoyle. I do not wish to admit to just exactly how much time I have spent lost in this game over the past week or two. After the great successes of other Sim/tycoon games such as Roller Coaster Tycoon and Monopoly Tycoon, I had run into a ton of dogs out there such as Mall Tycoon and Fast Food Tycoon.
It almost soured me on trying any other unknowns. I am glad I decided to take a chance on this one. With Casino Empire, you of course take the role of a Casino manager. You are given various casinos which resemble many of the Top Dogs in Vegas, such as the Medieval-themed place that reminds me of Excalibur. This, of course, was my favorite of them all onna counta that I am also a medieval/fantasy junkie. The game installs fairly quickly and in a very straightforward manner.
You then get the main menu (after skipping through the usual CGI movies) which gives you the option to either play the scenarios or in sandbox mode. DO go through the scenarios first. The first couple of scenarios are actually teaching you what tools you will have at your disposal, where to find them, and the best way to use them. These will not tell you everything, but enough for you to discover the rest on your own. Each scenario can be reached only by beating the previous scenario, and you can only access a given casino in SandBox mode by having beat it in the Scenario.
So, you are kinda forced to go through all of the scenarios first. That was a bit irritating at first, but I quickly got over it and had a rollicking good time with this game. Now, the first 3 or so scenarios are pretty easy. I think the first one took all of like 30 minutes. They get progressively harder though and soon I found myself having to replay certain casinos over and over before I could beat them. Two were just beginning to get on my nerves enough that I almost jumped in to slam the game before finishing it...
but then miraculously figured out the key element to beat the scenario on the next try. So. Keep at it. They can be beat... you may have to jump into SandBox and play around with a prior Casino format a bit to figure out tricks to beat your current scenario though. So. You have been given a Casino and you need to make it work. Some of them will have objects left in them from prior managers; others will be given to you as a completely clean slate.
All of them have goals you must reach. For instance, getting a certain Game Score, reaching X number of patrons, or having a million or two in your bank account... all by a certain date. While merrily placing your fortune cookie slot game machines, video poker, and craps tables (to name just a few), you can intersperse various theme objects to draw your patron's eye and get them to go use that area. I love the Knights and the Merlin statue in the Medieval Casino, of course.
You also get a myriad of places to install, such as a cashier booth, buffet, gift shop, etc. There are 4 levels of play within each and reaching the next plateau gives you yet more goodies to play with. During all of this, you will get side goals. For example, the Elvis Impersonators will hold their convention in your casino if you give them 100 hotel rooms and 4 bathrooms within the next month.
These are key to beating the scenarios. You must find a way to accommodate every side request or you will not obtain your main goals. This is not immediately evident when you begin playing, but trust me on that one. The side goals are key to success. So. I had a great deal of fun with this game, but it is not all peaches and cream. I have gripes. First off, you cannot rotate the screen. You have to work around and guess the behinds of machines and all that junk while placing your trashcans and ATM machines and whatnot.