64: Vegas Dream

Genre: Gambling

Developer: HAL
Publisher: HAL
Year: 1988

Basic Idea:  Play keno, roulette, slots, blackjack to try and become a multi-millionaire.

Review: Gambling games are a tough bet to begin with, as it’s hard to get much thrill out of playing with fake money.  Vegas Dream sidesteps this common problem a bit by adding a threadbare plot and interactive cut scenes throughout the game.  About every five to fifteen hands/rounds of whatever game you’re playing, some random person will come up to you and ask for money/a date/gambling partner/your help and it’s up to you to decide if you want to or not.  Often times, you’re getting conned and lose some money out of the deal.  But there’s plenty of lucky strikes as well where you can make extra money.  You might even have a shotgun wedding!  Playing with a friend can be fun if you enjoy a friendly competition for fake money or fake wives.  26

This game could have been improved significantly by adding a wider variety of games and interactive scenarios (especially ones that relied on more than random chance).  However, it’s still my favorite gambling game, with the possible exception of Poker Night at the Inventory by Telltale.  The sequel for the SNES, Vegas Stakes, does add craps and stud-poker (and more casinos), but some of the charm was lost.

4 thoughts on “64: Vegas Dream”

    1. I’m not sure if anything was on my radar in particular. I just played whatever, rented just about anything. I guess Mega Man was never on my radar for whatever reason.

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