If you ever want to try your hand at running at Las Vegas Casino, Sierra and Hoyle has a game for you. Dubbed Casino Empire, it tries to give you the sense of owning and operating your own gambling paradise. Along the lines of Roller Coaster Tycoon and SimGolf you try and achieve certain goals before a given deadline. If you succeed you move onto bigger and better casinos or you can continue playing in the current casino without any deadlines. Casino Empire is a valiant attempt at developing a fun and addicting tycoon type game but it ultimately fails in keeping you interested after a few scenarios.
Hoyle’s been a great developer of the Casino series and this is their first attempt at the simulation department. The casinos all have a familiar theme to them. You’ll see knock offs of Excalibur, Luxor, and Stratosphere to name a few. Each one has various objectives that must be accomplished in a certain time frame. Among those goals are generating a certain amount of income, reaching a specific casino rating, and succeeding in achieving a build level to name a few.
You start out with a few table games in blackjack and craps to out fit your casino. You’ll also be able to put down some slot machines, decorations, and other attractions. At the basic build level of 1, you don’t have much to play with but you try and do the best you can with what you have until you can upgrade your build level which gives you more toys to play with. Your casino will look rather bland with just blackjack tables, craps tables, and slot machines so increasing your build level to access more games and decorations will make your casino a lot more attractive to the customers. There are a few games missing from the selection that could’ve given the game more variety.
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