Hoyle Casino Empire - PC
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- Your cousin is in debt to the mob, and to pay it off, he has to make his casino profitable. That's where you come in -- you've been asked to turn a broken-down casino into the newest hot spot!
- If you can build up the little casino on the strip, you'll build a reputation in the business, and that means other casinos will come to you
- Drop in new slots and video poker machines, redesign the layout of the floor with better seucrity, and more convenient restrooms & cashier's windows
- Populate casinos with the most profitable games, handle comps and bring in the high-rollers
- Advertising is important -- don't forget to bring people in with signs, performances and other attractions
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It is fairly easy to get the hang of, the audio is pretty good, with background noise, some nice lounge music, and commentary from the guests. The game does throw your casino development with a few curves such as other casinos trying to infiltrate and disrupt your business. Its fun, lighthearted, and a great way to get started in other "Tycoon" sort of games. While it isn't the best Tycoon game out there, I do like this one, it has good game play, and you don't need to buy a guide to work through this one.
However, I bought the game on ebay for a lot less.
The hotels make "cameos" as well. For example, the Medieval is a lot like the Excalibur, and the Poseidon is a lot like Caesar's Palace. You'll also see interpretations of the Horseshoe, the Luxor, the Hard Rock, and Circus Circus to name a few. They're extremely well done theme-wise, and they add a bit of recognizable fun without having to pay the big bux for a fully licensed title. Also, since they really aren't trying to be the real thing, you're not likely to judge the game for lack of realism. You get the fun of the theme without the restriction of real life.
This isn't a terribly in-depth sim, so don't expect a lot of micromanagement. I think it's a casual sim for the casual gaming crowd. Empire mode lets you unlock a hotel for sandbox mode, and sandbox mode lets you design and build to your heart's content.Read more ›
But if you ever wondered what it might be like to run every aspect of an imaginary casino, I think you might like this game. Graphics are fairly cheesy, and the mafia theme probably would have been more realistic for casinos in the 60's and 70's. But you can have the game play whatever MP3 you have available, you have many different games you can buy and there is more than just placing games on the screen and see if you win. You have to balance everything from advertising to security, bathrooms to bars. I have played the game many times and never had the same outcome.
There are some things that could be improved. I wish you started with more money. ($$$) is pretty low for starting a casino. And in real life casinos don't buy slot machines. The manufactures put them in the casinos for free and take a slice of the pie. I also think they should have denominations for the slots less than ($$). I mean I think a lot of people play their whole vacations on nickel slots. It might be nice if they could add the simulation of the food service, hotel staff, share holders, etc then it might be a bit more up to date. And a first person walkthrough of the casino would be cool. Give you the real feel of being a casino owner.
But wish list aside, this is a fun simulation game and is worthy of 3 solid stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it doesn't work! Company is closed and can't provide update needed to start game ;( VERY dissapointingPublished 13 months ago by william g mcintyre
after i installed it and hit play all i got was a a half black screen. and one side was glitching out like crazy. it was unplayable.Published 21 months ago by Andrew
This game is fun. It allows you to play through several different casinos that take after casinos in Las Vegas. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Erika Ellis
I have loved this game for years, and i finally found it! i was so happy when it came to the house on time, and i played it immediately. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Veronica Long
This is a game that I played when I was younger and I loved it but then I lost the disk. The other day I had a hankering to replay it so I had to buy the game again but wow was it... Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by Michael McLean
I love this game. I have played it many times through over the years. I have been hoping a second game would come out, adding to the exciting game play. Read morePublished on December 2, 2010 by Siren Morgan
I'd consider myself a Vegas junkie, and anything involving Las Vegas or gambling fascinates me, this game is not an exception. Read morePublished on April 29, 2010 by Danny
I've always liked computer games from Sierra Company, especially the Police Quest series. Casino Empire comes in a long line of Sierra Hoyle casino games released over the years. Read morePublished on March 29, 2009 by Mr. Math Expert