Hoyle Casino Empire - PC

3.9 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
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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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In Casino Empire, your goal is to bring in the big spenders and turn casinos around! Watch your back - your competitors will be spying on you, and they'll try to sabotage your best efforts!

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Hoyle Casino Empire is a casino simulation that delivers all the glitz, glamour, sights, and sounds of Las Vegas. In Hoyle Casino Empire, players take control of a Vegas casino and do everything necessary to make it succeed. Each level provides players with a new story and an opportunity to win big and increase their wealth and status. Along the way, gamers meet a host of helpful characters and have the full resources of their growing casino empire at their disposal. From milking the high rollers, to positioning the most popular slot machines near the cash machines, it's all Vegas, all the time with Hoyle Casino Empire.

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ASIN B00005VB7X
Release date September 27, 2002
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3.9 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #31,473 in videogames
#4,517 in Video Games > PC Games > PC Games
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Product Dimensions 7.6 x 5.3 x 1.4 inches
Media: Video Game
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By Stephanie Manley VINE VOICE on October 17, 2002
This game isn't the most complex one of the "tycoon" games you will find. It is pretty entertaining. Sometimes I like a game that isn't so complicated that it takes three websites to consult with how to just make it through. The casinos that you work through are [copies] of their Las Vegas Counterparts, as are the "celebrities" that will make it into your casino if you are good enough. Some of the graphics are 2D such as many of the attractions you will build in your casino, and the games really aren't that distinquishable.
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.
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I've played lots of Tycoon-genre computer games, including some super popular (Roller Coaster Tycoon, The Sims, etc.) This however, might be the best game I've played. Besides cool graphics, this game has a plethora of options readily available. This game is easy enough that playing it isn't a boring struggle, yet difficult enough the player feels challenged. Great attention has been paid to the sound, which is absolutely terrific. The game accurately simulates the feel of a casino. Each little "gambler" reacts to each hand of cards. You can see the players place their bets, and celebrate/despair after the round. Bright colors light up the screen. Building options include decorations, lounges, restaurants, gambling rooms, any type of gambling table or machine and decorations for the outside. Through the game interesting situations occur: the "Playbabe" magazine party, VIP high rollers, mob hits, discount slot machines. You can set your casinos odds, or even cheat the gamblers. Dealers and gamblers may cheat your casino, making a casino security force needed. Showgirls and bargirls keep players supplied with drinks. You are even able to host poker tournaments or auction off cars, throw parties or watch your loyal customers get married. You also control the hotel rooms and options there. For those looking for any type of tycoon game to play, or those with a love of Las Vegas, or even those just looking for a little fun will enjoy this game. You don't have to know Las Vegas to enjoy this immersive and fun computer game.
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By A Customer on October 5, 2002
Fairly good simulation, but somewhat simplistic to some people. The slot machines and video black jack look pretty similar, but then again, if you've ever been to a casino, they really do look a lot alike. I've rather enjoyed it. The demo alone was enough to get me to buy it.
However, I bought the game on ebay for a lot less.
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This is a great little sim that will bring a slice of Vegas into your PC. If you pay attention, you'll get a couple of good laughs at the "cameos" in the game, from the Siegfried & Roy and Bill Cosby lookalikes, to the VIP High Rollers that will stroll through your casino if you make it a cool enough place to be. Every VIP was easily and quickly recognizable aside from one: and that'd be Immaculata. But, aside from that, the impressions are VERY well done, especially when it comes to Macdaddy Moonwalker and Flint Westwood, for instance. I won't mention any others because I don't want to spoil it for you. Half the fun is scanning your casino and looking for patrons walking around with a star beneath their feet (denotes a VIP) and clicking on them to try to figure out who they're supposed to be. If you're not into that "Where's Waldo?" sort of action, you could always just click on your patron button and get a full list of customers.
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.
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First off, this game is not a casino game where you play poker, black jack, or slots and pretend your a high roller in Vegas, winning or loosing big. This is a simulator, and if you don't like simulators (Any of the Tycoon games) then you probably won't like this either.
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.
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