Friday, July 18, 2014

Nerdicus NES Review #115 + #116: Casino Kid 1 & Casino Kid 2

Title : Casino Kid

Publisher : SOFEL

Genre : Casino Games

Players : 1 Player

Release Date : 1989

Estimated Value (as of today's date) : $2-$4

Title : Casino Kid 2

Publisher : SOFEL

Genre : Casino Games

Players : 1 Player

Release Date : 1993

Estimated Value (as of today's date) : $40-$60

Oh look. More Casino games for the NES. Just another way to manipulate some poor, innocent child's mind into feeding into their gambling lust. How dare you! No, but seriously why did we need even more than one Casino game for any system. What's the point? Can you really do anything that different with casino games?

My desire to play these games is practically nil. BUT, I shall suffer through it for the good of those who actually skim these reviews I write every day. You hear that folks? I suffer for you. I say....these games should be hooked up to some network in a legalized gambling state, where I can win actual money. I said it before..turn the NES into a money printing machine, then I'll be interested.
Here we have Casino KID and Casino KID 2. Ha, didn't I just say they're trying to force kids to play casino games? At least the other games they weren't really telling a kid to gamble. These damn games have KID in the title. It's like "hey kid, go gamble. Do it. Send your family into the gutter and go bankrupt. Just put down a few more chips. Your wife wont leave your or anything."

Do we really need to put those thoughts in an eight-year-old's mind?! Damn you SOFEL. Apparently...SOFEL tried to do something a tad bit different with these games....they tried to introduce a story.

A a CASINO GAME!? BLASPHEMY! So, let's see if it works.

In the first Casino Kid, you are a teenager who is fighting to become one of the best gamblers in the city of Lost Wages. There is so much wrong with that sentence I don't even know where to begin. First of all, you're a teenager. Kids can't gamble. Problem #1. On to Problem #2, why the hell is the town called Lost Wages. You are practically telling everyone that gambling will cause to lose all money you've worked so hard to earn.

Anyway, you'll be wandering around a Casino, challenging a bunch of hustlers, and chatting up some hot bunny outfit waitresses. And if you think you have a wide range of games to choose for, you've got another thing coming. You're only going to be playing Blackjack and Poker.....that's it.

Hours...earning money...with no ability to save...playing only Blackjack and Poker....YAY!

Let me just show you a screenshot of what you're doing .Remember Dragon Quest games, and how most of them had some form of CASINO in them? This game is pretty much a lengthy version of that. Hell, it even looks EXACTLY like the Dragon Quest games. It's sort of combining RPG elements with Casino are chatting up people and wandering around before playing any sort of casino game. But, come on....really? Is this supposed to make me want to play this more? No, it's just wasting more of my time...

Once you finally find someone who will actually play against you (some people just tell you to get the hell away because you're broke in the beginning), you can start gambling. And losing..over..and over..and over again. The AI is a God damn joke. You'll lose almost all the time. They ALWAYS get the draw they need in both poker and blackjack. Have fun screaming at your TV due to the complete lack of fairness in this game. And you'll be doing it for hours on end!

If you somehow survive, you'll earn a million dollars to face off against the biggest gambler in Lost Wages. Beat him, and you win! YOU'RE THE BEST...AROUND!!! NOTHINGS EVER GONNA KEEP YOU DOWN!

Seriously, the only thing this game has going for it is some of the hilarious insults the NPC's throw at you. Ugh...enough...on to Casino Kid 2..

Yes, you are fine, Pirate-eye patch guy.

In Casino Kid 2, since you're the champ of Lost Wages, the only next possible step is to be champion kid gambler of the WORLD!! Time to take on the world's best gamblers and kick their arses.

Now, if you think there is more to offer in the second game, you'd be completely wrong. The only thing they managed to add to this game was Roulette. Wow....another boring casino game. They didn't even bother to improve upon the graphics at all and this came out four years later when the NES was pretty much dead in 93. I mean, the game was cancelled for awhile, but come on. It should have stayed cancelled.

If you get your hand on the second game. Good job. It's pretty damn rare and is one of the more valuable NES games. Use it as trade bait and get something better though, unless you're a hardcore collector.

What exactly do you get for accomplishing the feat of being the best teenage gambler in the world? Fame? Sure...Women? Probably...Wealth? That's a given.

The real prize though...I'll show you the real prize. Seeing the face of a child who doesn't realize his life is about to take a downward spiral into gambling addiction. Congrats.

Final Score (out of 5) :

Until next time. Keep on gaming!



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