One of several Genesis games I’ve picked up from my favorite retro store Classic Game Junkies. This is a great pick up and play game, or would be if not for the pain in the ass password system. You, as the player, are set loose on the floor of Caesar’s Palace, where you can go up to a number of different games and try to parley your original bankroll of $2,000 into more money. The choices for games are: Scratch off tickets, slots, video poker, horse racing, black jack, keno, roulette, and craps. I believe that’s all, and I believe I’ve played them all, in the 8 hours I dedicated to the game.

Scratch Offs, Slots, Video Poker, Black Jack and Roulette you can all play in Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, and I have done so quite frequently so I didn’t play them too much in this game. What you can’t play in GTA-SA is Craps, and this has quickly become my favorite game in the game, and gambling game in general (though I’ve never played it at the casinos yet, and most likely if/when I do get a chance, I’ll lose 20$ in ten minutes, get pissed off, and stop playing).

Here’s how I play craps. Now I’m not saying this is a guaranteed way for you to make tons of money at a real table, this is just how I play it for fun. First, you go up to the table and you put, let’s say, 100$ down on the Pass line, then another hundred down on the field (pays back for: 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 12). If you roll a 7 you’ll lose your field bet but win the pass line bet, so it’s a push. If you roll an 11 you get paid off in both places, and if you crap out (roll a 2, 3 or 12) you lose your pass line bet but get your field bet, again another push (at some places 2 and/or 12 pay two times, so you’ll actually win some, but not in this video game). If you roll any other number the point is set, your pass line stays there and you may or may not get money back from the field. Keep putting your bets on the field until you lose a bet on the field. Once that happens put (let’s say) 25$ on the 5, 6, and 8, and do a come bet. Again if a field number does not come up put quarters down on the hard way bets (pairs of 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s). Then again if a field still has not come up, start putting money down on the single rolls bets, I like to do quarters on the any seven, craps, eleven, and another on either the 2, 3, or 12 box. When a field number comes up, start betting on the field again. Keep betting on the pass line until you lose, then switch to the don’t pass line. The don’t pass line seems to win more than it loses.

If this is getting hard to follow, I highly recommend getting the “Craps Lite” app for the iPhone so you can learn the game a little quicker, it takes time to pick it up, but eventually you’ll get the hang of it.

After 8 hours of playing (not continuous) I was able to get up to 9,000$ in the game. Every time I made another 1000$ I would “save” the game, this is a little complicated, but it locks you in from losing money, which is nice.

When you go to the ATM you are given a password and told to write it down, this password connects a certain amount of money to certain name. The name I chose was “Penguin” a name I usually use for video games. The problem is that the password is 16 characters long, both numbers and letters, and to enter it you have to use an onscreen keyboard, to make it harder the D-pad is very sensitive and you have to just lightly tap it in order to move the cursor to the next button on the keyboard. It can take a while to put the passwords into the computer, which is why this isn’t the best pick up and play game available. I understand the variation of this game for the SNES uses a mouse, so the password system is probably easier with that. You can use the password system to lock in certain amounts of money, i.e. once you get the password for 8,000$ as long as you write it down correctly, you won’t ever lose any money below that, because you can just restart. It would be nice if you could do that at the actual casinos. I think I paid 5$ for the game, and it was worth every penny. So if you like gambling or fake gamboling, go out and pick up a copy.

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