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Publisher: Virtual Programming    Genre: Board & Card
Min OS X: 10.4    CPU: G4 @ 1000 MHz    RAM: 512 MB    Hard Disk: 3000 MB    Graphics: 128 MB VRAM

Reel Deal Casino High Roller
November 21, 2007 | Joshua Russell

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Gamblers, have you ever wanted to just play your favorite slots and not worry about the cash you're blowing? Wish the Casino would hand you 10,000 buckeroos as soon as you set foot on the floor? And when you've watched all that sweet moolah trickle into the machines, wouldn't it be nice if they would just hand you more cash? Well, fear not, my chance-taking friends! You're in luck. I'm not talking about a real casino, or real cash, but plunge into Phantom Efx's Reel Deal Casino: High Roller, and you won't be disappointed.

Remarkably well executed, Reel Deal Casino: High Roller gives you all the sights, sounds, and, well, sights and sounds, of a real casino. The company managed to get their hands on a vast number of great Slots and such, so you can enjoy clicking on that virtual lever in the most realistic way to date. And what's more, you can play with "Dream World Odds," if luck isn't being a lady. Of course your Real-odds and Dream-odds cash-stashes are separate, but if you don't see the need to lose quite as much, then by all means, cheat, you loser.

Stuff To Do
High Roller has eight slots, 28 table games, and a poker room. Being naturally attracted to the joys and woes of matching my wits and luck against those of a binary entity at the exciting game of Poker, I spent much of my time in the poker room. The AI is reasonably intelligent, and if it's too much for you (amateur) it's not like there's a shortage of other activities to keep you entertained. There are the classic tables, like roulette, craps, blah blah, and there are obscure games that I had never even heard of. Here's where the game sort of comes through again. There is a little window in the corner of the screen that will teach you how to play the games, by showing you the rules, your odds, suggestions, and all that fun stuff. It could have looked better, since the rest of the game looks so good, and they even could have narrated the rules, or made little demo videos to teach the games, but we can't have everything.

Paint the Town (Or At Least Click It)
To get to your game of choice, you get to wander around the casino, apparently miraculously hoisted above the casino floor, giving you an overhead view of all the tables, and conveniently letting you dodge the crowds below, who don't seem to notice or care that you are hovering above them. As far as gameplay goes, there isn't really much that you actually do. They're casino games. You click a lever, or tell how much you bet, or click the dice, or click the deal button, or click a card to hold it. But minimalist gambling seems to work. The game is actually really addictive and fun. There are treasure chests you get to open with VIP points for extra slots or goodies, there's tournaments, and the swell of pride you feel when you win fake money playing fake casino games on a computer since you can't afford to go to a real casino. Don't worry, buying this game isn't a gamble, it's a bargain.

Sound in the game rocks. Mainly because it links up with your iTunes library so you play your own music in the background. Maybe your in-game sound won't rock, because you listen to lame music, but my in-game sound rocks. As far sound effects go, Reel Deal is a winner. It sounds like they took a really nice tape recorder and recorded in a casino for a few hours. And the game sounds are spot on, or whatever compliment you give to sound in a casino game. Jackpot!

Con. There's a con! To play online, as the game advertises, you have to pay a $10 monthly fee. I'm a poor college student, so I chose to avoid the online play. I hear you get a free new slot every week as a plus. Cool. I also hear you get a hotel room you can decorate and pimp out and stuff. Okay. Neat, if you're into that kind of thing. I would just as soon decorate my real room with my $10 a month.

I give Reel Deal Casino: High Roller, a big 7.25 out of 10. Way to be, High Roller, way to be. Mainly, this game has re-playability value up the wazoo (I wonder what that means?) Unless you play it like World of Warcraft, you probably won't run out of things to do. So go ahead, you gambling machine! Put on your squeaky shoes, rub your lucky ferret, and go flash your bling as a High Roller. (Shoes, ferrets, and bling-bling not included.)

Reel Deal Casino High Roller
Publisher: Virtual Programming
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