Random SNES games: Vegas Stakes

By Mean Machines Staff - 03 Feb, 2016

The SNES game you probably forgot about!

The SNES game you probably forgot about!

When you think about the Super Nintendo game library, classic games like Super Mario World, Super Metroid and Street Fighter II probably spring to mind. But did you know that before the days of best online casino sites there was a game called Vegas Stakes on the SNES which would allow you to get your gambling fix offline? You may scoff as today you can play on the best online casinos for real money but back in the early 90s the closest you could get was playing a simulation at home, unless you wanted to hop on a flight to Las Vegas!
 
So let's take a look at this game. Nothing says “SNES classic" like a high-stakes trip to a menagerie of Las Vegas casinos. You're invited to bust open the bank account for a night of potentially irresponsible entertainment as you hop from game to gambling game with your crew of potentially irresponsible friends. Even if a 1993 rendition of Vegas-style wagering doesn't sound like your cup of tea, you might be surprised to find out just how well Vegas Stakes stands up today. The concept is basic, but the execution is impressive — and little bit charming to boot.
 
Blackjack, Slots, Roulette, Craps, and Poker are all at your disposal. Meticulously drawn boards and tables pull off a convincing simulation, but the sheer number of oddly shaped boxes and foreign words could easily scare off the uninitiated. The more complicated games usually have a list of rules to pour over, but sometimes there's no choice but to manually select one piece of the playing space at a time to hear descriptions. Asking your current friend for advice can be mildly helpful or entirely dangerous depending on who you pick and what you're playing, so don't hand the reigns of success over to your well-meaning pals every time.
 
If you get the shorter stick in some of these encounters, consider inviting some real-life friends over to steal someone else's virtual dollars for a change. All of the games are available for up to four players, which can be a lot more fun than going it alone. Getting a few people to gather around a video game console may lack the same amount of glamour and social interaction of a legitimate trip to Las Vegas, but it's way cheaper.



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