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Genre: Casino :: Players: 1 :: Released: 12/8/06

Midnight Casino Review

Developer: Gameloft

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

So many different games

Cons

Looonnng loading times

Sound
Help
Save Option
Highscore
See Compatible Handsets

83

Graphics

78

Sound

80

Controls

85

Playability

82

Lastability

92

Review Details
Handset Nokia N70

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 29/9/06

The closest game to a true casino minus Elvis



Money, girls, drinks and Elvis all go together for a good night in Vegas. Most of the mobile games at the moment that are trying to emulate Vegas tend to focus on the girls and drinks aspect with a little bit of gambling thrown in (we're still waiting to see an Elvis based Vegas experience!). Gameloft are not new to gambling games with several specific blackjack/poker titles. However, they have now gone all out with a hardcore casino experience.

Midnight Casino has all the usual casino games in one package. Previous games only touched upon the various features of the standard casino games. Take Video Poker for example, in Midnight Casino you can choose 'Jacks or Better', 'Deuces Wild', 'Low Wild' and Joker variants. Add to these 'Double' and 'Bomb' cards and you have practically every form of video poker ever made; the theme continues with a choice of American and European roulette tables. Fair enough Blackjack cannot be messed around with too much but even this version has splits, doubles, insurance and even surrender options. And there is still more, there are also duels and multi-player tournaments (albeit against the computer). To put it simply, it really does have it all. The programmers must have done some nifty consolidation to get all these options into a java game and hats off to them. The only problem with so much information is the loading times. Loading up a new challenge can be a little slow but that's the price you pay for such an array of options.

The casino itself is split into four floors leading up to the penthouse. Each floor will have tournaments and solo plays for poker, roulette and blackjack, just not every single incarnation. To get access to the upper floors and all the various games you have to compete in a duel with one of the players on the floor. If you manage to beat them, then you get a keycard to the next floor which has much higher betting limits. Be careful not to get too cocky and take on the big tables too soon - it doesn't take much to lose all your money.

The graphics are ok with the usual Gameloft style. The casino floor, where you can move around to find the game you want, is very well detailed and has a 3D perspective to it. This perspective does force a bit of guess work when it comes to moving your cursor around the table. Thankfully once you have selected a game to play, the controls are very simple and clearly laid out for you. The graphics during the actually game are good but not amazing. Some of the cards are a little small but they are easy to read and that's really all you can ask for. There are some nice graphics and effects when you win a round.

In a world dominated with Texas Hold 'em Poker, it is refreshing to play a moderately stress free game of Jacks or Better. Don't worry if you are not a fan of roulette or one of the other games, you can easily avoid any games you don't like and you are not forced to play anything you don't like, even for the challenges, it is your money after all. To complete the package, Gameloft have included a stats section and a quick play mode.

A definite must for fans of the true casino.