Crazy Nick's Software Picks: Leisure Suit Larry's Casino
Crazy Nick's Software Picks: Leisure Suit Larry's Casino is a gambling video game developed and published by Sierra On-Line in 1992 for MS-DOS. It was part of the Crazy Nick's Software Picks series of budget computer games, as well as the Leisure Suit Larry series. This particular title includes jacks or better video poker, blackjack (with surrendering and doubling), and a slot machine. It was created using the Sierra Creative Interpreter engine.
Since I'm not very interested in gambling, this was the last game in the Crazy Nick's Software Picks series that I tried. As expected, it was just a gambling simulator and nothing else. I tried a few times to amass the $10,000 needed to break the bank, but, as I'm not very good at gambling card games, I never surpassed $2,000, and had little desire to keep trying.
I don't own this game, and I have not beaten it.
Best Version: DOS
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- The game competently enforces the rules of blackjack, jacks or better video poker, and a primitive slot machine.
- The elevator music, although dull, is actually pretty fitting for the setting.
- The slot machine is pretty dull. Many far more exciting slot machines were in casinos at the time, and the developers could have modeled it after that.
- There isn't much to say about this game. As with all gambling games, your only hope to even have a chance of amassing money is to memorize a bunch of complex strategies, or getting extremely lucky. I don't find either of these options enjoyable.
The box art is about what you would expect from a budget release: garish. It has amateur clipart, a couple screenshots, and bright eye-catching text.