Reel Deal is a casino PC game.� Specs include Windows 2000 or later, CD-Rom, 1.5 GB hard drive, DirectX 9.0b or later, DirectX compatible video card.� Money and VIP comp points are earned as you play slot machines, table games and enter tournaments.� The casino is easy to navigate and there is a menu board for the many games.
I had to read the directions to get the game loaded and reinstall the second CD, but once it installed, it worked like a dream.� The graphics are good, animation flows well and it is a very enjoyable casino experience.� I felt that all I needed while playing the slots was a cocktail waitress.
The slot machines are very realistic, the music entertaining and the bonus rounds are a lot of fun. The game begins with 8 slot machines that you can change the denominations on.� The nickel slots play 45 coins and just as in real life, most of the time you have no idea why that particular combination was a winner. You have the option of setting the odds for real life or dream world.� There are also 5 different video poker machines with changeable denominations. The card dealing on the video poker games was irritating to me.� After you go to the prize vault and purchase the treasure chests, you receive a new Dice slot machine with a bonus round that I do not understand.
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The prize vault has 40 treasure chests to be purchased using VIP points.� About 5 of the chests are empty.� Prizes include pieces of the additional slot machine, a t-shirt, chocolates, a lava lamp, a video, pancakes etc.
The table games (all 27 of them) are a good time.� The rules, stats, odds, and advice in the lower left corner is helpful.� This is an excellent tutorial program to learn to play table games or to practice.� When you think you are awesome you can play a tournament.� The beginner level tournaments are $1,000.00 buy-ins for 6 different games.� The trophies are spectacular and are held in your trophy case.� There are four levels of tournament play with escalating buy-ins.� It was very helpful to me to play the tournaments to get a handle on the bids I needed to make.� I did not really like the roulette wheels as they were difficult to watch spin around.� The Poker table has several features from 6 different games, number of players, stakes, to limit or no limit.� The card dealing animation is distracting on this one, but the other table games were not.� The craps table is where the advice tab would be handy, but it is not available.� The� actual dice roll is not on the board, it comes in an inset, but this is a really good practice game.
The options on background noise, music level, etc are nice.� The music seemed louder at the tables than at the slot machines.
This game includes an on-line addition that I did not get to play, but includes chat, going to the mall, and acquiring and furnishing your own hotel suite.� The on-line piece promises monthly updates and the first month is free.
All in all the game is worth the $19.99 price tag even if used offline to polish skills.� There is a nice instruction booklet that comes with the two CD Rom set.�
The Phantom EFX is available directly from the manufacturer.
What I Like: The graphics are good, animation flows well and it is a very enjoyable casino experience.� I felt that all I needed while playing the slots was a cocktail waitress.
What Needs Improvement: The card dealing on the video poker games was irritating to me. The craps table is where the advice tab would be handy, but it is not available.