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.
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.?
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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.