Created By: MagcargoMan on September 28, 2011 Last Edited By: MagcargoMan on November 11, 2011
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Casino Park

A Videogame Setting in a level where everything is casino-themed.

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Casinos. A place of gambling and neon lights. But it also turns out that they make good Videogame Settings.

These tend to be wacky. And big. A level filled with giant poker chips, playing cards, roulettes and the like. Most likely as platforms, or hazards. Slot machines usually have an effect on gameplay. Most commonly found in platformers. Seems to be present regardless of the Periphery Demographic's age.

They could also be more realistic, but if it's really grounded in reality, just don't bother.

A Sub-Trope of Wackyland. May overlap with Pinball Zone, Toy Time and possibly Amusement Park. May also be related to Viva Las Vegas and The Casino.

Not to be confused with Golden Saucer, although one may be present within.

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  • September 29, 2011
    hevendor717
    Casino Land in Mad World.

    There is one of these in Wario Land Shake It!! but I can't recall the name.
  • September 30, 2011
    Nibbles2
  • September 30, 2011
    Semicolone
    Casino Night from Sonic 2, naturally. There is also Casino Paradise from Sonic Advance.
  • September 30, 2011
    vidyabro
    Does it need to be a "level"? or can it be any location? Like in RP Gs, where there aren't levels per se, but different areas. If so, I recall some sort of casino in Tales of Symphonia, and another one in one of the Layton games.
  • September 30, 2011
    Jhiday
    "High Rollerz" in Gruntz
  • September 30, 2011
    00Davo
    @vidyabro - Well, I guess an location would count, but it has to focus on gameplay rather than a minigame area. If it's minigames, than it's Golden Saucer.
  • October 2, 2011
    MagcargoMan
    Common guys, we need more examples so we can launch this thing.
  • October 2, 2011
    X2X
    • Sonic Heroes also includes Bingo Highway, the level which follows Casino Park.
    • Ape Escape 2 has Casino City as its eighth level. The stage prominently features slot machines that allow the player to rack up a large amount of coins.
  • October 3, 2011
    ArtFever
  • October 3, 2011
    Speedball
    Almost all of Dead Rising 2 happens to take place in a Casino-mall complex.
  • October 3, 2011
    Gatomon41
    Rainbow Six: Vegas naturally has several of these.
  • October 5, 2011
    MagcargoMan
    I made it into to flavours. Plus if I have put one in te wrong type, please correct me as I haven't played some of these games.
  • October 8, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    F Zero GX has Vegas Palace (AKA Casino Palace, depending on the region). It's a Type I.
  • October 8, 2011
    ClockStopping
  • October 9, 2011
    ZebraVonClaw
    Metal Wolf Chaos has a level near the end where you duke it out in a casino at the start. also Fallout New Vegas has this in spades. Actually, now that i think about it, these types are rather constricting. A ton of games fit type two but type on is niche. I think I'm misunderstanding type I as type II in "realistic" games tend to have all the elements you have down as type II. A Sandbox game with a casino in which you can't play the games isn't very sandbox..y.

    The big split for me is background vs foreground. By which i mean In some (Metal Wolf Chaos, Rainbow Six and so) on you can't really interact with the games beside maybe destroying them for money or using them as cover. while others have a programed in side games to amuse you. (Fallout New Vegas, etc.)

    Actually take a look at the viva las vegas page its got some more to add Duke Nukem Forever, Dragon Quest... actually that last one should just be moved over here whole hog. this definitely should be a thing.
  • October 9, 2011
    ZebraVonClaw
    I think i might make these changes and see how it looks. This might need widening, ala Amusement Park... My one major beef is that type I type II aren't clear. realistic versus wacky doesn't mean one has poker chips or games. That's what a casino is. wacky/realistic are different types enough for their own column. I would say the majority difference would be background versus interactive. Like I explained in my last post(right above this one.)

    also games like "Metal Wolf Chaos" definitely fall on the wacky side but the only interaction you have with the casino is Stuff Blowing Up. Really it's no different then the rest of the game. based on current description this falls into type I and II so thus im fixing this before it becomes a mess. I'm sorry but i'm not familiar with a lot of these games so if you like the change and know the game please place it in the proper type. If you feel the need to change it back can you leave a comment why and at least make type I and II more clear?

    oh, and a though: The name makes it feel level oriented, which i don't think it should be. Any game related casino area should fit. I'm not changing the name now, but Cashino feels sharper and more open to me (though i do like puns a tad too much)
  • October 9, 2011
    ZebraVonClaw
    alright, this is silly, I think the "types" need to go altogether. I really tried to fix the problem but it boils down to a whole range of types. You have games that ignore the surroundings except for cover and theme and maybe some more cash. you have games with mini games where you can sit down and play some poker. you have casino game games where the game is just casino mini games, you have 3d plat-formers where you jump around on giant roulette wheels and interact with slot machines and casino based enemies. right now it seems as though people just use goofy vs reality driven but that's not going to work for goofy reality driven games.
  • October 9, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    I prefer Casino Night Zone as the name, as that game was made first, and the current suggestion made me think of a gambling-based amusement part.
  • October 9, 2011
    MagcargoMan
    @Zebra Von Claw: It was only originally meant to be Type 1, but people didn't get and kept shoving in the realistic ones, which is why I made the two types. I think by playing the levels in Type 1, you'll understand what I originally wanted for this trope, which is very similar to things like Toy Time, Band Land, Level Ate and Pinball Zone.
  • October 9, 2011
    MagcargoMan
    The point is, this trope does exsist and I was quite surprised that they didn't have one. Maybe there should only be Type 1, although some of the examples in Type 2 deserve mention.
  • October 14, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Obviously The Casino should be linked on here somewhere.
  • October 15, 2011
    Gatomon41
    At least keep Rainbow Six: Vegas. Not every level is a casino.
  • October 16, 2011
    MagcargoMan
    @Gatomon41 But as Zebra Von Claw has brought up, it seems a bit confusing to have these types. Rainbow Six: Vegas isn't really wacky and over-the-top, it's pretty grounded in reality. Due to be being a Wacky Land subtrope, trying looking up the Casino Park stage on You Tube to get the idea of what this trope is meant to be about.
  • October 18, 2011
    MagcargoMan
  • October 19, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    • Sonic Rivals 2 has Neon Palace.
    • Mario Party 7's Neon Heights board is a combination of this and Broadway.
  • October 19, 2011
    HifiBanjoStrings
    Then there's GTA:SA with the several casino based levels including the heist, though I'm not sure if that's what you're after.
  • October 19, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    This is an implicit form of Getting Crap Past The Radar for contexts in which portraying gambling would not be appropriate. (Granted, with today`s standards, that`s not often anymore if Toy Story 3`s G-rating is anything to go by.)
  • October 19, 2011
    Shnakepup
    Would the multiplayer map "Hotel" from Call Of Duty Black Ops count? It's a swanky hotel that has gambling areas (casino floors with craps tables and stuff). Not sure if it totally counts, since about half the map is an outside area near a pool, but all the indoor parts are pretty casion-tinged. However, even though that's the setting of the map, the map itself has nothing do with gambling; it's just a backdrop to you shooting dudes.
  • October 19, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Also, seconding the preference for Casino Night Zone over Casino Park.
  • October 19, 2011
    X2X
    Thirded, if only because people are more likely to recognize the level from Sonic 3 over the corresponding level from Heroes. Casino Park can be a redirect, though.
  • October 19, 2011
    GreenMachine
    Even though I've played both games, Casino Night Zone was definitely more memorable than Casino Park. I mean, even Bingo Highway was more memorable than Casino Park. (if only for the way Knuckles says "There's BINGO on this table.")

    Personally, I just hate gambling references in video games meant for children, but that's just my inner Moral Guardian kicking in.

    Oh, and an example.
    • Mega Man Battle Network Transmission: The Arcade level. I have a feeling it was named Casino (in Japanese) in the Japanese version, and was renamed for America. Everything in it screams casino, while having nothing to do with arcades...
  • October 19, 2011
    MagcargoMan
    Will add some more of these, but has to be tommorrow. Time constraints.
  • October 20, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    • Dead Rising 2 is set in Fortune City, their universe's equivalent to the Las Vegas strip.
    • Pokemon Colosseum and Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness has Realgam Tower. While it doesn't have the appearance of a traditional casino, more closely resembling the CN Tower, the inside, especially in XD, consists of mini-games with a common theme of betting. The locals treat it as if it were a gigantic casino, with people losing big money by gambling.

    (Most Pokémon games have a casino-like "Game Corner" of some sort, but Realgam Tower is by far the largest and most extensive, and is the only one displayed on its region's map with equal importance as a city.)
  • October 20, 2011
    MagcargoMan
    @Zombie Aladdin - the casinos in handheld Pokemon games are Golden Saucers. Not sure if Realgam Tower has what it takes...
  • October 21, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    (Hmm, I must have missed the Dead Rising 2 example.)

    I left out the other Game Corners in the Pokémon games because they would fall under the Golden Saucers page. Realgam Tower, however, seems to be a self-sustaining area. It sits by itself in the middle of a desert, apparently making enough money to buy everything it needs to function as civilization.
  • October 22, 2011
    MagcargoMan
    @Zombie Aladdin - Yes, but the casino in realgam tower consists of two/three small rooms. These need to be bigger.
  • October 22, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    True. All right then. I just wanted to know how specific you are with it. Here's another example.

    • Parts of Delight City in NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams are lit up with flashy neons and bright shapes. Much like the real Las Vegas though, the other parts resemble a more ordinary city.
    • Sonic R has Radical City.
    • Sonic Rush has Night Carnival.

    Night Carnival seems to be more themed on Mardi Gras though.
  • October 22, 2011
    GlennMagusHarvey
    Yeah, there's definitely a difference between Casino Night Zone and Carnival Night Zone, even though the two are similar.

    Also, I would prefer a better name, something like Casino Level or Casino Zone rather than Casino Park.
  • October 24, 2011
    MagcargoMan
    Casino Night Zone sounds really biased and obscure. C Asino Park works because it doesn't even sound like it's from a specific game.
  • October 24, 2011
    MagcargoMan
    That was a typo, I didn't even know there was a movie called "CAsino"!
  • October 26, 2011
    GlennMagusHarvey
    I think it's just called "Casino"; the wiki doesn't distinguish between identically-spelled titles.
  • October 26, 2011
    MagcargoMan
    More examples....
  • November 1, 2011
    MagcargoMan
  • November 2, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    Got two more:

  • November 2, 2011
    MagcargoMan
    Woah! I think Sonic has an obsession with casinos.
  • November 2, 2011
    GreenMachine
    Actually, I think I remember it being mentioned somewhere that Eggman has a thing for casinos and/or gambling. I'm not sure about that though. It would make sense, as he has slot machines around his private quarters on the Egg Carrier in Sonic Adventure.

    Really though, I think just SEGA and/or Sonic Team in particular has an obsession about gambling...
  • November 3, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    It's the visual aesthetic; I'm sure of it. The casino motif is something that's distinctly and famously Sonic, so the designers use the theme whenever they want to make a particularly Sonic-y Sonic game.

    Eggman has a thing for circuses and carnivals too particularly the whole Eggmanland thing.
  • November 6, 2011
    MagcargoMan
    Just a few more examples.....
  • November 10, 2011
    MagcargoMan
    {Bump}
  • November 11, 2011
    troacctid
    Make sure to fix the Example Indentation.
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