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 Target Demographic's age.
It's not uncommon for these levels to be the settings fictional equivalent
of Las Vegas
and Casino Episode
. May overlap with Pinball Zone
, Minigame Zone
, or Amusement Park
. May also be related to The Casino
- Sonic the Hedgehog loves this trope:
- Super Mario Bros.:
- Super Mario Sunshine has "Casino Delfino" in Sirena Beach's Hotel Delfino. Design-wise it's not too wacky, but the dimensions of the slot machines are bigger than usual. The battle arena in King Boo follows the motif.
- Mario Hoops 3-On-3 has Jr. Street, which features a slot machine that affects the score when you shoot or dunk.
- Mario Sports Mix has Bowser Jr. Blvd., which lacks the slot machine but has icons on the ground that affect the points when a player scores while standing on one.
- Mario Party 4's Goomba's Greedy Gala board, where progression is dependent on getting lucky with a roulette wheel (although the more coins you're willing to pay to Goomba, the more likely the roulette wheel is to send you in the direction of the star) and two of the regions are connected by an oversized felt table that you slide down on a giant chip.
- Mario Party 7's Neon Heights board is a combination of this and Broadway.
- Mario Kart Wii has the Chain Chomp Roulette battle arena, which takes place on a giant underwater roulette with a behemothic Chain Chomp acting as the ball.
- Mario Party 9 has Bowser Station, which combines this trope with Space Zone featuring a Bowser-themed slot machine, several themed Captain Events and Bowser Jr.'s boss minigame which puts your luck to the test.
- Super Mario 3D World has the level "Rainbow Run" which is a giant casino in space.
- The Wario City ballpark in Mario Super Sluggers is located at downtown, with what appears to be either a casino or a hotel in the background. There are flashy neon lights at night.
- Wario Land: Shake It! has an area in World 3 called City of Neon, consisting of Glittertown and Neon City.
- 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.
- Elite Beat Agents has the "Rock This Town" level.
- The cancelled game This is Vegas was to take place in the city the title suggested.
- The Arcade level from Mega Man Network Transmission. Everything in it screams "casino", while having nothing to do with arcades.
- 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.
- Part of Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus is set in Mesa City, a place big on gambling. As such, the city has a lot of casinos, and several levels take place inside them.
- Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal features a level with several slot machines.
- Every Dragon Quest game after the first has a "casino town" where you can gamble to get new equipment.
- F-Zero GX has Vegas Palace (AKA Casino Palace, depending on the region).
- Dead Rising 2 is set in the town of Fortune City, a replacement for Las Vegas after it was bombed due to a zombie outbreak.
- Rainbow Six: Vegas naturally has several of these.
- Fallout: New Vegas is pretty close to the "reality" end of the spectrum, since while you can play a few of the casino games as minigames, other than that (and the fact that most of the casinos take your weapons away as soon as you walk in) the gameplay in the casinos is identical to that everywhere else.
- Fallout 2 has New Reno.
- Casino Land in MadWorld.
- Metal Wolf Chaos has a level near the end where you duke it out in a casino at the start.
- The third mission in Bonanza Bros. takes place in a casino. Depending on whether or not you're playing a Bowdlerized version, either the you're stealing evidence from corrupt Casino Executives, you're testing an elaborate security system, or it's just a straight-up heist.
- High Rollerz from Gruntz.
- Stage 2 of Parodius Da! is Las Vegas-themed. Watch out that you don't get stepped on by the giant showgirl.
- All main series Pokémon games from the first four generations have a Game Corner, and most are casinos with a variety of games. Slot machines are a given, and depending on the generation, there may also be roulette or card games. The coins won in these areas can be exchanged for Pokémon or rare items, and some games in the series require this for Pokédex completion. This tradition was eventually discontinued, after new ratings guidelines in Europe started giving an automatic 18 rating to games that "encourage or teach gambling".
- In Pokémon Battle Revolution, there is Neon Colosseum (known as Casino Theatre Colosseum in Japan), where the two battlers' teams are decided by roulette.
- 777 Speedway in Daytona USA is a minor example of this, with a giant slot machine you can actually stop reels on to get extra time.
- Las Vegas in Arcade America is this crossed with something vaguely resembling Donkey Kong.
- Stage 4 of Resolution Road and Stage 2 of Rhythm Route in Kirby: Planet Robobot take place in grand casinos.
- Persona 5 starts out with you trying to escape from a casino and most of the game is a How We Got Here story that what happened that started six months ago that led to this point. Eventually, the story catches up to this point and the casino turns out to be a Palace representing the distorted views of Sae Nijima. The puzzles of the area revolve around trying to get past the rigged casino games in order to reach the room where their target is.
- Yooka-Laylee has the "Capital Cashino" world.
- The video game tie-in to Looney Tunes: Back in Action has Las Vegas as one of the levels, but the slot machines, stages, etc. are just more props where you can get coins.