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[[caption-width-right:320:[[SidetrackedByTheGoldenSaucer Abandon all priorities]], [[Literature/TheDivineComedy ye who enter here.]]]]
->''"Welcome to the Pianta Parlor. Saving the princess is important, but it can wait!"''
-->-- '''Lahla''', ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''

An area in a video game, particularly a {{platformer}} or RolePlayingGame, that is host to a number of minigames where the player can win items or cash, sometimes by [[BettingMiniGame betting money]] in a casino-like area. Most of it will probably be optional, but winning at some of the minigames may be part of the main quest, or give access to rare or important items. Often comes in the guise of a casino or theme park.

PinballZone is often, but not always, a form of this. Can lead to being SidetrackedByTheGoldSaucer. Don't worry about the world-threatening catastrophe you have to stop, just TakeYourTime.

See also SoleEntertainmentOption.



[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'':
** The pricing games six per episode (since 1975), although their selection in a given episode is always pre-determined. This is the bread-and-butter of the 1972 revival, with the games testing contestants on consumer knowledge (along with luck, physical skill and intuition). Prizes range from a couple of thousand dollars in merchandise to trips, cars and (depending on the game) $100,000 in cash.
** In between, the Showcase Showdown, where the three contestants spin the Big Wheel to determine who advances to the Showcases at the end of the show; highest score without exceeding $1.00 advances, but all previous winnings of each of the three contestants are safe. Achieving $1.00 in one or two spins earns a $1,000 bonus and an extra spin, which can be worth (depending on where the contestant lands) an extra $10,000 or $25,000 cash.

[[folder:Video Games]]
[[AC:Action-Adventure Games]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' has several minigame locations, but many of them are found in or near the Village of Outcasts in the Dark World. The most profitable game is in the Light World's Lost Woods, where you bet 100 Rupees for the chance to win 300. [[spoiler:- You can quickly gain maximum Rupees by locating the chest with 300 Rupees; every time you enter, it will have moved one chest to the right.]]
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' has Hyrule Castle Town as young Link, hosting series classics like the Treasure Chest Game, the Target Shooting Gallery and the then-debuting Bombchu Bowling minigame.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' has several games in Clock Town (notably, the ones in the East area are revamped, more difficult versions of those found in Castle Town in ''Ocarina of Time''). Several Heart Pieces can be won thanks to them.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Ages]]'': Rolling Ridge, hosted by the Gorons. In ''Seasons'', it's Subrosia.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'' has several minigame locations, but most are located in the sky somewhere. The place that most fits the trope, however, is Dodoh's mancannon game of chance.
* ''VideoGame/LittleBigAdventure 2'' The island of Otringal, on the planet Zeelich has two casinos, and more slot machines elsewhere.
* ''Videogame/{{Yakuza}}'' has at least two casinos, plus pachinko and a dice parlor. Later games even add arcades where you can play ports of old SEGA games.

[[AC:Adventure Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SierraOnline''. Lamentably mandatory in many early games, where you needed vast piles of cash and the only way to get it was a casino or slot machine. A leading cause of SaveScumming.

[[AC:First-Person Shooter]]
* ''VideoGame/ActionDoom2UrbanBrawl'' has a mini-example in form of the casino floor of the Phylex Tower. You can take a break from rampaging through the evil corporation HQ and the search for your daughter to play some video blackjack or fruit machines.
* In ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'', Mr. Khallos has a slot machine aboard his freight train (it occurs just before you try to stop the missile). Whether or not you can actually win anything from it is anyone's guess... Anna, the scientist at MissionControl, [[WhatTheHellPlayer chides you]] upon playing it.

* ''VideoGame/{{Crazd}}'' has the Crazy Carnival, where each game was available for one ticket (worth 60 coins) each.

* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' The Casino on the Wrong Side of the Tracks. The Rogue Program familiar introduced in June 2010 added the Game Grid Arcade, which includes such mini-games as [[VideoGame/StarControl Space Trip]] and [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters The Fighters]] [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting of Fighting]].
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' introduces a Casino Lobby in Episode 3, which includes slot machines and shooting galleries.
* ''VideoGame/SecondLife'' can probably be found in many {{MMORPG}} games, but this one made these things a damn cottage industry; at least one game built in SL has been licensed for use elsewhere.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizard 101}}'' has the Carnival.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has the Darkmoon Faire, a neutral amusement park with minigames to engage in for adventurers tired of killing monsters and taking their stuff.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' introduces the Manderville Gold Saucer in patch 2.51, with Chocobo Racing and the popular card game Triple Triad as the first available minigames to enjoy.

* In ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo-Tooie]]'', all levels have at least one minigame each, but their greatest density is in [[AmusementParkOfDoom Witchyworld]], appropriately enough.
* The ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 Casino Night Zone]] [[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles and]] [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure rela]][[VideoGame/SonicHeroes ted]] [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4 stages]], which appear in nearly every game in the franchise. Even the infamous DarkerAndEdgier ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' had at least one, if not two.
* Unlocked after beating [=DDDark=] Castle in ''VideoGame/{{Something}} Else''. It lets Luigi collect lives by playing variations of the minigame played every 100 stars. However, Luigi has to pay all of his stars in order to play. There's also a secret that lets Luigi do this without playing the mini-games.
* ''VideoGame/PacManWorld 2'''s very first level has an arcade in which you can play classic Pac-Man games. You're not allowed to play any of them though until you collect enough tokens to unlock them, so it's common for you to end up [[SidetrackedByTheGoldSaucer dropping everything and going back to the first level to play a new arcade game as soon as you get enough tokens to do so]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/GanbareGoemon The Legend of Mystical Ninja]]'', Zone III is an amusement park on Awaji Island, where you can play a quiz show, concentration, ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'' or a BreakingOut, as well as various [[BettingMiniGame betting games]].
* In ''VideoGame/BlenderBros,'' part of [[PlayerHeadquarters Cosmo Heaven]] is dedicated to minigames.

* ''Ancient Dungeons of Mystery'': The best way to accumulate a lot of money is to 'h'andle a slot machine in the casino, put a heavy object on the space bar, and leave for an hour to amuse yourself.

[[AC:Role-Playing Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has the Millennial Fair in 1000 AD, meant to celebrate Guardia's millenial year. It's also quite plot-relevant for a minigame zone, as it's where Crono meets Marle and first goes back in time. [[spoiler:It's also where your actions come back to help or hurt Crono in his trial, and where the party gets a clone of Crono to aid in his resurrection after he dies.]]
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' takes place in an {{Expy}} of UsefulNotes/LasVegas; there are several slot machines and casino games to play, the place is also crawling with zombies. Of course you could just kill the zombies and THEN play the casino games. The giant slot machine in particular can net you $100,000 out of a $1,000 bet and that's not including the terror is reality minigames where you can also win money.
* The ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series.
** Most every game since ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' has had The Casino, where in a remarkable fascimile of reality for a swords-and-spells turn based adventure, poker and slot machines suck up the player's time and gold like a black hole.
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' also has the T'n'T boards, which are basically board games, where a single character rolls a dice and moves around, fighting monsters and earning prizes.
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'' has [[MascotMook slime]] battles, which, obviously, can only be entered by slimes, as well as the Best-Dressed Contest.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has, as you might expect, a few casinos.
** The strip itself has three usable ones, each run by a different criminal organisation. They're functionally similar but with different aesthetics. With a standard character build you'll probably do as well as real life visitors to Vegas, but a high Luck stat will tilt the games in your favour.
** The ''Dead Money'' DLC features the Sierra Madre which ''also'' features the same games as the normal casinos, [[spoiler: but run by entirely silent holograms in an eerily silent casino]]. The sheer incongruity lends an amazingly black comedy edge to the whole thing.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has the Gold Saucer, a theme park with a futuristic motif.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has the auction house in Treno, and the three areas that host the 'Chocobo Hot and Cold' game. The fact that the latter has such [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agaH80PYEpY insanely catchy music]] probably helps.
** The Calm Lands become this in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''. In chapter 5, Luca becomes this as well, with both Blitzball and Sphere Break available for the player's amusement.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' Nautilus, which is presented as Cocoon's premiere amusement resort. Although the characters are too busy running for their lives to gamble or ride attractions, they do stop for [[ExpositionBreak the floor show]] and engage in a brief minigame for some items.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' has the Serendipity level, a zone featuring slot machines, card games, chocobo racing, and a prize kiosk.
* The ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series:
** The first game and the [=PS2=] version of ''Chain of Memories'' both have 100 Acre Woods as the center of most Minigames. The main games also have the Olympus Colosseum, which is filled with battle mini games. Part II also has Atlantica.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' has Disney Town and the Mirage Arena.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'': Tolbi, Contigo, and even Lemuria have gambling locations.
* ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'': The Jewel Resort Casino where you can play poker, bingo or slot machines.
* ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has a cantina full of various people with which you can play pazaak (head-to-head messed-up blackjack) and a place to sign up for swoop races.
* ''VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia''
** In the first game, Sol Tower is home to both the Muscle Dome and the Disco Club.
** The sequel, ''Duel Saga'', has Phorchoon Casino.
* ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'': Forfeit Island.
* In ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]'', Little Fungitown has an arcade where the player can play minigames to earn yellow beans.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' There's a small casino in the Citadel.
* Half the point of the ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' "Citadel DLC". There's the Silver Coast Casino, which features Roulette, varren races, and Quasar (a game similar to Blackjack); the Armax Arena, where you can have holodeck matches with party members (including ones from previous games [[GuestStarPartyMember like Wrex, Jack and Miranda]]); and Castle Arcade, which has a fighting game, a whack-a-mole esque game, and a UFO catcher.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'':
** Eternal Punishment has a casino with an optional dungeon attached.
** The original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' also had casinos, but they were mainly in malls. While your party members would reprimand you for going there, (especially [[InsufferableGenius Nanjo]],) they're the only way you can get some of the rarer items and fusion materials.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The series has the Game Corners, which in [=FireRed=]/[=LeafGreen=] and [=HeartGold=]/[=SoulSilver=] can spare you the effort of finding some Pokemon.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', the remade Johto region gained the Pokeathlon, where you can use your Pokemon in sports competitions. Winning earns you points, which can allow you to get those really hard-to-get evolution stones.
** Also, the Battle Frontier from the [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire 3rd generation]] onwards.
** Starting with ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', there has been a [[http://3ds.pokemon-gl.com/ website]] available that includes minigames that link up with the handheld games to provide bonuses.
** Festival Plaza from ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon''. This is where the lottery shop is relocated, provides several "missions" that can be played with online guests, and other activities. Unusually, the Plaza is available any time in the game after a certain story point.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' has Grate Guy's Casino, which is referenced a couple of times in the game, but actually finding it a GuideDangIt. Especially disappointing in that the games aren't terribly profitable.
* ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' Fun City.
* ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' Gemity City, in story. For the actual players, there's a betting minigame and a battle arena, which isn't a minigame at all.
* The ''VideoGame/TalesSeries''
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'' Jini. There was actually not too much to do there, other than play cards and auction off your stuff for the area's native currency, which exchanged at roughly 100 gald to the Jini (the rate fluctuated from visit to visit) and was used basically to buy other auction stuff.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' Altamira, although you can't gamble because most of the group is underage. In the [=PS2=] port Regal ''was'' able to.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has the Keterburg Casino.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' has [[{{Egopolis}} Nam Cobanda Isle]].
* The casino in ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Episode 1''. Unlike real life, the odds on the "higher or lower"-type card game are heavily weighted in the player's favor.
* ''VideoGame/WildArms'' has their amusement park near the beginning of the game, and if you want to get valuable stat-raising items easily you'd better devote some time here before it disappears forever. They also have a gladiator-style area late in the game (a feature shared by others of the series).

[[AC:Simulation Games]]
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS'' has the Sprite Casino.
* The island in ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing: New Leaf'', where you can play minigames to earn silver medals, which you can exchange for exclusive items. For 50 medals, you can join Club Tortimer, which allows you to play online with players all around the world.
* ''VideoGame/StardewValley'' has a few arcade games at the Stardrop Saloon (a WeirdWest shooter called ''Legend of the Prairie King'' and an unlockable EndlessRunningGame called ''Junimo Kart''), the various mini-games at the annual Stardew Valley Fair, and the Casino in Calico Desert.

[[AC:Wide Open Sandbox]]
* The Carnival in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' fits this trope like a glove.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' has Las Venturas, which makes sense since it's modeled after UsefulNotes/LasVegas. Not only are there casinos with several different minigames from slots to poker, there are also places to bet on horse races and slot machines in smaller bars.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has several of these, and each saloon or bar contains at least one way to gamble away all your hard-earned cash.
* The video arcades in the ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}'' games. In between questing to avenge his father's death, Ryo apparently manages to find the time to collect ''gashapon'' toys and beat his high score in ''VideoGame/SpaceHarrier''.