Top 5 Gambling Themed Video Games

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Video games have come such a long way over the last few years. In parallel to the games industry, there were also a lot of luck-based gambling games around at the same time. Growing in popularity from the early 8-bit days, starting with basic fruit machine simulators, the distance between video games and casino games has never been that far apart. Some games take it a step further by providing interactive casinos within a totally different game world or genre.

Here are a few of our favourite releases where genres have crossed over…

The Sims 3

Sims 3 is a game where you control a character, usually a representative of yourself, and run their everyday life. In the game you can buy the Lucky Simoleon, which is a casino full of downloadable content. This gives you the option to take your character into a virtual casino, including poker and blackjack machines. The game also gives you the chance to level-up your gambling skill as well. This will of course, increase the more you play the game. When you have the DLC, you also have the option of building your own casino. There are plenty of mods for you to get if you want to expand your gaming experience and you may even find that there are options for you to take things to that next level by replicating some stunning casino architecture in real life. If you love to play online slots UK then this is one game that you will love to play.

Far Cry 3

Another all time PC and console classic, Far Cry 3 is a great game. You have a great storyline through all of the trigger action. Even though some of the core gameplay revolves around you attacking outposts and capturing them so you can further the storyline, some of them also give you the chance to play Texas Hold ‘Em. This is a fun distraction to the core game and it also takes you away from some of the quest checkpoint. Similarly, Red Dead Redemption 2 is another game that has a fantastic Texas Hold ’Em game hidden away for you to play as well.

GTA San Andreas

Regarded as being one of the best in the series prior to the advent of the PS3/XBox 360 era, GTA San Andreas is a throwback to the rap era of the 90s. San Andreas is known for having a lot of casino buildings for you to explore and they are all peppered around Las Venturas (the game’s version of Las Vegas). You should know that only a total of three casinos are accessible to you as a player though. When you are able to get inside, you can then find a huge range of games to play, including the Wheel of Fortune, slot machines and blackjack too. You also have the option to play video poker as well.

While it’s not one that made it across to the PS Vita by way of emulation (as some of the other PSP releases did), this PS2 game has made it across to the Vita now… in a fashion. Thanks to the console’s modding scene, the Android port has now been converted across and is a near flawless port and while it’s an unofficial release, Vita owners who missed out first time around can finally see what all the fuss is about.

Super Tank Poker

This PlayStation Mobile interpretation of the classic Advance Wars was written by Thomas Hopper who wrote no fewer than 11 games for the troubled platform. What made this variation of the turn-based combat both original and engaging was that all the combat was played out at the poker table. Instead of using statistics to defeat your opponent, you simply had to outplay the CPU at a single hand of 5 card draw poker. It wasn’t the most complex of poker games, but that kept it accessible to even the most novice of players.

Skyrim Dwarven Slots

One advantage of PC gaming over consoles is the ability some offer to customise them. Astonishingly, a modder has created a slot machine game for Skyrim. Download this mod and now added to the game is the Dwarven Slots! Using the Havok machine physics engine as well means that you can actually see your winnings spit out of the machine when you come out with a good spin.

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