Trump Castle II
Format reviewed: Amiga 500
Publisher: Capstone Software
Developer: Brian A. Rice, Inc
Before he was talking about mass deportations, border walls and his love for Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump used to be in charge of things like hotels and casinos. He was particularly good at this, with four bankruptcies in 1991 and 1992 alone – and conveniently this is around the time that Trump Castle II, a licensed gambling simulator based on these properties, was unleashed upon the world.
Much like the president-elect himself, it’s oddly-coloured and not particularly pleasant to look at. Six games are on offer – roulette, blackjack, craps, baccarat, poker and slots. The gambling action itself is little more than perfunctory, being neither attractive nor feature-rich, with very flat colours and simple sprites that don’t really show off the Amiga’s graphical capabilities in the best light. Better yet, there’s no end goal to your accumulation of wealth, so the gambling is rather pointless.
What you can do, though, is wander around the casino and listen to its inhabitants. Again, much like the president elect, it’s bewildering and we’d probably be better off without it. The digitised photographs don’t look great with the Amiga’s colour limitations, although some of the captions that appear when you click on people are kind of amusing.
All in all, it’s an okay gambling game for the Amiga with some odd idiosyncracies. Of course, gambling without the financial reward is somewhat empty and hollow, but hey – that’s the Trump experience for you.