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Once Upon a Time in Chicago comments and reviews

[Post New]by bfgFlounder on Sep 14, 09 7:30 AM
Here is what our reviewer thought of Once Upon a Time in Chicago. Post your own thoughts about the game in this thread and join the conversation!

Comments:
Take a trip to a casino without putting a damper on your wallet by enjoying Once Upon a Time in Chicago, a wonderful escape into the old time speakeasies of the past. The gangster theme throughout the game allows the player to envision themselves with fedoras and flapper dresses while enjoying a virtual trip to the casino. To go along with the old time gangsters you play with, the game graphics also sync up to this theme and give the player an overall feel that they are sitting in the casino along side their counterparts. Since this game is a bit of a mix between Bingo and Roulette, you never know which numbers will fall into place or which card will be next. The specific tasks that each casino manager gives you to complete are superb stepping stones to understand the game before the more challenging casinos are unlocked. The game tutorial covers all of the cards, numbers and enterprises very well and gives the player a comprehensive understanding of how to succeed at the game. Save your money and take a trip back in time to play in the casinos that filled Chicago long ago!

Game Modes:
You are able to play in either full screen or windowed mode and can also play with or without a timer, which makes this the perfect game to enjoy in between tasks or as a nice diversion from your work day.

Depth:
Each of the eight different casinos you must unlock and play within offer even the most determined player multiple hours or days of game play. Because this is a casino style game, it can also be replayed as many times as you’d like while still retaining its fun.

Similar to:
If you’d like another casino style game with number matching, be sure to check out Saints and Sinners Bingo, Slingo Deluxe or Slingo Supreme.

Difficulty level:
Because this game is mostly simple matching, the difficulty relies mainly on the player’s patience as opposed to puzzle solving abilities so anyone could have a blast while playing Once Upon a Time in Chicago.

Review by L.D.


Edited on 09/14/2009 at 11:20:59 AM PST


 
Sante001
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Re:Once Upon a Time in Chicago comments and reviews

[Post New]by Sante001 on Sep 14, 09 7:57 AM
This game is more one of luck and chance. If I would to put a label on it, I would say that it's a spin-the-wheel or roulette. You push a button to spin a wheel certain number of times for each game). Then you take numbers and match them to the showing number on available cards. If you want a no-brainer, this game might be for you. For those who want something to think about, stratagize about or use some grey matter, this probably is not the game for you. Saying the game has mini-games is questionable. Again, what you have is a option to "scratch" cards to match pairs on find the highest number. I played for 45 minutes and the location did not change. If there is more to the game than spinning and matching, I didn't see it.Instructions were very limited. This game is not for me and I'm not sure who it will be for. Perhaps the youth population?

Edited on 09/14/2009 at 8:00:26 AM PST


 
adolia
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Re:Once Upon a Time in Chicago comments and reviews

[Post New]by adolia on Sep 14, 09 7:58 AM
This game is like playing Lottso without the timer. I did not find it to be very fun, it moved a little slow. If you already have Lottso this game will be a bit redundant. Not anything new or exciting for sure.

 
giggyann
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Re:Once Upon a Time in Chicago comments and reviews

[Post New]by giggyann on Sep 14, 09 11:20 AM
adolia wrote:This game is like playing Lottso without the timer. I did not find it to be very fun, it moved a little slow. If you already have Lottso this game will be a bit redundant. Not anything new or exciting for sure.


That was the slowest game I have ever played. Yuck not for me.
giggyann

 

Re:Once Upon a Time in Chicago comments and reviews

[Post New]by venusshines2000 on Sep 14, 09 12:29 PM
Now I know how I would fare if I ever go to Las Vegas... I didnt understand how to play it..let alone win at anything..I didnt play long..but I did give it a try..not for me either..bring on the good old HOG's and adventure games..

 
snoopy13
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Re:Once Upon a Time in Chicago comments and reviews

[Post New]by snoopy13 on Sep 14, 09 12:49 PM
Being from Chicago I'm obligated to give the demo a try.

 
govegril
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Re:Once Upon a Time in Chicago comments and reviews

[Post New]by govegril on Sep 14, 09 2:29 PM
I agree with everything already said.

I gave this game a try but could not find anything fun about it. Maybe it gets better when you unlock the later stages but I was so bored with the first stage never got that far. I kept thinking there must be more to it than this but if there was, I never found it.
You match numbers like a lotto card and the supposed mini games are even more boring- pick a number out of 3 and see how many points you win, or like a scratch ticket make a match for the points.

Very **** hum what I played of this game.




 
ecblisa
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Re:Once Upon a Time in Chicago comments and reviews

[Post New]by ecblisa on Sep 14, 09 4:26 PM
I bought this game because it targets a mild learning disability relating to number recognition that I have, so I did not expect it to be all that great based on others' reviews, I just expected it to be a painless way of training my mind to match numbers correctly without missing any.

I actually found the game to be more of a strategy game than it appears at first. How you fill in the verious cards (in what order, assuming there is more than one choice) can have a significant effect on the outcome. Also, it helps to change the number at the center of the wheel to numbers actually missing from the cards (I think you get extra credit for using one of the numbers matching the center).

It's not a very complex game, and I was annoyed that I could not choose my avatar to be female rather than male, but in general, I found the game to be more entertaining and thought-requiring than I had expected.

I would have liked it a lot better if the different "casinos" offered at least slightly different game play. Maybe just slightly different graphics???

I give this one for being a little different and having cute prohibition era characters. Unfortunately, the gangster/prostitution theme makes it unsuitable for kids who need training with numbers.

 
FairyonPegasus
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[Post New]by FairyonPegasus on Sep 14, 09 5:52 PM
I'm going to get it just because it's a little different. I actually enjoyed playing it and buying all the casino's or whatever your buying and investing in them. I'd give it a C+ if this was one of the rate this game threads.

 
Darla1108
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[Post New]by Darla1108 on Sep 14, 09 6:35 PM
You actually do have the option to choose whether you're male or female at the beginning of the game. I didn't think the instructions were clear at all. I never did figure out what the middle number was for. It is like Lottso on Pogo. I too agree that it is a scratch off, not a mini game. And even when I read the instructions, they were difficult to understand. Not for me.

 
actorres86
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Re:Once Upon a Time in Chicago comments and reviews

[Post New]by actorres86 on Sep 14, 09 6:54 PM
Just finished playing the demo. I didn't care for the game that much. You basically have to put numbers on cards.....similar to Bingo except you have to fill all the numbers on the card (and there are about 3-6 numbers on each card). That was basically it. In my opinion, this game would have been a lot better if there were more games to play besides putting numbers on cards over and over again. Not enough variety for me. All in all, I'll give this game

 
gameslvr
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Re:Once Upon a Time in Chicago comments and reviews

[Post New]by gameslvr on Sep 14, 09 8:20 PM
I didn't think the game was all that bad. A nice relaxing change from "Drawn" . True, there is not much thinking involved but I found its very simplicity relaxing.

 
Legendia
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Re:Once Upon a Time in Chicago comments and reviews

[Post New]by Legendia on Sep 15, 09 7:01 AM
Unfortunately, this game is a must to miss.

 
dippy1
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Re:Once Upon a Time in Chicago comments and reviews

[Post New]by dippy1 on Sep 16, 09 6:53 AM
could someone please tell me what the number in the middle of the wheel is for u cant move it and all it does is change numbers

 
ecblisa
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Re:Once Upon a Time in Chicago comments and reviews

[Post New]by ecblisa on Sep 16, 09 11:00 PM
If you change the number in the middle of the wheel to one that is open on one of your cards, and that number comes up on the roulette wheel, you will get 15 points instead of 5 points for placing the ball. So it is good strategy to always have the middle number set for a number that is on one of your cards. Be careful, though, because the wheel seems to be biased slightly against that number, so don't make it one you really need.

 
scarlet_11dy6
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Re:Once Upon a Time in Chicago comments and reviews

[Post New]by scarlet_11dy6 on Sep 17, 09 6:41 AM
Lottso re-themed for gangsters....& not very well....like, what was up with the gong? Because nothin' says "gangsters" like "gong" LOL It should've been a gunshot sound in keeping w/ the theme (like in Dillinger). The graphix have improved somewhat from Lottso, tho. The whole "buy enterprises" thing is what made each round seem so long, because you had to hit a certain amt of cash before a new casino would open up & you had to keep spending thousands on the enterprises as you also had to have a set # of those to proceed as well. The "sell" button on the enterprises made no sense as if you did that you were out all the money yet it didn't count as buying one of the required # of them. I agree directions at the start weren't clear; if you hadn't previously played Lottso, like was mentioned, you didn't know to keep shuffling to get to a female avatar or that the sparkly cards meant double or triple pts if you filled it while it sparkled or that the Associate card was the Charity card in Lottso where you split pts w/ the poorest "player", for example.

It was OK but I'd rather play Lottso.

 
dippy1
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Re:Once Upon a Time in Chicago comments and reviews

[Post New]by dippy1 on Sep 17, 09 8:51 AM
thank you ebc for the info

 
dippy1
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Re:Once Upon a Time in Chicago comments and reviews

[Post New]by dippy1 on Sep 17, 09 8:53 AM
im so sorry i bought this game i am still playing on the first one i thought u would be able to play any one u wanted not true i may never get to the other ones very disappointed

 
Rhowennah
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[Post New]by Rhowennah on Sep 17, 09 9:49 PM
I found this game to be very refreshing... I say kudos to BFG and the makers of the game.... at this time of year when we are busy sending kids back to schoold and thinking of the up coming holidays it is nice to have a game to play that does not take a lot of thought but can still be fun... after a summer full of Hunt and Find games and Time Management ones this one is very different and should not be compared to others but should stand alone... I like it for the simplicity of it as well as the challange of getting to the higher levels (still trying to get passed level 3 but I will get there) Thank you BFG for keeping your eye on us and making sure we take a break from the tougher games once in a while....

 
kissthis
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[Post New]by kissthis on Sep 18, 09 12:06 AM
I found this game to be a little slow and a lot boring. I would rather play Lottso for free than waste my money on this.

 
 
 
 
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