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LocationBlazing Games - Ultimate Retro Project - Volume 2 - Episode 17

Ultimate Retro Project

Episode 17: Classic Roulette

One of the casino's more elegant games

Page Last Updated: April 1, 2004


Roulette is one of the most elegant casino games. It appeared in European casino's during the eighteenth century. The game involves a spinning wheel with coloured numbers around it. The wheel is spun and a ball is rolled around the spinning wheel in the opposite direction of the spin. Where the ball lands determines the winning number.

Using the Console

Creating text games is interesting, but my goal was also to present the game in a way that would simulate a teletype machine as close as possible. This is why the game uses my console.

My Teletype Emulator is designed to simulate playing the game on an old teletype machine, down to the dot matrix output. Anybody who has used an old printer knows how slow they were. They were also noisy, but out of the goodness of my heart, I decided to leave the noise out.

For getting input from the user, I decided to go with a fancy LCD model, in which what you type will be send to a LCD display for your approval before being transmitted to the machine. Unlike real machines, my terminal is intelligent and will only let you enter something when the program is requesting input. Any other typing is ignored!

Playing the Game

Players play the game by making bets on which number will come up. Bets can be for a single number or for multiple numbers. The betting table looks like this.

0  3  6  9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 33 36 ROW
- 2 5 8 11 14 17 20 23 26 29 32 35 ROW
00 1 4 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 28 31 34 ROW
First Dozen Second Dozen Third Dozen
1to18 odd Red Black Even 19to36

Bets on the numbers are known as inside bets, while the outer bets on large chunks of the table are known as outside bets. You make your bet by using the menu system to find the type of bet you want. Every bet has an id number assigned to it, so if you know the bet id, you can bypass the menus.

There are six main inside bets.

There are four types of outside bets.

System Requirements

This game is requires Java 1.1 or better to run. Browsers that support 1.1 tend to be 4.x or better versions. Windows XP users may have to download a Java plug in to use Java applets.

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