Develop a state-of-the art Las Vegas resort complex, using all the money and management skill you can. Customers on the living, breathing Las Vegas boulevard are Notoriously hard to satisfy - can you win the hearts and wallets of Vegas? Amazing real-time 3D graphics show off your resort to the max.
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Mixed (97 reviews) - 68% of the 97 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 21, 2006

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Develop a state-of-the art Las Vegas resort complex, using all the money and management skill you can. Customers on the living, breathing Las Vegas boulevard are Notoriously hard to satisfy - can you win the hearts and wallets of Vegas?

Amazing real-time 3D graphics show off your resort to the max. Experience grand panoramic views, or get up close and personal to fine-tune the inside and outside of your perfect Vegas paradise.

  • Fulfill the needs of 5000+ individual guests
  • 500+ vehicles include cars, taxis, limos and helicopters
  • 10 resort styles, inspired by amazing cultures and themes
  • Relaxed attractions provide a welcome break
  • Create a wedding chapel on the spur of the moment
  • Breathtaking rides and attractions
  • User friendly controls make resort construction simple
  • Fully customizable - adjust goals, competition and difficulty
  • Develop not just the outside of your resort, but the inside too
  • Hire and fire staff, based on true-to-life skills and qualities
  • Adjust the stakes in your favor and Make It Big!

VEGA$: Make It Big © 2003 Empire Interactive Europe Limited. Designed and developed by Deep Red Games Limited. Empire, "E" and Make It Big are trademarks or registered trademarks of Empire Interactive Europe Limited in the UK, Europe and/or other countries. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Pentium® III 600MHz, Windows® 98, 16MB 3D graphics card, 192MB of RAM. 500MB of free hard disc space. DirectX® 9.0, mouse, keyboard.

    Recommended: Pentium® III 800MHz, 32MB 3D graphics card, 256MB of RAM, 8x CD drive speed, mouse with wheel.

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35 of 39 people (90%) found this review helpful
51 people found this review funny
164.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
I paid £0.34 for this game. To put that into perspective, a packet of potato chips costs £0.55. I would not spend 164 hours eating a packet of potato chips, therefore I feel I must recommend.
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28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
This game has so many negative reviews and I've played enough hours now that I feel I should write my own review: a positive one.

Although the visuals are not as fancy and modern as other city-builders, I found this game was far more complex and detailed than Sim City Societies while having the same kind of fun aspect.

You have different screens to monitor things like income, reputation, which demographic of people a certain building or lot appeals to, the state of repairs of buildings and gambling machines. You can click on some staff buildings and see the employee's skills, speed, attention and charisma and how much their wage are, you can hire more employees and fire them. You can upgrade certain buildings so that they more attract the people you wish them to (e.g. you can add a bell boy to the hotel so that the VIPs are happier to stay there) . You can click on each individual visitors and see their line of thought, this will let you know of things like if your restrooms are too hard to find, if the place is dirty, if your guests would like to do some drinking while they are gambling etc. Clicking on the visitors also allows you to see what they prefer (gambling, activity, rest er whatever) and what demographic they belong to (family, tourist, high roller or else) and you can build your lot to target certain people specifically because you can't please every one (people who are looking to relax will not like a lot that has many loud buildings such as casinos and circus' that appeal to people looking for activities).

The game has the option of sandbox or campaign. You set the difficulty in the sandbox to be as you are comfortable with and it is useful for practicing in preparation for the campaign which gets pretty challenging. The campaign includes the tutorial which is a bit annoying to go through. Also, the game doesn't save automatically and you can't save before finishing each campaign chapter it seems, bit annoying. The second campaign is not a tutorial at all and has events that require actions that were not covered in the tutorial, a bit of digging and trying things out is required to win. The third campaign chapter is more challenging even and I haven't been able to win it but as I'm learning it's getting closer and closer to beating my competitor neighbour.

A few things I dislike about the game: there is no undo button, when you accidentally place a staircase a square away from connected to the upper-level floor, for example, your only options to correct the mistake is to sell the staircase for regain of a percentage of what it cost to place or to leave the staircase there. This makes it so you have to be very careful where you put down things and it's kind of hard to gauge where they'll go because there is no truly visible grid inside the casino.

Also this game seems to require a lot of management: Buildings will get in very poor state of repairs if you don't tell the mechanics to go visit them, slot machines will get nonfunctional because the cashier hasn't gone to empty them and this is on top of you having to monitor each building's reputation, income generation (which you can control by choosing within a range of fees charged and, on casino games, house advantage among other things).

Overall, I like the game. Quite a lot actually. It's definitely not a game everyone would like though but if you like city-builders and management-heavy games that have only okay graphics I would recommend this game.

I got it on sale and I have no regrets whatsoever 7.5/10
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
$0.74 of Summer Sale frustration... ;)

Honestly, if you're going to buy this, get it on one of the big sales. I personally like little crappy tycoon games like this (Lemonade Tycoon, Fish Tycoon, ect...) It's not a hard game, just has a lot of micro-managment that isn't explained well, and the interface isn't great. I kind of enjoyed it once I figured things out. Graphics aren't a big deal for me, but if they are for you, then definately stay away. I reccomend you at least get through the tutorial and a few das past before you give up on it.

Bottom line: Good, so long as you don't mind figuring things out on your own and some bad graphics. But once you understand it, it's not too horrible.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2014
Yes Yes YES!!! I recommend this game! OK normally I could not be bothered to write a reveiw on a steam game but this game was so good it deserves one. Those who are looking for a high quality graphics game should not buy this game! However the graphics are decent enough and I picked this game up for £0.74 (about $1.10) and it was worth every penny. It is very in depth and is a proper tycoon game. Employ staff, buy lots and build casinos. Once you have done that you must build water and generator centres to make sure the lot is powered and water supply is maintained. You can also build hotels and shops.

The engine allows you to go into the casino itself and design everything from where you put the tables and slot machines to decoration and lighting!

For 74p I am very happy with this game and those looking for a tycoon game with a flexible difficulty from stupidly easy to very hard should buy this game! Marvelous piece of work, well programmed and well configured!
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41 of 72 people (57%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
Vegas: Made it Bad

This game is difficult to pick up and easy to put down. A potentially fun game ruined by random game crashes, horrible AI for your support staff, and a ridiculously steep learning curve. Even for less than a dollar I feel like I wasted my money.
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24 of 40 people (60%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
Vegas: Make It Big was produced by a company who thought that "Make It Big" would be a viable trademark. How a tiny video game company managed to trademark this before any fast food giant is beyond me but well done to them. If you've ever been to Vegas you'll see how everything just looks bloody awful. This video game manages to make everything look awful too. The core gameplay is Sims-like management of casinos, so you place furniture and stuff in order to make money. The customers inexplicably vomit/throw red cups everywhere and your staff just refuse to clean it up unless you drag them to the vomit. That's my lasting memory of this game. I literally can't remember anything else about Vegas: Make It Big which really does echo that famous saying: "What Happens in Vegas Is A Forgettable Experience and You Should Only Bother If You Can Get It for Less Than A Quid".
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2014
While it is an okay game on offer, and I would really like to enjoy this, I simply can't. It's too easy, and even if disasters are on full, the disasters are more just annoying and don't make sense. It attempted to be a SimCity style game, however ended up too simple and easy. If it was remade to be more complex, this game would be amazing. The idea has potential. The good points of the game would be the high customizability, being able to adjust all the settings, buy multiple lots that work alongside others, different themes and casino customization.

I'd say, if you really wanted to purchase this game, get it on offer, preferably 50% pr greater.
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17 of 28 people (61%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2013
Unfortunatly, It isn't the Tycoon type game it appears to be from the store. I love tycoons, and this one just didn't catch up. It had potential.
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19 of 32 people (59%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2014
If you are looking for simulation, management or tycoon type of game you've come to wrong place. As much as I like idea of managing and chilling on my very own plot at the strip this game doesn't deliver much of feelings. You place a couple of buildings to unlock a few more, fix them and watch the money come or go. You can move some things inside casinos and that's pretty much it. This game has the idea but lacks with execution. Game is simplistic, maybe even too simple.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2014
I really wish I could give a good review for this game because I actually like it a lot. The lack of campaign scenarios, steep learning curve on placing objects and crashing bugs outweigh anything good I have to say about the game.
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23.5 hrs
Posted: August 17
Takes some getting used to, but once you understand the mechanics of it, this is a fantastic tycoon game by a great past developer. Also check out Tycoon: New York City (Vegas: Make It Big's predecessor) which is 100x better and more fun to play (Once you delete the one file in (NYC) Steam's program files that makes the game unplayable to bug free after you delete it). Some maps are really bugged in Vegas and will cause many crashes, other maps play just fine. Definitely check out if you enjoy Tycoon games, competitive business, and making a lot of money.
(Played on Windows 7)
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7.6 hrs
Posted: July 25
This game is actually fun. It looks like a complete turd but if you're into zoo tycoon or the sims you will enjoy this game!
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5.1 hrs
Posted: July 20
great to play when you're bored, its pretty much Roller Coaster Tycoon but instead of roller coasters, there are hotels and casino's, but there loads of other stuff you can build like bars, venues, cinemas, shops, etc. After about 3 hours of playtime i was hooked, definitely recommend this game!
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0.3 hrs
Posted: July 8
must buy
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Villiage idiot
11.2 hrs
Posted: May 14
for thr $0.99c sale mean come on 99c even if you play it 30mins i think its worth it

for only 99c ive played couple Hour personllyi think definately worth the 99c

& was medicore fun. etnertained still.. but you goto like building games thou..

this is type of micro manage / build game.
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208.3 hrs
Posted: March 31
Works great on Windows 8, no problems. This is a pretty fun empire builder game. You can build much more than just a casino, more like an entire resort. Motels, hotels, entertainment venues, restaurants, lounges, discos. There is much to build. I like the sandox mode. You can buy your plot start small, and when you start raking in the dough, but some bigger plots and expand with grand hotels, and the biggest and best casinos. Only downside, it can get a bit easy once you start making money, but overall pretty fun builder game.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: February 19
Boaring game: got old quick the realsm is really lacking i wonder if the game developer's actually ever been to las vegas, The city is desiged to keep you indoors. All shops outside, build rest rooms, ye really let my guest leave the casino to use the rest rooms out doors.

The Default build template for the casion made me laugh, nickle slots near all entrences and exits, with progressive to get people in the doors. i can see build pools out door bars and attactions built on outside. i dunno it failed to capture Vegas and i really wana visit again but its to exensive.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: February 11
As sad as it is, this game is not nearly as good as its predecessor, Tycoon City New York. While New York had an open world, full sandbox, a large quest and heavy detail, this game strips it down massively, despite being a sequel. I can see why it was renamed from Tycoon City: Vegas to Vegas: Make It Big before it released years ago. Its bad! Not nearly a spec as good as New York was! Want a good game? Get Tycoon City New York!!!
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Darth Kvasir
3.5 hrs
Posted: January 27
This game is fun for a few hours! if you like buildier or tycoon type games try it out if its cheap. I got it for $0.54 on a steam sale and am very happy with the gameplay i got for that price. One of the features i like alot about this game is that you are not only placing the buldings, but can them zoom into the casino and place the features of the casino aswell.

The scenario missions i found to be the most fun.

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Colione =FDC=
9.2 hrs
Posted: January 23
I played this game along time ago with a disc. I repurchased it because this game is awesome. I really wish there was an updated version or at least allow modding for different scenarios or additional content... I love this game.
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