If everything this year had gone according to plan, we all would have been just getting back from the 2020 Global Gaming Expo (G2E), still mesmerized by all the new games and products we experienced at the vendor booths on the event’s tradeshow floor.
However, COVID-19 put a kibosh on an in-person G2E show and the chance to casually walk around and peruse the latest and greatest wares from leading gaming industry manufacturers. Nevertheless, the switch from a live G2E gathering to a virtual one did not mean gaming suppliers stopped fabricating new or improved game content for land-based casino enterprises. What follows is a roundup of recently introduced or soon-to-be-released gaming floor products and devices, described by manufacturers in their own words.
With a core focus on the tribal gaming market, Eclipse Gaming is “Going Beyond the Game” to generate powerful results that benefit their partners and impact their communities. They achieve this by developing best-in-class products that deliver outstanding performance through deeper player engagement and memorable gaming experiences.
The $ Vault, available in a one-line or five-line version on the stunning Impact 43, is a classic three-reel game that bolts players to their seats. Players are challenged to attain all three Vault symbols to unlock the Wheel Spin Bonus. If all three pointers are activated during the bonus, players have the possibility of winning up to three progressives on a single wheel spin.
HEAD OF THE CLASS
After nearly a decade of manufacturing exclusively Class III slot machines, Incredible Technologies (IT) is bringing its award-winning products to Class II markets. Initial tests of IT’s central determinate gaming system have been completed at partner locations in the Midwest.
Leading IT’s Class II market entrance are two of the company’s most successful Class III themes on the Infinity Skybox cabinet. Crazy Money Deluxe and Money Rain Deluxe are already live at test partner locations in their Class II version debut. Players who know and love IT’s iconic Money-brand games will be thrilled to discover the Class II versions of the hit themes retain all the same features and playing experience. These proven titles will serve as a fantastic introduction to players who have been without IT games in their favorite casinos. The high-frequency wheel bonus and interactive Money Catch provide nonstop action!
UP FROM THE ASHES
Experience exciting TRUE 3D effects with Phoenix Rising 3D from International Game Technology PLC (IGT).
This eye-popping fantasy theme, 75-payline game features a free games bonus and a four-level progressive jackpot. The free games bonus triggers when three to five scattered fireball symbols appear simultaneously on reels one to five. These symbols combine in the middle of the screen to become one big 3D fireball. When triggered, the player makes five picks that are added together and then awarded as the total number of free games to be played in the bonus. The free games bonus can also be retriggered within the bonus round for up 100 free games. When three wheel symbols stop on the screen, they move to the middle and fire will cover the entire screen, which will activate the Wheel Progressive Playoff.
This immersive three by five reel game is available on IGT’s AXXIS TRUE 3D cabinet.
The Beast Uncaged series from Everi takes the existing Beast series to an entirely new level and with the same brilliant 4K content and engaging lighting that brings magnificent and ferocious beasts to life. With jackpots available at all levels, more frequent free spins and a respin bonus feature that adds a “caged” sixth reel, Beast Uncaged Buffalo, Beast Uncaged Gorilla and Beast Uncaged Rhino are bankable and linked themes that will keep players engaged.
These games are available now on Everi’s new Empire Flex cabinet.
ON THE RIGHT TRIAL
The Novoline Ji Deng Gao Zhao link from Novomatic Americas will hit later in the year with Lucky Trail, a pick-and- win progressive whereby picking a lucky lantern can light up a good fortune. The concept features the Lucky Twist link with Lucky Twist Matrix—Dynamite Dragon, and Lucky Twist wheel—Money Ki Neko, two features that will keep players’ luck hot while entering the matrix or getting the wheels spinning.
A REAL WINNER
Roll To Win Craps from Aruze Gaming America generates entirely new ways for players to experience the game since it’s a hybrid between a traditional table game and a fully automated electronic table (ETG) game.
By incorporating personal player displays, cash handling, ticketing and player tracking, this product has brought the conveniences of slot play to craps. The atmosphere of player comradery that exists at a craps table and the player’s interaction with the dice remain, while dealer payout errors and prohibitive staffing costs vanish.
Roll To Win Craps allows players to shoot live dice across a 12-foot LED playing field. The brilliant LED panels give new life to the traditional craps table by displaying dynamic graphics featuring multiple playing field layouts and animations to engage players and bystanders.
Recently, Next Gaming reimagined BUST-A-MOVE, TAITO Corporation’s classic video game, into a skill-based video slot machine format that stars Bub and Bob (the twin dragons), and will be in U.S. casinos this year.
Next Gaming with partners TAITO and Celer Network is taking the concept a step further with the BUST-A-MOVE Real Money Tournament, the first mobile e-sports title from this joint collaboration. The tournament will be a 100 percent skill-based, real-money competition on mobile devices.
MAKING A STAND
Kambi provides everything our partners need to capitalize on the sports betting opportunity, including kiosks, over-the-counter (OTC) services and digital signage.
The Kambi kiosk has transformed the manner in which people choose to bet in the U.S. Now driving more than 80 percent of wagers at their partners’ U.S. casinos, they provide an intuitive, pressure-free way for less familiar bettors to get to grips with the sports betting while reducing queues for OTC services, thereby delivering a premium sports betting experience suited to every category of bettor.
A NEW DIMENSION
DIMENSION 27 from Konami Gaming is arriving on casino floors this year, with three 27-inch monitors in 4K Ultra High-Definition, as Konami’s newest core cabinet.
DIMENSION 27 gives players the chance to enjoy four China Shores games on the same screen with China Shores Quad Spin, as well as special-edition SeleXion multi-game packs filled with certified original Konami classic titles.
A TALL ORDER
The new Orion Rise cabinet from AGS delivers eight feet of gaming excitement in a dual-screen portrait platform, highlighted by a dramatic 60-inch 4K LCD monitor, premium multi-touch button deck, custom audio and game-themed LED spacer displays—all of which provide an immersive, cinematic game play experience.
Game themes like Wheel Surge, Dragon’s Jackpot and Blazing Wheels take advantage of the 60-inch portrait display to deliver stunning tower and dual-wheel bonuses.
Scientific Games is innovating and delivering the necessary systems, solutions and cutting-edge products that empower casino partners to operate safely and efficiently, and to create a state-of-the-art gaming experience for their players.
New slot products include the Kascada, the next generation of the top-selling TwinStar J43 and built on a legacy of revolutionary portrait cabinets. The Kascada will launch with games based on some of Scientific Games’ most celebrated brands, including Coin Combo, a progression of Duo Fu Duo Cai, and MONOPOLY Money Grab, featuring one of the most successful slot themes of all time.
Ainsworth Game Technology recently launched its brand-new A-STAR Curve cabinet in several casinos across the U.S.
The A-STAR Curve features a 43-inch floating infinity monitor, dynamic LED lighting and a state-of-the-art LCD button deck. The new cabinet also incorporates supreme engineering and a sleek modern design into an exciting new product for casino partners across the country.
Among the new games launched with the cabinet is Lucky Empress, an innovative title that gives payers a great high-volatility gambling experience. In Lucky Empress, players collect coins to unlock huge multipliers in a “spin ‘til you win” format. Add in a beautiful Asian-themed display and it has the makings of a hit.
Inspired by Atari but built with today’s players in mind, the new 2600 cabinet series from Synergy Blue combines the immersive experience of an arcade with the excitement of wagering to provide the quality and engagement levels that players have come to expect. Nostalgic design and unique accent lighting draw new players in, while interactive arcade-style games keep them engaged and leaderboard features, as well as enticing bonus rounds, keep them coming back for more.
TO BOLDLY GO…
Created by license from ViacomCBS Consumer Products, the new Star Trek: The Next Generation slot game from Aristocrat Technologies is an out-of-this-world experience. Aristocrat’s landmark EDGE X cabinet has players on the “edge” of their seats with excitement. The Star Trek: The Next Generation slot game’s bold design takes players to Warp 9 in this exciting slot game voyage. The game is heavily themed and feature rich, including Warp 9 Spins, Borg Assimilation Bonus, Make It So Scatter Boost, and Encounter Free Games.