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The latest addition to WMS’s Wizard of Oz games, Ruby
Slippers adds Sensory Immersion technology to high definition
The perfect next chapter in the Adaptive Gaming story: The
wide-screen gameplay on the Bluebird 2 cabinet. The company
The stunning new Bluebird xD cabinet in dual screen format: it
Lord of the Rings offers great gaming opportunities combined
has also launched a new Transmissive Reels game, Follow the
feels like a slant top but takes up the room of an upright
with extracts from the Oscar winning trilogy
Yellow Brick Road featuring a four-level mystery jackpot
During the Pirate Battle Bonus, which will be available as a Peter Flemming, senior producer in game development, with a The licence for The Price is Right offers huge opportunities for
server-driven Portal application on the new Meta Screen, future release Community Gaming version using The Price is Right developing entertaining games based on this worldwide TV
players divide into teams to try and steal the others’ treasure licence, The Ultimate Show show hit
Synthesis of ideas pushes
WMS towards the pinnacle
If you thought that games manufacturers had reached the summit of possibilities, think
small as an upright. The xD
again. WMS, for instance, merely came to the brow and is finding new paths onward and
can be used for all kinds of
WMS products, including tra-
The last few years have seen upward, fired with a deeper understanding of what players want. There are some exciting ditional reels and video titles,
the major OEMs outpace their
times to look forward to.
of which 40 have already been
smaller competitors in games adapted, as well as for the
design and innovation: these world, it appeals to a core form (also featuring Sensory so popular, here is an innova- ‘Portal’ application, a server- modern platforms and server-
are not just gimmicks but truly demographic of casino player, Immersion) in which regular tive recreation of the experi- based “additional game based applications. Its design
transformational ideas that offering familiarity but also players can open up new chap- ence that will appeal to a whole opportunity” that will bolt on to is modern and sleek with inte-
not only give players (and great opportunities for bonus ters of storyline and access new generation. the top of most games and grated LED lighting that can
therefore operators) what they games that mirror those on the new bonus games the more Three years ago, WMS themes. change colour according to
want but also gives them show. WMS has realised the they play. The Star Trek title, created Community Gaming, “For example, you can add the conditions of the game -
things they never knew they two new games, The Price is the first in the strand, has in which all qualifying players a small multilevel progressive such as where you are on the
wanted and now can’t get Right: Plinko and Punch a proven popular as new shared, to different degrees, in to a bank of games with differ- quest to destroy the ring or
enough of. Bunch using Transmissive episodes are unveiled: the fifth the main bonus game. Monop- ent win percentages available which team you are in when
For three or four years now, Reels, the seamless combina- will be appearing shortly and oly Big Event, was an instant depending on the play denom- battling for bonuses.
WMS has founded its whole tion of stepper reels and video, the sixth is already in develop- hit. Now the company has ination,” said Flemming. The company has also
business model on ‘player- and Sensory Immersion Tech- ment. Using WMS’s Wage-Net launched Monopoly Big Another example is the designed a Meta Screen for
driven innovation’ with great nology with its surround sound network, 750,000 unique Money Spin Bigger Event, Mega Multiplier bonus, which the xD, flat screens that attach
results not only on the gaming experience that really puts the logins for the game have been which offers new ways to get allows players to bank bonus to top of the cabinet, and which
floor but also on the balance player in the hot seat. On top of recorded so far, as players everybody involved in the wins on the base game and can link together so that up to
sheet. that, it has added an exciting learn they can start from the excitement of a bonus round, then choose when to play a four units in a bank of machines
Last year we saw the first Showcase Showdown in same point no matter which with new ways to qualify for top box bonus game in order can use all the top screens for
games arising from the combi- which players can attempt to casino they are playing in. and trigger the Big Event to try and win multiples of what the bonus: visually stunning,
nation of the company’s foun- win the Community Progres- The hyperbole that often rounds. The game also sees they have already won. this is the platform that enables
dational technology platforms: sive Jackpot. attends descriptions of the introduction of ‘collabora- All of these new games will the Pirate Battle Bonus.
Community Gaming, Adaptive “These technologies take themed slot machines talks tive gaming’ where players be available on WMS’ brand WMS has again demon-
Gaming, Transmissive Reels this game to a completely dif- about ‘taking the player on a work together in the bonus, as new cabinet, the Bluebird xD, strated transformational think-
and Sensory Immersion ferent level,” said Peter Flem- journey’. The Lord of the Rings opposed to more competitive a stunning new lower level ing in its game design
Gaming. This year more of ming, senior producer in game title is probably the only game bonus rounds such as in Reel cabinet to complement the combined with a canny eye for
these platforms have been development. in existence where this is actu- Em In, Compete to Win. Bluebird 2 upright launched the licences and themes that
combined in different ways Arguably the most impres- ally true. The base game and But that’s not the end of the last year. With an integrated will ensure that players will be
and added to new and impor- sive win in terms of licences is bonuses at the beginning are story: a yet-to-be-released footrest, the xD is comfortable attracted to the excellent
tant licences. Lord of the Rings, based on set in the green of the Shire bonus game called Pirate and has a low profile that will gameplay. The trend in casinos
First of these, perhaps, is the Oscar-winning and mas- and Hobbiton; as play pro- Battle Bonus divides a bank of improve sightlines across the across the world is to present
the licence to use The Price is sively popular film adaptations gresses, the colours become four qualifying players into two gaming floor like a slant top. themselves as places of enter-
Right, which was formerly held of JRR Tolkien’s books. Due to darker as do the players’ teams that fight each other, But it is not really a slant top: tainment; this is the under-
by IGT. Still one of the most be launched in 2010/11, this is choices. In this world where combining both collaboration the screens or reel areas are standing that is now coursing
successful game shows not a second title on the award- home console video games and competition. This bonus set in a more vertical position through WMS and driving its
only in the US but also the winning Adaptive Gaming plat- with a connecting narrative are game is what WMS calls a helping it to keep a footprint as ever-improving business.
30 January 2010 • G2ereport
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