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There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of new games when all the “game-makers” are taken into account. I get a good look at perhaps 75 games and their bonus events during the show’s three-day run. Let’s just take a look at a few highlights.
One game I absolutely loved that will appeal to longtime video slot players was Monopoly Legends. The “legends” involved are classic WMS video slots. In bonus events, you could find yourself taken to Goldfish, Jackpot Party, Zeus or Reel ’Em In. A spinning wheel tells you just what game you’ll be playing at bonus time.
Bonuses from the other WMS favorites are given a Monopoly spin. If the wheel takes you to the Reel ’Em In bonus, it’s Mr. Monopoly out on a boat, dropping a line into the water as he fishes for your prize.
From comic books to TV to the movies, the Amazing Spider-Man has kept fans enthralled with its blend of adventure and hero’s angst. Now WMS is rolling out its Spider-Man slot machines, and the result is … well … amazing.
It’s on WMS’ advanced Sensory Immersion 2.0 format with synchronized motion technology, and the CPU-NXT3 operating platform gives it the boost for some pretty incredible effects. During free spin bonuses, the effects chair is synchronized with film clips in an event that can have up to eight reel sets spinning at once, all collecting extra credits. With up to 50x multipliers the rewards can be huge. There’s also a bonus event that takes you into battle against the Green Goblin, and effects will get your Spidey sense tingling for sure.
The latest take on IGT’s Little Green Men theme that long has been a durable favorite of alien chasers everywhere, Cosmic Blaster features a skill-based bonus events. Instead of merely picking spaceships to shoot down, you use a joystick to maneuver into firing range to blast them out of the sky. It’s fun, and I can only hope to get to the bonus event often enough to get in some practice.
The game I think my wife would really love is IGT’s CSI. It’s available in Las Vegas, Miami and New York versions, just like the TV show. One bonus event takes you to a crime scene, and you pick out items in the room to reveal either bonus awards or evidence. If you can collect three pieces of evidence before a stopper ends the round, you also get a free spins bonus.
IGT’s Wyland game is gorgeous, using artwork by the famed marine life artist. At bonus time, I liked the Paint With Wyland event. Presented with a line drawing of sea turtles, I dragged my finger across the screen to fill in the colors and collect bonus credits. That’s finger-painting I can get on board with.
Look for John Grochowski on Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/7lzdt44); Twitter (@GrochowskiJ) and at casinoanswerman.com.
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