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Review ICE TOTALLY GAMING WMS Gaming’s Robin Littleworth, Senior Director of Game Studios.


WMS SERVES UP MULTI-GAMES AND LOCAL PROGRESSIVES


The international focus for the WMS Gaming booth was very much on multi- games and local progressives with the Game Chest Multi-Game series and five local progressives leading the charge.


With this stronger focus on local needs and preferences, WMS showcased five Local Area Progressive themes: Colossal Jackpots, Winning Fortune, Monster Progressives, Jackpot Party Progressive Deluxe and Treasures of the World.


Winning Fortune is a heavily themed, Asian progressive with three base games; Wishing You Fortune, Far East Fortune Deluxe and Dragon Legend. Monster Progressives is a spooky new, five-level local-area progressive on the Blade cabinet. The game features three unique base themes, each with their own unique bonus round, where an increased bet boosts the player’s chances at a progressive by awarding more progressive symbols on a feature spin. Players also have the chance to place the top progressive before spinning the wheel for a level of interaction like never before.


Robin Littleworth, Senior Director of Game Studios, said: “These progressive games, alongside our Game Chest Multi-Game series, have been designed specifically for our international customers. The Game Chest Multi- Game series is available in five different


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languages and currencies, and multiple unique game sets, each comprised of a proven mix of WMS Gaming content. These take into consideration the needs and sensibilities of markets around the world more than ever before, providing truly localised solutions. We’re launching five new game categories for the player, targeting everything from the avid gambler to those that want to be entertained. Following the global downturn, we had to identify which type of players was still spending and what game dynamics they wanted. This extensive research has helped us to develop our Player Driven Innovation.”


New themes displayed at this year’s ICE included a number of new game series on the CPU-NXT3 platform, such as Exploding Pays, Supercharged Reels, Reel Intensity, Speed Spins and Monster Progressives themes, the next- generation of Colossal Reels games, as well as the Gold Fish theme, the first-ever premium for- sale CPU-NXT3 game for WMS.


Reel Intensity sees the value of multipliers for free-spin rounds increase as the bet is increased.


WMS has also added features such as Bonus Guarantee to ensure players always get a bonus more than their original bet. Wager Saver allows players to bet with minimal amounts left over rather than cash-out for pennies. The Any Way play mechanic offers a unique take on any way


pays with no paylines and all wins paid as scatted from left to right. The Close Enough mechanic meanwhile sees a row of shutters above and below the reel activate for any Bonus or Wild symbol to increase player chances at wins and bonus rounds. These symbols count towards a win even when they are outside the reel array by one symbol.


“Close Enough is still doing double house average on the floor in the United States,” Mr. Littleworth explained. “Players just love it.”


Clue, the second WMS take on the ‘whodunnit’ board game of Cluedo, was being shown to a European audience for the first time. Based on WMS’ Adaptive Gaming, a fully immersive gaming experience that adapts to players’ personal preferences and accomplishments, it uses a unique game play mechanic whereby if a player fails to solve the mystery, the next player attempting to solve it will have better odds at solving the mystery and winning the Community Progressive jackpot.


“Clue is one of the best performing games in our whole portfolio, combining the nostalgia of the game with its iconic pieces with some great game dynamics,” Mr. Littleworth explained. “It’s already exceeding expectations. Now we’re making it available to some key international


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