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Asian Treasures

Bally Technologies

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his video slot on Bally’s new Pro Series Slant platform presents an Asian theme packed with special bonus features. The

recommended base game is a five-reel, 500-line video slot, but the game is available in 30-line or 40-line configurations as well. Prominent on the top screen of the dual-screen

setup are three progressive meters, displaying three levels of jackpot to be won through the primary game. Recommended resets for the progressives are $15, $100 and $1,200, won by lining up three, four or five treasure chest symbols, respectively, on an active payline. There are two separate bonus events, one a

second-screen pick-a-tile game and the other a free-spin event. When bonus symbols appear on the first, third and fifth reels, the screen displays three boxes for a credit award. The jackpots are pre-multiplied to return a range of three times to 100 times the total bet.

The Little Shop of Horrors

International Game Technology

the 1980s as a Broadway musical and movie starring Rick Moranis, in the title role of a nerdy florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood. The slot employs 3D animation and a novel reel config-

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uration to make the story come to life. The reel set is hexago- nal, with five symbols in the middle reel, four symbols on the second and fourth reels, and three symbols on the outer reels. It is also has a “Tumbling Reels” feature, which adds to win- ning combinations as the winning symbols disappear and new reel spots tumble into place. The 3-D animation is employed both in the primary

game and in a unique bonus event. In the base game, mini Venus Flytrap plants grow from the reels’ outer edges in 3-D, and eat symbols to grow bigger. Loud crunching sounds intensify the plants’ presence. The “Pick a Bud” bonus feature lets players choose one

of three prizes—more credits, a multiplier of the win, or a free games feature. In the free-spin round, extra symbols turn

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ith this video slot, IGT mines the rich vein of imagery offered by Little Shop of Horrors, the low- budget 1960 black comedy that gained new life in

wild, and the Venus plants crunch away. Each time the plant grows to full size, the player gets more free games and an additional symbols turn wild. The Tumbling Reels game play occurs whenever the

plant symbol appears. Symbols disappear and new ones fall into place, and the plant continues to grow larger each time it feeds on more symbols. Operators can configure the game to play all 60 paylines

for 50-cent, quarter and 10-cent bets to allow for high- denomination play. The game is available as a 3-D game for IGT DynamiX configurations, and can also run without 3- D in the wide-screen G20 and G22 multi-game units.

Manufacturer: International Game Technology

Platform: AVP

Format: Five-reel, 60-line video slot

Denomination: .01 Max Bet: 300

Top Award: 25,000 credits times line bet

Hit Frequency: Approximately 50% Theoretical Hold: 2%—15%

“Free Games” symbols on the first, third and

fifth reels trigger 15 free spins, with jackpots for all winning combinations tripled. All winning combi- nations are multiplied by three. Additionally, if a 2X multiplier symbol appears within the free games, the player will receive double the amount of the accumulated credits in the bonus. Additional free games can be won within the

free spins, up to a potential total of 90 free spins. (The progressives are unavailable on the free spins.)

Manufacturer: Bally Technologies Platform: Alpha Elite Format: Five-reel stepper slot; 30, 40 or 50 lines

Denomination: .01, .02, .05, .10, .25 Max Bet: 150, 200, 250, 400, 500 Top Award: Progressive; $1,200 reset

Hit Frequency: 32.41% Theoretical Hold: 4.05%—14.94%

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