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IGT’s new Austin Powers slot is ‘Groovy, Baby!’

April 23, 2001 6:05 AM by

IGT’s new Austin Powers slot machine based on the "International Man Of Mystery" has begun slipping into Nevada casinos.

Currently IGT has received orders for more than 1,300 of the new machines and other markets should soon begin seeing the new game in their casinos.

"We had a lot of fun developing the game and designed it with the goal of making players laugh, maybe even make them gasp," said Joe Kaminkow, IGT’s vice president of product development.

The design team took technology near the limit, using numerous clips from the two Austin Powers’ movies and filling nearly 100 percent of the audio card with scores of different sound effects and bites.

To ensure that players get to enjoy all of the game’s zany antics, the designers built in a high hit frequency. And, thanks to the large roster of bonus scenes, the gaming experience is never the same twice.

One bonus round features the alluring Fembots and their weapons of choice.

In the Henchman Bonus, players help Dr. Evil eliminate his incompetent subordinates by flipping selected henchmen backward into a pit of flames.

Throughout the game, appearances by the movies’ characters, from Frau Farbissina (pictured) to Vanessa Kensington, keep the energy- and amusement-levels at a fever pitch.

"Our goal was to make the game easy to play, and at the same time difficult to master," Kaminkow said. "The objective is to keep players returning, time and again, because playing is both fun and challenging."

While all ages will be attracted to the fast-paced, outrageous action, the Austin Powers video slot was developed with players in their 20s and early 30s in mind - the so-called Generation X (and Generation Y) crowd.

In another departure from tradition, IGT is offering the game with a bright yellow cabinet, which is proving to be popular with casinos across the board. The shagadelic oval "Groovy Baby!" topper will make Austin Powers - International Game of Mystery easy to spot in the most crowded casino.

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