Australia-based Aristocrat Incorporated, the second largest slot
machine manufacturer in the world behind IGT, has introduced to the U.S. market a new slot
system, Hyperlink, that features a secondary bonus linked to a progressive jackpot. The
Hyperlink jackpot system combines the excitement of secondary screens with the power of
Hyperlink is played through a bank of Aristocrat games that share the
same second-screen feature. Once triggered, the interactive game enables a player to
qualify for one of four progressive prizes.
A random number generator triggers the second-screen feature. The
second screen bonus features spinning reels, and the progressive prize is awarded based on
the total value of the numbers on the five reels.
The players chance of triggering the second screen bonus is
increased through maximum betting. Typically, the Hyperlink jackpots represent 10 percent
of the machine payback. By ensuring a minimum of about 20 machines per bank, players can
expect the lowest progressive jackpot to be hitting on average every five minutes (when
all seats are filled, of course!).
The first Hyperlink games earmarked for American casinos will Big Top
Keno and Cash Express.
Big Top Keno features traditional keno with a multiplier (which drives
up the average stake), and incorporates the Hyperlink system, in which a
randomly-generated second screen guarantees the player one of four progressive prizes
ranging from a $20 mini-jackpot to a grand jackpot worth over $25,000.
Cash Express incorporates four proven Aristocrat games with a common
second-screen Hyperlink feature. The four games on this bank of machines are Penguin Pays,
Queen of the Nile, Dolphin Treasure and Enchanted Forest.
Normally, these games offer players their signature on-screen features;
however, the Cash Express version includes a second-screen bonus that lets players stop
each spinning reel to display a single, number value on each reel. The total value of the
five reels will determine which of the four progressive prizes the player will win.