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 progressive prizes.
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.