‘Curly’ version of Three Stooges slot release soon

Mar 13, 2001 5:07 AM

The "Curly" version of "The Three Stooges" video slot game might be hitting casino floors in 30 to 45 days, and there are plenty more new games in the offing from the drawing boards at Shuffle Master.

Developed by Shuffle Master and International Game Technology, "Curly" has been submitted to gaming regulators in Nevada, GLI, New Jersey and Mississippi. Agreements and commitments for about 400 Three Stooges machines have already been secured.

The "Let’s Make A Deal" game could be submitted to those gaming jurisdictions this week; "The Honeymooners" game, by the end of April.

"Joe Kaminkow and the IGT game design team pulled out all the stops on these games," according to Mark Yoseloff, Shuffle Master Gaming president. "They represent some of their best efforts to date. Needless to say, we are very anxious to begin placing the games in casinos. To help expedite that effort, we have signed a distribution and service agreement with AC Coin, the No. 1 game distributor in Atlantic City."

In addition to the licensed games developed by IGT, Shuffle Master has created new games on its own slot machine operating system using other licensed themes:

• Big Dogs, which makes active and casual sportswear, accessories and gifts. Shuffle Master has incorporated the "Big Dog" attitude into an entertaining video slot game. It has been submitted to Nevada and GLI for approval.

• Bigfoot, "The Original Monster Truck" has appeared in six movies, dozens of TV shows, and on more than 50 magazine covers. Shuffle Master will develop and market Bigfoot games. It expects to submit this game for approval in the next 60 days.

Shuffle Master has also obtained the rights to several licenses, including:

• Tripoley, a popular home game produced by Cadaco. Tripoley features poker, hearts and rummy in one game. Cadaco has sold more than 10 million of them over 65 years.

• Rubik’s Cube, "The Ultimate Brain Teaser," is the world’s No. 1 puzzle, a natural for creating a slot game with a mechanical bonus feature.

• Hollywood Walk of Fame, licensed through the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. It includes the Walk of Fame with its more than 2,000 stars of movies, TV, radio, recording and live theatre, and the famous Hollywood sign.

• W.C. Fields, whose images, sayings and voice likenesses will capture the spirit of his comic genius.