Believe It or Not: Mikohn debuts new video slot machine!

Jun 4, 2001 12:44 AM

Mikohn Gaming Corp. announced that its new Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Adventures in Trivia video slot game has received regulatory approval in California, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Minnesota and New Mexico through Gaming Laboratories International, Inc. (GLI).

The innovative, trivia-based game has been submitted for approval to major jurisdictions within the United States and is the first offering in Mikohn’s Think Big! series of slots. In anticipation of Nevada Gaming approval in the next few weeks, Station Casinos has signed a contract for the placement of 100 of the new Ripley’s games throughout its properties in Las Vegas.

David J. Thompson, Mikohn’s chairman and chief executive officer, commented: “We are very pleased about gaining regulatory approval in these important markets for this exciting game, and we will be actively seeking similar approval in other major gaming jurisdictions. Our game developers have done an outstanding job in creating a distinctive and highly entertaining product, which will be the first of a number of trivia-based casino games. Player response in our focus group testing has been overwhelmingly positive. We are looking forward to installations of our Ripley’s game in the Nevada market following Nevada approval.

The Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Adventures in Trivia game is a five-reel, nine-line video slot with a 90-coin maximum bet and a high bonus hit-frequency. It incorporates scores of fascinating human interest questions in subjects such as Americana, entertainment and leisure, as well as amazing facts, feats and oddities. The Adventures in Trivia game represents a breakthrough in gaming design in that, for the first time in a conventional slot machine, a player’s knowledge (or ability to guess correctly) directly affects how much he/she wins during bonus rounds. Mikohn’s novel knowledge-based games will enable players to play a casino game using their actual knowledge as if they were participating on a TV show. The more they know, the more they win!

The trivia bonus round begins when two or more Believe It or Not symbols line up left to right on an active pay line. A multiple-choice trivia question appears, with the number of choices depending on the number of trigger symbols. Players choosing the right answer are given generous rewards. But even players who guess wrong are still successful winners, albeit with smaller awards. Also, players may simultaneously qualify for two trivia bonus games on the same spin.

In addition to the trivia bonus, the Around the World bonus is awarded when three or more scattered globe symbols appear. In this bonus, players pick globes that turn to reveal multiplier awards or additional picks. Should the player collect both the “Believe It” and “Not!” globes, a jumbo prize is awarded.