WMS installs Hollywood Squares slots

February 19, 2002 4:10 AM


WMS Gaming Inc. has begun installing its new HOLLYWOOD SQUARES themed slot machines at four Harrah’s properties in Iowa, Missouri, and the Rincon facility in California.

In addition, HOLLYWOOD SQUARES is expected to debut in 13 additional Harrah’s properties in Nevada, Arizona, Louisiana, Kansas, and Indiana this month, pending approvals.

The machine is a five-reel, nine-line video slot available in 45 coins, featuring clever character animation and interactive game play. Colorful reel symbols include an animated Whoopi Goldberg, the HOLLYWOOD SQUARES logo, dollar signs, X’s and O’s and Wild Stars. By lining up the Wild Star symbol on both the first and fifth reels, the player receives the Wild Star bonus. The first and fifth reels will lock, and the player is awarded a number of free spins on reels two, three and four. The Wild Star symbols act as wild symbols during these free spins.

Lining up three or more HOLLYWOOD SQUARES logos kicks off the HOLLYWOOD SQUARES bonus round. Here, players enter the famous game show set with nine popular celebrities, including Whoopi Goldberg. The players pick a celebrity to reveal an “X,” followed by the machine picking a celebrity to reveal an “O.” This play continues until there are three “X’s” in a row vertically, horizontally or diagonally (a win); three “O’s” in a row (a loss). The bonus round ends in the case of a “cats-game” tie after all of the celebrities have been chosen.

A win in the first bonus round triggers a second bonus round, the Question Bonus. Here, just like the contestants on the TV show, players are asked a question and must pick the celebrity they think will answer it correctly. The celebrity gives the answer and a number of credits are displayed for that celebrity. A correct answer doubles the credits for that celebrity.