Pac Man heading to PPE casinos

May 28, 2002 2:08 AM

WMS Gaming Inc., a subsidiary of WMS Industries Inc., is installing 151 of its new PAC-MAN themed participation gaming machines at Park Place Entertainment properties in Atlantic City.

Under the terms of WMS’ agreement with Park Place, PAC-MAN slot machines will have a limited exclusivity period in all domestic jurisdictions in which Park Place operates. Additionally, Park Place has committed to a number of incremental placements of these gaming machines and will provide marketing funds to launch the product.

PAC-MAN is the fifth major line of branded participation games introduced by WMS. The slot mamker currently has a backlog of customer requests for over 1,500 of its five lines of branded participation games, the highest in the company’s history.

PAC-MAN is the best-selling coin-operated arcade game in history. Licensed from Namco Ltd., the PAC-MAN video slot is based on the pop-culture icons found in the nostalgic arcade games PAC-MAN and MS. PAC-MAN made famous in the early 1980’s.

In the game’s debut year alone, over 100,000 PAC-MAN machines were sold around the world. Namco estimates that the original PAC-MAN arcade title has been played more than ten billion times in its 20-year history.

"WMS game designers have designed the spirit of the original arcade game into a slot machine that we believe will re-create the excitement the original PAC-MAN arcade game generated. The exceptional initial response to this new game will help us to continue growing our footprint of profitable participation games," said Brian R. Gamache, WMS President and Chief Executive Officer. "By premiering the game at Park Place Entertainment casinos across North America, WMS will work with a partner that clearly knows how to market new games to its customers. In partnering with Park Place, with their tremendous promotional capabilities, we are confident that PAC-MAN will be a hit from the start."

"The national debut of the PAC-MAN video slots at Bally’s Atlantic City reinforces Park Place Entertainment’s position as the industry leader in slot operations," said Wallace R. Barr, Chief Operating Officer for Park Place Entertainment. "From bringing in the latest products such as PAC-MAN to improving customer service through technological advancements, Park Place Entertainment continues to remain at the forefront of innovation."

PAC-MAN game play

PAC-MAN is a five-reel, nine-line dual screen video slot available in up to 90 coins, featuring a cast of characters from the original arcade game, including PAC-MAN himself, the four ghosts (Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde), blue ghosts, a variety of fruit and Power Pills. Players can try their luck at three different bonuses: Free Spin Bonus, Munch Bonus and the Maze Bonus.

Getting three scattered Power Pill symbols triggers the Free Spin Bonus. Players will get seven free spins. For each of the spins a multiplier will be picked to multiply all wins. After each spin the lowest multiplier will be removed.

The Munch Bonus is triggered by a PAC-MAN symbol on the first reel. All of the reel symbols except Blue Ghosts and fruit disappear from the reels. The PAC-MAN Symbol will move randomly across the reels munching fruit and Blue Ghosts clearing the way for PAC-MAN to chew up bonus points.

The third bonus is the Maze Bonus, which is activated when three maze screens appear. First, players choose a Power Pill in the maze, then PAC-MAN will move toward the Power Pill with the ghosts chasing him. If PAC-MAN reaches the Power Pill before the ghosts catch him, the player is awarded a bonus amount and the player can continue choosing Power Pills.

WMS Gaming is headquartered in Waukegan, IL with regional offices in all major domestic gaming jurisdictions, as well as Barcelona, Spain, Johannesburg, South Africa and Sydney, Australia.