Among the latest trends in slot machines is the use of TV game shows and sitcoms, not just to adorn reel strips or glass fronts, but to actually participate in the slot game itself.
New Jeopardy video slot machines have hit the casinos and initial reports indicate they have been well-received by players.
Jeopardy Video is a nickel video slot version of IGT's
popular Jeopardy MegaJackpots spinning reel slot game. The initial game,
introduced in 1998, features many of the visual and sound effects popularized on
the syndicated game show.
The new video version pumps up the action with enhanced
sound effects and computer graphics, as well as voiceovers by host Alex Trebek
and announcer Johnny Gilbert, and the familiar Jeopardy music.
And there are multiple ways to win. The Jeopardy Bonus
starts when three or more Jeopardy symbols land on any payline, and the Double
Jeopardy Bonus kicks in with three or more Double Jeopardy symbols.
Players then pick squares from grids that look like the
set on the TV game show. Each square reveals a credit value, which is added to
the bonus win. One 2-times multiplier is hidden on the grid in the Jeopardy
Bonus, and two 2-times multipliers double the bonus credits in the Double
Both bonus rounds end when the player uncovers the Final
Jeopardy symbol, which triggers the Final Jeopardy! Bonus round. The player
receives one pick from a set of five squares, which also includes a 2-times
multiplier. The MegaJackpot Instant Winner progressive jackpot is won when five
Jeopardy symbols land on the ninth payline with maximum coins bet. The
MegaJackpot builds from a base amount of $100,000 and is paid instantly, upon
verification of the jackpot.
Another hot game is I Dream of Jeannie, a product
developed under an IGT joint venture with Anchor Coin, a subsidiary of Anchor
Gaming, has also made its first appearance in casinos. It is a nickel video slot
game — and is loaded with ways to win. Three or more scattered Wish symbols
trigger the Three Wishes Bonus.
A player picks three out of six wishes when Jeannie
beckons, "Make a wish." The player gets laughs while racking up
credits, with wishes like "I wish I had natural blonde hair" and
"I wish my mattress was stuffed with money." The Bonus Doubled symbol
delivers the ultimate wish of a doubled payout. And if the Bonus Wish symbol is
uncovered, the player gets an extra pick from the wish list.
Bonus game fever is heightened in the Spin the Wheel
Bonus, triggered by three, four or five Jeannie Wheel symbols on any payline.
The player picks the number of spins by choosing bottles from a beach. The
familiar TV show theme music plays during the reel spin, credit rollup and bonus
play, and the round ends with Jeannie announcing, "Master, you're a
The machine, marketed and distributed by Anchor Coin,
will be available in a stand-alone format in all jurisdictions except Atlantic
City and Detroit, where its MegaJackpot Instant Winner jackpot prize will build
from a base amount of $100,000.