Dilbert has new slot

Apr 13, 2004 1:12 AM

With a top award starting at $100,000, Dilbert could turn out to be more than the patron saint of cubicle workers ”” he just might be the salvation of a lucky few.

Based on the popular comic strip currently running in 2,000 newspapers in 65 countries, the new Dilbert Wheelbert video slot features all our favorite characters: The Boss, Catbert, Dogbert, Wally, overachieving Alice, and, of course, Dilbert.

Plus, the MegaJackpots game on the Classic Comedy link comes complete with a wheel top box (with the tip of Dilbert’s tie as the pointer!), a feature that has proven to be an enduring player favorite on other popular slot themes such as Wheel of Fortune Slots.

As with most recent IGT video slots, this 5-reel, 15-line, 75-coin nickel game offers two entertaining bonus rounds that are designed to be deliver chuckles along with bonus credits.

In the Wheel of Random Compensation bonus, the player selects squares on an organizational chart, which then reveal not only the number of spins on the top box wheel but a bonus multiplier as well. Spins of the wheel produce 25 to 500 bonus credits, which are then multiplied by the multiplier value and the line bet. And if the wheel lands on one of the donuts scattered around the wheel, a little mini-bonus within the round will ask the player to pick a donut from the on-screen box, which then reveals a whole other set of credits.

The second bonus game, called the Daily Dilbert, is triggered when three comic strip panels line up in the center of a row. Complete with animation and character voice-overs, the Daily Dilbert pays off in credit amounts that range from 2 to 50 times the total wager.

But dreams of early retirement or, at least, taking a year off, hinge on winning the MegaJackpots award. When five Dilbert’s WheelBert symbols line up on the first payline with a maximum wager, get ready to pack up your desk. The jackpot grows from a base amount of $100,000 and, as a MegaJackpots Instant Winners game, the total amount is paid on the spot after verification.

Dilbert, the United Feature Syndicate comic strip, is the most photocopied, pinned-up, downloaded, faxed and e-mailed comic strip in the world. Many readers, particularly those employed at large corporations, are convinced that Adams works at their companies since he conveys corporate inanities so perfectly in his comic strip. Dilbert appears in 2,000 papers in 65 countries and 19 languages, and on the Web at www.dilbert.com. More than 10 million Dilbert books have been sold to date, and more than half of Adams’ books have made The New York Times best-seller list.

Dilbert’s Wheelbert Video Slots are designed and manufactured by IGT (www.IGT.com), a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of slot machines and gaming systems.