Go ahead ... make my slot!

Aug 31, 2004 7:33 AM

Slot players, get ready for Clint Eastwood — he’s about to make your day!

The famous action hero has signed an agreement with WMS Gaming Inc. that would allow the slot maker to develop, manufacture and market slot machines based on the celebrity’s likeness and several of his most famous feature films.

The first Clint Eastwood slot is expected to roll out in December and will be part of WMS Gaming’s new wide area progressive (WAP) series of slots. The new linked progressive slots are expected to be in Nevada casinos in January 2005.

Clint Eastwood and his popular feature film titles from both MGM and Warner Brothers Studios add to the library of titles for WMS’ growing slot portfolio, which already includes two Monopoly branded titles launched earlier this year and a Powerball themed WAP, which the company expects to introduce later in 2005.

The first Clint Eastwood slot will follow the theme of his first "Spaghetti Western," A Fistful of Dollars, which became a cult classic in the 1960s. Director Sergio Leone had a sequel, A Few Dollars More, which was followed by the more mainstream film, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly."

The Clint Eastwood slot will be previewed at the fourth annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E), October 5-7, in Las Vegas.

The A Fistful of Dollars slots will feature two, five-line multi-reel video games: Wanted and Wild Shot. These games will be available in nickel denomination and will feature jackpots that reset at $250,000 for both the Native American and Nevada links.

The Wild Shot game is a 5-reel video slot machine that sends players back in time to the Old West, where players team up with the steely-eyed Clint Eastwood character, to win cash the Wild West way — through shooting and gambling. Wild Shot also features three bonus rounds and a chance to win a "Scatter Jackpot."

The Wanted game is also a 5-reel video slot machine that follows the timeless "good guy vs. bad guy" storyline. With nothing but a trusty six-shooter and Clint Eastwood by their sides, players must rid the town of local villains to earn cash. With audio and visuals from the western cult classic, players become part of the movie as bullets are fired and credits are earned.

Future Clint Eastwood video slot machines will be introduced highlighting other characters and roles Eastwood portrayed in his films.

"We are very pleased to work with Mr. Eastwood, who is one of the most prominent and well-known entertainment personalities in the world, in developing what we believe will be an extensive series of games based on some of his most popular feature film roles," said Brian R. Gamache, president and CEO of WMS Industries. "Mr. Eastwood, in his portrayal of some of the most famous characters in entertainment history, has reached a level of deserved awareness and appreciation that is unrivaled."