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Imperial Dragon

International Game Technology

This game uses the basic play experience of the popular IGT slot “Ancient Chinese Secret,” but with a modified version of the “community play” aspect of that game.

The base Ancient Chinese Secret game is the same familiar 25-line play experience as the original game, with sharp graphics and artwork along with Chinese-themed icons on the reels. The top line jackpot returns a progressive jackpot set by the casino.

The common bonus round occurs at random. A gong sounds over the bank to let players know a bonus round is about to begin, which serves to build interest and enthusiasm around the slot.

The computer linking the entire bank of machines then picks one player’s slot to be the main bonus player in the “Imperial Secret Bonus.” Two groups of symbols appear on that player’s screen-eight symbols on top, four on the bottom. The top panels hide either credit values, “Win All,” a “Stopper” or an “Extra Life” symbol. The main bonus player picks panels until a value is selected for each of the eight top symbols, or until a Stopper is revealed, which ends the bonus round-unless, of course, the player has nabbed an Extra Life, which he can use to continue the round after a Stopper.

If all eight credit awards are revealed without a Stopper, the player advances to another screen, depicting three golden doors. The player selects one to reveal a credit award.

The four symbols on the bottom screen panel hide multiplier amounts-once a credit award is determined, the player selects one of the bottom symbols to multiply that award.

At any time during the main player’s bonus, any other player on the bank can randomly go into a secondary “Secret Bonus” event. Eight symbols appear in a hexagon, and the player selects one to reveal a credit value; he then selects a second symbol for a multiplier.

Anywhere from one to all five additional players on a six-machine bank can get this secondary bonus. The manufacturer says the more a player wagers on the primary game, the more likely it is that one of these random events will occur.

Manufacturer: International Game Technology

Platform: Game King

Format: Five-reel; 25-line video slot

Denominations: .01, .02, .05

Max Bet: 125

Top Award: Progressive; Operator Configurable

Hit Frequency: 29.57%

Theoretical Hold: 5.01%-12%

Frank Legato is editor of Global Gaming Business magazine. He has been writing on gaming topics since 1984, when he launched and served as editor of Casino Gaming magazine. Legato, a nationally recognized expert on slot machines, has served as editor and reporter for a variety of gaming publications, including Public Gaming, IGWB, Casino Journal, Casino Player, Strictly Slots and Atlantic City Insider. He has an B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of the books, How To Win Millions Playing Slot Machines... Or Lose Trying, and Atlantic City: In Living Color.  

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