With this game, Everi applies its experience in creating electronic bingo games for Class II markets to the design of a traditional Class III video slot.
The game is at once physically imposing, the tall vertical top monitor of the High Rise cabinet displaying no less than eight levels of progressive jackpot, atop a five-by-five video reel display for an 80-line base game. Each of the 25 symbols in the array is an entire reel containing all symbols, making it, mathematically speaking, a 25-reel game.
But what is really novel about the game is the way in which the progressives—ranging from resets of $10 to the top $10,000—are won.
For the progressives, the game treats the five-by-five reel array as a bingo card, and the prizes are won when diamond symbols form corresponding bingo patterns on the array. A straight line of diamonds on a reel returns the bottom $10 jackpot. Top jackpots reset at $10,000 for a full diamond cluster pattern with diamond symbols on every interior spot and $20,000 for an “X” pattern.
Maximum bet is required to qualify for the progressives. With less than maximum bet, the jackpot tiers return static amounts ranging from 200 credits for the straight line pattern to 200,000 credits for the diamond cluster.
There is a minimum bet of 40 credits, with each credit activating two paylines in the 80-line setup. Players are awarded only one winning Diamond Bingo pattern per spin, paying out the highest winning pattern.
There also is a free-spin bonus, enacted by triggering symbols scattered on the first, third and fifth reel represented by the array (reels 1, 13, and 25). Players are awarded twice the total bet for triggering the bonus, which awards 10 free spins. The bonus can retrigger up to a maximum of 100 free spins.
The Diamond Bingo Progressives are available during the free spins, and the bonus spins occur on an alternate set of reels including more diamond symbols than the base game—in other words, the progressives are more frequent during the free spins.
Platform: High Rise
Format: Twenty-five-reel, 80-line video slot
Denomination: .01, .02, .05
Max Bet: 200
Top Award: Progressive; $10,000 reset
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%
Theoretical Hold: 2%-15%