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Noah's Ark

International Game Technology

Noah's Ark

This new five-reel video slot, available in either IGT’s Game King or Game King AVP series (for

Advanced Video Platform), uses that video platform’s high horsepower to create a different sort of video graphic than previous games in the format, which tended to use the extra computer power for live-action video.

Cartoon-like video animation is presented in this game, albeit in extremely high definition and very sharp colors. Cartoon characters representing single animals or pairs of animals in Noah’s ark pop through reel symbols that are represented as portals in the side of the wooden ship.

But the Bible story’s pairs of animals also translate into a very intriguing new feature in this 30-line game-a proprietary feature called “Split Symbols.” When two characters appear in one symbol, it is counted twice-the five reels can contain up to 10 symbols per payline, enabling up to 10 symbol wins on each line.

The free-spin bonus is another strong feature of this game. When triggering symbols land, 10 free spins play out, with, according to the manufacturer, a 281 percent average return on bet for each spin. The player will nearly triple his wager, on average, for each free spin.

These two features, combined with the fun cartoon graphics and IGT’s typically strong video game math, should be a hit with players. The math program is one of the more volatile penny programs, which typically has appealed to a wide range of players.

Manufacturer: International Game Technology
Platform: Game King; Game King AVP
Format: Five-reel, 30-line video slot
Denomination: .01
Max Bet: 300
Top Award: 10,000 credits times line bet
Hit Frequency: 36.6%
Theoretical Hold: 3.5%-14.4%

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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