This video slot on Ainsworth’s new A-STAR Curve cabinet is the newest offering in the manufacturer’s popular Pac-Man franchise, exploiting the bonus wheel format to trigger eight bonus events based on the characters of the legendary video game.
The base game uses a five-reel, 243-ways-to-win format, with a wheel spin bonus trigger mingling with the ghosts and other Pac-Man icons of the theme.
The game, however, is centered on the giant bonus wheel displayed on the 43-inch floating infinity monitor of the A-STAR Curve. According to the manufacturer, the main wheel bonus, triggered by wheel symbols on the first and fifth reels, occurs once every 21 spins. The 12 slices on the wheel include a few static credit awards along with six bonus events based on the Pac-Man theme, plus a “Jackpot” slice that reveals one of two progressives—a Major resetting at $300 or the Grand, resetting at $2,500.
Landing “Credit Prize” on the wheel spin awards a credit value of either 50 or 100 times the total credits bet. The frequency of this outcome and of the Jackpot feature increase the higher the wager.
When the wheel lands on the Jackpot slice, the player chooses a ghost, which reveals the Major or the Grand as the prize.
If the wheel lands on “Ghost Bonus,” each of five different fruit symbols changes into a mystery wild symbol, and wins are evaluated. If it lands on “Fruit Bonus,” each fruit symbol on the screen reveals a prize of up to 50 times the total bet. If it lands on “Extra Prize,” four ghosts appear on the screen, and each reveals a credit prize.
The other two outcomes on the wheel are “Golden Ghost” and “Free Game.” Golden Ghost triggers a picking game in which the player selects one of three ghosts to reveal a prize of up to 100 times the total bet. Free Game awards eight free spins on a three-reel array, with a fourth reel that awards bonuses including the Ghost Bonus.
Manufacturer: Ainsworth Game Technology
Platform: A-STAR Curve
Format: Five-reel, 243-ways-to-win video slot
Denomination: .01 through 100.00
Max Bet: 300, 600
Top Award: Progressive; $2,500 reset
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%
Theoretical Hold: 4%-15%