This is the first game in the new AGS “It Pays To Know” series, which features knowledge-based bonus sequences in which players who correctly answer trivia questions win the highest awards.
The 30-line video slot is based on the legendary comic strip of the same name, for which the late Robert Ripley traveled the world seeking out oddities and amazing facts. As AGS has done with other games in its Roadrunner series, the main bonus is accompanied by an extensive lineup of secondary bonus events.
The main bonus event, the Trivia Progressive Bonus, carries a guaranteed prize, potentially one of five progressive awards if the player answers a question correctly. The five progressive levels include “Optimist,” resetting (in the penny version) at $25; “Smarty Pants,” resetting at $62; “Bookworm” at $100; “Brainiac” at $250; and the top jackpot, “Know It All,” resetting at $1,000.
When the Trivia bonus is triggered with three or more bonus symbols, a multiple-choice trivia question from categories ranging from sports to Ripley’s oddities appears. If the player answers correctly on the first try, one of the five progressives is awarded. If not, a fractional portion of the progressive connected to the question is offered.
AGS has added an intriguing feature to help players in the trivia round. Base-game play can earn up to three “assist features” which can be saved for the bonus. The “Eliminator,” which is automatically applied in the bonus if earned, eliminates one of the wrong answers. The “Stats” tribute, also automatically applied, presents historical data about how other players have answered the question on the first response. The “Re-Do” feature kicks in if the player is wrong on the first guess, offering a chance to receive the progressive on the second guess.
Other bonus features include a physical bonus wheel, triggered when the Ripley’s symbol morphs into a wheel. The wheel includes credit amounts and a question mark, which gives the player a choice of a credit award or the “Hyper Wild Super Spin.” This feature gives the player a choice of two from a field of 11 objects. Those two symbols transfer to one reel, and the rest of the reel symbols on the screen become wild for one “mega-spin.”
Other bonuses include random “Electric Wilds,” with animated lightning that “shocks” symbols to become wild; and “Pick’em & Free Spin,” in which the player picks objects to win awards and to enhance a free-spin round with bonuses and extra free spins. After the picks, free spins commence, starting with six spins.
Manufacturer: American Gaming Systems
Format: Five-reel, 30-line video slot
Denomination: .01, .02, .05
Max Bet: 250
Top Award: Progressive; $1,000 reset (times denomination)
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%
Theoretical Hold: 6%—12%