International Game Technology

This long-awaited “4D” version of IGT’s venerable Sphinx brand represents an evolution from the TRUE 3D versions of the game, which have captivated players with the most authentic glasses-free 3-D effect one will find on a slot machine.

Sphinx 4D, on the immersive CrystalCurve cabinet, adds gesture technology and mid-air haptic technology to allow players to physically interact with the game—you gesture or point, and the game reacts—empowering the player to interact with a slot machine in ways never before tried. As the 3-D bonus journey continues through the Sphinx, players reach out to drag orbs to the center of the CrystalCurve 4D monitor to trigger progressives, wilds, multipliers and free games. There are Easter eggs like changing the monitor scene from day to night by drawing a circle in the air, or drawing a heart to have it appear on the screen.

IGT has wrapped this technology into a total of seven interactive bonus events. One is a picking event that can lead to the top wide-area progressive jackpot, resetting at $100,000. (A stand-alone jackpot resets at $10,000.) The player picks orbs and points to drag them into a “Lightning Cage.” Revealing three “Eye of Ra” symbols wins the jackpot. The progressive feature is available only if “unlocked” in a separate “Magic Butterfly Bonus,” with the player opening and closing his hand to secure butterflies for credit awards.

The “Energy Bonus” awards 10 bonus games in which the player reaches into an interactive area to grab symbols and pull them out for awards. The “Sandstorm Bonus” involves wiping away blowing desert sand to reveal awards. The “Diamond Chamber” bonus has the player pointing to pick gems until time expires.

In the “Blazing Numbers” bonus, the player points into the interactive area until a flame appears above his or her finger. The player then places each flame behind a lantern to reveal credit awards. The “Mystic Wheel Bonus” involves the player swiping a bonus wheel with a flick of the wrist to spin for credit awards.

Manufacturer: International Game Technology
Platform: CrystalCurve TRUE 4D
Format: Five-reel, 26-line video slot
Denomination: .01
Max Bet: 400
Top Award: Progressive; $10,000 (local-area) or $100,000 (wide-area) reset
Hit Frequency: 32%
Theoretical Hold: 4%-14%

Frank Legato

Author: Frank Legato

Frank Legato is editor of Casino Connection and also 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 recently published book on gaming, How To Win Millions Playing Slot Machines... Or Lose Trying.