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The Price Is Right: The Ultimate Show

WMS Gaming

The Price Is Right: The Ultimate Show

This is WMS Gaming’s take on The Price Is Right, the longest-running game show in the U.S. WMS snatched the license after the rights expired for rival IGT, which put out several versions of “Price” during the past decade.

The WMS version employs a linked, community-style setup using the manufacturer’s “Adaptive Gaming” technology. There are two base games, called “Luxurious Life” and “Prizes of Paradise.” Both are available in 20-line or 30-line configurations, and in a 25-line version in Nevada, New Jersey and Mississippi.

In the Adaptive Gaming technology, each player has the option to log in and pick up his progress toward bonus milestones using the WMS “Player’s Life” website. Further progress made in the online amusement version applies the next time the player is on the casino version.

The core of the game is a mystery bonus sequence that can lead to one of five in-house progressive jackpots, each identified by gems and ranging from a reset of $5 to $2,500 for the top “Diamond” jackpot.

When the progressive bonus round is triggered, one machine on the bank will be chosen for a bonus round hosted by TV Price host Drew Carey. Just as on the TV show, the player will be selected to “Come on down!” and play through one of four bonus events:

In the “Hole In One Bonus,” the player selects from a field of golf balls to reveal credits or “Let’s Putt,” in which the ball is putted toward a hole. If it goes in, the player wins one of the five progressives. The “Shell Game” is just what it sounds like—the player selects a shell to win wild symbols, applied to a free-spin round. In “Let ‘em Roll,” five multi-colored dice roll to collect icons toward a free-spin round. In “Showcase Showdown,” the famous wheel from the game appears, and the player spins for credits or one of the progressives.

There are multiple possible outcomes within each bonus game, each leading to a potential progressive jackpot.

Manufacturer: WMS Gaming

Platform: CPU-NXT2

Format: Five-reel, multi-line video slot

Denomination: .01, .02, .03, .05

Max Bet: 150, 400, 500, 750

Top Award: Progressive; $2,500 reset

Hit Frequency: 29.99%—45.68%

Theoretical Hold: 6%—14%

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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