Aristocrat’s Innovation Studio, headed by designer Ted Hase, was responsible for this masterful take on The Walking Dead, the AMC series that is the No. 1 drama in the history of basic cable TV.
The game is housed in the Vervehd platform, which features a 31.5-inch vertical LCD monitor with high-definition video, and booming, immersive sound provided by the “Sound iChair,” Aristocrat’s version of the vibrating surround-sound seat.
It’s the same format used for the previous hit from Hase’s team, the Tarzan series of games. And like those games, The Walking Dead features a full lineup of bonus features, including two wheel bonuses and a number of other simple events that interconnect with each other.
The primary game is unique in itself—it is a six-reel game, with four spaces per reel, initially. During the primary game, a feature called “Reel Growth” causes the four middle reels to grow from four spaces to as high as seven spaces, with the expanded field recalculated for additional wins. Those wins are helped along with a separate feature called “Wild Attack.”
This is where the theme comes in, as zombies wander across the screen to turn symbols in the expanded screen into wild symbols.
Video clips from the popular series appear throughout the game, including zombie appearances in all the other bonus features. The play screen is superimposed over a vision of post-apocalyptic Atlanta, which is where the series is set. The menacing zombies wander about in front of giant bonus wheels in two separate wheel bonuses, the “Atlanta Wheel” and the “CDC Wheel.”
The Atlanta Wheel awards credits, the free-games bonus or one of four levels of progressive. The player is eligible for any of the three on-site bonuses with a minimum bet of 75 credits. The maximum bet of 300 credits activates the top jackpot, a multi-site prize resetting at $500,000.
The CDC wheel is viewed from the side, to award credits, multipliers or a separate “Walker Bonus.” Also on the wheel is a hand grenade, which explodes to combine several credit awards into one major prize.
The “Escape from Atlanta Free Games” include guaranteed wild symbols, and more zombies wandering across the screen.
The visuals in the game draw heavily from the series, including some images that are fairly graphic for a slot. But Aristocrat officials predict that remaining true to the series—gore and all—is what will attract players who are devotees of the series.
Manufacturer: Aristocrat Technologies
Format: Six-reel, “Reel?Power” video slot
Max Bet: 300
Top Award: Progressive; $500,000 reset
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%
Theoretical Hold: 6.5%—11.5%