Manufacturer: Bally Technologies
Platform: Alpha Elite S9E
Format: Five-reel, 30-line stepper
Max Bet: 600
Top Award: Progressive; $2,500 reset
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%
Theoretical Hold: Various
Bally has responded to competition with its own version of the hybrid reel-spinning game with superimposed animation. “Transparent Reels” places a transparent LCD screen over mechanical spinning reels, enabling animation during bonus rounds and win celebrations after jackpots. The superimposed LCD video is touch-enabled, allowing players to actively interface with reel-spinning games.
The series is being launched with three debut games on the Alpha Elite S9E stepper platform: Dragon Dynasty, Sky Spirits and Twin Tigers. The games are all configured with five reels, 30 lines and a 600-credit max bet. The games also feature a two-level internal/external progressive.
In the base game, as the mechanical reels spin, the corresponding winning combinations dynamically animate across the LCD display in front of the reels. When the bonus game is triggered with specific symbols appearing on the middle reels, the player is asked to pick one of the symbols-Water Dragon or Fire Dragon, White Tiger or Red Tiger, etc. Each of these has seven reel symbols associated with it. The reels spin three times and each time a symbol corresponding to the player’s selected symbol appears, the player is awarded a bonus equal to the total bet. If the selected symbol gets more total symbols after the three bonus spins, the player gets an added bonus of 40 times the bet.
At the conclusion of the bonus round, the winning Dragon, Sky Spirit or Tiger (depending on the specific game theme) animates across the reels to indicate the win. After the bonus round concludes, the game returns to its standard play, with the reels returning to the visual foreground.