Scientific Games

Scientific Games uses its Alpha Pro Theatre cinematic two-machine format to present this game based on the popular late 1960s cartoon series. Wacky Races, based on the 1965 film The Great Race, had 11 cars racing through North America chasing the title “World’s Wackiest Racer.”

The game on the Pro Theatre features two Alpha 2 Pro Wave gaming cabinets under a 55-inch shared video monitor, which is used for bonuses and houses the meters for five progressive jackpots, the top resetting at $10,000 on the penny version.

The base five-reel, 40-line game features two primary-game mystery bonus features—a Random Wild feature that turns from three to 10 symbols on the screen wild on any spin; and a Wild Reels feature that replaces one or more entire reels with wild symbols.

The central bonus feature is the Racing Bonus, which can lead to any of five other events. Triggered by Wacky Races or Wacky Races Wild symbols scattered on the first, third and fifth reels, the monitor displays five cars, out of which one is randomly assigned a special “bonus enhancement” before start of the race. At the end of the race, a random car wins the race and the feature associated with that car is awarded. If the special bonus enhancement car wins the race, additional enhancements are awarded, such as extra free games, extra picks, extra lives or extra multipliers, depending on the bonus won.

Among the bonuses available through the race:

The “Professor Pat Pending Wheel Bonus” spins a bonus wheel for credit amounts ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 times the line bet, or, at the max bet, one of the five progressives.

“Penelope Pitstop Free Games” awards 12 free spins. If triggered the by the “enhancement” car, heart symbols can be collected—if three are collected, the fifth reel becomes wild for subsequent spins. Collect six, and the fourth reel is added as a wild reel; for nine, reel 3 becomes wild; 12, reel 2—four of five reels wild for remaining spins.

“Creepy Coupe Free Games” awards 10 free spins, with the Random Wild and Wild Reels features active, and a re-trigger of the bonus with Creepy Coupe or Creepy Coupe Wild symbols.

“Peter Perfect Trophy Bonus” is a picking bonus, the player selecting from five icons for a credit award up to 2,000 times the line bet. “Mutley Scrap Yard Bonus” is another picking event, with a bomb symbol advancing through potentially five levels of advancing win multipliers.

Manufacturer: Scientific Games
Platform: Alpha 2 Pro Theatre
Format: Five-reel, 40-line video slot
Denomination: .01-1,000
Max Bet: 300
Top Award: Progressive; reset at 1 million times denomination
Hit Frequency: 28.14%, 29.15%
Theoretical Hold: 5.96%-14.6%

Author: GGB Staff

Staff writers for Global Gaming Business magazine, Las Vegas, Nevada.