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Zitro spreads the footprint of its Glare cabinet range and its multi-game progressive Wheel of Legends link


Zitro still considers itself a small supplier of gaming equipment. So it’s something of a big deal that the company created four separate cabinets under the Glare configuration. The four— Illusion, Fusion, Allure and Altius—have their points. Altius, which accommodates a 55-inch top screen, will be the center of attention at Zitro’s exhibit at the Global Gaming Expo.

Zitro’s Glare cabinetry shows the importance of what holds the games. But the company also trumpets the importance of the game that resides within the cabinet. Last year, Zitro introduced the Wheel of Legends multi-game progressive link; this year, it’s the Asian-themed Fu Shou.

“We’re just getting launched into our rapid expansion phase,” says Derik Mooberry, CEO of Zitro USA.

Wheel of Legends was installed almost two months ago at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula in Southern California, the first in the U.S. “We’re looking for places to offer a marquis location,” Mooberry says. “We’re only licensed in limited jurisdictions like California, Florida and Oklahoma.

“Consumers can be influenced by the cabinet if it is aesthetically pleasing and comfortable to sit at. But it’s the content that draws them there and keeps them there.”

There is a linkage between cabinet design and software design, he says. Hardware and software innovations go together. One can affect the other.

While Altius will be the focal point at the G2E exhibit, the entire Glare lineup will be on full display. “That will grow our video slot footprint on a global basis,” says Mooberry. “But we are placing extra emphasis on the U.S. market with the launch of our new Glare cabinets.”

The four different cabinets each come with their own set of content. “The depth of our cabinet offerings will demonstrate to casino operators around the world that we can provide differentiated experiences with content in many form factors,” Mooberry says.

Zitro will feature 64 games, including consistent performers for three years including Link King and Link Me.

The most popular Zitro titles for the U.S. market include the 88 Link family of games, with Lucky Charms the top performing game. 88 Link Lucky Charms combines for the first time Zitro’s Link Bonus with a multi-way game mechanic on the Allure cabinet, with four games inspired by Japanese culture.

“These were our original launch games in the U.S. market, and are above house average games across many casino floors today,” Mooberry says.

These games have many common features that players like wrapped up into single game. Themes include Asian characters and symbols, multi-denomination options, allowing players to bet up, and bonus round features.

Wheel of Legends is a four-level progressive link that has grown to become one of slot players’ favorite multi-games as a result of a combination of graphics, and performance, 243-ways game mechanics and exclusive features such as free games, multipliers, and extended wild multipliers.

When any of the legendary-themed characters are charged with energy, the bonus jackpot is activated. A new layout with a two-by-five reel array is shown, and direct prizes, additional free games or the Mini or Minor jackpot can be awarded. With only 10 symbols, a giant wheel shown in the upper part of the screen will be activated. “This Wheel of Legends bonus round is a great example of a multi-level, exciting and engaging feature that keeps players coming back for more,” Mooberry says.

Zitro has classic slot titles that have been performing very well for many years in many countries. “But most of our games in the U.S. market are only a few years old,” says Mooberry, “so we don’t have classic titles that have existed for decades. However, we do have games that have been consistent performers for three years now.”

Wheel of Legends is presented on the premium Altius Glare cabinet, which stands out on casino floors thanks to its large screen and stunning graphics, Mooberry says. “Wheel of Legends is aesthetically appealing, and its outstanding visuals, high-quality sound effects and exceptional performance, among many other features, make it one of the top choices among slot players.”

Bill Sokolic is a veteran journalist who has covered gaming and tourism for more than 25 years as a staff writer and freelancer with various publications and wire services. He's also written stories for news, entertainment, features, and business. He co-authored Atlantic City Revisited, a pictorial history of the resort.

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