ICE – Aristocrat to start Europe’s Helix XT cabinet roll-out at ICEBy Phil - 10 January 2019
Following hugely successful introductions in North America and Australia, Aristocrat’s Helix XT cabinet will be beginning its roll-out across selected EMEA markets at this year’s ICE.
Offering a premium-style housing for standard sale games, this upright cabinet displays portrait content on a 4K 42-inch P-curve screen, complemented by an LCD topper and enhanced virtual button deck.
“Many new Aristocrat games are now being developed in both dual-screen and portrait formats, allowing operators even more flexibility in gaming floor presentation,” explained Erik van den Berg, Vice-President of Sales & Business Development for Aristocrat’s casino interests in EMEA. “And we have taken steps to ensure that this new cabinet form factor is well supported with a proven game library from launch.”
“Our diverse portfolio strives to meet the broad range of needs across and within varied European, Middle Eastern and African markets. Our global design and development teams continue to build on previous successes with a balance of proven and brand-new maths models, imaginative ways of using renowned characters and stunning, new methods of delivery to ensure our customers’ gaming floors can continue to deliver for players across the region.”
Aristocrat will also be showing a new range of C-Series core games including Joe Blow Gold and Joe Blow Diamonds, combined with character theming inspired by Where’s The Gold.
Another, Block Bonanza, adds a metamorphic twist to reel games, with cash-on-reel prizes from a laterally spinning wheel dropping down onto the reel set. In addition, Rio and Hawaii offer two distinctly exotic base game themes.
Aristocrat is also launching inspired new concepts in the J-Series, for those who love jackpots, comprising Ultimate Wheel Blast, with its industry-first metamorphic jackpot wheels and upgrade mechanics across two base game themes, African Fortunes and Alaskan Dreams along with many others
Innovations in the E-Series collection of entertainment games will include two new Mighty Cash games, Vegas Wins and Outback Bucks with ‘reveal symbol’ unveiling jackpot awards on completion of feature.
It will also show four Mighty Cash Double Up games – Lucky Tiger, Money Dragon, All Gold & Diamonds and All Jade & Diamonds with a 50 per cent ante bet rewarding players with an extra reel set during the Mighty Cash feature, two Mighty Cash Xtra Reel games, Guo Nian and Ji Cai, that add a sixth reel on which high value cash-on-reel symbols can appear, Fu Fu Fu Panda and Fu Fu Fu Tiger, featuring a metamorphic element as well as wild showers, What You See Is What You Get jackpots, multipliers and unlimited free games, Panda Lanterns and Dragon Lanterns, with on-trend floating wilds, WYSIWYG credits and jackpot awards extending the Wild Up! family of recently released games, Dragon Lanterns and Ocean Song, 8 Claws and 8 Stripes dual platform games packed with random multipliers, expanding reels, wild showers, wheel features, jackpots and free games.
Aristocrat is also showcasing more M-Series multigame and multi-reel-set ingenuity, including Wonder 4 Boost, an extension to the extraordinary Wonder 4™ series, hosting highly popular titles Buffalo, Wild Ameri’Coins, Rhino Charge and Whales of Cash and offering a bonus boost of up to eight concurrent reel sets and extreme free games, Player’s Choice Opal Edition, an 8-title multigame with 3-level progressive jackpot, variable denominations and 10 operator-selectable games including 5 Dragons, 5 Dragons Gold, Big Red, Big Red Gold, Buffalo Gold, Cash Bull, Fortune’s Way, Miss Kitty Gold, The Phantom and Queen of the Nile. Two dual game packs in the new Pay Rise™ series, White/Black Scorpion™ and Roxy’s/Robby’s Rabbit Hole™ both offer low and high denom game variations with integrated 3/4/5-of-a-kind dynamic scorecard and a 2-level ‘must hit by’ deterministic mystery SAP.
Erik van den Berg concluded: “We continue with the theme ‘It’s all about what’s inside’ at ICE 2019, reflecting a sharp focus on innovation, people and products and we look forward to sharing our vision of ‘what’s next’