The new big hit from WMS at G2E was Aladdin & the Magic Quest. This game never got a rest—there were always people swarming around it. It was clearly running in demo mode, so TBD how it’ll feel in real life as an actual gambling device. But the entertainment aspects are pretty extreme.
For starters, the cabinet and top feature a large, illuminated plastic genie holding a ball of lightning. It pretty much looks like an amusement-park ride. The game graphics are beautiful throughout, and the music and sound design are quite good. But the real excitement is in the bonuses. There are several, but the “star” is the Magic Carpet (or is it Flying Carpet?) bonus.
Much like a FPS (first-person shooter) video game, in this bonus you have the POV of Aladdin as you fly around an exotic palace complex on your magic carpet, dodging falling buildings and lightning bolts hurled by the angry Genie. Around every corner you come to a screeching halt and tap the screen to choose bonus treasures or combat enemies such as giant scorpions and the Genie’s henchmen. You may also find a magic lamp that increases the multiplier and gives you an extra pick for each encounter.
But wait, there’s more: As you do all this swooping and soaring, the actual chair tilts and vibrates in sync with the video action, and built-in speakers amplify the lightning-bolt explosions and battles with minions. Talk about immersive!
If you choose your treasures/enemies correctly, this carpet-flying bonus can go on for a LONG time. I saw one dude rack up $750 in not-really-money on this bonus. Of course, it helped that the demo game had a little “x” indicating which jar/chest/scorpion to pick.
I don’t see any official WMS info online for this game yet, but no doubt Shamus will have some great video up soon!
I didn’t play the Clue community game, but it looked interesting. Here’s a photo: http://www.vegasinc.com/news/2011/oc...ol-themes-g2e/
I did try out the Battleship community game, which was okay, if not quite as engaging as it might have been. Official WMS video here: http://now.wms.com/products/battleship
Also tried the latest Oz community game, Journey to Oz, which was kind of fun. WMS has video of this up here: http://now.wms.com/products/the-wiza...-journey-to-oz
WMS was also showing some new “Colossal Reel” games. The themes were Van Helsing (vampire theme), Spartacus (ancient Rome theme), Forbidden Dragons (lovely graphics, very dragony), and Li’l Red (sort of a naughty-looking “Little Red Riding Hood” theme).
These games featured one regular reel set plus another super-tall reel set with smaller symbols on the right side. When a full reel of wilds appears in the main screen, the entire corresponding reel turns wild on the colossal reel. I spent some time watching this play, just to get my head around it. Without putting real money into it, it’s kind of hard to tell if it’s cool or just a money-suck. Seems like the potential for large payouts could be good, IF you happen to hit them. Here’s the official WMS video: http://now.wms.com/products/colossal-reels
I'll let others chime on about other WMS games they saw and liked. These were the main ones on my radar!