WHEN THE LAUNCH?
System 2006 can be activated by using a special dongle on all Photo Play terminals that are linked online from December 5, 2005 onwards. For Photo Play terminals that are not linked online, the DVD ‘System 2006’ is available at or after the ATEI 2006. Besides the completely revised system the update contains 12 new games for Photo Play XTREME-Terminais (nine for Photo Play 2.1).
THE MOST IMPORTANT CHANGES AT A GLANCE
Title : Saturn Data Logger
TCSJohnHuxley launched its new Saturn Wheel Data Logger at the G2E. Optional on all Saturn roulette wheels, the Saturn Data Logger allows the data capture of winning number results and ball drop behavior for every single spin. With active memory built into the base of the wheel, Saturn Data Logger has the capacity to store at least six year’s worth of data for 24 hour casino. The system records precise information on winning numbers, ball in rim, no more bets, direction and speed of wheel, ball drop zone (patent pending) and power on/off. Wheel event data is captured automatically by Saturn’s embedded sensors and can be downloaded easily using an external download kit (supplied separately), which connects the Saturn Wheel to a PC or laptop computer. Software to generate a wide range of statistical reports is supplied including a drop zone report, which provides critical security information on wheel balancing and he wheel’s potential exposure to advantage players. The open source data format can easily interface with third party software applications for further analysis.TCSJohnHuxley’s Simon Witty stated: “No other wheel can deliver the security features of Saturn Data Logger. The capture of winning number results and most importantly, drop zone analysis, will allow casino operators to ascertain whether a roulette wheel is susceptible to clocking and advantage play.”
Title : Dinosaur King
In Japan, Sega’s Mushy King craze shows no sign of letting up, and neither is the company that started it. Lindbergh may have been the hottest new technology from Sega, but the game that’s most likely to take the big bucks is Mushi King Spin-off, Dinosaur King. Fully titled, in Japanese, Kodai Ouja Kyouryuu King, Dinosaur King is a kids oriented title along the lines of Mushi King and Sega’s more recent girls spinoff, Oshare Princess. The game makes use of a similar arcade machine, a small unit that’s welcoming to younger audiences. The difference here is that, rather than beetles, you’re pitting your favorite dinosaurs in battle.
Title : Casino Poker
Casino Poker from UK’s Harry levy Amusements is a one-player pusher featuring a poker game on an LCD screen. Casino poker made its debut at the October Preview show in London and is the latest variation of one-player pushers from Harry levy. Following in the footsteps of the highly successful Magic 7s and full House one-player machines, Casino Poker embodies the latest technology taking pusher games to the next level. Players insert a coin to spin the poker dice, whereby full house or five of a kind wins up to a 50 coin splash, getting coins to drop through the spin channels starts the win chips feature. Winning chips takes the player into the poker game, where the more chips they win earns the player the chance of a huge coin splash for winning poker hands. Constant payouts terrific sound effects, all this plus standard pushers play make this one of the most exciting pushers ever made. Housed in the company’s brand new casino style cabinet the machine comes compete with chrome bench seating.
Title : Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection
Namco is pulling a Sega with its latest update to Tekken. Similar to Sega’s update of Virtua Fighter 4 with two new characters, new stages, new fighting skills and a host of new items for Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution, Namco has done the same for Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection. Dark Resurrection features two new characters. Lili, a blonde- haired character makes use of street fighter moves as her fighting style. Dragunov is a tall Russian using Command Sambo as his fighting style. In addition to the two characters, Namco has gone back to the series roots and added new boundless stages. New standard stages have also been included in the game, and all the stages from Tekken 5 have been redone, some appearing at different times of day now. Namco has also added new items for each character.
Title : Easy Chipper
Having just announced the buyout of Australian slots maker, StarGames, Las Vegas-based Shuffle Master attended the SAGSE show in Buenos Aires with an impressive line-up of games and utility products. In addition to exhibiting well-established utility products like the Ace and Deck Mate automatic card shufflers and entertainment Products like Three Card Poker and Let it Ride Bonus, the company’s booth featured a balance of utility and entertainment with the Easy Chipper, a next-generation chip sorting device that sorts different size chips quickly and efficiently. Developed by Card, the Easy Chipper optimizes roulette wheel game play by dramatically increasing the volume of chips sorted, and its patented colour reading system accurately sorts up to 10 different colour chips while separating non-programmed ones. On the entertainment side was Ultimate Texas Hold’em, a new table game featuring head-to-head play against the dealer and an optional bonus bet that pays odds if the player’s final five- card hands is a three –of-a-kind or better. A variation of Texas Hold’em ultimate Texas hold’em gives the player several advantages – the earlier a player bets, the more he can Betfair’s, and players don’t have to fold until they’ve seen all community cards, including the river.
Shown at the AMOA show in Las Vegas, Supper Dragon Ball Z (Chou Dragon ball Z in Japanese), is new arcade version of Dragon Ball Z developed by Craft & meister, a development studio formed by former Capcom executive, Noritaka Funamizu. Distributed internationally by Banpresto, Super DBZ is a cell-shaded fighter featuring children’s favourite Dragon Ball cartoon characters. The game uses a four button setup. Two buttons are reserved for strong and weak attacks. One button is used for guarding with another used for making your character jump. Press the jump button while in the middle of a jump, and you’£ make your character float in the air. The guard and jump button can be pressed together to execute a dash move. Super DBZ features both ground-based and air-based fighting. The stages are also interactive. You can use rocks and trees as shields and break them with your attacks. Banpresto has also revealed that Super Dragon Ball Z will make use of an IC Card system. Using a separately – purchased memory card, you’£ be able to build up your character by learning new skills and techniques.
Casino Technology is taking part at the 14th Eastern European Leisure Exhibition (EELEX), taking place on December 20-22, Moscow. The company’s latest developments in various categories of gaming equipment will be presented at Stand No 5A during the show.
Title : Quest of D 2.0
Lindbergh may be on everyone’s mind, but Sega isn’t giving up on its current most powerful arcade board, the Zbox-powered Chihiro. At JAMMA, the company displayed updates to two of its Chihiro success stories, Quest of D and Sega Golf Club. Quest of D Version 2.0 is the first major update to AM2’s touch-screen dungeon-crawling series, which has been a major attraction in Japanese arcades since its release. In addition to a new set of D-Force cards, the update adds a thief job class to the list of selectable jobs. Those tried of the interior environments of Quest of D will be pleased to learn that Version 2.0 takes the series out of dungeons for the first time. You’£ now adventure through deserts and grass fields, areas that come complete with new enemies and traps. The update to the golf game is less extensive. Titled Sega Golf Club Version 2006: Next Tours, this update to the November 2004 original adds two courses: Phoenix countryside and Bali Hai Golf Club. Both are officially licensed recreations of real courses. The game also adds the ability to select between a male and female caddy.
Now firmly under the Sega banner, despite running on sammy’s Atomis Wave platform, fist of the North Star, is a fighting game based on the Manga license of the same name. with its high resolution 2D visuals and massive sprites, this latest Fist of the North Star title (following the successful pachi-slot games based on the same franchise) features 10 playable characters including Kenshiro, Shin, Raoh, Toki, and Yuda. The characters have all the visual quality of guilty Gear, but look even better during in-game play sessions because the online poker game doesn’t tamper with its visuals by zooming in and out of the action. The fighting system makes use of five buttons . you have buttons for weak and strong punch and kick along with a ‘special’ move. The joystick enables back steps, ducking, dashing and a high jump. In addition to a life gauge, the character has a North Star Seven Star Gauge. The North Star Seven Star Gauge appears below the life gauge as a bar split into seven sections. By striking your opponent with special moves, you steal one star from his gauge. Steal all seven stars and you’ll be able to bring instant death.
Title : Mobile Suit Gundam: On Year War
Bandal and Namco’s merger has been formally confirmed and the first joint effort from the two companies sees Namco teaming up with Bandal subsidiary, Banpresto, to bring Gundam to Japanese arcades. The resulting title is being published by Banprestro and distributed through Namco’s arcade distribution network. The game consists of two units: a station unit and a terminal unit. The terminal unit. The terminal unit features a touch screen panel and is used to obtain new Mobile Suits. The game session takes place in the Station unit, a closed-off pod with a domed screen and lever and pedal controls designed to give the feeling of being within the huge robot. Banpresto’s vision for the game has 16 players splitting into eight versus eight, one group siding with the Federation while the other sides the Zeon forces. Team work is a key point to the game as the player can take on an opposing team on the battle field ready.