DALLAS -- LAI Games USA took advantage of the recent IAAPA Attractions Expo to introduce two prize-vending games, a giant version of Stacker and a new video driving game engineered for children. The company also disclosed some new features that have been added to its Snapshot photobooth.
Mega Stacker and Stack 'N' Grab are the latest additions to the durable Stacker line. Mega Stacker, conceived as a signature piece for large gamerooms, offers the same play action as the original Stacker and its siblings; the object is to stack moving rows of blocks to reach minor and major prize levels. The Mega stands almost 10 ft. tall, and features five roomy window compartments for displaying major-level prizes (minor prizes are awarded in the form of redemption tickets). The enormous cabinet is rendered even more noticeable by dynamic lighting, rotating beacon lights and a "pulse-pounding" sound system.
Stack 'N' Grab and its stablemate, Catch 'N' Grab, are similar in concept. Stack 'N' Grab challenges the player to attain a winning score in an abbreviated Stacker game; those who succeed go on to choose a prize and retrieve it with a winner-every-time crane.
Catch 'N' Grab's qualification round is based on another LAI game, Drop Zone, in which the player must manipulate two stacks of "catcher" blocks to seize a third block stack in order to gain access to the prize crane.
Also new from LAI is Willie Wheels, aimed at the three- to seven-year-old market segment that the company regards as too often neglected by game designers.
Willie invites the young player to complete one of nine driving courses, which vary in difficulty, with assistance from a series of helpful cartoon friends. When this task is completed, the game vends a credit-card-size plastic "driver's license" in one of 24 collectible designs. The cabinet is shaped like a car whose windshield is represented by a 32" video screen that displays the track ahead. Controls include a realistic steering wheel and horn. An "auto-move" play mode helps the youngest players negotiate the track. Each game ships with 1,000 of the vendible cards.
LAI also has enhanced its Snapshot photobooth on the inside and outside, with a new stainless-steel seating bar and a more private curtain. Software additions include an operator-selectable email feature allowing patrons to share their photos by sending them to friends or posting them to Facebook and Twitter.
A subsidiary of Leisure & Allied Industries, LAI Games USA has more than half a century's experience in coin-operated amusements, which have found favor with distributors, operators and entertainment centers around the world.