LAKEWOOD, NJ -- New from Elaut USA is a compact, modular redemption game that challenges players to move a football down a vertical flatscreen display and into a high ticket-value "slot" in the end zone. Shipment is scheduled to get under way at the end of January.
Called Fantasy Football Tickets, the game consists of a small-footprint "pedestal" console that houses the electronics, user interface, payment system and ticket dispenser. It's available with or without a large-screen LCD monitor, so operators have the option of putting an existing display back into service.
And, while the game's autumn release made football the logical game to simulate, update kits will be offered to emulate other games when they are in season.
Fantasy Football Tickets' screen offers an aerial view of a football field; the end zone that the player must reach is located at the base of the screen. It is divided into 10 "slots," each marked with the ticket value that can be won by crossing the goal line to enter it. The values are randomly assigned to the "slots" when the game begins, and a simulated football appears.
The player can move the ball horizontally and release it at the point he or she considers most likely to land it in the desired slot. If the ball drifts off target (as it will), the player can maneuver a virtual pass receiver to redirect it at midfield. Tickets are awarded according to the value of the slot in which the ball ends up.
According to Elaut USA vice-president of business development Drew Maniscalco, the game was designed to combine familiar, intuitive play action with a novel twist. Fundamentally, he noted, the concept looks rather like a pachinko game with digital graphics – but, unlike pachinko, the player has some control over the trajectory of the ball as it descends.
"The simpler, the better," Maniscalco added, describing the evolution of the design concept. Players, he said, generally will not take the time to read instructions on a game cabinet. Enabling the player to walk up to the piece, insert money and begin playing is important in maximizing participation.
The game made its industry debut at the recent International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions show, and Maniscalco reported that it attracted considerable operator attention, as well as some suggestions. A common one was for kits to change the game's theme, which reassured Elaut USA that its plan to do that will be well-received.
"We intend on releasing a complete line of sports updates, as well as some kids' titles," the Elaut executive told VT. And the company has previewed a non-sports title, Treasure Hunter, an underwater-salvage simulation, to favorable reviews.
The pedestal console is 32" high by 25" wide by 21" deep; operators who choose to purchase one with a monitor can select a 42" or 32" model.
The game's audio package features the voice of Tim Ferrante, the former publisher of Gameroom Magazine. It was recorded at Elysee Studios in Keyport, NJ.
Elaut USA Inc. is one of the largest operators and concessionaires of amusement games and related equipment in the theme park industry. It also designs, develops, manufactures and distributes amusement equipment, and provides complete parts and service support. The company is a factory-authorized distributor for all major product lines, and it develops and consults on the development of large-scale amusement and family entertainment centers. It is online at elautusa.com.