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Issue Date: Vol. 48, No. 12, December 2008, Posted On: 12/12/2008

LAI Extends Stacker Line, Introduces Texting Game

Larisa Jayne Shewczyk

CARROLLTON, TX — LAI Games has four new developments for coin-op, including two extensions to the popular Stacker merchandiser line, a game that tests “texting” skills and an automated imaging machine.


Mini Stacker offers a smaller-footprint version of the stalwart cube-stack challenge merchandiser – it measures 70 ins. H. x 21 ins. W. x 24 ins. D. and weighs 203 lbs. Units can have two or three major prize spirals and three or four for minor prizes. A rear cabinet attachment point and coin- and prize-door padlock brackets provide added security.


Double Up Stacker takes the game in a new direction – it dispenses tickets, not prizes, and was designed for operation in FECs. Patrons are offered the choice to cash out their earned tickets at any point during play, but might be tempted to reach the Double Up benchmark, at which point their ticket count doubles, and the Super Bonus level, which awards the maximum number of tickets. The visually dominant game boasts an 8-ft. tall cabinet, a large, illuminated and vertically mounted playfield screen and operator-adjustable payouts.


Also new from LAI is Textminator, a coin-op “texting” game that employs a skill set many have acquired thanks to cellphones. Players use controllers that resemble a phone’s keypad to try and accurately “text in” messages that appear onscreen, as quickly as possible.


Textminator is offered in a two-player format, and up to four units can be linked for competitive play. There are two modes: The first has players text random sentences in a beat-the-clock format, while Championship Mode tests a player’s ability to “text out” entire paragraphs to earn recognition in the Textminator Hall Of Fame, which can hold up to 100 scores and names.


Rounding out LAI’s new product offerings is Starblitz, a photobooth with image-modifying features. It also allows patrons to download their images to Bluetooth-equipped and IR-capable cellphones and PDAs.


LAI Games has been developing interactive coin-operated equipment for more than 50 years. It is online at laigames.com.

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