AU2004200898B2 - Gaming machine - Google Patents

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AU2004200898B2
AU2004200898B2 AU2004200898A AU2004200898A AU2004200898B2 AU 2004200898 B2 AU2004200898 B2 AU 2004200898B2 AU 2004200898 A AU2004200898 A AU 2004200898A AU 2004200898 A AU2004200898 A AU 2004200898A AU 2004200898 B2 AU2004200898 B2 AU 2004200898B2
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AUSTRALIA PATENTS ACT 1990 COMPLETE SPECIFICATION NAME OF APPLICANT(S):: Aruze Corp. ADDRESS FOR SERVICE: DAVIES COLLISON CAVE Patent Attorneys 1 Nicholson Street, Melbourne, 3000, Australia INVENTION TITLE: Gaming machine The following statement is a full description of this invention, including the best method of performing it known to me/us:- 1 a /I&v ' Vv Field of Technology The present invention relates to a gaming machine having variable display means for variably displaying various symbols necessary for a game 5 and control means such as microcomputer and the like for controlling the variable display, the gaming machine including so-called Japanese pachi-slot machine; slot machine; ball flipping machine such as the first grade - third grade Japanese pachinko machine, arrange ball machine, mah-jong ball gaming machine or slit-slot machine; video slot machine; video poker machine 10 and the like. Description of Related Art For example, the Japanese pachi-slot machine has a mechanically variable display device in which it is provided a plurality of rotating reels 15 each of which variably displays plural symbols within a display window arranged in front of the machine, the reels being parallel, provided in plural lines. According to start operation by a player, the control means drives and controls the variable display device and the reels are rotated, thereby symbols on the reels are variably displayed. And rotation of each reel is 20 stopped automatically or based on stop operation by the player. At that time, in a case that the symbols of each reel appearing within the display window comprises a predetermined combination (the winning mode), game media such as medals or coins are paid out, thereby a predetermined benefit is given to the player. 25 Further, it is previously proposed a gaming machine having a plurality of reel drums, reel strips each of which is arranged on an outer periphery of each reel drum and on each outer surface of which the symbols are described in a divided manner, light sources each of which illuminates the symbol C:\NRPorlDCC\MASul689%) I.DOC-9/2 l/201J -2 division of each reel strip from the backside thereof and is arranged within each reel drum and control means for controlling illumination by the light sources. Here, in the reel strip, the symbol portion is made semitransparent and 5 the background of the symbol is made transparent or semitransparent, and the light source is constructed from a plurality of luminous diodes arranged in a dot-matrix manner. The control means controls light emission of each luminous diode, thereby light emission of the light source 10 is controlled so as to display characters or figures by the emitted diodes. Further, in the above gaming machine, it is known a gaming machine in which, when power is turned on, effect display is conducted. 15 See, for example, Japanese unexamined Publication No. 2001-353255. Summary of the Invention However, the above mentioned effect display is 20 monotonous, therefore interest for games is lacked. Embodiments of the invention provide a gaming machine in which, when power is restored, it is notified information concerning with games stored substantially at the same time as the gaming machine is powered off, thereby interest for 25 games may be raised. According to the present invention there is provided a gaming machine comprising: game result display means including a plurality of symbol display parts in which one or more symbols are 30 variably displayed and stopped; internal winning combination determination means for determining an internal winning combination based on an C:\NRPonblDCC\MAS%1IGX96_3 DOC-92If212 -3 output from game start instruction means for instructing game start; game result display control means for controlling the game result display means based on a determined result by 5 the internal winning combination determination means; game control means for conducting control concerning with a game; backup means capable of storing information concerning with the game substantially at the same time as the gaming 10 machine is powered off; backup restoration means for restoring the gaming machine in a state that the game control means is able to conduct control concerning with the game based on the information stored in the backup means when the gaming 15 machine is powered on again; backup restoration notifying mean's which operates based on operation of the backup restoration means, the backup restoration notifying means being arranged in front of the game result display means; and 20 backup restoration notifying control means for controlling the backup restoration notifying means based on the information concerning with the game; the gaming machine is characterized by: wherein the backup restoration notifying control means 25 controls the backup restoration notifying means so as to display a decisive image indicating that the internal winning combination determined by the internal winning combination determination means becomes a specific winning combination, in an area not corresponding to the symbol 30 display parts of the game result display means on the backup restoration notifying means when the internal winning C \NRPonbNDCC\MAS3!6963 1.DOC-9/2 1/2010 -4 combination determination means determines the specific winning combination as the internal winning combination. The backup restoration notifying control means may control the backup restoration notifying means so that the 5 backup restoration notifying means notifies restoration of the gaming machine by a specific backup restoration notifying mode among plural notifying modes when the internal winning combination determination means determines the specific winning combination as the internal winning 10 combination. The backup restoration notifying control means may control the backup restoration notifying means so as to display letters indicating that the internal winning combination determined by the internal winning combination 15 determination means becomes a specific winning combination, in an area not corresponding to the symbol display parts of the game result display means on the backup restoration notifying means when the internal winning combination determination means determines the specific winning 20 combination as the internal winning combination. The backup restoration notifying control means may control the backup restoration notifying means so that the backup restoration notifying means notifies a winning combination other than the winning combination indicated by 25 the internal winning combination determined by the internal winning combination determination means. The backup restoration notifying means may notify the letters in areas of the backup restoration notifying means corresponding to the symbol display parts of the game result 30 display means. Components mentioned above may for example take the form of the following components hereinafter described: C:\NRPornbrDCC\MASul6H9631 .DOC-9/21/2011, -5 Symbol display parts: Reels 3L, 3C, 3R Internal winning combination determination means: Internal winning combination determination means 92. Game start instruction means: Lever 10. 5 Game result display control means: Stop control means 93. Game control means: Game control means 91. Backup means: Backup means 96. Backup restoration means: Backup restoration means 97. 10 Backup restoration notifying means: Backup restoration notifying means 31. Backup restoration notifying control means: Backup restoration notifying control means 98. Decisive image: decisive information image 101. 15 Areas in which letters are notified: Symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R. The invention is further described by way of example only with reference to the accompanying drawings.
C \NPobl\DCC\MAS\3 6963 I.DOC-9/2f1/2010 - 5A Brief Description of the Drawings Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a slot machine according to the embodiment; 5 Fig. 2 is an explanatory view showing a panel display part and a liquid crystal display part; Fig. 3 is an explanatory view showing an external appearance of a reel mechanism in which lamps are arranged within each reel; 10 Fig. 4 is a perspective view showing a reel and a circuit board for receiving LEDs therein arranged in the reel; Fig. 5 is a perspective view roughly showing a construction of the liquid crystal display device; 15 Fig. 6 is an exploded perspective view showing a part of the liquid crystal display device; Fig. 7 is an explanatory view for explaining function of the LED lamps and fluorescent lamps; Fig. 8 is a block diagram showing an electrical circuit 20 in the embodiment; Fig. 9 is a block diagram showing a construction of a sub-control circuit; Fig. 10 is a block diagram including function materializing means 6 (operation part); Fig. 11 is a view showing display examples of the liquid crystal display unit; and Fig. 12 is a view showing display examples of the liquid crystal display 5 unit. Detailed Description of the Invention Fig. 1 is a perspective view showing an outlined shape of a gaming machine 1 according to one embodiment of the present invention. Here, the 10 gaming machine 1 is a so-called Japanese pachi-slot machine. Though, in the gaming machine 1, a player plays games by using game media such as coins, medals or tokens, or a card in which information of game value given to the player is stored, it will be described hereinafter the gaming machine 1 in which medals are used. 15 Presently, the Japanese pachi-slot machine in the main current has a plural kinds of winning -modes. In particular, when a predetermined winning combination mode is reached, the player can obtain a more beneficial gaming state than a normal gaming state for a predetermined period without finishing the game by only one payout of medals. As such winning 20 combination, there exist one winning combination mode in which the game relatively giving large benefit to the player can be done in predetermined times (this winning combination is called "BIG BONUS" and abbreviated as "BB" hereinafter) and another winning combination in which the game relatively giving small benefit to the player in predetermined times (this 25 winning combination is called "REGULAR BONUS" and abbreviated "RB" hereinafter). And in the Japanese pachi-slot machine in the main current, in order to materialize the winning combination that medals or coins are paid out 7 when a predetermined symbol combination stands side by side along pay lines made activated (abbreviated as "activated line" hereinafter), it is required to internally win the winning combination (abbreviated as "internal winning" hereinafter) by the internal lottery treatment (abbreviated as 5 "internal lottery" hereinafter) and to conduct stop operation of the symbols by the player at the timing that the symbol combination indicating the winning combination internally won (abbreviated as "internal winning combination" hereinafter) can stop along the activated lines. That is to say, even if the winning combination is internally won, the winning according to the internal 10 winning combination cannot be realized when the stop operation by the player is out of the timing. Namely, in the present Japanese pachi-slot machine in the main current, it is required technique to conduct stop operation of the symbols at good timing. This technique is called "observation push", thus it is highly appreciated the technical intervention in 15 the present Japanese pachi-slot machine. At the front surface of a cabinet 2 entirely forming the gaming machine 1, a panel display unit 2a, a liquid crystal display unit 2b and a fixed display unit 2c, which have substantially vertical planes, are formed. As for the panel display unit 2a, the liquid crystal display unit 2b and the 20 fixed display unit 2c, they will be described with reference to Fig. 2, hereinafter. In the cabinet 2 (at the rear side of the liquid crystal display unit 2b), three reels 3L, 3C, 3R (the first display means comprising the game result display means), on each outer periphery of which symbol line comprising a plural kinds of symbols is described, are rotatably arranged 25 along a horizontal line. The reels 3L, 3C, 3R form the variable display means. Symbols on each reel (rotational drum type display device) can be seen through symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R (shown in Fig. 2 hereinafter). Each reel is constructed so as to be able to rotate at a constant 8 rotational speed (for example, 80 rotations / minute). At a lower position of the panel display unit 2a, the liquid crystal display unit 2b and the fixed display unit 2c, a frontward projection portion 4 having a substantially horizontal plane is formed. At the left side of the 5 frontward projection portion 4, it is arranged a BET switch 5 for betting medals credited by button pressing operation. At the right side of the frontward projection portion 4, a medal insertion slot 6 is formed. At the front left side of the frontward projection portion 4, it is provided a c/p switch 7 for switching credit/payout of medals obtained in the game by the player 10 based on button pressing operation. On the basis of switching by the c/p switch 7, medals are paid out from a medal payout opening 8 and the paid medals are accumulated in a medal receiving tray 9. At the right side of the C/P switch 7, a start lever 10 (game start instruction means operable by the player), which starts rotation of the reels 15 when operated by the player and starts variable display of the symbols (starts the game) within each of the symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R (see Fig. 2), is provided so as to be able to rotate within a predetermined angle. At the front center of the frontward projection portion 4 and the right side of the start lever 10, three stop buttons 11L 11C, 11R (game result leading 20 means operable by the player), which is operated to stop rotation of the reels 3L, 3C, SR, respectively, are arranged. At the upper left and right sides of the cabinet 2, speakers 12L, 12R are arranged. Between the speakers 12L, 12R, a payout table panel 13 which shows winning combinations of the symbols and the number of medals paid out as awards, is provided. 25 With reference to Fig. 2, the panel display unit 2a, the liquid crystal display unit 2b and the fixed display unit 2c will be explained. The panel display unit 2a comprises a bonus game information display part 16, BET lamps 17a - 17c, a payout display part 18 and a credit display 9 part 19. Here, the bonus display part 16 is constructed from 7-segment LEDs and displays the game information during the bonus game. The 1-BET lamp 17a, 2-BET lamp 17b and MAX-BET lamp 17c are turned on according to the medal number betted to conduct the game. The 1-BET 5 lamp 17a is turned on when the betted medal number is "1". The 2-BET lamp 17b is turned on when the betted medal number is "2". And the MAX-BET lamp 17c is turned on when the betted medal number is "3". The payout display part 18 and the credit display part 19 are constructed from 7-segment LEDs respectively. The payout display part 18 displays the 10 payout medal number when the winning is materialized. The credit display part 19 displays the medal number accumulated (credited). The liquid crystal display unit 2b comprises the symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R, window frame display areas 22L, 22C, 22R and effect display area 23. The display contents displayed on the liquid crystal display 2b are 15 variably changed according to the variable symbol display mode of the reels 3L, 30, 31, stop display mode of the symbols and operation of a liquid crystal display device 31 mentioned hereinafter. The symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R are provided corresponding to the reels 3L, 3C, 3R, respectively, and display the symbols arranged on the 20 outer periphery of the reels 3L, 3C, 3R and various effects thereon. Here, in a case that the reels 3L, 3C, 3R corresponding to the symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R are rotating or the stop buttons 11L, 11C, 11R corresponding to the symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R are in a operable state for stop operation of the reels 3L, 3C, 3R, each symbol display area 21L, 21C, 21R is 25 transparently displayed so as to be able to easily recognize the symbols arranged on the outer peripheries of the reels 3L, 3C, 3R, and effect effected through still images or moving images by, for example, symbols, letters, figures, marks, characters is not displayed.
10 The window frame display areas 22L, 22C, 22R are formed so as to enclose each symbol display area 21L, 21C, 21R and represents the frames of the symbols arranged on the outer peripheries of the reels 3L, 3C, SR. The effect display area 23 is formed in an area other than the symbol 5 display areas 21L, 21C, 21R and the window frame display areas 22L, 22C, 22R in the liquid crystal display unit 2b. This effect display area 23 displays the image (representing so-called "WIN LAMP") conclusively indicating that bonus winning is realizable, the effect to increase interest for games and the information necessary for the player to beneficially advance 10 the game. The fixed display unit 2c is an area to display the images determined beforehand. Concretely, the fixed display unit 2c displays" a part of row houses" which is described on a display plate 33 mentioned hereinafter. By combining the image displayed on the fixed display unit 2c and the image 15 displayed on the effect display area 23, one still image or moving image can be displayed. In the embodiment, one complete image of the row houses can be displayed. Further, with reference to Figs. 3 and 4, LED lamps 29 arranged in the reels 3L, 3C, 3R will be described. The LED lamps 29 function as 20 illumination means for illuminate the symbols arranged on the outer peripheries of the reels 3L, SC, 3R and one of illumination means for illuminating the areas mainly corresponding to the symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R within an area of a liquid crystal panel 34 (mentioned later). Thus, the LED lamps 29 function as common illumination means for commonly 25 illuminating the above symbols and the areas. And the LED lamps 29 also function as rear illumination means for illuminating the first display means from the backside thereof. As shown in Fig. 3, in the reels 8L, 3C, 3R, there are arranged LED 11 receiving circuit boards 24 which are positioned behind the symbols of three symbol lines (totally nine symbols), each symbol line appearing in each of symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R when rotation of the reels 3L, 3C, SR stops. Each LED receiving circuit board 24 has three LED receiving 5 portions in each of which a plurality of LED lamps 29 are provided. Hereinafter, among nine LED receiving portions, the LED receiving portion is serially represented by Z1, Z2 and Z3 from the left portion in the horizontal upper line, the LED receiving portion is serially represented by Z4, Z5 and Z6 from the left portion in the horizontal center line and the LED receiving 10 portion is serially represented by Z7, Z8 and Z9 from the left portion in the bottom horizontal line. The LED lamp 29 illuminates the rear side of the reel sheet by white light, the reel sheet being attached to the reel 3L, 3C, 3R along the outer periphery thereof. The reel sheet is made translucent, thus light emitted from the LED lamp 29 permeates to the front plane of the reel 15 sheet. As shown in Fig. 4, the reel 3L is constructed from a cylindrical frame construction in which two circular frames 25 and 26 with the same shapes are connected by a plurality of connecting members 27 while separating with a distance (corresponding to the reel width) therebetween, and transmitting 20 members 28 for transmitting driving force of a stepping motor 53L (see Fig. 8) arranged in the center position of the frame construction to the circular frames 25 and 26. Here, the reel sheet attached to the outer periphery of the reel 3L is omitted. The LED receiving circuit board 24 arranged within the reel 3L has 25 three LED receiving portions Z1, Z4 and Z7, each receiving a plurality of LED lamps 29. The LED receiving circuit board 24 is arranged so that the LED receiving portions Z1, Z4, Z7 position at rear sides of the symbols (totally three symbols), respectively, the symbols being seen through the 12 symbol display area 21L by the player. Here, though the reels 3C and 3R are not shown; both reels have the same construction and the LED receiving circuit board 24 is arranged within each reel. Next, with reference to Figs. 5 and 6, a transmission type liquid crystal 5 display device 31 (corresponding to the second display means constructing the game result display means) will be described. Fig. 5 is a perspective view (seeing from the rear side of the cabinet 2) showing outline construction of the liquid crystal display device 31. Fig. 6 is an exploded perspective view showing a partial construction of the liquid crystal display device 31. 10 The liquid crystal display device 31 is constructed from a protect glass 32, a display plate 33, a liquid crystal panel 34, a light guide plate 35, a reflection film 36, fluorescent lamps 37a, 37b, 38a, 38b functioning as so-called white light sources (capable of emitting light including light having all wavelengths with a predetermined ratio so that specific colors are 15 inconspicuous to eyes of persons), lamp holders 39a - 39h and a flexible circuit board (not shown) comprising a table carrier package (TCP) mounting an IC for driving the liquid crystal panel, the TCP being connected to a terminal portion of the liquid crystal panel 34. The liquid crystal display device 31 is arranged at a more front side than the display areas of the reels 20 3L, 3C, 3R (more front side than the display planes thereof) so as to spread over the reels 3L, 3C, 3R. And the reels 3L, 3C, 3R and the liquid crystal display device 31 are independently arranged (with a predetermined distance therebetween). The protect glass 32 and the display plate 33 are made of light 25 transmittable material. The protect glass 32 is provided with an object to protect the liquid crystal panel 34. At the areas corresponding to the panel display unit 2a of the display plate 33 and the fixed display unit 2c, images are described. Here, various display parts positioned at the rear side of the 13 area in the display plate 33 corresponding to the panel display unit 2a and electric circuits for operating the BET lamps 17a - 17c are omitted to show. The liquid crystal panel 34 is formed by filling liquid crystal material in clearance formed between the transparent plate such as a glass plate on 5 which thin film transistor layer is formed and the transparent plate facing thereto. The display mode of the liquid crystal panel 34 is set to normally white. Here, "normally white" means a construction that the liquid crystal panel 34 becomes in a white display state (light can advance toward the display plane, that is, light transmitted can be seen from outside) when the 10 liquid crystal panel 34 is not driven. By utilizing the liquid crystal panel 34 constructed to have the normally white mode, the symbols (variable display and stop display of the symbol display parts) arranged on the reels 3L, 3C, 3R can be seen and recognized through the symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R even if it occurs a trouble that the liquid crystal panel cannot be driven. 15 Thereby, the player can continue the game. That is to say, if the above trouble occurs, it can be conducted the game based on the~basic function such as the variable display and the stop display of the reels 3L, 3C, 3R. The light guide plate 35 is arranged at the rear side of the liquid crystal panel 34 in order to lead the light emitted from the luminescent 20 lamps 37a, 37b to the liquid crystal panel 34 (to illuminate the liquid crystal panel). For example, the light guide plate 35 is constructed from the light transmittable member with thickness of about 2 cm (having light transmitting ability) made of acrylic resin. As the reflection film 36, for example, it is used the member that silver 25 deposition layer is formed on white polyester film or aluminium thin film. The reflection film 36 reflects light led to the light guide plate 35 toward the front side thereof. This reflection film 36 is constructed from a reflection area 36A and non-reflection areas (non-transmittable areas) 36BL, 36BC, 14 36BR. The non-reflection areas 36BL, 36BC, 36BR are formed as the light transmittable areas which are made of transparent material and transmit the light led thereto without reflecting, and are arranged at each front position of symbols (totally three symbols) displayed when rotation of the 5 reels 3L, 3C, 3R is stopped. In this case, areas corresponding to the reel sheet function as the light transmittable areas. Concretely, sizes and positions of the non-reflection areas 36BL, 36BC, 36BR coincide with those of the symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R. The reflection area 36A reflects the light led thereto and functions as one of the illumination means for the area 10 mainly corresponding to the window frame display areas 22L, 22C, 22R and the effect display area 23 within the area on liquid crystal panel 34. According to the above construction, since the player can see and recognize variable display and stop display of the symbols in the symbol display areas through the light transmittable areas in reflection means, the player can 15 enjoy the game based on the display mode in the symbol display areas and the liquid crystal display device. The fluorescent lamps 37a and 37b are arranged along the upper edge and the lower edge of the light guide plate 35 and both ends of the fluorescent lamp 37a, 37b are supported by lamp holders 39. The 20 fluorescent lamps 37a and 37b function as illumination means for the area mainly corresponding to the window frame display areas 22L, 22C, 22R and the effect display area 23 within the area on the liquid crystal panel 34. Namely, the fluorescent lamps 37a and 37b emit light led to the light guide plate 35 (the lamps separately lead light to the light guide plate 35). 25 And the fluorescent lamps 38a and 38b are arranged so as to face toward the reels 3L, 3C, 3R at the upper and lower positions on the rear side of the reflection film 36. The light, which is emitted from the fluorescent lamps 38a and 38b and reflected on the surface of the reels 3L, 3C, 3R, 15 further entered in the non-reflection areas 36BL, 36BC, 36BR, illuminates the liquid crystal panel 34. Therefore, the fluorescent lamps 38a and 38b function as the illumination means for illuminating the symbols arranged on the reels 3L, 3C, 3R and one of the illumination means for the areas mainly 5 corresponding to the symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R within the area on the liquid crystal panel 34. The fluorescent lamps 38a and 38b function as common illumination means for illuminating both the above symbols and areas. Further, the fluorescent lamps 38a and 38b also function as the forward illumination means for illuminating the first display means from the 10 front side thereof. As mentioned above, the first display means and the second display means are commonly illuminated by the common illumination means. That is to say, since not only the first display means but also the second display means are illuminated by the light emitted from the common illumination 15 means, cost becomes cheaper than a case that the illumination means is independently arranged for each display means. Further, by controlling the common illumination means illumination control can made simple and the same illumination for two display means can be also realized at the same time. 20 Next, with reference to Fig. 7, function of the LED lamp 29 and the fluorescent lamps 37a, 37b, 38a, 38b will be described- In Fig. 7, moving direction of the emitted light from the lamp is shown by arrows. Fig. 7 (1) schematically shows function of each lamp when the liquid crystal existing at the symbol display areas 12L, 21C, 21R is not driven 25 (voltage is not added between the transparent plates of portions corresponding to the symbol display areas in the liquid crystal panel 34). A part of the light emitted from the fluorescent lamps 38a. 38b is reflected on the reel sheet. And a part of the light emitted from the LED 16 lamps 29 arranged on the LED receiving circuit board 24 penetrates through the reel sheet. Since the above light penetrates through the non-reflection areas 36BL, 36BC, 36BR, the light guide plate 35 and the liquid crystal panel 36 both of which constructs the liquid crystal display device 31, the player 5 can see and recognize the symbols arranged on the reels. Therefore, in a case that the liquid crystal existing at the symbol display areas 12L, 21C, 21R is not driven, the LED lamps 29 and the fluorescent lamps 38a, 38b function as the illumination means for the symbols arranged on the reels 3L, 3C, 3R. 10 On the contrary, the light emitted from the fluorescent lamps 37a, 37b and led into the light guide plate 35 penetrates through the liquid crystal panel 34 and enters in eyes of the player. That is, the fluorescent lamps 37a, 37b function as the illumination means for the area in the liquid crystal panel 34 corresponding to the above window frame display areas 22L, 22C, 15 22R and the effect display area 23. Fig. 7 (2) schematically shows function of each lamp when the liquid crystal existing at the symbol display areas 12L, 21C, 21R is driven (voltage is added between the transparent plates of portions corresponding to the symbol display areas in the liquid crystal panel 34). 20 A part of the light emitted from the fluorescent lamps 38a, 38b is reflected on the reel sheet. And a part of the light emitted from the LED lamps 29 penetrates through the reel sheet. Since a part of the above light is reflected on or absorbed in or penetrated through the areas that the liquid crystal is driven within the area of the liquid crystal panel 34, the player can 25 see and recognize the effect display and the like displayed on the symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R. Therefore, in a case that the liquid crystal existing at the symbol display areas 12L. 21C, 21R is driven, the LED lamps 29 and the fluorescent lamps 38a, 38b function as the illumination means 17 corresponding to the symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R within the area of the liquid crystal panel 34. Here, in a case that a part of the areas corresponding to the symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R within the area of the liquid crystal panel 34 is 5 driven, the LED lamps 29 and the fluorescent lamps 38a, 38b function as the illumination means for the symbols arranged on the reels 3L, 3C, 3R and for the areas corresponding to the liquid crystal not driven in the symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R within the liquid crystal panel 34. Fig. 8 shows the circuitry construction including a main control circuit 10 41 for controlling game treatment operation in the gaming machine 1, peripheral devices electrically connected to the main control circuit 41, and a sub-control circuit 71 for controlling the liquid crystal display device 31 and speakers 12L, 12R based on the control command transmitted from the main control circuit 41. The main control circuit 41 and the sub-control circuit 71 15 construct the game result display control means. The main control circuit 41 has functions as the internal winning combination determination means, the first display control means and the beneficial state producing means. The internal winning combination determination means determines the internal winning combination among plural winning combinations based on 20 the output from the game start instruction means. The first display control means controls the first display means based on the determined result by the internal winning combination determination means and the output by the game result leading means. The beneficial state producing means produces beneficial state for the player when a predetermined game 25 result is displayed on the game result display means. And the sub-control circuit 71 controls the second display means based on the determined result by the internal winning combination determination means and the output from the game result leading means.
18 The main control circuit 41 is mainly constructed from a microcomputer 42 arranged on the circuit board, in addition to a circuit for sampling random number. The microcomputer 42 includes a CPU 43 conducting control operation according to preset program, a ROM 44 and a 5 RAM 45. To the CPU 43, a clock pulse generator 46 generating reference clock pulses, a frequency divider 47, a random number generator 48 for generating random numbers sampled and a sampling circuit 49 are connected respectively. Here, as the means for sampling random number, it may 10 construct that random number sampling is done according to the operation program of the CPU 43 in the microcomputer 42. In this case, the random number generator 48 and the sampling circuit 49 may be omitted, or these may be remained to back up random number sampling operation. In the ROM 44 of the microcomputer 42, there are stored a probability 15 lottery table utilized for judging random number sampling conducted every operation of the start lever 10 (start operation), a ;stop control table for determining stop combination of the reels according to operation of the stop buttons and various control instructions (commands) to transmit to the sub-control circuit 71. Here, the sub-control circuit 71 never transmits 20 commands, information and the like to the main control circuit 41, but one-way transmission from the main control circuit 41 to the sub-control circuit 71 is only done. In the circuit of Fig. 8, as main actuators controlled based on control signal from the microcomputer 42, there are various lamps (i-BET lamp 17a, 25 2-BET lamp 17b, MAX-BET lamp 17c), various display parts (bonus game information display part 16, payout display part 18, credit display part 19), a hopper 52 as the game value giving means (including drive part for payout) accumulating medals and paying out a predetermined number of medals 19 according to instruction by a hopper drive circuit 51 and stepping motors 53L, 53C, 53R for driving the reels 3L, SC, 3R to be rotated. A motor drive circuit 54 for driving and controlling the stepping motors 53L, 53C, 53R, a hopper drive circuit 51 for driving and controlling the 5 hopper 52 and a lamp drive circuit 56 for driving and controlling various lamps and a display drive circuit 56 for driving and controlling display parts are connected to the output part of the CPU 43 through an I/O port 57. These drive circuits controls operation in each of the actuators when receiving control commands such as drive commands each of which is output 10 from the CPU 43. Further, as for the input signal producing means mainly producing input signals which are necessary for the microcomputer 42 to produce the control commands, there are provided the BET switch 5, the medal sensor 6S for detecting the inserted medals, the C/P switch 7, the start switch 10S, the 15 reel stop signal circuit 58, the reel position detecting circuit 59 and the payout completion signal circuit 60. These are also connected to the CPU 43 through the I/O port 57. The medal sensor 6S detects the medals inserted in the medal insertion slot 6. The start switch 10S detects operation of the start lever 10. 20 The reel stop signal circuit 58 produces stop signal corresponding to operation of each stop button 11L, 110, 11R. The reel position detecting circuit 59 provides signal to detect the position of each reel 3L, 3C, 3R with the CPU 43 when receiving pulse signal from the reel rotation sensor. The payout completion signal circuit 60 produces signal for detecting the medal 25 payout completion when the count number (corresponding to the medal number paid out from the hopper 52) by the medal detection unit 52S reaches to data of a designated number. In the circuit shown in Fig. 8, the random number generator 48 20 generates random numbers within a predetermined numeral range and the sampling circuit 49 conducts sampling of one random number at the suitable timing after the start lever 10 is operated. Based on the thus sampled random number and the probability lottery table stored in the ROM 44, the 5 internal winning combination of the symbols is determined. And after the internal winning combination is determined, sampling of the random number is conducted again to select the "stop control table". After rotation of the reels 3L, 3C, 3R is started, it is counted the number of the drive pulses each of which is provided with each of the 10 stepping motors 53L, 53C, 53R, and the counted number is written in the predetermined area of the RAM 45. The reset pulse is generated from each of the reels 3L, 30, 3R every one rotation thereof, and these reset pulses are input to the CPU 43 through the reel position detecting circuit 59. Based on the thus obtained reset pulses, the count number of drive pulses counted in 15 the RAM 45 is cleared to "0". Thereby, in the RAM 45, the count number corresponding to the rotational position.within one rotation in each of the reels 3L, 3C, 3R is stored. In order to connect the rotational positions of the reels 3L, 3C, 3R with the symbols described on the outer peripheries of the reels, a symbol table is 20 stored in the ROM 44. In this symbol table, both code numbers, each of which is serially given every a predetermined rotational pitch of each reel 3L, 3C, 3R by setting the rotational position producing the reset pulse as the reference rotational position, and symbol codes, each of which indicates the symbol provided corresponding to each of the code numbers, are connected 25 with each other. Further, in the ROM 44, a winning symbol combination table is stored. In the winning symbol combination table, winning- symbol combinations corresponding to various winnings, medal payout numbers each of which 21 corresponds to each winning and winning determination codes each of which represents each winning, are corresponded with each other. The above winning symbol combination table is referred when the stop control of the left reel 3L, the center reel 3C and the right reel 3R is conducted and when the 5 winning is confirmed after all reels 3L, 3C, 3R are stopped. When one of winning combination is internally won by the lottery treatment (probability lottery treatment) based on the above sampling of the random number, the CPU 43 sends stop signals for conducting stop control of the reels 3L, 30, SR to the motor drive circuit 54, based on the operation 10 signals sent from the reel stop signal circuit 58 at the timing that the player operates the stop buttons 11L, 11C, 11R and the selected stop control table. If the symbols stop in a stop mode that the winning combination internally won is realized, the CPU 43 provides the payout command signal to the hopper drive circuit 51, thereby a predetermined number of the medals 15 are paid out from the hopper 52. At that time, the medal detection unit 52S counts the number of medals paid out, and when the number of medals paid out reaches to the designated number, the medal payout completion signal is input to the CPU 43. Thereby, the CPU 43 stops driving of the hopper 52 through the hopper drive circuit 51, as a result, the payout treatment of the 20 medals is terminated. Fig. 9 shows a construction of the sub-control circuit 71. The sub-control circuit 71 conducts turning on and off treatment of the LED lamps 29 based on the control command from the main control circuit 41, display control of the liquid crystal display device 31 and output control of 25 sounds output from the speakers 12L, 12R. This sub-control circuit 71 is constructed on a separate circuit board from the circuit board on which the main control circuit 41 is formed and is mainly constructed from a microcomputer (abbreviated as "sub-microcomputer" hereinafter) 72. The 22 sub-control circuit 71 is constructed from a LED drive circuit 77 as the display control means for controlling a plurality of ornamental lamps, the LED lamps 29 and the fluorescent lamps 37a, 37b which are arranged on the cabinet of the gaming machine 1, an image control circuit 81 as the display 5 control means of the liquid crystal display device 31, a sound source IC 78 for controlling sounds output from the speakers 12L, 12R and a power amplifier 79 acting as the amplifier. The sub-microcomputer 72 includes a sub-CPU 73 conducting control operation according to the control command sent from the main control 10 circuit 41, a program ROM 74 acting as the memory means and a work RAM 75. Though the sub-control circuit 71 does not have the clock pulse generator, the frequency divider, the random number generator and the sampling circuit, it is constructed so that the random sampling is conducted in the operation program of the sub-CPU 73. And the program ROM 74 15 stores the control program executed in the sub-CPU 73. Further, the program ROM 74 also stores the image control program concerning with display on the liquid crystal display device 31 and various select tables. The work RAM 75 is constructed as the temporary memory means utilized when the control program is executed by the sub-CPU 73, 20 The image control circuit 81 is constructed form an image control work RAM 83, an image ROM 86, a video RAM 87 and an image control IC 82. The image control IC 82 determines the display contents displayed on the liquid crystal display device 31 based on parameters designated by the sub-CPU 73. The image control work RAM 83 is used for temporarily 25 storing images when images are formed by the image control IC 82 and when images followingly displayed on the liquid crystal display device 31 are designated to the image control IC 82 by the sub-CPU 73. The image control IC 82 forms images corresponding to display contents determined by 23 the sub-CPU 73 and outputs to the liquid crystal display device 31. The image ROM 86 stores various images to form the images to be displayed. And the video RAM 87 is constructed as the temporary memory means utilized when images are formed in the image control IC 82. 5 Next, with reference to Fig. 10, the block diagram, in which operation realizing means of the main control circuit 41 necessary for realizing functions of the gaming machine 1, will be described. The main control circuit 41 has various means as follows. That is to say, the main control circuit 41 includes following means. 10 (1) game control means 91 includes: internal winning combination determination means 92 for determining an internal winning combination based on an output from the start switch 10s; stop control means 93 for conducting stop control of the reels 3L, 3C, 15 3R based on outputs from the stop buttons 11L, I1C, lIR; decisive notifring determination means 94 for determining whether decisive information image, which decisively notifies that bonus such as BB or RB and the like is permitted to materialize, is displayed or not; and game information storing means 95 (conducts control concerning with 20 games) for storing various information such as the information of the internal winning combination (including information of the specific winning combination carried over), the information of bonus carried over (retained a state internally won or a state that the internal winning combination is permitted to materialize), the information indicating whether the decisive 25 information image is displayed or not and the like. The game control means 91 transmits the above information to the sub-control circuit 71 and records the information stored in the game information storing means 95 in the backup means 96 mentioned later.
24 (2) backup means 96 which is constructed from memory means (RAM and the like) and backup power supply means (condenser and the like) for supplying backup power to the memory means when power of the gaming machine 1 is cut off and non-volatile memory such as FRAM (Ferroelectric 5 Random Access Memory), or EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory) and the like. The backup means 96 stores (memorizes) the information concerning with the internal winning combination, the information of bonus carried over, the information indicating whether the decisive information image is displayed or not, even if power to the gaming 10 machine 1 is cut off. (3) backup restoration means 97 which has function to judge whether power supply to the gaming machine 1 is conducted at the power restoration after power failure (abbreviated as "power supply at power restoration after power failure" hereinafter) or not, or whether power supply is conducted at 15 another timing (abbreviated as "usual power supply" herein after) except for "power supply at power restoration after power failure", and the backup restoration means 97 transmits the information stored in the backup means 96 to the game control means 91 when power is supplied and transmits the backup restoration control means 98 (mentioned later) the information 20 indicating that any of "power supply at power restoration after power failure" or "usual power supply" is conducted and the information indicating that treatment for restoring backup is done and / or such treatment is completed restoration of backup. (4) backup restoration notifying control means 98 which determines 25 whether any of that the backup restoration means 97 conducts the treatment or that backup restoration means 97 completes such treatment is notified, and has the game information such as the information indicating whether display mode (abbreviated as "restoration pattern" hereinafter) in the liquid 25 crystal display unit 2b corresponds to any of "power supply at power restoration after power failure" or "usual power supply" when power restoration is done, the information of the internal winning combination, the information of bonus carried over and the information indicating whether the 5 decisive information image is displayed or not, and the backup restoration notifying control means 98 controls the liquid crystal display device 31 (backup restoration notifying means) through the sub-control circuit 71 so that the restoration pattern selected (determined) by restoration pattern select means 99 is displayed in the liquid crystal display unit 2b. 10 Here, the game control means 91 renews the information stored in the game information storing means 95 and the backup means 96 substantially at the same time. Therefore, the backup means 96 can store the information concerning with games substantially at the same time that power is cut off. And the backup restoration means 97 transmits the 15 information stored in the backup means 96 to the game control means 91 when power is supplied, that is, the backup restoration means 97 conducts the treatment to restore in the state that the game control means 91 can conduct control concerning with games based on the information stored in the backup means 96 when power is reBtored. 20 Further, since the backup restoration notifying control means 98 controls the liquid crystal display device 31 (backup restoration notifying means) based on the information concerning with games, the player, for example, can get enjoyment to select the gaming machine based on the display mode (notifying mode) of the panel display unit 2a (interest for games 25 can be raised) when the game arcade opens. And the player can select the gaming machine based on the notified information concerning with games (the information of the internal winning combination, the information of the winning combination carried over).
26 Next, with reference to Fig. 11, display examples in the liquid crystal display unit 2b will be described. First, the BET operation and start operation are conducted and the internal winning combination is determined to "BB". Continuously, the stop 5 operation by the player is done. And as shown in Fig. 11 (1), though stop display of the symbols is finished, "BB" is not materialized. Further, as shown in Fig. 11 (2), the decisive information image 101 is displayed at the right side of the right symbol display area 21R and the letters 102 of "'t9i t 9 " are displayed below the symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R. The 10 decisive information image 101 indicates the character who crosses both arms. And after the decisive information image 101 and the letters 102 are displayed, power is cut off. Thereafter, power is restored. With reference to Fig. 11 (3), in case of the restoration pattern 1, the decisive information image 101 and the letters 102 are displayed. That is to 15 say, the backup restoration notifying control means 98 is constructed to be able to control the backup restoration notifying means (the liquid crystal display device 31) so that the backup restoration notifying means notifies by a plurality of the notifying modes including the specific backup restoration notifying modes (the decisive information image 101), and the backup 20 restoration notifying control means 98 is constructed to be able to control the backup notifying means so as to notify by the specific backup restoration notifying mode when the information concerning with the internal winning combination indicates that "BB" (specific winning combination) is the internal winning combination. For example, when the game arcade is opened in the 25 state that the specific winning combination is internally won (the state that the specific winning combination is permitted to materialize), since the above state is notified by the specific backup restoration notifying mode at such opened time, the clerk and like person in the game arcade can recognize that 27 the gaming machine lies in the state that the specific winning combination is internally won. On the other hand, as shown in Fig. 11 (4), in case of the restoration pattern 2, the decisive information image 101 and the letters 102 are not 5 displayed. That is, when the information indicates that "BB" (specific winning combination) is the internal winning combination, the backup restoration notifying control means 98 does not control the backup restoration notifying means. For example, when the game arcade is opened in the state that the specific winning combination is internally won (the state 10 that the specific winning combination is permitted to materialize), since the backup restoration notifying means is not controlled (the decisive information image is not displayed) at such opened time, impartiality among the players can be retained at the time that the game arcade is opened. Further, the sub-control circuit 71 may be constructed to have the function of the backup 15 restoration notifying control means 98. Next, with reference to Fig. 12, the -display modes of restoration patterns 3 and 4 will be explained. Fig. 12 (1) shows a display mode corresponding to the restoration pattern 3. In the display mode, one word of " 9~ i "is displayed over the 20 symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R and it is notified that the internal winning combination is "BB". That is to say, the backup restoration notifying means (liquid crystal display device 31) is arranged at a more front side than the display area of the symbol display means (reels) when seeing the front side of the gaming machine, and the backup restoration notifying 25 control means controls the backup restoration notifying means so that the information concerning with games is notified at the area corresponding to the symbol display part (reel sheet). When power is restored, the information concerning with games is notified in the area of the liquid crystal 28 display unit 2b corresponding to the symbol display part (reel sheet), to which the player's eyes are concentrated. Thereby, interest for games can be raised. Further, Fig. 12 (2) shows the display mode corresponding to the restoration pattern 4. In this display mode, the sentence "backup 5 restoration" is displayed over the symbol display areas 21L, 21C, 21R, which notifies that the treatment of the backup restoration means is completed. As mentioned, although description is done according to the embodiment, the present invention is not limited to this. And in the embodiment, though the reels 3L, 3C, 3R are adopted as 10 the first display means and the liquid crystal display device 31 is adopted as the second display means, the present invention is not limited to this. For example, CRT, LCD, plasma display, 7-segment LED, LED dot-matrix, lamp, LED, fluorescent lamp, organic EL display, disc, electronic paper, flexible LED, flexible liquid crystal, liquid crystal projector, FED and the like can be 15 adopted as the first display means, the second display means or the third display means. Further, the-third display means different from the first display means and the second display means can be arranged at a more front side than the second display means when seeing the front side of the gaming machine, between the first display means and the second display means, or 20 at a more rear side than the first display means when seeing the front side of the gaming machine. The display result displayed on the first display means, the second display means or the third display means is constructed from still images or moving images. The combination, in which two or more or all of the first display means, the second display means and the third 25 display means are combined, can be integrally constructed. In this case, there may be a case that the unit integrally constructed can be wholly exchanged, and this case is preferable since time and labor for decomposing work or assembling work thereof can be omitted and maintenance work can 29 be improved. Further, if parts and construction can be commonly used in the unit, this case is preferable since it can contribute to cost reduction. Of course, if the illumination means commonly utilizable for the common illumination means is included in the unit, the same effect similar to the 5 above can be expected. Further, the beneficial state includes: a state that a predetermined combination (for example, replay, BB, RB, small combination, single bonus and the like) is materialized; free game; a state that information necessary for the player to favorably advance the game is notified; a state that 10 probability to get internal winning of a predetermined combination is high; a state that winning of a predetermined combination is materialized with high probability; winning of a predetermined combination or a predetermined combination carried over is permitted to materialize with high probability; so-called "challenge time" that the reels are basically stopped based on the 15 operation timing of the stop buttons by the player; small combination; medium combination; big combination; combination (state that so-called "symbol start opening" (symbol variable movement is started when a ball enters in the symbol start opening) is opened or enlarged; so-called "probability changing state", so-called "time shortening state"); or 20 combination of the above states. Here, the small combination, the medium combination and the big combination concern with a state that so-called "big winning opening" is opened in the so-called Japanese Pachinko gaming machine. In the embodiment, though it is explained by using the internal 25 winning combination as the information concerning with games, the present invention is not limited to this. For example, the beneficial state can be utilized as the information concerning with games. And as the information concerning with games, it can be utilized the information of the number that 30 a predetermined winning combination (for example, BB, RB, single bonus, small combination, replay) is materialized among the number that the predetermined winning combination is internally won. Further, as the mode of "restoration pattern", it can be utilized "mode 5 that notification is done", "mode that notification is not done" or "mode that it is notified the information concerning with another information (winning combination) other than the information indicated by the information concerning with games (so-called "erroneous notification"). For example, in a case that the information concerning with another winning combination 10 other than the winning combination indicated by the information of the internal winning combination, it can added to games the interest to anticipate whether the notified winning combination is the winning combination indicated by the information of the internal winning combination. And this mode can be distinguished by "letter's color" or "letter's font" and 15 the like. And when the internal winning combination determination means determines a predetermined combination (for example, bonus) as the internal winning combination, one or plural or all of the illumination means included in the common illuminations means can be turned off. For example, the 20 LED lamps 29 arranged for each of the reels 3L, SC, 3R can be turned off every the operation button corresponding thereto is operated or every the operation button other than the above operation button is operated. Based on the above constructions, interest for games increases. And the forward illumination means (the fluorescent lamps 38a, 38b) can be provided for each 25 of the symbol display parts (the reels 3L, 3C, 3R). Further, one or plural or all of the illumination means included in the common illumination means can be constructed so as to variably display. For example, still images or moving images can be displayed on the first 31 display means (reel sheet) by changing the turning on mode of the LED lamps 29 or light colors emitted therefrom or by continuously changing those. And self-emitting type plasma display, organic EL display and the like may be adopted as the illumination means (one example of the third illumination 5 means), thereby images can be displayed on the first display means. By this constructions, interest for games increases. In a case that the special game result (for example, the symbol combination indicating that bonus winning is materialized) is displayed on the first display means or the second display means, it can be provided the 10 special gaming state producing means that the beneficial state for the player is displayed thereon. And both the special gaming state producing means and the second display means can be formed on single control circuit board. And the gaming state can be displayed by superimposing the images displayed on the first display means and the images displayed on the second 15 display means. Further, based on the trigger that a predetermined state is realized, the effect display on the second display means can be done so as to avoid the specific symbols stopped and displayed on the symbol display part or so as to superimpose the specific symbols. If the gaming state is displayed by the superimposed images, the beneficial state for the player may 20 be produced with high probability in comparison with the case in which the superimposed images is not displayed. Thereby, it can include the effect that the player's expectation increases, in excess of the previous case. Thus, such effect can contribute to increase of interest. In the embodiment, though the start lever 10 is adopted as the game 25 start instruction means, the present invention is not limited to this. For example, the BET switch 5, the medal insertion slot 6, the medal sensor 6S or the start switch 10S can be adopted. The display includes: display by the sense of sight, display by the sense 32 of hearing, notification by the sense of smelling, turning on of the lamps or combination of those. The display mode includes: colors, patterns, shapes (outline shapes, interior shapes) and the like. And the game result can be displayed after operation of the game start instruction means or the game 5 result leading means. In the embodiment, though the above mentioned LED drive circuit is utilized as the display control means for a plurality of the ornamental lamps, the LED lamps and the fluorescent lamps, each of which is arranged in the cabinet, the present invention is not limited to this. Turning on control of 10 the LED lamps may be conducted by another display control means. In this case, for example, in turning on control of the LED lamps, electric power may be provided so that the LED lamps are always turned on during a period from poweron of the gaming machine till poweroff thereof. Here, turning on includes blinking mode that the LED lamps are intermittently blinked 15 with a very short time interval. Thus, since the LED lamps are always turned on, light emitted from the LED lamps always illuminates each symbol display area even if abnormality occurs in the mentioned LED drive circuit. Thereby, the player can always see the symbols arranged on each of the reels through the each symbol display areas, thus the above turning on control is 20 preferable. Further, turning on control of the above mentioned fluorescent lamps may be done by another display control means. In this case, for example, in the turning on control of the fluorescent lamps, electric power may be provided so that the fluorescent lamps are always turned on during a period 25 from poweron of the gaming machine till poweroff thereof. Thereby, similar to the above, light emitted from the fluorescent lamps always illuminates each symbol display area even if abnormality occurs in the mentioned LED drive circuit. Thereby, the player can always see and 33 recognize the symbols arranged on each of the reels through the each symbol display areas. Further, in the embodiment, though the above mentioned sub-CPU conducts display control of a plurality of the ornamental lamps arranged in 5 the cabinet, sound output control and image display control of the liquid crystal display device, the present invention is not limited to this. Another sub-CPU separate from the above sub-CPU may conduct the above various controls. For example, in a case that another sub-CPU separate from the above sub-CPU conducts the control of a plurality of the ornamental lamps 10 arranged in the cabinet and, for example, in a case that abnormality occurs in the display control, it is enough to exchange only the sub-CPU with abnormality occurrence or only the circuit construction including the sub-CPU with abnormality occurrence to the normal sub-CPU or circuit construction having the normal sub-CPU. Therefore, time and labor for 15 removing the cause of the abnormality occurrence can be omitted and such construction is very preferable. And in a case that another sub-CPU ,other than the above sub-CPU conducts sound output control or image display control, or for example, in a case that abnormality occurs in the sound output control or the image display control, it is enough to exchange only the 20 sub-CPU with abnormality occurrence or only circuit construction including the sub-CPU with abnormality occurrence. Further, the liquid crystal display device described in the embodiment may have image enlarging means for enlarging the input images by a predetermined magnification. For example, the image enlarging means may 25 convert the image data for 640 x 480 dots into the image data for 1024 x 768 dots and output the converted image data to the display part (above mentioned terminal part). Thereby, it can use the image data for small display area, the data quantity thereof being less in comparison with that for 34 the factual display area. As a result, memory quantity of the ROM and image data forming time can be reduced. And in the embodiment, though the symbol display area is divided corresponding to each of three reels 3L, 3C, SR, the present invention is not 5 limited to this and the symbol display area may be formed so as not to be divided. For example, it may be conceivable that two or three of the reels 3L, 3C, 3R can be seen and recognized through one symbol display area. And if the first display means and the third display means are arranged at the rear face or side of the second display means, it may be constructed that 10 the player sees and recognizes through one symbol display area a part or whole of the first display means and a part or whole of the third display means. When the reflection means is produced, there may be a case that the reflection means can be easily produced in comparison with a case that a plurality of transparent portions are formed dividedly. 15 In the embodiment, though the symbol display portions are formed every reel which displays a plurality of symbols while rotating, the present invention is not limited to this. For example, one symbol display area may be formed in the second display means corresponding to one or plural or all of plural reels (plural variable display parts) each of which displays a plurality 20 of symbols while rotating. Entire area of the second display means may construct the symbol display area. The size thereof may be changed. It is enough that the symbol display area can display the symbol of the first display means, and may be constructed from only member capable of displaying symbols (transparent glass or transparent resin) in which liquid 25 crystal is not provided in the symbol display area. The first display means or the third display means may be constructed so as to be able to move in directions of up and down, right and left, before and behind, reciprocally move, inducibly vibrate or rotate. In this case, the 35 symbol display part may be constructed so as to move according to the movement of the first display means or the third display means. Based on these operations, it can expect more interesting effect and there may be a case that such operations are applicable for concerning with game contents. 5 The gaming machine may have power abnormality observation means for observing abnormality of power source and the game control means may judge that power should be cut off based on power abnormal signal from the power abnormality observation means. The backup notifying means may notify that the backup restoration 10 means is conducting the above treatment, that such treatment is completed or the information concerning with operational completion by the backup restoration means. In this case, the information concerning with operational completion of the backup restoration means corresponds to the demonstration notification for collecting players, and when the information 15 normally stored or stored by the backup means is broken, it is preferable that the gaming machine is constructed to immediately notify the demonstration. information for collecting players and to notify that the gaming machine lies in the state that games by the player can be immediately started. The gaming machine may be constructed so that backup restoration 20 notification is continuously done during a plurality of unit games, after power is restored. Thereby, the player can recognize that power cut off recently occurred and can prepare for the case that power is again cut off. Thus, necessary information can be notified to the player. And it can be notified the information concerning with the number of unit games after power is 25 restored. Thereby, there is a case that the player can roughly guess the time since power is restored. While gaming substantially at the same time of power cut off, if the specific winning combination, not materialized yet, is internally won in plural 36 times more than a predetermined number, such fact may be notified by the specific backup notifying mode. When seeing such information by the above notifying mode, it can be expected that the player may get a lot of benefits. Accordingly, interest for games can be improved. 5 Further, if the specific winning combination, not materialized, is not internally won in plural times more than a predetermined number, when it is decided that notification is done based on the predetermined state (for example, predetermined random number lottery), it may be notified by the specific backup restoration notifying mode. Thereby, appearance rate of 10 notification by the specific backup restoration notifying mode is raised, thus the player can conduct games while expecting its probability. Therefore, interest for games can be further improved. Further, the present invention can apply to Japanese Pachinko gaming machine, arrange ball gaming machine, mah-jong ball gaming machine, 15 video-slot machine, video poker machine and the other machines, in addition to the slot machine in the embodiment. And even in the game program imitatively executing operation of the above mentioned slot machine in a family gaming machine, the present invention can apply and execute the game. In this case, CD-ROM, FD (flexible disc) and the similar memory 20 medium can be utilized for the memory medium for storing the game program. Here, recently in the Japanese Pachinko gaming machine in the main current, the gaming machine, in which an electric display device such as the liquid crystal display device is arranged at the center of gaming plate, is 25 popularized. In this electric display device, a plurality of symbols (abbreviated as "special symbols" hereinafter) represented by images are variably displayed, thereby three lines of reels in the slot machine are imitatively displayed. When variable display of the special symbols stops 37 and a predetermined stop mode (in which the same special symbols stop such as 7-7-7 and this stop mode is generally called "big combination"), the game shifts to the special gaming state beneficial for the player. In general Japanese Pachinko gaming machine, the variable display of the special 5 symbols is started on condition that balls shot within the gaming plate by operation of the shooting handle enter into a predetermined winning hole (so-called "variable display start hole"). After a predetermined time is elapsed the variable display of the special symbols stops. In this kind of Japanese Pachinko gaming machine, it may be arranged 10 the liquid crystal display device (the second display means) and the first display means (for example, drum-type reels) at a more rear side than the display area (display plane) of the liquid crystal display device when seeing the front side of the gaming machine. And the special symbols may be variably displayed on one or both of the first display means (for example, the 15 liquid crystal display device) and the second display means (for example, drum-type reels). The above mentioned game result display means may be constructed so as to include the first display means and the second display means provided at a more front side than the display area of the first display means when 20 seeing the front surface of the gaming machine. And the game result display means may be constructed so as to include the first display means and the second display means provided at a more front side than the display area of the first display means when seeing the front side of the gaming machine. 25 The above mentioned rear illumination means illuminates the second display means from the backside thereof. And the above mentioned front illumination means illuminates the second display means from the backside of thereof. And the front illumination means may illuminate the second 38 display means from the side plane thereof. The above mentioned first display means and/or the second display means may be formed in a curved shape. As for extent of the curvature, the first display means and the second display means may have substantially the 5 same curvature. Thereby, there may be a case that design of the gaming machine is improved and the gaming machine is made attractive. Even if the first display means is curved with a small radius of curvature or with a large radius of curvature, the above same effect can be obtained. The above mentioned reflection means corresponds to means which has 10 at least function to refract a part or whole of light led by the light leading means toward the liquid crystal panel and illuminate the liquid crystal panel. The above mentioned game start instruction means may be a variable symbol display start hole which produces an output signal when the winning combination or passage of the ball is detected. The game start instruction 15 means in the ball flipping machine corresponds to the variable display start hole for the special symbols (or the start gate), the variable display start hole for the common symbols, the various judging symbol display start holes (or the start gates). In a case that the above mentioned internal winning combination 20 determination means determines the predetermined combination as the internal winning combination, one or plural illumination means included in the common illumination means is/are turned off. Or the illumination means may always be turned off. There may be a case that one or plural illumination means included in 25 the common illumination means is/are turned off at the substantially same timing that the above mentioned internal winning combination determination means determines the predetermined combination as the internal winning combination. Or the illumination means may always be turned off.
39 As for variable display by the illumination means included in the common illumination means, it is conceivable various display modes. For example, it may be constructed so as to be able to execute the special symbol variable display. Here, the special symbol variable display can be executed 5 in the mode such as: brightness in a part or whole of the display part in the illumination means differs from that in the non-specific symbol variable display; still images, moving images, specific letters, numbers, figures, characters, which are not displayed in the non-specific symbol variable display, are displayed; variable display speed differs from that in the 10 non-specific symbol variable display. Further, voluntary display modes may be utilized. And in a case that the specific symbol variable display is conducted, it may be constructed that the beneficial state for the player occurs with high probability in comparison with the case that the specific symbol variable display is not done. Thereby, it can be included the effect 15 that the player's expectation increases, in excess of the previous case. Thus, such effect can contribute to increase of interest. As for the means adopted as the third display means, it may be adopted display devices which is applicable as the first display means and the second display means, as mentioned above. It may be a case that one or 20 plural effect display reels is/are utilized as the third display means, and both the first display means and the third means are arranged at the rear surface or side of the second display means. In this case, the symbol display area through which the player sees the display area of the third display means may be provided in the second display means, Thereby, the player can 25 easily recognize the display contents on the display area of the third display means, thus this construction is very preferable. Further, it may be controlled so that the images formed by superimposing the images of the second display means and the images of the 40 third display means are seen by the player, and when such control occurs, the beneficial state occurs with higher probability than the case that such control does not occur. Thereby, it can be included the effect that the player's expectation increases, in excess of the previous case. Thus, such effect can 5 contribute to increase of interest. Further, any one of the first display means, the second display means and the third display means may be constructed form a movable structure with shapes such as figures, dolls, animals, insects, famous structures, fishes, vehicles. For example, the above structures may be moved with rotation, 10 swing, reciprocal movement or vibration in cases that: the special combination is internally won, the special combination is materialized, the number of the combination which is as same as the special combination internally won but not materialized exceeds a predetermined number, the special images are displayed on the display means different from the above 15 structures. And there may be a case that the above structure is constructed from plural members and a part of the members is/are moved. In thiscase, there may be a case that it can be further expected more various effects by displaying on other than the image display device. According to the above embodiment or modifications, following effect 20 can be further obtained. If it is constructed so that notification of backup restoration can be done by the backup restoration notifying means operating based on operation of the backup restoration means, it is notified that the gaming machine lies in the state that the player can immediately conduct games after the backup 25 restoration means is operated. Thereby, the player can comparatively fast restart games when waiting due to the power failure. And since the backup restoration notifying means operates based on the information concerning with the internal winning combination, the player 41 can expect that predetermined or specific internal winning combination may be won according to the restoration mode during games substantially at the same time of power cut off. Thus, interest for games can be improved. During games substantially at the same time of power cut off, when 5 the specific winning combination is the internal winning combination, the backup restoration notifying means is not controlled. In this case, though the player gets a lot of curious feelings, on the other hand, the player can expect that the specific winning combination might be internally won during games substantially at the same time of power cut off. Thus, interest for 10 games can be improved. Further, during games substantially at the same time of power cut off, when the specific winning combination is the internal winning combination, it is formed by the specific backup restoration notifying mode. Therefore, the player can expect that the specific winning combination might be 15 internally won during games substantially at the same time of power cut off. Thus, interest for games can be improved. Since the information concerning with games is notified in the area corresponding to the symbols display part to which the player's eyes mostly or naturally concentrate, the player scarcely misses such information and 20 such information is understandably notified with more certainty, During games substantially at the same time of power cut off, if the specific winning combination, for example, is not the internal winning combination, it is notified by the specific backup restoration notifying mode. Thereby, the player can expect that the specific winning combination might 25 be internally won during games substantially at the same time of power cut off. Thus, interest for games can be improved. Further, the front illumination means may be arranged at the front side of the first display means and the second display means. In this case, if 42 the inside of the game arcade is dark, the front illumination means can illuminate both the first display means and the second display means with enough light. Therefore, there may be a case that the player can clearly recognize the images displayed on the display means, thus it can expect that 5 the player can enjoy more various effects in the gaming machine. Although only some exemplary embodiments of this invention have been described in detail above, those skilled in the art will readily appreciated that many modifications are possible in the exemplary embodiments without materially departing from the novel teachings and 10 advantages of this invention. Accordingly, all such modifications are intended to be included within the scope of this invention. The reference numerals in the following claims do not in any way limit the scope of the respective claims. Throughout this specification and the claims which follow, unless the context requires otherwise, the word "comprise", and variations such as "comprises" and "comprising", will be understood to imply the inclusion of a stated integer or step or group of integers or steps but not the exclusion of any other integer or step or group of integers or steps. The reference to any prior art in this specification is not, and should not be taken as, an acknowledgement or any form of suggestion that that prior art forms part of the common general knowledge in Australia.

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1. A gaming machine comprising: game result display means including a plurality of 5 symbol display parts in which one or more symbols are variably displayed and stopped; internal winning combination determination means for determining an internal winning combination based on an output from game start instruction means for instructing 10 game start; game result display control means for controlling the game result display means based on a determined result by the internal winning combination determination means; game control means for conducting control concerning 15 with a game; backup means capable of storing information concerning with the game substantially at the same time as the gaming machine is powered off; backup restoration means for restoring the gaming 20 machine in a state that the game control means is able to conduct control concerning with the game based on the information stored in the backup means when the gaming machine is powered on again; backup restoration notifying means which operates based 25 on operation of the backup restoration means, the backup restoration notifying means being arranged in front of the game result display means; and backup restoration notifying control means for controlling the backup restoration notifying means based on 30 the information concerning with the game; the gaming machine is characterized by: wherein the backup restoration notifying control means C :NRPonblDCC\MAS\316963 1 DOC-9/2If2010 -44 controls the backup restoration notifying means so as to display a decisive image indicating that the internal winning combination determined by the internal winning combination determination means becomes a specific winning 5 combination, in an area not corresponding to the symbol display parts of the game result display means on the backup restoration notifying means when the internal winning combination determination means determines the specific winning combination as the internal winning combination. 10
2. The gaming machine according to claim 1, wherein the backup restoration notifying control means controls the backup restoration notifying means so that the backup restoration notifying means notifies restoration of 15 the gaming machine by a specific backup restoration notifying mode among plural notifying modes when the internal winning combination determination means determines the specific winning combination as the internal winning combination. 20
3. The gaming machine according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the backup restoration notifying control means controls the backup restoration notifying means so as to display letters indicating that the internal winning 25 combination determined by the internal winning combination determination means becomes a specific winning combination, in an area not corresponding to the symbol display parts of the game result display means on the backup restoration notifying means when the internal winning combination 30 determination means determines the specific winning combination as the internal winning combination. CANRPorblDCCWASU16K%1- I DOC-9/21/2O10 - 45
4. The gaming machine according to any one of claims 1, 2 and 3, wherein the backup restoration notifying control means controls the backup restoration notifying means so that the backup restoration notifying means notifies a 5 winning combination other than the winning combination indicated by the internal winning combination determined by the internal winning combination determination means.
5. The gaming machine according to claim 3, wherein the 10 backup restoration notifying means notifies the letters in areas of the backup restoration notifying means corresponding to the symbol display parts of the game result display means. 15
6. A gaming machine substantially as hereinbefore described, with reference to the accompanying drawings.
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