GB2098779A - Game-playing machines - Google Patents

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GB2098779A
GB2098779A GB8209620A GB8209620A GB2098779A GB 2098779 A GB2098779 A GB 2098779A GB 8209620 A GB8209620 A GB 8209620A GB 8209620 A GB8209620 A GB 8209620A GB 2098779 A GB2098779 A GB 2098779A
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    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07FCOIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
    • G07F17/00Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services
    • G07F17/32Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports or amusements, e.g. casino games, online gambling or betting
    • G07F17/3244Payment aspects of a gaming system, e.g. payment schemes, setting payout ratio, bonus or consolation prizes
    • GPHYSICS
    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07FCOIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
    • G07F17/00Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services
    • G07F17/32Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports or amusements, e.g. casino games, online gambling or betting
    • G07F17/326Game play aspects of gaming systems
    • G07F17/3262Player actions which determine the course of the game, e.g. selecting a prize to be won, outcome to be achieved, game to be played
    • GPHYSICS
    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07FCOIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
    • G07F17/00Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services
    • G07F17/32Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports or amusements, e.g. casino games, online gambling or betting
    • G07F17/326Game play aspects of gaming systems
    • G07F17/3262Player actions which determine the course of the game, e.g. selecting a prize to be won, outcome to be achieved, game to be played
    • G07F17/3265Influencing the position of stopped moving members to achieve a winning arrangement, e.g. nudging, shuffling, holding
    • GPHYSICS
    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07FCOIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
    • G07F17/00Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services
    • G07F17/32Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports or amusements, e.g. casino games, online gambling or betting
    • G07F17/34Coin-freed apparatus for hiring articles; Coin-freed facilities or services for games, toys, sports or amusements, e.g. casino games, online gambling or betting depending on the stopping of moving members in a mechanical slot machine, e.g. "fruit" machines

Abstract

A fruit machine comprises a control system 1 which supplies drive signals to a reel mechanism 2 in response to actuation of a game-initiating button 3 to cause the reels bearing fruit and other symbols to be spun and to come to rest with a combination of symbols in a viewing zone. If this combination is one of a number of possible winning combinations a prize may be awarded by a pay-out control 5 or alternatively a guaranteed-win feature may be made available to the player by a game- feature processor 6. This enables the player to gamble for a win of a higher value by depressing a guaranteed-win button 7. Depression of the button 7 causes a guaranteed-win selector 8 to select one of the possible winning combinations, and the control system 1 then causes the reels to be respun and to come to rest with the selected winning combination in the viewing zone. A prize, which may or may not higher than the prize which would otherwise have been obtained, is then awarded by the pay-out control 5. <IMAGE>

Description

SPECIFICATION Game-playing machines This invention relates to game-playing machines, such as those known as "fruit machines".

Fruit machines conventionally incorporate three or more rotary members, such as reels or strips, disposed side-by-side and bearing symbols viewable in a viewing zone, or a representation of such rotary members, referred to hereafter as "quasirotary members", on a video or projection screen.

The symbols generally represent various fruits, although it will be understood that the term "fruit machine" may be applied to machines having rotary members bearing symbols other than fruits. During a game the rotary members are spun or appear to be spun in response to actuation of a game-initiating button by a player after a coin, token or credit has been paid into the machine, and the rotary members subsequently come to rest in random positions indicated by a combination of symbols in the viewing zone. Alternatively the machine may comprise display units, such as an array of lights, adapted to display the symbols, and means for cyclically changing the symbols displayed by the units.

The combination of symbols visible in the viewing zone at the end of a game determines whether or not a win is awarded or a special game feature, such as a "hold", "nudge" or "gamble", is given. A "gamble" feature generally enables a player to gamble a current win in an attempt to obtain a win of higher value. The presentation of the gamble is by a series of sequentially flashing "win" and "lose" indicators and a stop button which, when pressed by the player, causes one of the indicators to remain lit. It is an object of the invention to provide a fruit machine with an improved "gamble" feature.

According to the invention there is provided a game-playing machine comprising a plurality of rotary or quasi-rotary members bearing symbols, or a plurality of display units adapted to display symbols and capable of being cycled to change the symbols displayed, a game-initiating switch which, when actuated by a player, initiates a main game in which the rotary members are spun, or the display units are cycled, and come to rest with a combination of symbols in a viewing zone, win processing means for determining whether the resulting combination of symbols is one of a plurality of possible winning combinations, pay-out means for awarding a prize or a game feature in the event of a winning result to the game, and a guaranteed-win game feature which may be made available to the player after the main game has been played and which, on actuation by the player, causes one or more of the rotary members to be respun, or one or more of the display units to be recycled, such that the rotary members or display units are guaranteed to come to rest with a winning combination of symbols in the viewing zone and causes a prize to be awarded by the pay-out means immediately the rotary members or display units have come to rest It will be appreciated therefore that a win will always be obtained when the guaranteed-win feature is made available to the player and is actuated by the player. When the rotary members are respun or the display units recycled by actuating either the game-initiating switch for a second time or a special subsidiary control, the rotary members or display units will automatically come to rest in a winning position which is selected from among the winning combinations available to the machine.The winning combinations available as a result of this game feature may be restricted to preclude a "jackpot" for instance.

In a preferred embodiment the machine incorporates a programmed control system for supplying the rotary members or display units with a drive signal to effect the necessary rotation or cycling, and for computing, from this drive signal and the known starting postions of the rotary members or display units, the stopping positions of the rotary members or display units. The control system preferably incorporates a microprocessor and is of the type described in U.K. Patent Specification No. 1,550,732.

The guaranteed-win game feature may include a guaranteed-win selector which, when actuated, serves to select a winning combination from among the possible winning combinations and causes a drive signal to be supplied to the rotary members or display units to effect the rotation or cycling necessary to display that winning combination in the viewing zone. The winning combination can be selected entirely randomly or according to a particular weighting criterion, for example so as to move the rotary members or cycle the display units by the least aggregate amount, so as to move or cycle the least number of rotary members or display units, so as to provide a win of higher value than a win resulting from the main game, or so as to restrict the pay-out.

The feature may be awarded randomly on the basis of time elapsed or number of games played, as a result of the machine not having paid out recently in real time, or in response to a particular combination of symbols appearing in the viewing zone as a result of the main game. This particular combination of symbols may itself be a winning combination, and the player may be given the option of accepting the win corresponding to this combination or gambling for a win of higher value.

In order that the invention may be more fully understood, a fruit machine in accordance with the invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawing in which the single figure is a block diagram of the machine.

The illustrated machine comprises a control system 1 incorporating a microprocessor and arranged to supply drive signals to a reel mechanism 2 comprising four reels in response to actuation of a game-initiating button 3 by the player after a coin or token has been introduced into a coin/token input 4.

The drive signals cause the four reels bearing fruit and other symbols to be spun and to come to rest with a combination of symbols in a viewing zone.

The control system 1 computes the final combination of symbols in the viewing zone from the known starting positions of the reels and the drive signals, and this combination is then compared to a plurality of possible winning combinations. A prize is generally awarded by a pay-out control 5 if a match is found with one of the possible winning combinations.

However, under certain conditions, for example on the basis of the number of games played or in response to a certain combination of symbols appearing within the viewing zone, a guaranteedwin feature may be made available to the player by a game-feature processor 6 instead of a prize. The guaranteed-win feature enabies the player to gamblue for a win of a higher value than he would otherwise have obtained by depressing a guaranteed-win button 7. Depression of the guaranteed-win button 7 causes a guaranteed-win selector 8 to select one of the possible winning combinations and the reel mechanism 2 is then driven by the control system 1 so as to cause the reels to be respun and to come to rest with the selected winning combination in the viewing zone. A prize is then awarded by the pay-out control 5 in the usuai way and this prize may or may not be of a higher value than the prize which would have been obtained if the guaranteed-win feature had not been made available.

In a modification of the above-described machine the player may be given the option, when the guaranteed-win feature is awarded, of accepting the win already obtained or of gambling for a higher value win by operating the guarantee-win button 7.

Claims (9)

1. A game-playing machine comprising a plurality of rotary or quasi-rotary members bearing symbols, or a plurality of display units adapted to display symbols and capable of being cycled to change the symbols displayed, a game-initiating switch which, when actuated by a player, initiates a main game in which the rotary members are spun, or the display units are cycled, and come to rest with a combination of symbols in a viewing zone, win processing means for determining whether the resulting combination of symbols is one of a plurality of possible winning combinations, pay-out means for awarding a prize or a game feature in the event of a winning result to the game, and a guaranteed-win game feature which may be made available to the player after the main game has been played and which, on actuation by the player, causes one or more of the rotary members to be respun, or one or more of the display units to be recycled, such that the rotary members or display units are guaranteed to come to rest with a winning combination of symbols in the viewing zone and causes a prize to be awarded by the pay-out means immediately the rotary members or display units have come to rest.
2. A game-playing machine according to claim 1, wherein it incorporates a programmed control system for supplying the rotary members or display units with a drive signal to effect the necessary rotation or cycling, and for computing, from this drive signal and the known starting positions of the rotary members of display units, the stopping positions of the rotary members or display units.
3. A game-playing machine according to claim 2, wherein the guaranteed-win game feature includes a guaranteed-win selector which, when actuated, serves to select a winning combination from among the possible winning combinations and causes a drive signal to be supplied to the rotary members or display units to effect the rotation or cycling necessary to display that winning combination in the viewing zone.
4. A game-playing machine according to claim 3, wherein the guaranteed-win selector is adapted to select the winning combination randomly.
5. A game-playing machine according to claim 3, wherein the guaranteed-win selector is adapted to select the winning combination according to a particular weighting criterion.
6. A game-playing machine according to any preceding claim, wherein the guaranteed-win game feature includes a game-feature processor for awarding the feature on the basis of the number of games played or as a result of the machine not having paid out recently in real time.
7. A game-playing machine according to any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein the guaranteed-win game feature includes a game-feature processor for awarding the feature in response to a particular combination of symbols appearing in the viewing zone as a result of the main game.
8. A game-playing machine according to claim 7, wherein the game-feature processor is adapted to award the feature in response to a winning combination of symbols appearing in the viewing zone as a result of the main game so as to enable the player to gamble for a win of a highervalue.
9. A game-playing machine substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the accompanying drawing.
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US5494287A (en) * 1994-06-21 1996-02-27 Bally Gaming International, Inc. Gaming machine having dynamic payout amounts
US6605000B2 (en) 1994-09-23 2003-08-12 Igt Slot machine with additional payout indicator
US5542669A (en) * 1994-09-23 1996-08-06 Universal Distributing Of Nevada, Inc. Method and apparatus for randomly increasing the payback in a video gaming apparatus
US6827646B2 (en) 1994-09-23 2004-12-07 Igt Slot machine with an additional payout indicator
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US6641477B1 (en) 1995-12-13 2003-11-04 Infinity Group Inc. Electronic second spin slot machine
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GB2383669A (en) * 2001-11-13 2003-07-02 Jpm Internat Ltd Enhanced gaming machine
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US7300351B2 (en) 2003-06-30 2007-11-27 Wms Gaming Inc. Gaming machine having a player time-selectable bonus award scheme
US7775870B2 (en) 2003-11-21 2010-08-17 Sierra Design Group Arcade game
US7686689B2 (en) 2004-02-10 2010-03-30 Wms Gaming, Inc. Basic wagering game having a continuously modified pay table
US7677968B2 (en) 2005-02-24 2010-03-16 Wms Gaming Inc. Wagering game with symbol combinations providing virtual mapping to table with game outcomes
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