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JP6444616B2
JP6444616B2 JP2014106417A JP2014106417A JP6444616B2 JP 6444616 B2 JP6444616 B2 JP 6444616B2 JP 2014106417 A JP2014106417 A JP 2014106417A JP 2014106417 A JP2014106417 A JP 2014106417A JP 6444616 B2 JP6444616 B2 JP 6444616B2
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  The present invention relates to a gaming machine such as a pachinko gaming machine capable of playing a game.
  As a gaming machine, a game ball, which is a game medium, is launched into a game area by a launching device, and when a game ball wins a prize area such as a prize opening provided in the game area, a predetermined prize value is given to the player There is something that was configured. Furthermore, variable display means capable of variably displaying the identification information (also referred to as “fluctuation”) is provided, and when the display result of the variable display of the identification information in the variable display means becomes a specific display result, a predetermined game value Are configured to give the player.
  The winning value means that a winning ball is paid out or a score or a prize is given in accordance with the winning of a game ball in the winning area. In addition, the game value means that when a specific display result is obtained, the state of the variable winning ball apparatus provided in the gaming area of the gaming machine becomes an advantageous state for a player who is easy to win, and for the player. For example, a right to be advantageous can be generated, and a condition for paying out a winning ball can be easily established.
  In a pachinko machine, a specific display mode determined in advance is derived and displayed as a display result of variable display of a special symbol (identification information) that is started by variable display means based on the winning of a game ball at the start winning opening. When it is made, “big hit (specific game state)” occurs. The derived display is to stop and display the symbol. When the big hit occurs, for example, the big winning opening is opened a predetermined number of times, and the game shifts to a big hit gaming state where the hit ball is easy to win. And in each open period, if there is a prize for a predetermined number (for example, 10) of the big prize opening, the big prize opening is closed. And the number of times the special winning opening is opened is fixed to a predetermined number (for example, 15 rounds). An opening time (for example, 29 seconds) is determined for each opening, and even if the number of winnings does not reach a predetermined number, the big winning opening is closed when the opening time elapses. Hereinafter, the opening period of each special winning opening may be referred to as a round.
  In such gaming machines, there is one that is configured to be able to execute a hold notice effect that changes the display mode of the hold display to a mode different from normal. For example, Patent Document 1 describes that the hold notice effect is executed in a manner in which the hold display is changed to a plurality of display modes of “blue”, “yellow”, and “red” different from normal at a plurality of timings. ing. Further, Patent Document 1 describes a change mode of a hold notice effect using decision data (table) in which a change pattern having a predetermined change order such as “blue” → “yellow” → “red” is set. It is described that decisions are made collectively.
Japanese Patent Laying-Open No. 2013-176661 (paragraphs 0057-0061, FIG. 4)
  However, in the gaming machine described in Patent Document 1, when the change mode of the hold notice effect is determined, the display mode of the hold display performed at a plurality of timings is collectively determined by one determination process. Therefore, the data capacity of the determination data used for determining the display mode of the hold display is increased, and there is a possibility that the capacity of the storage area for storing the determination data is compressed.
  Therefore, the present invention can prevent an increase in the data capacity of the determined data and reduce the pressure on the storage area when executing the hold notice effect in a manner that changes the display mode of the hold display at a plurality of timings. The purpose is to provide a machine.
(Means 1) A gaming machine according to the present invention is a gaming machine that performs variable display and can be controlled in an advantageous state advantageous to the player (for example, a big hit gaming state), and stores information related to the variable display as reserved storage. Holding storage means (for example, a first holding storage buffer, a second holding storage buffer) and a holding display means for displaying a holding display corresponding to the holding storage stored in the holding storage means (for example, a combined holding storage display unit) 18c) and a display mode different from the normal display mode (for example, black round display) (for example, special display mode (blue, green, red, gold, cherry blossom, rainbow-colored round display)) ) To change the hold notice effect (for example, the hold notice effect in the form shown in FIG. 47) to be changed (for example, step S6 in the effect control microcomputer 100). 03 and S6012), and a hold notice execution means that can execute a hold notice effect according to the change mode determined by the hold notice determination means (for example, a part that executes steps S6015 and S8108 in the effect control microcomputer 100). And a suggestion effect executing means capable of executing a suggestion effect suggesting that the display mode of the hold display changes, and the hold notice determining means includes a plurality of change timings including at least a first timing and a second timing. The change mode of the hold notice effect can be determined (for example, the timing at which the start winning is generated and the subsequent hold display shift timing), and determination data (for example, FIG. 39) for determining the change mode of the hold notice effect. Hold notice at the first timing using the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. After determining the output change mode, the change data of the hold notice effect at the second timing is determined using the determination data (for example, the effect control microcomputer 100 uses the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. using a manner, by repeatedly executing the processing in step S6012, determines the display mode before the change of the previous hold display from the final display mode, one in the order), suggesting demonstration execution means, hold display of after effect The first suggestion effect in which the display mode changes and the second suggestion effect in which the display mode of the hold display does not change after the effect can be executed, and are different from the normal mode in the hold display displayed by the hold display unit. When there is a hold display that is displayed according to the display mode, it is compared with when there is no hold display that is displayed according to a display mode different from the normal mode. Then, the suggestion effect is executed at a high rate. According to such a configuration, since the change mode of the hold notice effect is determined using the determination data at each change timing, an increase in the data capacity of the determination data is prevented, and pressure on the storage area is reduced. Can do.
(Unit 2) in section 1, the corresponding display control means for performing the corresponding display corresponding to the variable display during the execution of the variable display (e.g., active hold display) a predetermined region (e.g., the active display area 9A) (e.g. In the second embodiment, the step of executing steps S8009A to S8009C in the production control microcomputer 100) and the display mode of the corresponding display displayed in the predetermined area are normal modes (for example, black round display). Corresponding display changing means (for example, effect control in the second embodiment) that changes to a different mode (for example, special display mode (blue, green, red, gold, cherry blossom, rainbow round display)) For executing the step S8009B in the microcomputer 100 for use). According to such a configuration, it is possible to improve the performance effect for variable display during execution.
In addition, a suggestion effect determining unit for determining an execution mode of the suggestion effect is provided, and the change mode of the hold notice effect is determined using the determination data by the hold notice determining means, and the suggestion effect determining means suggests using the determination data. You may be comprised so that the execution mode of an effect may be determined.
(Means 3) In the means 1 or 2, the hold advance notice deciding means suggests that the hold display display mode changes even when the display mode of the hold display is not changed. 47 (3), (5), and (7) can be determined to execute the hold change suggestion effect (for example, the effect control microcomputer 100 changes the hold display as shown in FIG. 39). Even if it is determined to be the normal mode as the previous display mode, it may be determined that there is a pending change suggesting effect), and the execution of the pending change suggesting effect is determined using the determined data (for example, an effect control microcomputer) 100 determines the presence / absence of a pending change suggestion effect by executing the processing of step S6012 using the pending display change mode determination table shown in FIG. 39). It may have been made. According to such a configuration, it is possible to prevent an increase in data capacity and reduce pressure on the storage area capacity even when determining a pending change suggestion effect.
(Means 4) In the means 2, as an effect suggesting that the display mode of the hold display changes and an effect suggesting that the display mode of the corresponding display displayed in the predetermined area is changed, a common effect (for example, hold It may be configured to include common effect execution means (for example, a part that executes steps S8008 and S8105 according to the process table selected in step S8005 in the second embodiment) capable of executing change suggestion effects. . According to such a configuration, with respect to variable display during execution, it may be noted with respect to suggest effect that the display mode is changed.
(Means 5) In any one of the means 1 to 4, the display mode of the hold display is a normal mode (for example, black round display) and a special mode (for example, a mode different from the normal mode) (for example, White round display) and special modes (for example, first special mode (for example, star display), second special mode (for example, heart-shaped display)) that are different from the normal mode and the special mode. The hold notice execution means can execute a hold notice effect (for example, a pre-read effect) in a form in which the display form of the hold display is displayed in a special form (for example, effect control in the third embodiment) Portion for executing steps S67106, S67114, S1813, S8105, etc. in the microcomputer 100), and a suggestion performance that suggests whether or not the display mode of the hold display changes. Execution means (for example, in the third embodiment, the step of performing steps S67110, S67115, S1806, S1813, S8105, etc. in the production control microcomputer 100), and the suggestion production execution means has a special display on hold. When the mode is displayed, the suggestion effect is executed at a higher frequency than when the hold display is not displayed in the special mode (for example, step S1806 in the effect control microcomputer 100 in the third embodiment). The part which performs etc. may be comprised as FIG.58 (A) and (B) reference). According to such a configuration, when the hold display is displayed in a special manner, the suggestion effect is executed at a high frequency, so that the expectation can be enhanced and the game entertainment can be improved.
It is the front view which looked at the pachinko game machine from the front. It is a block diagram which shows the circuit structural example of a game control board (main board). It is a block diagram showing an example of circuit configuration of an effect control board, a lamp driver board and an audio output board. It is a flowchart which shows the main process which CPU in a main board | substrate performs. It is a flowchart which shows a 4 ms timer interruption process. It is explanatory drawing which shows the variation pattern of the production | presentation symbol prepared beforehand. It is explanatory drawing which shows each random number. It is explanatory drawing which shows a big hit determination table, a small hit determination table, and a big hit type determination table. It is explanatory drawing which shows the variation pattern classification determination table for big hits. It is explanatory drawing which shows the variation pattern classification determination table for deviation. It is explanatory drawing which shows a hit fluctuation pattern determination table. It is explanatory drawing which shows a deviation variation pattern determination table. It is explanatory drawing which shows an example of the content of an effect control command. It is explanatory drawing which shows an example of the content of an effect control command. It is explanatory drawing which shows an example of the content of the symbol designation | designated command. It is explanatory drawing which shows an example of the content of a fluctuation category command. It is explanatory drawing which shows an example of the content of a fluctuation category command. It is a flowchart which shows an example of the program of a special symbol process process. It is a flowchart which shows an example of the program of a special symbol process process. It is a flowchart which shows a starting port switch passage process. It is explanatory drawing which shows the structural example of a pending | holding specific area | region and a pending | holding storage buffer. It is a flowchart which shows the effect process at the time of winning. It is a flowchart which shows a special symbol normal process. It is a flowchart which shows a special symbol normal process. It is a flowchart which shows a fluctuation pattern setting process. It is a flowchart which shows a display result designation | designated command transmission process. It is a flowchart which shows the special symbol change process. It is a flowchart which shows a special symbol stop process. It is a flowchart which shows a big hit end process. It is a flowchart which shows an example of the program of a special symbol display control process. It is a flowchart which shows the presentation control main process which CPU for presentation control performs. It is explanatory drawing which shows the structural example of a command reception buffer. It is a flowchart which shows a command analysis process. It is a flowchart which shows a command analysis process. It is a flowchart which shows a command analysis process. It is a flowchart which shows production control process processing. It is a flowchart which shows a hold notice effect process. It is explanatory drawing which shows the specific example of a reservation notice effect determination table. It is explanatory drawing which shows the specific example of a pending | holding display change mode determination table. It is explanatory drawing which shows the specific example of a pending | holding display change aspect memory area. It is a flowchart which shows a fluctuation pattern command reception waiting process. It is a flowchart which shows an effect design fluctuation start process. It is explanatory drawing which shows an example of the stop symbol of an effect symbol. It is explanatory drawing which shows the structural example of process data. It is a flowchart which shows the process during effect design change. It is a flowchart which shows an effect design fluctuation stop process. It is explanatory drawing which shows the specific example of the production | presentation aspect of a reservation notice effect. It is the front view which looked at the pachinko game machine 1 in 2nd Embodiment from the front. It is a flowchart which shows the pending | holding notice effect process in 2nd Embodiment. It is explanatory drawing which shows the specific example of the holding | maintenance display change aspect memory area in 2nd Embodiment. It is a flowchart which shows the production | presentation symbol fluctuation start process in 2nd Embodiment. It is a flowchart which shows the effect symbol variation process in 2nd Embodiment. It is a flowchart which shows the production | presentation symbol fluctuation | variation stop process in 2nd Embodiment. It is a flowchart which shows the prefetch effect determination process in 3rd Embodiment. It is explanatory drawing which shows the prefetch effect pattern determination table in 3rd Embodiment. It is explanatory drawing which shows the prefetch effect change timing determination table in 3rd Embodiment. It is explanatory drawing which shows the suggestion effect mode determination table in 3rd Embodiment. It is a flowchart which shows the production | presentation symbol fluctuation start process in 3rd Embodiment.
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DESCRIPTION OF EXEMPLARY EMBODIMENTS Hereinafter, a first embodiment of the invention will be described with reference to the drawings. First, the overall configuration of a pachinko gaming machine 1 that is an example of a gaming machine will be described. FIG. 1 is a front view of the pachinko gaming machine 1 as seen from the front.
  The pachinko gaming machine 1 includes an outer frame (not shown) formed in a vertically long rectangular shape, and a game frame attached to the inside of the outer frame so as to be opened and closed. Further, the pachinko gaming machine 1 has a glass door frame 2 formed in a frame shape that is provided in the game frame so as to be opened and closed. The game frame includes a front frame (not shown) that can be opened and closed with respect to the outer frame, a mechanism plate (not shown) to which mechanism parts and the like are attached, and various parts (games to be described later) attached to them. A structure including the board 6).
  On the lower surface of the glass door frame 2 is a hitting ball supply tray (upper plate) 3. Under the hitting ball supply tray 3, there are provided a surplus ball receiving tray 4 for storing game balls that cannot be accommodated in the hitting ball supply tray 3, and a hitting operation handle (operation knob) 5 for firing the hitting ball. A game board 6 is detachably attached to the back surface of the glass door frame 2. The game board 6 is a structure including a plate-like body constituting the game board 6 and various components attached to the plate-like body. In addition, a game area 7 is formed on the front surface of the game board 6 in which a game ball that has been struck can flow down.
  The member that forms the extra ball tray (lower tray) 4 is configured in a stick shape (bar shape), for example, at a predetermined position on the front side of the upper surface of the lower tray main body (for example, the central portion of the lower tray). Is attached to the stick controller 122 that can be tilted in a plurality of directions (front and rear, left and right). It should be noted that the stick controller 122 has a predetermined operation, for example, by performing a push-pull operation with a predetermined operation finger (for example, an index finger) while the player holds the operation rod of the stick controller 122 with an operation hand (for example, the left hand). A trigger button 121 (see FIG. 3) capable of performing an instruction operation is provided, and a trigger sensor 125 (see FIG. 3) for detecting a predetermined instruction operation by a push-pull operation or the like on the trigger button 121 is provided inside the operation rod of the stick controller 122. 3) is built-in. In addition, a tilt direction sensor unit 123 (see FIG. 3) that detects a tilting operation with respect to the operating rod is provided in the lower plate main body and the like below the stick controller 122. The stick controller 122 includes a vibrator motor 126 (see FIG. 3) for causing the stick controller 122 to vibrate.
  The member that forms the hitting ball supply tray (upper plate) 3 is subjected to a predetermined instruction operation, for example, by a player pressing a predetermined position on the upper surface of the upper plate body (for example, above the stick controller 122). A possible push button 120 is provided. The push button 120 only needs to be configured to be able to detect a predetermined instruction operation such as a pressing operation from a player mechanically, electrically, or electromagnetically. A push sensor 124 (see FIG. 3) for detecting an operation action of the player performed on the push button 120 may be provided inside the main body of the upper plate at the position where the push button 120 is installed. In the configuration example shown in FIG. 1, the mounting positions of the push button 120 and the stick controller 122 are in a vertical positional relationship in the central portion of the upper plate and the lower plate. On the other hand, it is good also considering the attachment position of the push button 120 and the stick controller 122 as the position approached to either right or left in the upper plate and the lower plate, maintaining the vertical relationship. Alternatively, the mounting position of the push button 120 and the stick controller 122 is not in the vertical relationship, but may be in the horizontal relationship, for example.
  An effect display device 9 composed of a liquid crystal display device (LCD) is provided near the center of the game area 7. The display screen of the effect display device 9 includes an effect symbol display area for performing variable display of the effect symbol in synchronization with the variable display of the first special symbol or the second special symbol. Therefore, the effect display device 9 corresponds to a variable display device that performs variable display of effect symbols. The effect symbol display area includes a symbol display area for variably displaying, for example, three decorative (effect) effect symbols of “left”, “middle”, and “right”. The symbol display area includes “left”, “middle”, and “right” symbol display areas, but the position of the symbol display area does not have to be fixed on the display screen of the effect display device 9. Three areas of the display area may be separated. The effect display device 9 is controlled by an effect control microcomputer mounted on the effect control board. When the first special symbol display 8a is executing variable display of the first special symbol, the effect control microcomputer causes the effect display device 9 to execute the effect display along with the variable display, and the second special symbol display 8a executes the second special display. When the variable display of the second special symbol is executed on the symbol display 8b, the effect display is executed by the effect display device 9 along with the variable display, so that the progress of the game can be easily grasped. .
  Further, in the effect display device 9, symbols other than the symbol that will be the final stop symbol (for example, the middle symbol of the left and right middle symbols) have continued for a predetermined time, and the jackpot symbol (for example, the left middle right symbol is aligned with the same symbol) Stops, swings, scales, or deforms in a state that matches the symbol combination), or multiple symbols fluctuate synchronously in the same symbol, or the position of the display symbol is switched Thus, an effect performed in a state where the possibility of occurrence of a big hit (hereinafter, these states are referred to as reach states) before the final result is displayed is referred to as reach effect. Further, the reach state and its state are referred to as a reach mode. Furthermore, variable display including reach production is called reach variable display. And when the display result of the symbol variably displayed on the effect display device 9 is not a big hit symbol, it becomes “out” and the variation display state ends. A player plays a game while enjoying how to generate a big hit.
  Note that, in this embodiment, a case is shown in which the effect symbol display is performed as a liquid crystal display effect in the effect display device 9, but the effect performed in the effect display device 9 is the one shown in this embodiment. For example, an effect having a predetermined story characteristic may be executed, and an effect may be executed in which the result of the story is displayed based on the determination result of the jackpot determination or the variation pattern. For example, perform a battle effect where professional wrestling and soccer matches and enemy characters fight, perform an effect to win the game and battle if it is a big hit, and perform an effect to defeat the game and battle if it is off Also good. Further, for example, instead of displaying the result such as winning or losing, an effect may be executed in which a predetermined story such as a story is developed in order.
  In the upper right part of the display screen of the effect display device 9, there are provided fourth symbol display areas 9c and 9d for displaying a fourth symbol after the effect symbol, a special symbol described later, and a normal symbol. In this embodiment, a fourth symbol display area 9c for the first special symbol in which the variation display of the fourth symbol for the first special symbol is performed in synchronization with the variation display of the first special symbol described later, There is provided a fourth symbol display area 9d for the second special symbol in which the variation display of the fourth symbol for the second special symbol is performed in synchronization with the variation display of the special symbol.
  In this embodiment, the variation display of the effect symbol is executed in synchronization with the variation display of the special symbol (however, to be precise, the variation display of the effect symbol is varied on the effect control microcomputer 100 side). This is done by measuring the variation time recognized based on the pattern command.) When performing an effect using the effect display device 9, for example, the effect content including the change display of the effect symbol disappears from the screen for a moment. There are a variety of effects such as effects being performed and effects in which movable objects shield all or part of the screen. For this reason, even if the display screen on the effect display device 9 is viewed, it may be difficult to recognize whether or not the current variation display is in progress. Therefore, in this embodiment, whether or not the state of the present variation is being displayed by confirming the state of the fourth symbol by further displaying the variation of the fourth symbol on a part of the display screen of the effect display device 9. It is possible to reliably recognize whether or not. Note that the 4th symbol is always variably displayed with a constant operation and does not disappear from the screen or is not shielded by a shielding object, so that it can always be visually recognized.
  The 4th symbol for the first special symbol and the 4th symbol for the 2nd special symbol may be collectively referred to as the 4th symbol, and the 4th symbol display area 9c for the 1st special symbol and the 2nd special symbol The 4th symbol display area 9d for symbols may be collectively referred to as a 4th symbol display area.
  The variation (variable display) of the fourth symbol is realized by continuing the state where the fourth symbol display areas 9c and 9d are repeatedly turned on and off at a predetermined time interval in a predetermined display color (for example, blue). . The variable display of the first special symbol on the first special symbol display unit 8a is synchronized with the variable display of the fourth symbol for the first special symbol in the fourth symbol display area 9c for the first special symbol. The variable display of the second special symbol on the second special symbol display 8b is synchronized with the variable display of the fourth symbol for the second special symbol in the fourth symbol display area 9d for the second special symbol. Synchronous means that the variable display start time and end time are the same, and the variable display period is the same.
  When the big hit symbol is stopped and displayed on the first special symbol display 8a, the display color reminiscent of the big hit in the fourth symbol display area 9c for the first special symbol (a display color different from the loss. Sometimes it is displayed in blue, but it is displayed in red when it is a big hit, and the display color may be different depending on the type of big hit (whether it is a probable big hit or a normal big hit). The display color may be different depending on whether or not it is a big hit that can be expected to win a game ball to the big winning opening (for example, a big hit other than a sudden probability change big hit). If it is controllable, the display color may be changed according to the number of rounds continued in the jackpot game, and the number of rounds per jackpot is the same as in this embodiment. Even if there is, for example, the opening time of the big prize opening per round is short (for example, 1 second), and the big winnings per round and the big winning prize opening per round cannot be expected substantially. If the opening time is long (for example, 30 seconds) and there is a big hit that can be expected to win a game ball in the big winning opening, whether or not the game ball can be expected to win in the big winning opening. The display color may be different depending on the number of times, and for example, the number of opening of the big winning opening per round is different, so that it is possible to expect the winning of the game ball to the big winning opening. Even when there is a big hit that cannot be made, the display color may be made different depending on whether or not the game ball can be expected to substantially win the big winning opening.
  Further, when the big hit symbol is stopped and displayed on the second special symbol display 8b, the display color reminiscent of the big hit in the fourth symbol display area 9d for the second special symbol (display color different from the loss. Sometimes it is displayed in blue, but it is displayed in red when it is a big hit, and the display color may be different depending on the type of big hit (whether it is a probable big hit or a normal big hit). The display color may be different depending on whether or not it is a big hit that can be expected to win a game ball to the big winning opening (for example, a big hit other than a sudden probability change big hit). If it is controllable, the display color may be changed according to the number of rounds continued in the jackpot game, and the number of rounds per jackpot is the same as in this embodiment. Even if there is, for example, the opening time of the big prize opening per round is short (for example, 1 second), and the big winnings per round and the big winning prize opening per round cannot be expected substantially. If the opening time is long (for example, 30 seconds) and there is a big hit that can be expected to win a game ball in the big winning opening, whether or not the game ball can be expected to win in the big winning opening. The display color may be different depending on the number of times, and for example, the number of opening of the big winning opening per round is different, so that it is possible to expect the winning of the game ball to the big winning opening. Even when there is a big hit that cannot be made, the display color may be made different depending on whether or not the game ball can be expected to substantially win the big winning opening.
  The display colors when the fourth symbol display areas 9c and 9d are turned off are different from the background image (for example, black) in order to prevent the display colors from being assimilated with the background image when the lights are turned off. It is desirable to be.
  In this embodiment, the case where the 4th symbol display area is provided on a part of the display screen of the effect display device 9 is shown, but a light emitter such as a lamp or LED is used separately from the effect display device 9. Thus, the fourth symbol display area may be realized. In this case, for example, the variation (variable display) of the fourth symbol may be realized by continuing the state in which the two LEDs are alternately lit, and any of the two LEDs is stopped. Whether or not the jackpot symbol is stopped and displayed may be indicated depending on whether or not it is displayed.
  Further, in this embodiment, a case is shown in which separate fourth symbol display areas 9c and 9d are provided corresponding to the first special symbol and the second special symbol, respectively, but the first special symbol and the second special symbol are provided. A fourth symbol display area common to the symbols may be provided in a part of the display screen of the effect display device 9. Moreover, you may make it implement | achieve the 4th symbol display area common with respect to a 1st special symbol and a 2nd special symbol using light-emitting bodies, such as a lamp | ramp and LED. In this case, when executing the variation display of the fourth symbol in synchronization with the variation display of the first special symbol, and when executing the variation display of the fourth symbol in synchronization with the variation display of the second special symbol, For example, the display of different display colors at certain time intervals may be performed by distinguishing and executing the variation display of the fourth symbol by performing display that repeatedly turns on and off. In addition, when the variation display of the fourth symbol is executed in synchronization with the variation display of the first special symbol, and when the variation display of the fourth symbol is performed in synchronization with the variation display of the second special symbol, for example, The display of the fourth symbol may be distinguished and executed by performing a display that repeatedly turns on and off at different time intervals. In addition, for example, when the stop symbol is derived and displayed corresponding to the variation display of the first special symbol, and when the stop symbol is derived and displayed corresponding to the variation display of the second special symbol, the same big hit symbol is obtained. However, you may make it stop-display the stop symbol of a different aspect.
  On the right side of the effect display device 9, a first special symbol display (first variable display unit) 8a for variably displaying the first special symbol as identification information is provided. In this embodiment, the first special symbol display 8a is realized by a simple and small display (for example, 7 segment LED) capable of variably displaying numbers 0 to 9. In other words, the first special symbol display 8a is configured to variably display numbers (or symbols) from 0 to 9. Further, on the right side of the effect display device 9 (next to the right of the first special symbol display 8a), a second special symbol display (second variable display unit) 8b for variably displaying the second special symbol as identification information. Is also provided. The second special symbol display 8b is realized by a simple and small display (for example, 7 segment LED) capable of variably displaying numbers 0 to 9. That is, the second special symbol display 8b is configured to variably display numbers (or symbols) from 0 to 9.
  The small display is formed in a square shape, for example. In this embodiment, the type of the first special symbol and the type of the second special symbol are the same (for example, both 0 to 9), but the types may be different. Further, the first special symbol display 8a and the second special symbol display 8b may be configured to variably display numbers (or two-digit symbols) of, for example, 00 to 99, for example.
  Hereinafter, the first special symbol and the second special symbol may be collectively referred to as a special symbol, and the first special symbol indicator 8a and the second special symbol indicator 8b are collectively referred to as a special symbol indicator (variable display unit). There are things to do.
  Although this embodiment shows a case where two special symbol indicators 8a and 8b are provided, the gaming machine may be provided with only one special symbol indicator.
  For the variable display of the first special symbol or the second special symbol, the first start condition or the second start condition, which is the variable display execution condition, is satisfied (for example, the game ball has the first start winning opening 13 or the second start winning opening) 14 after passing (including winning)), the variable display start condition (for example, when the number of reserved memories is not 0 and the variable display of the first special symbol and the second special symbol is not executed) The state is started and the big hit game is not executed), and when the variable display time (fluctuation time) elapses, the display result (stop symbol) is derived and displayed. Note that the passing of a game ball means that the game ball has passed through a predetermined area such as a prize opening or a gate, and that includes a game ball entering (winning) a prize opening. It is. Deriving and displaying the display result is to finally stop and display a symbol (an example of identification information).
  A winning device having a first start winning port 13 is provided below the effect display device 9. The game ball won in the first start winning opening 13 is guided to the back of the game board 6 and detected by the first start opening switch 13a.
  A variable winning ball device 15 having a second starting winning port 14 through which a game ball can be won is provided below a winning device having a first starting winning port (first starting port) 13. The game ball that has won the second start winning opening (second start opening) 14 is guided to the back of the game board 6 and detected by the second start opening switch 14a. The variable winning ball device 15 is opened by a solenoid 16. When the variable winning ball device 15 is in the open state, the game ball can be awarded to the second starting winning port 14 (it is easier to start winning), which is advantageous for the player. In the state where the variable winning ball apparatus 15 is in the open state, it is easier for the game ball to win the second start winning opening 14 than the first starting winning opening 13. In addition, in a state where the variable winning ball device 15 is in the closed state, the game ball does not win the second start winning opening 14. Therefore, in a state where the variable winning ball device 15 is in the closed state, it is easier for the game ball to win the first starting winning port 13 than the second starting winning port 14. In the state where the variable winning ball apparatus 15 is in the closed state, it may be configured that the winning is possible (that is, it is difficult for the gaming ball to win) although it is difficult to win a prize.
  Hereinafter, the first start winning opening 13 and the second start winning opening 14 may be collectively referred to as a start winning opening or a starting opening.
  When the variable winning ball device 15 is controlled to be in the open state, the game ball heading for the variable winning ball device 15 is very likely to win the second start winning port 14. The first start winning opening 13 is provided directly under the effect display device 9, but the interval between the lower end of the effect display device 9 and the first start winning opening 13 is further reduced, or the first start winning opening is set. The nail arrangement around the first start winning opening 13 is made difficult to guide the game balls to the first starting winning opening 13 so that the winning rate of the second starting winning opening 14 is increased. It is also possible to make the direction higher than the winning rate of the first start winning opening 13.
  In this embodiment, as shown in FIG. 1, the variable winning ball apparatus 15 that opens and closes only the second start winning opening 14 is provided. Any of the start winning ports 14 may be provided with a variable winning ball device that performs an opening / closing operation.
  Above the second special symbol display 8b, there is a second special symbol hold memory display 18b comprising four displays for displaying the number of effective winning balls that have entered the second start winning opening 14, that is, the second reserved memory number. Is provided. The second special symbol storage memory display 18b increases the number of indicators to be lit by 1 every time there is an effective start winning. Then, each time the variable display on the second special symbol display 8b is started, the number of indicators to be turned on is reduced by one.
  Further, above the second special symbol hold memory display 18b, the number of effective winning balls that have entered the first start winning opening 13, that is, the first hold memory number (the hold memory is also referred to as start memory or start prize memory). ) Is displayed, a first special symbol reservation storage display 18a is provided. The first special symbol storage memory indicator 18a increases the number of indicators to be lit by 1 each time there is an effective start winning. Then, each time the variable display on the first special symbol display 8a is started, the number of indicators to be turned on is reduced by one.
  Further, in the lower part of the display screen of the effect display device 9, an area (total pending storage display unit) 18c for displaying the total number (total pending storage number) that is the sum of the first reserved memory number and the second reserved memory number. Is provided. In this embodiment, the total pending storage display unit 18c that displays the total number is provided, so that it is possible to easily grasp the total number of execution conditions that have not met the variable display start condition. . In addition, it replaces with the total pending | holding memory number display part 18c, and it comprises so that the 1st pending memory display part which displays a 1st pending memory number, and the 2nd pending memory display part which displays a 2nd pending memory number may be provided. May be.
  In this embodiment, the summed hold storage display unit 18c shows a case of displaying without distinguishing whether it is a hold display corresponding to the first hold memory or a hold display corresponding to the second hold memory. However, it may be displayed in a distinguishable manner whether it is a hold display corresponding to the first hold memory or a hold display corresponding to the second hold memory. For example, in this embodiment, when the hold display is displayed in the normal mode, the display is uniformly black without distinguishing between the hold display corresponding to the first hold memory and the hold display corresponding to the second hold memory. Shows the case of displaying a round display (however, when performing a hold notice effect described later, a special display mode is displayed in blue, green, red, gold, cherry blossom, or rainbow-colored round display) However, the hold display corresponding to the first hold storage may be displayed as a black round display while the hold display corresponding to the second hold storage may be displayed as a yellow round display. Further, for example, the shape of the hold display may be different between the hold display corresponding to the first hold storage and the hold display corresponding to the second hold storage.
  The effect display device 9 is for decoration (for effects) during the variable display time of the first special symbol by the first special symbol display 8a and during the variable display time of the second special symbol by the second special symbol display 8b. A variable display of the effect symbol as the symbol is performed. The variable display of the first special symbol on the first special symbol display 8a and the variable display of the effect symbol on the effect display device 9 are synchronized. Further, the variable display of the second special symbol on the second special symbol display 8b and the variable display of the effect symbol on the effect display device 9 are synchronized. Further, when the jackpot symbol is stopped and displayed on the first special symbol display 8a and when the jackpot symbol is stopped and displayed on the second special symbol display 8b, the effect display device 9 reminds the jackpot The combination of is stopped and displayed.
  Further, as shown in FIG. 1, a special variable winning ball apparatus 20 that forms a big winning opening is provided below the variable winning ball apparatus 15. The special variable winning ball apparatus 20 includes an opening / closing plate, and when the specific display result (big hit symbol) is derived and displayed on the first special symbol display 8a, and the specific display result (big hit symbol) on the second special symbol display 8b. When the open / close plate is controlled to be open by the solenoid 21 in the specific game state (big hit game state) that occurs when the symbol is derived and displayed, the big winning opening serving as the winning area is opened. The game ball that has won the big winning opening is detected by the count switch 23.
  On the left side of the effect display device 9, a normal symbol display 10 for variably displaying normal symbols is provided. In this embodiment, the normal symbol display 10 is realized by a simple and small display (for example, 7 segment LED) capable of variably displaying numbers 0 to 9. That is, the normal symbol display 10 is configured to variably display numbers (or symbols) from 0 to 9. Moreover, the small display is formed in, for example, a square shape. Note that the normal symbol display 10 may be configured to variably display a number (or a two-digit symbol) of, for example, 00 to 99. In addition, the normal symbol display 10 is not limited to a 7-segment LED or the like, for example, a display capable of lighting a predetermined symbol display (for example, a decoration lamp capable of alternately lighting and displaying “O” and “X”). It may be comprised.
  When the game ball passes through the gate 32 and is detected by the gate switch 32a, variable display of the normal symbol display 10 is started. When the stop symbol in the normal symbol display 10 is a predetermined symbol (a winning symbol, for example, a symbol “7”), the variable winning ball apparatus 15 is opened for a predetermined number of times. In other words, the state of the variable winning ball apparatus 15 is a state that is advantageous from a disadvantageous state for the player when the normal symbol is a stop symbol (a state in which a game ball can be awarded at the second start winning port 14). To change. In the vicinity of the normal symbol display 10, a normal symbol holding storage display 41 having a display unit with four LEDs for displaying the number of winning balls that have passed through the gate 32 is provided. Each time there is a game ball passing through the gate 32, that is, every time a game ball is detected by the gate switch 32a, the normal symbol storage memory display 41 increases the number of LEDs to be turned on by one. Each time variable display on the normal symbol display 10 is started, the number of LEDs to be lit is reduced by one. In addition, a probability variation state in which the probability of being determined to be a big hit compared to the normal state is high (a state in which the probability of being determined to be a big hit as a result of fluctuation display of special symbols is increased compared to the normal state). Then, the probability that the stop symbol in the normal symbol display 10 becomes a winning symbol is increased, and the opening time and the number of times of opening of the variable winning ball device 15 are increased. Even in the short state (the game state in which the variable display time of the special symbol is shortened) when the symbol variation time is shortened although it is not the probability variation state, the opening time and the number of times of opening of the variable winning ball device 15 are increased.
  At the lower part of the game board 6, there is an out-port 26 through which a hit ball that has not won is taken. In addition, four speakers 27 that utter sound effects and sounds as predetermined sound outputs are provided on the upper left and right and lower left and right outside the game area 7. On the outer periphery of the game area 7, a frame LED 28 provided on the front frame is provided.
  In the gaming machine, a ball striking device (not shown) that drives a driving motor in response to a player operating the batting operation handle 5 and uses the rotational force of the driving motor to launch a gaming ball to the gaming area 7. ) Is provided. A game ball launched from the ball striking device enters the game area 7 through a ball striking rail formed in a circular shape so as to surround the game area 7, and then descends the game area 7. When the game ball enters the first start winning opening 13 and is detected by the first start opening switch 13a, if the variable display of the first special symbol can be started (for example, the variable display of the special symbol ends, 1), the variable display (variation) of the first special symbol is started on the first special symbol display 8a, and the variable display of the effect symbol is started on the effect display device 9. That is, the variable display of the first special symbol and the effect symbol corresponds to winning in the first start winning opening 13. If the variable display of the first special symbol cannot be started, the first reserved memory number is increased by 1 on the condition that the first reserved memory number has not reached the upper limit value.
  When the game ball enters the second start winning opening 14 and is detected by the second start opening switch 14a, if the variable display of the second special symbol can be started (for example, the special symbol variable display ends, 2), the second special symbol display 8b starts variable display (variation) of the second special symbol, and the effect display device 9 starts variable display of the effect symbol. That is, the variable display of the second special symbol and the effect symbol corresponds to winning in the second start winning opening 14. If the variable display of the second special symbol cannot be started, the second reserved memory number is increased by 1 on condition that the second reserved memory number has not reached the upper limit value.
  In this embodiment, when the probability variation is a big hit, the game state is shifted to a high probability state (probability variation state), and the game ball is likely to start and win (that is, special symbol indicators 8a and 8b and effects). The display device 9 shifts to a high base state that is a gaming state controlled so that a variable display execution condition on the display device 9 is easily established (in this embodiment, shifts to a time-short state). In addition, when the gaming state is shifted to the short time state, the state is shifted to the high base state. In the high base state, for example, the frequency at which the variable winning ball device 15 is in the open state is increased or the time in which the variable winning ball device 15 is in the open state is extended compared to the case in which the high base state is not in the high base state. It becomes easier to win a start.
  Instead of extending the time during which the variable winning ball apparatus 15 is in the open state (also referred to as the open extended state), the normal symbol display unit 10 shifts to a normal symbol probability changing state in which the probability that the stop symbol in the normal symbol display unit 10 will be a hit symbol is increased. Depending on the situation, the high base state may be entered. When the stop symbol in the normal symbol display 10 becomes a predetermined symbol (winning symbol), the variable winning ball device 15 is opened for a predetermined number of times. In this case, by performing the transition control to the normal symbol probability changing state, the probability that the stop symbol in the normal symbol display 10 becomes a winning symbol is increased, and the frequency at which the variable winning ball apparatus 15 is opened is increased. Therefore, if the normal symbol probability changing state is entered, the opening time and the number of opening times of the variable winning ball device 15 are increased, and a state where it is easy to start a winning (high base state) is achieved. That is, the opening time and the number of times of opening of the variable winning ball device 15 can be increased when the stop symbol of the normal symbol is a winning symbol or the stop symbol of the special symbol is a probabilistic symbol. It changes to an advantageous state (a state where it is easy to win a start). It should be noted that increasing the number of times of opening is a concept including changing from a closed state to an open state.
  Moreover, you may transfer to a high base state by shifting to the normal symbol time short state where the fluctuation time (variable display period) of the normal symbol in the normal symbol display 10 is shortened. In the normal symbol short-time state, the variation time of the normal symbol is shortened, so that the frequency of starting the variation of the normal symbol increases, and as a result, the frequency of hitting the normal symbol increases. Therefore, when the frequency that the normal symbol is hit increases, the frequency that the variable winning ball apparatus 15 is opened is increased, and the start winning state is easily set (high base state).
  In addition, the change time of special symbols and production symbols will be shortened by shifting to the short time state when the variation time (variable display period) of special symbols and production symbols is shortened. The frequency of being played (in other words, the digestion of the reserved memory becomes faster), and the situation where an invalid start prize is generated can be reduced. Therefore, an effective start winning is likely to occur, and as a result, the possibility of a big hit game being increased.
  Furthermore, by making transitions to all the states shown above (open extended state, normal symbol probability change state, normal symbol short time state, and special symbol short time state), it will be easier to win a start (shift to a high base state). May be. In addition, it is easier to win a start (high base) by shifting to any one of the above states (open extended state, normal symbol probability changing state, normal symbol short time state, and special symbol short time state). Transition to a state). In addition, it is easier to win a start by shifting to any one of the above states (open extended state, normal symbol probability changing state, normal symbol short time state, and special symbol short time state). You may make it move to a base state.
  FIG. 2 is a block diagram showing an example of the circuit configuration of the main board (game control board) 31. FIG. 2 also shows a payout control board 37, an effect control board 80, and the like. A game control microcomputer (corresponding to game control means) 560 for controlling the pachinko gaming machine 1 according to a program is mounted on the main board 31. The game control microcomputer 560 includes a ROM 54 for storing a game control (game progress control) program and the like, a RAM 55 as storage means used as a work memory, a CPU 56 for performing control operations in accordance with the program, and an I / O port unit 57. including. In this embodiment, the ROM 54 and the RAM 55 are built in the game control microcomputer 560. That is, the game control microcomputer 560 is a one-chip microcomputer. The one-chip microcomputer only needs to incorporate at least the CPU 56 and the RAM 55, and the ROM 54 may be external or built-in. The I / O port unit 57 may be externally attached. The game control microcomputer 560 further includes a random number circuit 503 that generates hardware random numbers (random numbers generated by the hardware circuit).
  The RAM 55 is a backup RAM as a non-volatile storage means, part or all of which is backed up by a backup power supply created on the power supply board. That is, even if the power supply to the gaming machine is stopped, a part or all of the contents of the RAM 55 is stored for a predetermined backup period (until the capacitor as the backup power supply is discharged and the backup power supply cannot be supplied). The In particular, at least data (special symbol process flag, probability variation flag, etc.) corresponding to the game state, that is, the control state of the game control means, and data indicating the number of unpaid prize balls are stored in the backup RAM. The data corresponding to the control state of the game control means is data necessary for restoring the control state before the occurrence of a power failure or the like based on the data when the power is restored after a power failure or the like occurs. Further, data corresponding to the control state and data indicating the number of unpaid prize balls are defined as data indicating the progress state of the game. In this embodiment, it is assumed that the entire RAM 55 is backed up.
  In the game control microcomputer 560, the CPU 56 executes control in accordance with the program stored in the ROM 54, so that the game control microcomputer 560 (or CPU 56) executes (or performs processing) hereinafter. Specifically, the CPU 56 executes control according to a program. The same applies to microcomputers mounted on substrates other than the main substrate 31.
  The random number circuit 503 is a hardware circuit that is used to generate a random number for determination to determine whether or not to win a jackpot based on a display result of variable symbol special display. The random number circuit 503 updates numerical data in accordance with a set update rule within a numerical range in which an initial value (for example, 0) and an upper limit value (for example, 65535) are set, and starts at a random timing Based on the fact that the winning time is the reading (extraction) of the numerical data, it has a random number generation function in which the numerical data to be read becomes a random value.
  The random number circuit 503 includes a numeric data update range selection setting function (initial value selection setting function and upper limit value selection setting function), numeric data update rule selection setting function, and numeric data update rule selection. It has various functions such as a switching function. With such a function, the randomness of the generated random numbers can be improved.
  Further, the game control microcomputer 560 has a function of setting an initial value of numerical data updated by the random number circuit 503. For example, a predetermined calculation is performed using the ID number of the game control microcomputer 560 stored in a predetermined storage area such as the ROM 54 (an ID number assigned with a different value for each product of the game control microcomputer 560). The numerical data obtained by the execution is set as the initial value of the numerical data updated by the random number circuit 503. By performing such processing, the randomness of the random number generated by the random number circuit 503 can be further improved.
  Further, an input driver circuit 58 that provides detection signals from the gate switch 32a, the first start port switch 13a, the second start port switch 14a, and the count switch 23 to the game control microcomputer 560 is also mounted on the main board 31. The main board also includes an output circuit 59 for driving the solenoid 16 for opening and closing the variable winning ball device 15 and the solenoid 21 for opening and closing the special variable winning ball device 20 that forms a big winning opening in accordance with a command from the game control microcomputer 560. 31.
  In addition, the game control microcomputer 560 includes a first special symbol display 8a, a second special symbol display 8b that variably displays special symbols, a normal symbol display 10 that variably displays normal symbols, and a first special symbol hold memory. Display control of the display 18a, the second special symbol storage memory display 18b, and the normal symbol storage memory display 41 is performed.
  An information output circuit 64 that outputs information output signals such as jackpot information indicating the occurrence of a jackpot gaming state to an external device such as a hall computer via the terminal board 160 is also mounted on the main board 31.
  In this embodiment, the effect control means (configured by the effect control microcomputer) mounted on the effect control board 80 instructs the effect contents from the game control microcomputer 560 via the relay board 77. An effect control command is received, and display control of the effect display device 9 for variably displaying effect symbols is performed.
  The effect control means mounted on the effect control board 80 controls the display of the frame LED 28 provided on the frame side via the lamp driver board 35 and from the speaker 27 via the audio output board 70. Control the sound output.
  The effect control means is also connected to a trigger sensor 125, a tilt direction sensor unit 123 provided in the stick controller 122, a vibrator motor 126, and a push sensor 124 provided in the push button 120, as will be described later. However, the illustration is omitted in FIG.
  FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating a circuit configuration example of the relay board 77, the effect control board 80, the lamp driver board 35, and the audio output board 70. In the example shown in FIG. 3, the lamp driver board 35 and the audio output board 70 are not equipped with a microcomputer, but may be equipped with a microcomputer. Further, without providing the lamp driver board 35 and the audio output board 70, only the effect control board 80 may be provided for effect control.
  The effect control board 80 includes an effect control CPU 101 and an effect control microcomputer 100 including a RAM for storing information related to effects such as effect symbol process flags. The RAM may be externally attached. In this embodiment, the RAM in the production control microcomputer 100 is not backed up. In the effect control board 80, the effect control CPU 101 operates in accordance with a program stored in a built-in or external ROM (not shown), and receives a capture signal from the main board 31 input via the relay board 77 ( In response to the (effect control INT signal), an effect control command is received via the input driver 102 and the input port 103. Further, the effect control CPU 101 causes the VDP (video display processor) 109 to perform display control of the effect display device 9 based on the effect control command.
  In this embodiment, a VDP 109 that performs display control of the effect display device 9 in cooperation with the effect control microcomputer 100 is mounted on the effect control board 80. The VDP 109 has an address space independent of the production control microcomputer 100, and maps a VRAM therein. VRAM is a buffer memory for developing image data. Then, the VDP 109 outputs the image data in the VRAM to the effect display device 9 via the frame memory.
  The effect control CPU 101 outputs to the VDP 109 a command for reading out necessary data from a CGROM (not shown) in accordance with the received effect control command. The CGROM stores character image data and moving image data displayed on the effect display device 9, specifically, a person, characters, figures, symbols (including effect symbols), and background image data in advance. ROM. The VDP 109 reads image data from the CGROM in response to the instruction from the effect control CPU 101. The VDP 109 executes display control based on the read image data.
  The effect control command and the effect control INT signal are first input to the input driver 102 on the effect control board 80. The input driver 102 passes the signal input from the relay board 77 only in the direction toward the inside of the effect control board 80 (does not pass the signal in the direction from the inside of the effect control board 80 to the relay board 77). It is also a unidirectional circuit as a regulating means.
  As a signal direction regulating means, the signal inputted from the main board 31 is allowed to pass through the relay board 77 only in the direction toward the effect control board 80 (the signal is not passed in the direction from the effect control board 80 to the relay board 77). The unidirectional circuit 74 is mounted. For example, a diode or a transistor is used as the unidirectional circuit. FIG. 3 illustrates a diode. A unidirectional circuit is provided for each signal. Furthermore, since the effect control command and the effect control INT signal are output from the main board 31 via the output port 571 that is a unidirectional circuit, the signal from the relay board 77 toward the inside of the main board 31 is restricted. That is, the signal from the relay board 77 does not enter the inside of the main board 31 (the game control microcomputer 560 side). The output port 571 is a part of the I / O port unit 57 shown in FIG. Further, a signal driver circuit that is a unidirectional circuit may be further provided outside the output port 571 (on the relay board 77 side).
  In addition, the effect control CPU 101 inputs an operation detection signal as an information signal indicating that the player's operation action on the trigger button 121 of the stick controller 122 has been detected from the trigger sensor 125 via the input port 106. Further, the effect control CPU 101 inputs an operation detection signal as an information signal indicating that a player's operation action on the push button 120 has been detected from the push sensor 124 via the input port 106. In addition, the production control CPU 101 inputs an operation detection signal as an information signal indicating that the player's operation action with respect to the operation rod of the stick controller 122 has been detected from the tilt direction sensor unit 123 via the input port 106. . Further, the effect control CPU 101 outputs a drive signal to the vibrator motor 126 via the output port 105 to cause the stick controller 122 to vibrate.
  Further, the effect control CPU 101 outputs a signal for driving the LED to the lamp driver board 35 via the output port 105. Further, the production control CPU 101 outputs sound number data to the audio output board 70 via the output port 104.
  In the lamp driver board 35, a signal for driving the LED is input to the LED driver 352 via the input driver 351. The LED driver 352 supplies a current to a light emitter such as the frame LED 28 based on a signal for driving the LED.
  In the voice output board 70, the sound number data is input to the voice synthesis IC 703 via the input driver 702. The voice synthesizing IC 703 generates voice or sound effect according to the sound number data, and outputs it to the amplifier circuit 705. The amplification circuit 705 outputs an audio signal obtained by amplifying the output level of the speech synthesis IC 703 to a level corresponding to the volume set by the volume 706 to the speaker 27. The voice data ROM 704 stores control data corresponding to the sound number data. The control data corresponding to the sound number data is a collection of data indicating the sound effect or sound output mode in a time series in a predetermined effect period (for example, a change period of the effect symbol).
  Next, the operation of the gaming machine will be described. FIG. 4 is a flowchart showing a main process executed by the game control microcomputer 560 on the main board 31. When power is supplied to the gaming machine and power supply is started, the input level of the reset terminal to which the reset signal is input becomes high level, and the gaming control microcomputer 560 (specifically, the CPU 56) After executing a security check process, which is a process for confirming whether the contents of the program are valid, the main process after step S1 is started. In the main process, the CPU 56 first performs necessary initial settings.
  In the initial setting process, the CPU 56 first sets the interrupt prohibition (step S1). Next, the interrupt mode is set to interrupt mode 2 (step S2), and a stack pointer designation address is set to the stack pointer (step S3). After initialization of the built-in device (CTC (counter / timer) and PIO (parallel input / output port), which are built-in devices (built-in peripheral circuits)) is performed (step S4), the RAM is accessible (Step S5). In the interrupt mode 2, the address synthesized from the value (1 byte) of the specific register (I register) built in the CPU 56 and the interrupt vector (1 byte: least significant bit 0) output from the built-in device is This mode indicates an interrupt address.
  Next, the CPU 56 checks the state of the output signal (clear signal) of a clear switch (for example, mounted on the power supply board) input via the input port (step S6). When the ON is detected in the confirmation, the CPU 56 executes normal initialization processing (steps S10 to S15).
  If the clear switch is not on, check whether data protection processing of the backup RAM area (for example, power supply stop processing such as addition of parity data) was performed when power supply to the gaming machine was stopped (Step S7). When it is confirmed that such protection processing is not performed, the CPU 56 executes initialization processing. Whether there is backup data in the backup RAM area is confirmed, for example, by the state of the backup flag set in the backup RAM area in the power supply stop process.
  When it is confirmed that the power supply stop process has been performed, the CPU 56 performs data check of the backup RAM area (step S8). In this embodiment, a parity check is performed as a data check. Therefore, in step S8, the calculated checksum is compared with the checksum calculated and stored by the same process in the power supply stop process. When the power supply is stopped after an unexpected power failure or the like, the data in the backup RAM area should be saved, so the check result (comparison result) is normal (matched). That the check result is not normal means that the data in the backup RAM area is different from the data when the power supply is stopped. In such a case, since the internal state cannot be returned to the state when the power supply is stopped, an initialization process that is executed when the power is turned on is not performed when the power supply is stopped.
  If the check result is normal, the CPU 56 recovers the game state restoration process (steps S41 to S43) for returning the internal state of the game control means and the control state of the electrical component control means such as the effect control means to the state when the power supply is stopped. Process). Specifically, the start address of the backup setting table stored in the ROM 54 is set as a pointer (step S41), and the contents of the backup setting table are sequentially set in the work area (area in the RAM 55) (step S42). ). The work area is backed up by a backup power source. In the backup setting table, initialization data for an area that may be initialized in the work area is set. As a result of the processing in steps S41 and S42, the saved contents of the work area that should not be initialized remain as they are. The part that should not be initialized is, for example, data indicating the gaming state before the power supply is stopped (special symbol process flag, probability variation flag, time reduction flag, etc.), and the area where the output state of the output port is saved (output port buffer) ), A portion in which data indicating the number of unpaid prize balls is set.
  Further, the CPU 56 transmits a power failure recovery designation command as an initialization command at the time of power supply recovery (step S43). Further, the CPU 56 transmits a display result designation command designating a display result (usually big hit, probability change big hit, sudden probability change big hit, small hit or loss) stored in the backup RAM to the effect control board 80 (step). S44). Then, the process proceeds to step S14. In step S44, for example, when the value of a special symbol pointer (to be described later) is also stored in the backup RAM, the CPU 56 also transmits a first symbol variation designation command and a second symbol variation designation command (see FIG. 13). You may make it do. In this case, the production control microcomputer 100 may resume the variation display of the fourth symbol based on the reception of the first symbol variation designation command or the second symbol variation designation command.
  In this embodiment, the value of a variable time timer (to be described later) is also stored in the backup RAM area. Therefore, when the power failure is restored, after the display result designation command is transmitted in step S44, measurement of the saved variation time timer value is resumed, and the variation display of the special symbol is resumed and saved. When the value of the changed time timer has timed out, a symbol determination designation command to be described later is further transmitted. In this embodiment, a special symbol process flag value, which will be described later, is also stored in the backup RAM area. Therefore, when the power failure is recovered, the special symbol process is resumed from the process corresponding to the value of the stored special symbol process flag.
  Note that the display result designation command is not necessarily transmitted when the power failure is restored, but the CPU 56 may first confirm whether or not the value of the variable time timer stored in the backup RAM area is zero. . If the value of the variation time timer is not 0, it is determined that a power failure occurs during the variation, and a display result designation command is transmitted. It may be determined that the state has not been reached, and the display result designation command may not be transmitted.
  Further, the CPU 56 may first check whether or not the value of the special symbol process flag stored in the backup RAM area is 3. If the value of the special symbol process flag is 3, it is determined that the power failure occurs during the fluctuation, and a display result designation command is transmitted. If the special symbol process flag is not 3, the fluctuation occurs at the time of the power failure. The display result designation command may not be transmitted because it is determined that it is not in the middle.
  In this embodiment, it is confirmed whether the data in the backup RAM area is stored using both the backup flag and the check data. However, only one of them may be used. That is, either the backup flag or the check data may be used as an opportunity for executing the game state restoration process.
  In the initialization process, the CPU 56 first performs a RAM clear process (step S10). The RAM clear process initializes predetermined data (for example, count value data of a counter for generating a random number for normal symbol determination) to 0, but an arbitrary value or a predetermined value It may be initialized to. In addition, the entire area of the RAM 55 may not be initialized, and predetermined data (for example, count value data of a counter for generating a random number for normal symbol determination) may be left as it is. Further, the start address of the initialization setting table stored in the ROM 54 is set as a pointer (step S11), and the contents of the initialization setting table are sequentially set in the work area (step S12).
  By the processing in steps S11 and S12, for example, a normal symbol per-determining random number counter, a special symbol buffer, a total prize ball number storage buffer, a special symbol process flag, and other flags for selectively performing processing according to the control state are initialized. Value is set.
  Further, the CPU 56 initializes a sub board (a board on which a microcomputer other than the main board 31 is mounted) (a command indicating that the game control microcomputer 560 has executed an initialization process). Is also transmitted to the sub-board (step S13). For example, when the effect control microcomputer 100 receives the initialization designation command, the effect display device 9 performs screen display for notifying that the control of the gaming machine has been performed, that is, initialization notification.
  Further, the CPU 56 executes a random number circuit setting process for initial setting of the random number circuit 503 (step S14). For example, the CPU 56 performs setting according to the random number circuit setting program to cause the random number circuit 503 to update the value of the random R.
  In step S15, the CPU 56 sets a CTC register built in the game control microcomputer 560 so that a timer interrupt is periodically generated every predetermined time (for example, 4 ms). That is, a value corresponding to, for example, 4 ms is set in a predetermined register (time constant register) as an initial value. In this embodiment, it is assumed that a timer interrupt is periodically taken every 4 ms.
  When the execution of the initialization process (steps S10 to S15) is completed, the CPU 56 repeatedly executes the display random number update process (step S17) and the initial value random number update process (step S18) in the main process. When executing the display random number update process and the initial value random number update process, the interrupt disabled state is set (step S16). When the display random number update process and the initial value random number update process are finished, the interrupt enabled state is set. Set (step S19). In this embodiment, the display random number is a random number for determining the stop symbol of the special symbol when it is not a big hit, or a random number for determining whether to reach when it is not a big hit, The random number update process is a process for updating the count value of the counter for generating the display random number. The initial value random number update process is a process for updating the count value of the counter for generating the initial value random number. In this embodiment, the initial value random number is the initial value of the count value of the counter for generating a random number for determining whether or not to win for a normal symbol (normal random number generation counter for normal symbol determination). It is a random number to determine. A game control process for controlling the progress of the game, which will be described later (the game control microcomputer 560 controls game devices such as an effect display device, a variable winning ball device, a ball payout device, etc. provided in the game machine itself. In the process of transmitting a command signal to be controlled by another microcomputer, or a game machine control process), the count value of the random number for determination per normal symbol is one round (the random number for determination per normal symbol is taken). When the value is incremented by the number of values between the minimum value and the maximum value of the possible values), an initial value is set in the counter.
  In this embodiment, the reach effect is executed using effect symbols that are variably displayed on the effect display device 9. In addition, when the display result of the special symbol is a jackpot symbol, the reach effect is always executed (however, in the case of the sudden probability variation big hit, the reach probability sudden hit symbol (for example, “135”) is not reached but reached. May be stopped). When the display result of the special symbol is not a jackpot symbol, the game control microcomputer 560 determines whether to execute the reach effect by performing a lottery to determine the variation pattern type and variation pattern using random numbers. To do. However, it is the production control microcomputer 100 that actually executes the reach production control.
  When the timer interrupt occurs, the CPU 56 executes the timer interrupt process of steps S20 to S34 shown in FIG. In the timer interrupt process, first, a power-off detection process for detecting whether or not a power-off signal is output (whether or not an on-state is turned on) is executed (step S20). The power-off signal is output, for example, when a power supply monitoring circuit mounted on the power supply board detects a decrease in the voltage of the power supplied to the gaming machine. In the power-off detection process, when detecting that the power-off signal has been output, the CPU 56 executes a power supply stop process for saving necessary data in the backup RAM area. Next, detection signals from the gate switch 32a, the first start port switch 13a, the second start port switch 14a, and the count switch 23 are input via the input driver circuit 58, and their state is determined (switch processing: step S21). ).
  Next, the CPU 56 has a first special symbol display 8a, a second special symbol display 8b, a normal symbol display 10, a first special symbol hold storage display 18a, a second special symbol hold storage display 18b, a normal symbol. A display control process for controlling the display of the on-hold storage display 41 is executed (step S22). About the 1st special symbol display 8a, the 2nd special symbol display 8b, and the normal symbol display 10, a drive signal is output with respect to each display according to the content of the output buffer set by step S32, S33. Execute control.
  Also, a process of updating the count value of each counter for generating each random number for determination such as a random number for determination per ordinary symbol used for game control is performed (determination random number update process: step S23). The CPU 56 further performs a process of updating the count value of the counter for generating the initial value random number and the display random number (initial value random number update process, display random number update process: steps S24 and S25).
  Further, the CPU 56 performs special symbol process processing (step S26). In the special symbol process, corresponding processing is executed according to a special symbol process flag for controlling the first special symbol indicator 8a, the second special symbol indicator 8b, and the special winning award in a predetermined order. The CPU 56 updates the value of the special symbol process flag according to the gaming state.
  Next, normal symbol process processing is performed (step S27). In the normal symbol process, the CPU 56 executes a corresponding process according to the normal symbol process flag for controlling the display state of the normal symbol display 10 in a predetermined order. The CPU 56 updates the value of the normal symbol process flag according to the gaming state.
  Further, the CPU 56 performs a process of sending an effect control command to the effect control microcomputer 100 (effect control command control process: step S28).
  Further, the CPU 56 performs information output processing for outputting data such as jackpot information, start information, probability variation information supplied to the hall management computer, for example (step S29).
  Further, the CPU 56 executes a prize ball process for setting the number of prize balls based on detection signals from the first start port switch 13a, the second start port switch 14a and the count switch 23 (step S30). Specifically, the payout control micro mounted on the payout control board 37 in response to the winning detection based on any one of the first start port switch 13a, the second start port switch 14a and the count switch 23 being turned on. A payout control command (prize ball number signal) indicating the number of prize balls is output to the computer. The payout control microcomputer drives the ball payout device 97 in accordance with a payout control command indicating the number of winning balls.
  In this embodiment, a RAM area (output port buffer) corresponding to the output state of the output port is provided. However, the CPU 56 relates to on / off of the solenoid in the RAM area corresponding to the output state of the output port. The contents are output to the output port (step S31: output process).
  Further, the CPU 56 performs special symbol display control processing for setting special symbol display control data for effect display of the special symbol in the output buffer for setting the special symbol display control data according to the value of the special symbol process flag ( Step S32).
  Further, the CPU 56 performs a normal symbol display control process for setting normal symbol display control data for effect display of the normal symbol in an output buffer for setting the normal symbol display control data according to the value of the normal symbol process flag ( Step S33). For example, when the start flag related to the variation of the normal symbol is set, the CPU 56 switches the display state (“◯” and “×”) for the variation rate of the normal symbol every 0.2 seconds until the end flag is set. With such a speed, the value of the display control data set in the output buffer (for example, 1 indicating “◯” and 0 indicating “x”) is switched every 0.2 seconds. Further, the CPU 56 outputs a normal signal on the normal symbol display 10 by outputting a drive signal in step S22 according to the display control data set in the output buffer.
  Thereafter, the interrupt permission state is set (step S34), and the process is terminated.
  With the above control, in this embodiment, the game control process is started every 4 ms. The game control process corresponds to the processes in steps S21 to S33 (excluding step S29) in the timer interrupt process. In this embodiment, the game control process is executed by the timer interrupt process. However, in the timer interrupt process, for example, only a flag indicating that an interrupt has occurred is set, and the game control process is performed by the main process. May be executed.
  When the shifted symbol is stopped and displayed on the first special symbol display 8a or the second special symbol display 8b and the effect display device 9, the variable display state of the effect symbol is started after the variable display of the effect symbol is started. There may be a case where a predetermined combination of effects that does not reach reach is stopped and displayed without reaching reach. Such a variable display mode of the effect symbol is referred to as a variable display mode of “non-reach” (also referred to as “normally shift”) in a case where the variable display result is a loss symbol.
  When the shifted symbol is stopped and displayed on the first special symbol display 8a or the second special symbol display 8b and the effect display device 9, the variable display state of the effect symbol is started after the variable display of the effect symbol is started. After reaching the reach state, a reach effect is executed, and a combination of predetermined effect symbols that do not eventually become a jackpot symbol may be stopped and displayed. Such a variable display result of the effect design is referred to as a variable display mode of “reach” (also referred to as “reach out”) when the variable display result is “out of”.
  In this embodiment, when the big win symbol is stopped and displayed on the first special symbol display 8a or the second special symbol display 8b, the reach effect is executed after the variable display state of the effect symbol becomes the reach state. Finally, the effect symbols are stopped and displayed in the “left”, “middle”, and “right” symbol display areas 9L, 9C, and 9R in the effect display device 9 (provided that the probability sudden hit is sudden) In some cases, the probability change big hit symbol (for example, “135”) is stopped and displayed without reaching reach).
  When “5”, which is a small hit, is stopped and displayed on the first special symbol display 8a or the second special symbol display 8b, the effect display variable display mode is “suddenly probable big hit” on the effect display device 9. In the same manner as in the case where the effect symbol is variably displayed, a predetermined small hit symbol (the same symbol as the sudden probability variation big hit symbol, for example, "135") may be stopped and displayed. The display effect in the effect display device 9 corresponding to the fact that “5”, which is the small hit symbol, is stopped and displayed on the first special symbol display 8a or the second special symbol indicator 8b is referred to as a “small hit” variable display mode. .
  Here, the small win is a hit that is allowed up to a small number of times that the big winning opening is opened compared to the big win (in this embodiment, the opening for 0.1 second is twice). When the small hit game ends, the game state does not change. That is, there is no transition from the probability variation state to the normal state or from the normal state to the certain variation state. In addition, the sudden probability change big hit is allowed up to a small number of times of opening of the big prize opening in the big hit gaming state (in this embodiment, opening for 0.1 second is twice), but the opening time of the big prize opening is extremely It is a big jackpot that is a short jackpot and the game state after the big jackpot game is shifted to a probabilistic state (that is, by doing so, it appears to the player as if it suddenly became a probable state) Is). In other words, in this embodiment, the sudden winning odds and the small wins have the same opening pattern of the big prize opening. By controlling in such a way, if the winning opening is opened twice for 0.1 seconds, it is impossible to recognize whether it is suddenly a big hit or a small hit, so a high probability state for the player (Probable change state) can be expected, and the interest of the game can be improved.
  FIG. 6 is an explanatory diagram showing the variation pattern of the effect symbol prepared in advance. As shown in FIG. 6, in this embodiment, the non-reach PA 1-1 to the non-reach are used as a variation pattern corresponding to the case where the variable display result is “out of” and the variable display mode of the effect design is “non-reach”. A variation pattern of reach PA1-4 is prepared. Further, normal PA2-1 to normal PA2-2, normal PB2-1 to normal PB2-2 are variations patterns corresponding to the case where the variable display result is “out of” and the variable display mode of the effect symbol is “reach”. Fluctuation patterns of Super PA3-1 to Super PA3-2 and Super PB3-1 to Super PB3-2 are prepared. Note that, as shown in FIG. 6, re-variation is performed once for the variation pattern of the non-reach PA 1-4 that is used in the case where the reach is not performed and the pseudo-ream effect is performed. Of the variation patterns used for reaching and accompanied by pseudo-rendition, when normal PB2-1 is used, re-variation is performed once. Of the variation patterns that are used for reaching and have a pseudo-continuous effect, when normal PB2-2 is used, re-variation is performed twice. Furthermore, when using super PA3-1 to super PA3-2 among the fluctuation patterns used for reaching and accompanied by pseudo-rendition effects, re-variation is performed three times. Note that the re-variation means that the variable display of the effect symbol is executed again after temporarily stopping the effect symbol that is once deviated from the start of the variable display of the effect symbol until the display result is derived and displayed. .
  Also, as shown in FIG. 6, in this embodiment, normal PA2-3 to normal PA2-4, normal PB2 are used as the variation patterns corresponding to the case where the variable symbol display result of the special symbol is a big hit symbol or a small hit symbol. -3 to Normal PB2-4, Super PA3-3 to SuperPA3-4, Super PB3-3 to Super PB3-4, Special PG1-1 to Special PG1-3, Special PG2-1 to Special PG2-2 Is prepared. In FIG. 6, the fluctuation patterns of special PG1-1 to special PG1-3 and special PG2-1 to special PG2-2 are fluctuation patterns used when sudden probability change big hit or small hit. Further, as shown in FIG. 6, when the normal PB2-3 is used among the fluctuation patterns that are used when the sudden sudden change is not big hit or small hit and has a pseudo-continuous effect, the re-variation is performed once. Of the fluctuation patterns used for reaching and accompanied by pseudo-continuous effects, when normal PB2-4 is used, re-variation is performed twice. Furthermore, when using super PA3-3 to super PA3-4 among the fluctuation patterns that are used for reaching and have the effect of pseudo-ream, re-variation is performed three times. In addition, for the variation pattern of the special PG 1-3 that is used in the case of sudden probability big hit or small hit and has a pseudo-continuous effect, re-variation is performed once.
  In this embodiment, as shown in FIG. 6, when the variation time is fixedly determined according to the type of reach (for example, the variation time is 32 in the case of Super Reach A with pseudo-ream). In the case of Super Reach A without pseudo-ream, the fluctuation time is fixed at 22.75 seconds). For example, even in the case of the same type of Super Reach Depending on the total number of pending storage, the variation time may be varied. For example, even with the same type of super reach, the variation time may be shortened as the total number of pending storage increases. Also, for example, even in the case of the same type of super reach, when the variable display of the first special symbol is performed, the variable time may be varied according to the first reserved memory number. When the variable display of the two special symbols is performed, the variable time may be varied according to the second reserved memory number. In this case, a separate determination table is prepared for each value of the first reserved memory number and the second reserved memory number (for example, the variation pattern type determination table for the reserved memory numbers 0 to 2 and the reserved memory numbers 3 and 4). For example, a determination table may be selected according to the value of the first reserved memory number or the second reserved memory number, and the change time may be varied.
FIG. 7 is an explanatory diagram showing each random number. Each random number is used as follows.
(1) Random 1 (MR1): Determines the type of jackpot (normal jackpot, probability variation jackpot, sudden probability variation jackpot described later) (for jackpot type determination)
(2) Random 2 (MR2): The type (type) of the variation pattern is determined (for variation pattern type determination)
(3) Random 3 (MR3): A variation pattern (variation time) is determined (for variation pattern determination)
(4) Random 4 (MR4): Determines whether or not to generate a hit based on a normal symbol (for normal symbol hit determination)
(5) Random 5 (MR5): Determine the initial value of random 4 (for determining the initial value of random 4)
  In this embodiment, the variation pattern is first determined using the variation pattern type determination random number (random 2), and then the variation pattern determined using the variation pattern determination random number (random 3). One of the variation patterns included in the pattern type is determined. Thus, in this embodiment, the variation pattern is determined by a two-stage lottery process.
  The variation pattern type is a group of a plurality of variation patterns according to the characteristics of the variation mode. For example, a plurality of variation patterns are grouped by reach type, and include a variation pattern type including a variation pattern with normal reach, a variation pattern type including a variation pattern with super reach A, and a variation pattern with super reach B. It may be divided into variable pattern types. Further, for example, a plurality of variation patterns are grouped by the number of re-variations of pseudo-continuations, a variation pattern type including a variation pattern without pseudo-ream, a variation pattern type including a variation pattern of one re-variation, It may be divided into a variation pattern type including a variation pattern of two variations and a variation pattern type including a variation pattern of three variations. Further, for example, a plurality of variation patterns may be grouped according to the presence / absence of a specific effect such as a pseudo ream or a slip effect.
  In this embodiment, as will be described later, in the case of a normal big hit or a probable big hit, normal CA3-1, which is a fluctuation pattern type including a fluctuation pattern with only normal reach, and fluctuation with normal reach and pseudo-continuity. It is classified into a normal CA 3-2 that is a variation pattern type including a pattern and a super CA 3-3 that is a variation pattern type with super reach. In addition, in the case of sudden probability variation big hit, it is classified into special CA4-1 that is a variation pattern type including a non-reach variation pattern and special CA4-2 that is a variation pattern type including a variation pattern with reach. ing. Further, in the case of small hits, it is classified into special CA4-1 that is a variation pattern type including a non-reach variation pattern. Further, in the case of a deviation, it is a non-reach CA 2-1 that is a variation pattern type including a variation pattern with no reach and a specific effect, and a variation pattern type that includes a change pattern with a specific effect without a reach. Non-reach CA2-2, non-reach CA2-3 which is a variation pattern type including a variation pattern of shortened variation without reach and specific effects, and normal CA2-4 which is a variation pattern type including a variation pattern with only normal reach And normal CA2-5 which is a variation pattern type including a variation pattern with normal reach and two re-variation pseudo-continuations, and normal CA2 which is a variation pattern type including a variation pattern with one normal reach and one re-variation pseudo-continuation -6 and super CA2-7 which is a variation pattern type with super reach Are the type divided into.
  In step S23 in the game control process shown in FIG. 5, the game control microcomputer 560 uses a counter for generating (1) a big hit type determination random number and (4) a normal symbol determination random number. Count up (add 1). That is, they are determination random numbers, and other random numbers are display random numbers (random 2, random 3) or initial value random numbers (random 5). In addition, in order to improve a game effect, you may use random numbers other than said random number. In this embodiment, a random number generated by hardware incorporated in the game control microcomputer 560 (or hardware external to the game control microcomputer 560) is used as the jackpot determination random number. Note that a software random number instead of a hardware random number may be used as the jackpot determination random number.
  FIG. 8A is an explanatory diagram showing a jackpot determination table. The jackpot determination table is a collection of data stored in the ROM 54 and is a table in which a jackpot determination value to be compared with the random R is set. The jackpot determination table includes a normal jackpot determination table used in a normal state and a short time state (that is, a gaming state that is not a probability change state) and a probability change jackpot determination table used in a probability change state. Each value described in the left column of FIG. 8 (A) is set in the normal jackpot determination table, and each value described in the right column of FIG. 8 (A) is set in the probability change jackpot determination table. Is set. The numerical value described in FIG. 8A is a jackpot determination value.
  8B and 8C are explanatory diagrams showing a small hit determination table. The small hit determination table is a collection of data stored in the ROM 54 and is a table in which a small hit determination value to be compared with the random R is set. The small hit determination table includes a small hit determination table (for the first special symbol) used when the variable display of the first special symbol is performed, and a small hit determination table used when the variable display of the second special symbol is performed. (For the second special symbol). Each value described in FIG. 8B is set in the small hit determination table (for the first special symbol), and in the small hit determination table (for the second special symbol), the values shown in FIG. Each numerical value listed is set. Moreover, the numerical values described in FIGS. 8B and 8C are small hit determination values.
  Note that it may be determined that a small hit is made only when the variable display of the first special symbol is performed, and the small hit may not be provided when the variable display of the second special symbol is performed. In this case, the small hit determination table for the second special symbol shown in FIG. In this embodiment, when the gaming state is shifted to the probability changing state, the variation display of the second special symbol is mainly executed. Even if the game state is shifted to the probability change state, a small hit will be generated, and if it is configured to produce an effect asking whether or not the probability change will occur, even though the current game state is the probability change state On the contrary, it makes the player feel annoying. Therefore, if it is configured so that the small hit does not occur during the variation display of the second special symbol, if the gaming state is the probability variation state, it is difficult for the small hit to occur and the excessive effect is not given to the probability variation. This can prevent the player from feeling annoyed.
  The CPU 56 extracts the count value of the random number circuit 503 at a predetermined time and sets the extracted value as the value of the big hit determination random number (random R). The big hit determination random number is shown in FIG. If it matches any of the big hit determination values, the special symbol is decided to be a big hit (a normal big hit, a probability variation big hit, and a sudden probability variation big hit described later). Further, when the big hit determination random number value matches one of the small hit determination values shown in FIGS. 8B and 8C, it is determined to make a small hit for the special symbol. Note that the “probability” shown in FIG. 8A indicates the probability (ratio) of a big hit. Further, “probabilities” shown in FIGS. 8B and 8C indicate the probability (ratio) of small hits. Further, deciding whether or not to win a jackpot means deciding whether or not to shift to the jackpot gaming state, but the stop symbol in the first special symbol display 8a or the second special symbol display 8b is determined. It also means deciding whether or not to make a jackpot symbol. Further, determining whether or not to make a small hit means determining whether or not to shift to the small hit gaming state, but stopping in the first special symbol display 8a or the second special symbol display 8b. It also means determining whether or not the symbol is to be a small hit symbol.
  In this embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 8B and 8C, when the small hit determination table (for the first special symbol) is used, the small hit is determined at a ratio of 1/300. On the other hand, when using the small hit determination table (second special symbol), a case where the small hit is determined at a ratio of 1/3000 will be described. Therefore, in this embodiment, when the start winning prize is given to the first start winning opening 13 and the first special symbol variation display is executed, the start winning prize is given to the second starting winning prize slot 14 and the second special symbol is displayed. The ratio determined as “small hit” is higher than when the variable display is executed.
  FIGS. 8D and 8E are explanatory diagrams showing the jackpot type determination tables 131a and 131b stored in the ROM 54. FIG. Among these, FIG. 8 (D) determines the jackpot type using the hold memory based on the game ball having won the first start winning opening 13 (that is, when the variable display of the first special symbol is performed). This is a jackpot type determination table (for the first special symbol) 131a. Further, FIG. 8E shows a case where the jackpot type is determined using the holding memory based on the fact that the game ball has won the second start winning opening 14 (that is, when the variation display of the second special symbol is performed). Is a jackpot type determination table (for the second special symbol) 131b.
  The jackpot type determination tables 131a and 131b, when it is determined that the variable display result is a jackpot symbol, based on the random number (random 1) for determining the jackpot type, the jackpot type is set to “normal jackpot”, “ This table is referred to in order to determine one of “probability big hit” and “sudden probability big hit”. In this embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 8D and 8E, in the big hit type determination table 131a, five decision values are assigned to “suddenly probable big hit” (40 minutes). Is determined to be a sudden probability change big hit at a rate of 5), whereas in the big hit type determination table 131b, one determination value is assigned to "sudden probability change big hit" (a ratio of 1/40) Will be suddenly determined to be a promising big hit). Therefore, in this embodiment, when the start winning prize is given to the first start winning opening 13 and the first special symbol variation display is executed, the start winning prize is given to the second starting winning prize slot 14 and the second special symbol is displayed. Compared with the case where the variable display is executed, the ratio determined as “suddenly probable big hit” is high. Note that “sudden probability variation big hit” is assigned only to the first special symbol jackpot type determination table 131a, and “sudden probability variation big hit” is not assigned to the second special symbol big hit type determination table 131b (ie. It may be determined that “suddenly probable big hit” may be determined only when the variable display of the first special symbol is performed.
  In this embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 8 (D) and 8 (E), a sudden probability variation big hit as the first specific gaming state to which a predetermined amount of game value is given and an amount larger than the game value The first specific gaming state may be determined at a high rate when the first special symbol variation display is executed, and may be determined as a 15-round normal big hit or probable big hit as the second specific gaming state to which the game value is given. However, the game value to be given is not limited to the number of rounds as shown in this embodiment. For example, as compared with the first specific gaming state, the second specific gaming state in which the allowable amount of the winning number (count number) of game balls to the big winning opening per round is increased as the gaming value is determined. Also good. Further, for example, as compared with the first specific gaming state, the second specific gaming state in which the opening time of the big winning opening per game during the big hit may be determined as the gaming value. In addition, for example, even if the same 15 round big hits, the first specific gaming state that opens the big winning opening once per round and the second specific gaming state that opens the big winning opening multiple times per round It may be prepared to increase the gaming value of the second specific gaming state by substantially increasing the number of times the special winning opening is opened. In this case, for example, in any case of the first specific gaming state or the second specific gaming state, when the big winning opening is opened 15 times (in this case, all 15 rounds in the case of the first specific gaming state) In the case of the second specific gaming state, there is an undigested round remaining), and it is possible to execute an effect in such a manner as to inquire whether or not the jackpot continues further. And in the case of the first specific gaming state, all the 15 rounds have been finished internally, so the big hit game is finished, and in the case of the second specific gaming state, there remains an undigested round internally. For this reason, the jackpot game may be continued (the effect that the bonus winning opening is additionally started with a bonus after finishing the bonus hit of 15 times).
  In this embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 8D and 8E, the types of jackpots include “normal jackpot”, “probability variation jackpot”, and “sudden probability variation jackpot”. In this embodiment, the case where the number of rounds executed in the jackpot game is two types of 15 rounds and 2 rounds, but the number of rounds executed in the jackpot game is shown in this embodiment. Not limited to those. For example, there may be provided a 10R probability variable jackpot that is controlled to 10 round jackpot game, a 7R probability variable jackpot that is controlled to 7 round jackpot game, and a 5R probability variable jackpot that is controlled to 5 round jackpot game. In this embodiment, there are three types of jackpot types, “normal jackpot”, “probability big hit”, and “sudden probability big hit”. However, the number is not limited to three, for example, four or more types. A big hit type may be provided. Conversely, the jackpot type may be less than three types, for example, only two types may be provided as the jackpot type.
  The “ordinary big hit” is a big hit that is controlled to the 15-round big hit gaming state and is shifted to the short-time state only after the big hit gaming state ends (see step S167 described later). Then, after shifting to the time reduction state, when the variable display is finished a predetermined number of times (100 times in this embodiment), the time reduction state is ended (see steps S168 and S137 to S140). Even if the variable display is not finished a predetermined number of times, the time saving state is also finished when the next big hit occurs (see step S132).
  The “probable big hit” is a big hit that is controlled to 15 rounds of the big hit gaming state and shifts to the probable change state after the big hit gaming state is finished (in this embodiment, it is changed to the probable change state and the short time state is also entered. (See steps S169 and S170 described later). Then, until the next big hit occurs, the probability variation state and the time reduction state continue (see step S132).
  In addition, “suddenly promising big hit” means that the number of times of opening the big prize opening is smaller than in “normal big hit” or “probable big hit” (in this embodiment, opening for 0.1 seconds is allowed twice). Is a big hit. In other words, when “suddenly promising big hit”, the game is controlled to a two round big hit gaming state. In addition, in “normal big hit” and “probable big hit”, the opening time of the big winning opening per round is as long as 29 seconds, whereas in “sudden probable big hit”, the opening time of the big winning opening per round is long. It is extremely short, 0.1 seconds, and it is almost impossible to expect a game ball to win a big winning opening during a big hit game. In this embodiment, after the sudden probability change big hit gaming state is finished, the state is changed to the probability change state (in this embodiment, the state is changed to the probability change state and also to the short time state. Step S169, which will be described later). (See S170). Then, until the next big hit occurs, the probability variation state and the time reduction state continue (see step S132).
  It should be noted that the mode of sudden probability change big hit is not limited to that shown in this embodiment. For example, the number of times of opening of the big prize opening may be 15 times (15 rounds), which is the same as the normal big hit or suddenly probable big hit, and only the opening time of the big prize opening may be made extremely short as 0.1 seconds.
  As described above, in this embodiment, even in the case of “small hit”, the big winning opening is opened twice for 0.1 seconds, and the big hit gaming state by “suddenly probable big hit” Similar control is performed. In the case of “small hit”, the game state does not change after the opening of the big winning opening twice, and the game state before “small hit” is maintained. By doing so, it is made impossible to recognize whether it is “suddenly promising big hit” or “small hit”, and the interest of the game is improved. In addition, when it is configured so that all the big hit types are probable big hits, it is not necessary to provide the small hits. In addition, when all big hit types are probabilistic big hits, if you make a small hit, it will only shift to the probable change state (high probability state) and suddenly probable big hits without the short time state (high base state). (It is preferable that the opening pattern of the big prize opening is the same in the case of the sudden probability big hit and the small win).
  The big hit type determination tables 131a and 131b are numerical values to be compared with a random 1 value, and corresponding to the “normal big hit”, “probability variable big hit”, and “suddenly probable big hit” (big hit type determination value) ) Is set. When the value of random 1 matches any of the jackpot type determination values, the CPU 56 determines the jackpot type as a type corresponding to the matched jackpot type determination value.
  9A to 9C are explanatory diagrams showing the big hit variation pattern type determination tables 132A to 132C. The jackpot variation pattern type determination tables 132A to 132C, when it is determined that the variable display result is a jackpot symbol, the variation pattern type is determined according to the determination result of the jackpot type, and a random number for determining the variation pattern type. It is a table that is referred to in order to determine one of a plurality of types based on (Random 2).
  Each of the big hit variation pattern type determination tables 132A to 132C includes numerical values (determination values) to be compared with random value (random 2) values for variation pattern type determination, which are normal CA3-1 to normal CA3-2, A determination value corresponding to any one of the variation pattern types of super CA3-3, special CA4-1, and special CA4-2 is set.
  For example, the big hit variation pattern type determination table 132A shown in FIG. 9A used when the big hit type is “normal big hit”, and FIG. 9B used when the big hit type is “probable big hit”. The allocation of determination values for the variation pattern types of normal CA3-1 to normal CA3-2 and super CA3-3 is different from the big hit variation pattern type determination table 132B.
  As described above, when the big hit variation pattern type determination tables 132A to 132C selected according to the big hit type are compared, the assignment of the determination value to each fluctuation pattern type is different according to the big hit type. Also, determination values are assigned to different variation pattern types depending on the jackpot type. Therefore, different variation pattern types can be determined according to the determination result of whether the big hit type is a plurality of types, and the ratio determined for the same variation pattern type can be varied.
  In this embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 9A and 9B, in the case of “normal big hit” or “probable big hit”, the value of random number (random 2) for determining the variation pattern type Is 150 to 251, it can be seen that variable display with at least super reach (super reach A, super reach B) is executed.
  In addition, for the super reach big hit, the variation pattern type with pseudo-continuity (variation pattern type including the variation pattern of Super PA3-3 and Super PA3-4) and the variation pattern type without super-continuity (Super PB3-3, Super It may be divided into a variation pattern type including a variation pattern of PB3-4. In this case, in both the big hit variation pattern type determination table 132A for normal big hit and the big hit variation pattern type determination table 132B for probability variation big hit, the variation pattern type with super reach and pseudo-ream, super reach and pseudo ream A variation pattern type that is not accompanied is assigned.
  In the big hit variation pattern type determination table 132C used when the big hit type is “suddenly probable big hit”, for example, when the big hit type such as special CA4-1 or special CA4-2 is other than “suddenly probable big hit”. A determination value is assigned to a variation pattern type to which no determination value is assigned. Therefore, when the variable display result is “big hit” and the big hit type is “suddenly probable big hit”, it is different from the normal big hit or the big hit state with the probable big hit. The variation pattern type can be determined.
  FIG. 9D is an explanatory diagram showing a small hit variation pattern type determination table 132D. The small hit variation pattern type determination table 132D has a plurality of variation pattern types based on a random number (random 2) for variation pattern type determination when it is determined that the variable display result is a small hit symbol. It is a table that is referred to in order to determine any of the above. In this embodiment, as shown in FIG. 9D, when it is determined to be a small hit, the case where the special CA4-1 is determined as the variation pattern type is shown. .
  FIGS. 10A to 10C are explanatory diagrams showing the deviation variation pattern type determination tables 135A to 135C. Among these, FIG. 10 (A) shows a loss variation pattern type determination table 135A used when the gaming state is the normal state and the total number of pending storages is less than three. FIG. 10B shows a loss variation pattern type determination table 135B used when the gaming state is the normal state and the total number of pending storages is 3 or more. FIG. 10C shows a deviation variation pattern type determination table 135C used when the gaming state is a probability variation state or a short time state. The deviation variation pattern type determination tables 135A to 135C have a plurality of variation pattern types based on a random number (random 2) for variation pattern type determination when it is determined that the variable display result is a loss symbol. It is a table that is referred to in order to determine any of the above.
  In the example shown in FIG. 10, the case where the game state is in the probabilistic state or the short-time state and the case where the separate variation pattern type determination tables 135 </ b> B to 135 </ b> C are used for the case where the total pending storage number is 3 or more are shown. However, the common variation pattern type determination table may be used for the case of the probability variation state or the time-short state and the case where the total pending storage number is 3 or more. Further, in the example shown in FIG. 10C, a case is used in which the variation pattern type determination table 135C for probability variation / shortening time is used regardless of the total number of stored storages. As the variation pattern type determination table, a plurality of loss variation pattern determination tables (tables having different ratios of determination values) corresponding to the total number of pending storages may be used.
  In this embodiment, when the gaming state is the normal state, the deviation variation pattern type determination table 135A used when the total pending storage number is less than 3 and the total pending storage number is 3 or more. In this example, two types of tables are used, namely, the deviation variation pattern type determination table 135B. However, the method of dividing the variation variation pattern type determination table is not limited to that shown in this embodiment. For example, a separate deviation variation pattern type determination table may be provided for each value of the total pending storage number (that is, for the total pending storage number 0, for the total pending storage number 1, for the total pending storage number 2) , The deviation variation pattern type determination table for the total pending storage number 3, for the total pending storage number 4... May be used separately). Further, for example, a deviation variation pattern type determination table corresponding to a combination of a plurality of other values stored in the total number of pending storages may be used. For example, a deviation variation pattern type determination table for the total pending storage number 0-2, the total pending storage number 3, the total pending storage number 4,... May be used.
  Further, in this embodiment, a case is shown in which a plurality of deviation variation pattern type determination tables are provided according to the total number of reserved storages, but deviation variation pattern type determination is performed according to the first and second reserved memory numbers. A plurality of tables may be provided. For example, when the variable display of the first special symbol is performed, a deviation variation pattern type determination table prepared separately for each value of the first reserved memory number may be used (that is, the first reserved memory number). The deviation variation pattern type determination table for 0, for the first reserved memory number, for the first reserved memory number for 2, for the first reserved memory number for three, for the first reserved memory number for four, etc. Each may be used separately). Further, for example, a deviation variation pattern type determination table corresponding to a combination of a plurality of other values of the first reserved storage number may be used. For example, a deviation variation pattern type determination table for the first reserved memory number 0 to 2, the first reserved memory number 3, the first reserved memory number 4, and so on may be used. Even in this case, when the first reserved memory number and the second reserved memory number are large (for example, 3 or more), it may be configured such that a variation pattern type including a variation pattern with a short variation time is easily selected. . Even in such a case, a common determination value may be assigned to a variation pattern type including a variation pattern with super reach as a specific variable display pattern.
  Note that “specific performance mode” refers to a variation pattern type or variation pattern that has a high expectation level for at least big hits, such as a fluctuation pattern with super reach, and can give the player a sense of expectation for the big hit. It is. In addition, the “expected degree (reliability) for the big hit” indicates an appearance rate (probability) that the big hit appears when variable display (for example, variable display with super reach) according to the specific performance mode is executed. ing. For example, the expectation degree of jackpot when the variable display with super reach is executed is determined as (the rate at which super reach is executed when the jackpot is determined) / (when the jackpot is determined to be a jackpot and lost) Is calculated by calculating the rate at which super reach is performed on both.
  Each of the deviation variation pattern type determination tables 135A to 135B includes a numerical value (determination value) to be compared with a random number (random 2) value for variation pattern type determination, which is non-reach CA2-1 to non-reach CA2-. 3, a determination value corresponding to one of the variation pattern types of normal CA2-4 to normal CA2-6 and super CA2-7 is set.
  As shown in FIGS. 10A and 10B, in this embodiment, when the game state is out of the normal state and the game state is the normal state, the value of the random number (random 2) for determining the variation pattern type Is 230 to 251, it can be seen that variable display with at least super reach (super reach A, super reach B) is executed regardless of the total number of pending storage.
  Also, as shown in FIGS. 10A and 10B, in this embodiment, when the game state is out of the game and the game state is the normal state, the value of the random number (random 2) for determining the variation pattern type Is 1 to 79, it can be seen that the fluctuation display of the normal fluctuation is executed at least without the reach (without the specific effect such as the pseudo ream and the slide effect) regardless of the total number of the pending storage. Due to such a table configuration, in this embodiment, the determination table (displacement variation pattern type determination table 135A, 135B) includes at least one of the variable display patterns other than the reach variable display pattern (variation pattern with reach). Regardless of the number of rights (first reserved memory number, second reserved memory number, combined reserved memory number) stored in the reserved memory means (first reserved memory buffer or second reserved memory buffer) for a part, Common determination values (1 to 79 in the examples shown in FIGS. 10A and 10B) are assigned. Note that the “variable display pattern other than the reach variable display pattern” means, for example, a variable display result without a reach, a specific effect such as a pseudo-ream or a slip effect, as shown in this embodiment. Is a variable display pattern (fluctuation pattern) that is used when the big hit is not a big hit.
  In this embodiment, as shown in FIG. 9, the case where the common big hit variation pattern type determination table is used regardless of the current game state is shown. However, the current game state is a probable state or a time-short state. Depending on whether it is a normal state or not, a big hit variation pattern type determination table prepared separately may be used. In this embodiment, when the total number of pending storages is 3 or more, the variation pattern for shortening variation is determined by selecting the variation pattern type determination table for shortening shown in FIG. 10B. Although the case where it is configured so that there is a case is shown, the total number of reserved memories (the first reserved memory number or the second reserved memory number may be used) when the variation pattern of the shortening variation can be selected according to the current gaming state ) May be different. For example, when the gaming state is the normal state, when the total number of reserved memory is 3 (or when the first reserved memory number or the second reserved memory number is 2, for example), The variation pattern type determination table for loss is selected so that the variation pattern of the shortened variation may be determined. When the gaming state is the probability variation state or the short time state, the total number of pending storages is smaller 1 or 2 (Or, for example, even when the first reserved memory number and the second reserved memory number are smaller 0 or 1), the variation pattern type of shortening variation is selected by selecting the shortening variation pattern type determination table. It may be determined.
  FIGS. 11A and 11B are explanatory views showing hit variation pattern determination tables 137A to 137B stored in the ROM 54. FIG. The hit fluctuation pattern determination tables 137A to 137B determine the fluctuation pattern according to the determination result of the big hit type or the fluctuation pattern type when it is determined that the variable display result is “big hit” or “small hit”. This is a table that is referred to in order to determine a variation pattern as one of a plurality of types based on a random number (random 3). Each of the variation pattern determination tables 137A to 137B is selected as a usage table according to the determination result of the variation pattern type. That is, the hit variation pattern determination table 137A is selected as the usage table in accordance with the determination result that the variation pattern type is one of normal CA3-1 to normal CA3-2 or super CA3-3, and the variation pattern type is specially selected. The hit variation pattern determination table 137B is selected as the use table in accordance with the determination result indicating that either CA4-1 or special CA4-2 is selected. Each hit variation pattern determination table 137A to 137B is a numerical value (determination value) to be compared with a random pattern random number (random 3) value according to the variation pattern type, and the variable display result of the effect symbol is Data (determination value) corresponding to any of a plurality of types of variation patterns corresponding to the case of “big hit” is included.
  In the example shown in FIG. 11A, as the variation pattern types, normal CA3-1, which is a variation pattern type including a variation pattern with only normal reach, and a variation pattern type including a variation pattern with normal reach and pseudo-continuity are used. A case is shown in which a normal CA 3-2 is classified into a normal CA 3-2 and a super CA 3-3 that is a variation pattern type including a variation pattern with super reach (which may be accompanied by a pseudo-ream). In the example shown in FIG. 11B, as the variation pattern type, a special CA4-1 that is a variation pattern type including a non-reach variation pattern and a special CA4- that is a variation pattern type including a variation pattern with reach are used. 2 shows a case of classification into two. In FIG. 11B, the variation pattern type may be divided according to the presence / absence of a specific effect such as a pseudo-ream or a slip effect instead of being classified according to the presence / absence of reach. In this case, for example, the special CA 4-1 includes a special PG 1-1 and a special PG 2-1 that are fluctuation patterns not accompanied by a specific effect, and the special CA 4-2 includes a special PG 1-2, a special effect PG 1-2, and a special effect. You may comprise so that PG1-3 and special PG2-2 may be included.
  FIG. 12 is an explanatory diagram showing a deviation variation pattern determination table 138A stored in the ROM 54. As shown in FIG. When it is determined that the variable display result is “out of”, the deviation variation pattern determination table 138A is based on a random number (random 3) for variation pattern determination according to the determination result of the variation pattern type. It is a table referred to in order to determine any one of a plurality of types of variation patterns. The deviation variation pattern determination table 138A is selected as a usage table according to the determination result of the variation pattern type.
  FIG. 13 and FIG. 14 are explanatory diagrams showing an example of the contents of the effect control command transmitted by the game control microcomputer 560. In the example shown in FIG. 13 and FIG. 14, the command 80XX (H) is an effect control command (variation pattern command) for designating a variation pattern of the effect symbol that is variably displayed on the effect display device 9 in response to variable display of the special symbol. (Each corresponding to a variation pattern XX). That is, when a unique number is assigned to each of the usable variation patterns shown in FIG. 6, there is a variation pattern command corresponding to each variation pattern specified by the number. “(H)” indicates a hexadecimal number. The effect control command for designating the variation pattern is also a command for designating the start of variation. Therefore, when receiving the command 80XX (H), the effect control microcomputer 100 controls the effect display device 9 to start variable display of effect symbols.
  Commands 8C01 (H) to 8C05 (H) are effect control commands indicating whether or not to make a big hit, whether or not to make a big hit, and a big hit type. The effect control microcomputer 100 determines the display result of the effect symbols in response to the reception of the commands 8C01 (H) to 8C05 (H), so the commands 8C01 (H) to 8C05 (H) are referred to as display result designation commands.
  Command 8D01 (H) is an effect control command (first symbol variation designation command) indicating that variable display (variation) of the first special symbol is started. Command 8D02 (H) is an effect control command (second symbol variation designation command) indicating that variable display (variation) of the second special symbol is started. The first symbol variation designation command and the second symbol variation designation command may be collectively referred to as a special symbol specifying command (or symbol variation designation command). Note that information indicating whether to start variable display of the first special symbol or variable display of the second special symbol may be included in the variation pattern command.
  Command 8F00 (H) is an effect control command (symbol confirmation designation command) indicating that the variable display (fluctuation) of the fourth symbol is terminated and the display result (stop symbol) is derived and displayed. When receiving the symbol confirmation designation command, the effect control microcomputer 100 ends the variable display (fluctuation) of the fourth symbol and derives and displays the display result.
  Command 9000 (H) is an effect control command (initialization designation command: power-on designation command) transmitted when power supply to the gaming machine is started. Command 9200 (H) is an effect control command (power failure recovery designation command) transmitted when power supply to the gaming machine is resumed. When the power supply to the gaming machine is started, the gaming control microcomputer 560 transmits a power failure recovery designation command if data is stored in the backup RAM, and if not, initialization designation is performed. Send a command.
  Command 9F00 (H) is an effect control command (customer waiting demonstration designation command) for designating a customer waiting demonstration.
  Commands A001 and A002 (H) are effect control commands for displaying the fanfare screen, that is, designating the start of the big hit game (big hit start designation command: fanfare designation command). In this embodiment, a big hit start designation command or a small hit / sudden probability sudden change big hit start designation command is used according to the type of big hit. Specifically, the big hit start designation command (A001 (H)) is used for “normal big hit” or “probable big hit”, and the small hit for “suddenly promiscuous big hit” or “small hit”. / Sudden probability change big hit start designation command (A002 (H)) is used. Note that the game control microcomputer 560 may be configured to transmit a fanfare designation command for suddenly probable big hit start designation in the case of a sudden big hit, but not to send a fanfare designation command in the case of a small hit. Good.
  The command A1XX (H) is an effect control command (special command during opening of a big winning opening) indicating a display during the opening of the big winning opening for the number of times (round) indicated by XX. Since the value specifying the round is set in the EXT data for each round, and the command for opening a special prize opening is transmitted, a different command for opening a special prize opening is transmitted for each round. For example, when executing the first round during the big hit game, a special winning opening opening designation command (A101 (H)) for specifying round 1 is transmitted, and when executing the tenth round during the big hit game. Is a special winning opening open designation command (A10A (H)) for designating round 10. A2XX (H) is an effect control command (designation command after opening the big winning opening) indicating the closing of the big winning opening for the number of times (round) indicated by XX. In addition, since the value specifying the round is set in the EXT data for each round and the designation command after opening the special winning opening is transmitted, a different designation command after opening the special winning opening is transmitted for each round. For example, when ending the first round during the big hit game, a designation command (A201 (H)) after the big winning opening is designated to designate round 1, and when the tenth round during the big hit game is ended. Is sent after a special winning opening opening command (A30A (H)) for designating round 10.
  The command A301 (H) is an effect control command for displaying the jackpot end screen, that is, the end of the jackpot game (a jackpot end designation command: an ending 1 designation command). The jackpot end designation command (A301 (H)) is used to end the jackpot game by the “normal jackpot” or the “probability big hit”. Command A302 (H) is an effect control command (small hit / sudden probability sudden change big hit end designation command: ending 2 designation command) for designating the end of the small hit game or the sudden probability change big hit game. Note that the game control microcomputer 560 is configured to transmit an ending designation command for suddenly probable big hit end designation in the case of sudden probable big hit, but not to send an ending designation command in the case of small hit. Also good.
  Command B000 (H) is an effect control command (normal state background designation command) for designating background display when the gaming state is the normal state. The command B001 (H) is an effect control command (probability change state background designation command) for designating a background display when the gaming state is the probability change state. Command B002 (H) is an effect control command (time-short state background designation command) for designating a background display when the gaming state is the time-short state.
  The command C000 (H) is an effect control command (first start winning designation command) that designates that the first start winning has been won. The command C100 (H) is an effect control command (second start winning designation command) for designating that the second starting win has been won. In this embodiment, hereinafter, the first start prize designation command and the second start prize designation command may be collectively referred to as a start prize designation command.
  The command C2XX (H) is an effect control command (total pending storage number designation command) that designates the total number (total pending storage number) that is the sum of the first reserved memory number and the second reserved memory number. “XX” in the command C2XX (H) indicates the total pending storage number. The command C300 (H) is an effect control command (total pending storage number subtraction designation command) that specifies that the total pending storage number is decremented by one. In this embodiment, the game control microcomputer 560 transmits a total pending memory count subtraction designation command when subtracting the total pending memory count, but does not use the total pending memory count subtraction designation command. When subtracting the total pending storage number, a total pending storage number designation command for designating the total pending storage number after subtraction may be transmitted.
  In this embodiment, a case is shown in which a combined pending storage number designation command for designating the combined pending storage number is transmitted as a command for designating the reserved storage count. It may be configured to transmit a command for designating the increased number of reserved memories. Specifically, when the first reserved memory increases, a first reserved memory number designation command for designating the first reserved memory number is transmitted, and when the second reserved memory increases, the second reserved memory number is designated. The second reserved memory number designation command may be transmitted.
  In this embodiment, a start winning designation command for designating which one of the first start winning opening 13 and the second starting winning opening 14 is won is transmitted as the hold storage information, and the total reserved storage number However, the effect control command to be transmitted as the stored storage information is not limited to that shown in this embodiment. For example, when the number of reserved memories increases, a reserved memory number addition designation command (a first reserved memory number addition designation command or a second reserved memory number addition) indicating that the first reserved memory number or the second reserved memory number has increased. When the reserved memory number decreases, the reserved memory number subtraction designation command (the first reserved memory number subtraction designation command or the command indicating that the first reserved memory number or the second reserved memory number has decreased) is transmitted. (Second reserved memory number subtraction designation command) may be transmitted.
  Command C4XX (H) and command C6XX (H) are effect control commands (winning determination result designation command) indicating the contents of the determination result at the time of winning. Of these, the command C4XX (H) is an effect control command (symbol design command) that indicates whether or not a big hit, a small hit or not, and a big hit type determination result among the winning determination results. is there. The command C6XX (H) is an effect control command indicating a determination result (variation pattern type determination result) of which determination value range of the variation pattern type determination random number is included in the winning determination result. (Variation category command).
  In this embodiment, in the winning effect processing described later (see FIG. 22), the game control microcomputer 560 determines whether or not it is a big hit, a small hit or not, Then, it is determined in which determination value range the random value for determining the variation pattern type falls. Then, in the EXT data of the symbol designating command, a value for designating the big hit or the small hit or a value for designating the type of the big win is set, and control for transmission to the production control microcomputer 100 is performed. Further, a value for designating a range of a determination value as a determination result is set in the EXT data of the variation category command, and control to transmit to the effect control microcomputer 100 is performed. In this embodiment, the production control microcomputer 100 can recognize whether or not the display result is a big hit or a small hit based on the value set in the symbol designation command, and the type of the big hit, Based on the variation category command, the variation pattern type can be recognized when the value of the variation pattern type determination random number becomes a predetermined determination value.
  FIG. 15 is an explanatory diagram showing an example of the contents of a symbol designation command. As shown in FIG. 15, in this embodiment, EXT data is set and a symbol designating command is transmitted according to whether or not a big hit or a small hit is made and the type of the big hit.
  For example, when it is determined that “out of the game” is given in the winning effect processing described later, the CPU 56 transmits a symbol designating command (design 1 designating command) in which “00 (H)” is set in the EXT data. For example, when it is determined that the “normal big hit” is reached, the CPU 56 transmits a symbol designation command (design 2 designation command) in which “01 (H)” is set in the EXT data. Further, for example, when it is determined that “probability big hit”, the CPU 56 transmits a symbol designation command (design 3 designation command) in which “02 (H)” is set in the EXT data. Further, for example, when it is determined that “suddenly promising big hit”, the CPU 56 transmits a symbol designation command (design 4 designation command) in which “03 (H)” is set in the EXT data. Further, for example, when it is determined that the “small hit” is reached, the CPU 56 transmits a symbol designation command (design 5 designation command) in which “04 (H)” is set in the EXT data. Note that the EXT data set in the symbol designation command and the EXT data set in the display result designation command may be shared. With such a configuration, it is possible to share data to be read when setting a symbol designating command and when setting a display result specifying command.
  16 and 17 are explanatory diagrams showing examples of the contents of the variable category command. As shown in FIG. 16 and FIG. 17, in this embodiment, which gaming state is displayed, which display result is the display result of the special symbol or effect symbol, the random number for determining the variation pattern type at the time of starting winning A value is set in the EXT data according to whether it is determined that any of the determination values falls within the range, and a variation category command is transmitted.
  For example, when it is determined that the gaming state is in the normal state and out of place at the time of starting winning, in step S232 of the winning effect processing described later, the CPU 56 first determines whether the value of the random number for determining the variation pattern type is 1 to 79. Determine whether or not. When the value of the variation pattern type determination random number is 1 to 79, the CPU 56 transmits a variation category 1 command in which “00 (H)” is set in the EXT data. In this embodiment, when the gaming state is the normal state, the non-reach CA2-1 variation pattern type is commonly assigned to the range of determination values 1 to 79 regardless of the total number of pending storage. Therefore, the production control microcomputer 100 can recognize at least that the variation pattern type is non-reach CA2-1 based on the reception of the variation category 1 command. Next, when the random number for determining the variation pattern type is 80 to 89, the CPU 56 transmits a variation category 2 command in which “01 (H)” is set in the EXT data. Next, when the random number for determining the variation pattern type is 90 to 99, the CPU 56 transmits a variation category 3 command in which “02 (H)” is set in the EXT data. Next, when the random number for determining the variation pattern type is between 100 and 169, the CPU 56 transmits a variation category 4 command in which “03 (H)” is set in the EXT data. Next, when the random number for variation pattern type determination is 170 to 199, the CPU 56 transmits a variation category 5 command in which “04 (H)” is set in the EXT data. Next, when the random number for variation pattern type determination is 200 to 214, the CPU 56 transmits a variation category 6 command in which “05 (H)” is set in the EXT data. Next, when the value of the random number for determining the variation pattern type is between 215 and 229, the CPU 56 transmits a variation category 7 command in which “06 (H)” is set in the EXT data. Next, when the value of the random number for determining the variation pattern type is 230 to 251, the CPU 56 transmits a variation category 8 command in which “07 (H)” is set in the EXT data. In this embodiment, when the gaming state is the normal state, the variation pattern type of the super CA 2-7 is commonly assigned to the range of the determination values 230 to 251 regardless of the total pending storage number. Therefore, the production control microcomputer 100 can recognize that at least the variation pattern type is super CA2-7 based on the reception of the variation category 8 command.
  Note that the threshold values 79, 89, 99, 169, 199, 214, and 229 used to determine which of the above-mentioned variation categories belong are specifically shown in FIGS. 10A and 10B. This is derived by picking up values that can be boundaries of the range of determination values assigned to each variation pattern type in the variation pattern type determination table for loss. This also applies to the subsequent fluctuation categories 9 to 10 and 21 to 29, and is assigned to each fluctuation pattern type in the fluctuation pattern type determination table shown in FIGS. 9 (A) to (D) and FIG. 10 (C). A threshold that is used for category determination is derived by picking up a value that can be a boundary of the range of the determined determination value.
  Further, for example, when it is determined that the gaming state is in a probable change state or a short time state and out of place at the time of winning a start, in step S232 of the winning effect processing described later, the CPU 56 first sets the value of the random number for determining the variation pattern type to 1. It is determined whether or not 219. When the value of the random number for determining the variation pattern type is 1 to 219 (that is, when the variation pattern type is non-reach CA2-3), the CPU 56 performs the variation in which “08 (H)” is set in the EXT data. Send category 9 command. Next, the CPU 56 sets “09 (H)” to the EXT data when the value of the random number for determining the variation pattern type is 220 to 251 (that is, the variation pattern type of the super CA 2-7). Send a variable category 10 command.
  Note that the variation pattern type of the super CA 2-7 may be assigned to the range of the determination values 230 to 251 even when the gaming state is the probability variation state or the short time state. By doing so, a common determination value can be assigned to the variation pattern type of the super CA 2-7 regardless of the gaming state. For this reason, when executing the process of step S232 of the effect process at the time of winning to be described later, if it is out of place, the common determination process may be performed regardless of the gaming state, and the program capacity can be further reduced. In this case, the game state determination process in step S226 can be made unnecessary.
  Further, for example, when it is determined that the “usual big hit” is obtained at the time of starting winning, in step S232 of the winning effect processing described later, the CPU 56 first determines whether or not the value of the random number for determining the variation pattern type is 1 to 74. Determine whether. When the random number for determining the variation pattern type is 1 to 74 (that is, when the variation pattern type is normal CA3-1), the CPU 56 sets the variation category in which “10 (H)” is set in the EXT data. 21 commands are transmitted. Next, the CPU 56 sets “11 (H)” in the EXT data when the value of the random number for variation pattern type determination is 75 to 149 (that is, when the variation pattern type is normal CA3-2). A variation category 22 command is transmitted. Next, the CPU 56 sets “12 (H)” in the EXT data when the value of the random number for determining the variation pattern type is 150 to 251 (that is, the variation pattern type of the super CA3-3). A variable category 23 command is transmitted.
  Also, for example, when it is determined that the “probable big hit” is made at the time of starting winning, in step S232 of the winning effect processing described later, the CPU 56 first determines whether or not the value of the random number for determining the variation pattern type is 1 to 38. Determine whether. When the random number for determining the variation pattern type is 1 to 38 (that is, when the variation pattern type is normal CA3-1), the CPU 56 sets the variation category in which “13 (H)” is set in the EXT data. 24 commands are transmitted. Next, the CPU 56 sets “14 (H)” in the EXT data when the value of the random number for determining the variation pattern type is 39 to 79 (that is, when the variation pattern type is normal CA3-2). Send a variation category 25 command. Next, the CPU 56 sets “15 (H)” in the EXT data when the value of the random number for determining the variation pattern type is 80 to 251 (that is, when the variation pattern type is super CA3-3). A variation category 26 command is transmitted.
  Further, for example, when it is determined that the winning odds suddenly become a big win at the start winning, in step S232 of the winning effect processing described later, the CPU 56 first determines whether or not the value of the random number for determining the variation pattern type is 1 to 100. Determine. When the value of the random number for determining the variation pattern type is 1 to 100 (that is, when the variation pattern type is special CA4-1), the CPU 56 sets the variation category in which “16 (H)” is set in the EXT data. 27 commands are transmitted. Next, when the random number for determining the variation pattern type is 101 to 251 (that is, when the variation pattern type is special CA4-2), the CPU 56 sets the variation category in which “17 (H)” is set in the EXT data. 28 commands are transmitted.
  Further, for example, when it is determined that a small hit is made at the time of starting winning, the CPU 56 transmits a variation category 29 command in which “18 (H)” is set in the EXT data.
  Note that the total number of pending storage is not always the same when the winning determination is made at the time of starting winning and when the variable display is actually started, so the fluctuation indicated by the winning determination result designation command There may be a case where the pattern type does not coincide with the variation pattern type actually used in the variation display. However, in this embodiment, since at least the non-reach CA 2-1, super CA 2-7 and super CA 3-3 fluctuation pattern types are assigned a common determination value regardless of the total number of pending storages. (See FIGS. 9 and 10), there is no inconsistency between the winning determination result and the variation pattern type of the variation display that is actually executed. For this reason, in this embodiment, a hold notice effect, which is a kind of prefetch notice effect, is executed based on the winning determination result indicating that the variation pattern type is non-reach CA2-1, super CA2-7 or super CA3-3. The Only when it is determined that the variation pattern types of non-reach CA 2-1, super CA 2-7 and super CA 3-3 are the variation category commands shown in FIGS. 16 and 17 (specifically, variation category 1 command, (Variation category 8 command, variation category 23 command, variation category 26 command only) may be transmitted, and the variation category command may not be transmitted in the case of winning determination results of other variation pattern types. Further, if it is determined at the time of winning that it is other than non-reach CA 2-1, super CA 2-7 and super CA 3-3, a variation category command indicating that the variation pattern type cannot be specified may be transmitted. Good.
  The “prefetching notice effect” is a notice effect that is executed before the start of the variable display that is the target of the notice effect. In this embodiment, as will be described later, when execution of a hold notice effect, which is a kind of pre-read notice effect, is determined when a start winning is generated, the hold display is in a normal mode (in this example, a black round display). A hold notice effect is displayed which is displayed in a special display mode (in this example, blue, green, red, gold, cherry blossom, rainbow-colored round display). In this embodiment, when the hold notice effect is executed, the display of the hold display is started in the normal mode or any special display mode at the timing when the start winning is generated, and then the hold display is shifted at the timing. Each time the variable display is started, the display mode of the hold display for the advance notice can be changed, and an effect is displayed in which the hold display for the advance notice is displayed in any special display form as the final display form. Then, at the timing when the variable display of the advance notice object is started, the hold memory of the advance notice object is consumed, the hold display of the special display mode of the advance notice object is erased, and the hold notice effect ends (therefore, the advance notice is substantially subtracted). The hold notice effect is continued until the change display immediately before the target change display ends).
  In addition, the presentation mode of the pre-reading notice effect is not limited to that shown in this embodiment, and in addition to the holding notice effect, for example, as a pre-reading notice effect, a special display result such as a chance eye pattern continuously over a plurality of variations Various effects, such as performing an effect that stops display, performing an effect that counts down over multiple variations, or performing an effect that changes the effect mode in a manner that the background screen changes Can be considered.
  The effect control microcomputer 100 (specifically, the effect control CPU 101) mounted on the effect control board 80 receives the effect control command described above from the game control micro computer 560 mounted on the main board 31. Then, the display state of the effect display device 9 is changed according to the contents shown in FIGS. 13 and 14, the display state of the lamp is changed, or the sound number data is output to the audio output board 70. To do.
  For example, the game control microcomputer 560 designates the variation pattern of the effect symbol every time there is a start prize and variable display of the special symbol is started on the first special symbol display 8a or the second special symbol display 8b. The variation pattern command and the display result designation command are transmitted to the production control microcomputer 100.
  In this embodiment, the effect control command has a 2-byte structure, the first byte represents MODE (command classification), and the second byte represents EXT (command type). The first bit (bit 7) of the MODE data is always set to “1”, and the first bit (bit 7) of the EXT data is always set to “0”. Note that such a command form is an example, and other command forms may be used. For example, a control command composed of 1 byte or 3 bytes or more may be used.
  In addition, as the transmission method of the effect control command, the effect control command data is output from the main board 31 to the effect control board 80 via the relay board 77 on the eight parallel signal lines of the effect control signals CD0 to CD7, In addition to the effect control command data, a method of outputting a pulse-shaped (rectangular wave-shaped) capture signal (effect control INT signal) for instructing capture of the effect control command data is used. The 8-bit effect control command data of the effect control command is output in synchronization with the effect control INT signal. The effect control microcomputer 100 mounted on the effect control board 80 detects that the effect control INT signal has risen, and starts a 1-byte data capturing process through an interrupt process.
  In the example shown in FIG. 13 and FIG. 14, the variable pattern command and the display result designation command are displayed as variable display (variation) of the effect symbol corresponding to the variation of the first special symbol on the first special symbol display 8 a and the second special symbol. An effect display that can be used in common with the variable display (variation) of the effect symbol corresponding to the variation of the second special symbol on the symbol display 8b, and that produces an effect with the variable display of the first special symbol and the second special symbol. It is possible to prevent an increase in the types of commands transmitted from the game control microcomputer 560 to the effect control microcomputer 100 when controlling the effect parts such as the device 9.
  18 and 19 are flowcharts showing an example of a special symbol process (step S26) program executed by the game control microcomputer 560 (specifically, the CPU 56) mounted on the main board 31. As described above, in the special symbol process, a process for controlling the first special symbol display 8a or the second special symbol display 8b and the special winning opening is executed. In the special symbol process, the CPU 56 turns on the first start winning opening 13 when the first start opening switch 13a for detecting that the game ball has won the first start winning opening 13 is turned on. If a winning has occurred, a first start port switch passage process is executed (steps S311 and S312). If the second start port switch 14a for detecting that the game ball has won the second start winning port 14 is turned on, that is, the start winning to the second start winning port 14 has occurred. Then, the second start port switch passage process is executed (steps S313, S314). Then, any one of steps S300 to S310 is performed. If the first start winning port switch 13a or the second start port switch 14a is not turned on, any one of steps S300 to S310 is performed according to the internal state.
  The processes in steps S300 to S310 are as follows.
  Special symbol normal processing (step S300): Executed when the value of the special symbol process flag is zero. When the game control microcomputer 560 is in a state where the variable symbol special display can be started, the game control microcomputer 560 confirms the number of numerical data stored in the reserved storage buffer (total number of reserved storage). The stored number of numerical data stored in the hold storage buffer can be confirmed by the count value of the combined hold storage number counter. If the count value of the total pending storage number counter is not 0, it is determined whether or not the display result of the variable display of the first special symbol or the second special symbol is a big hit. In case of big hit, set big hit flag. Then, the internal state (special symbol process flag) is updated to a value (1 in this example) according to step S301. The jackpot flag is reset when the jackpot game ends.
  Fluctuation pattern setting process (step S301): This process is executed when the value of the special symbol process flag is 1. Also, the variation pattern is determined, and the variation time in the variation pattern (variable display time: the time from the start of variable display until the display result is derived and displayed (stop display)) Decide to do. Further, control is performed to transmit a variation pattern command corresponding to the determined variation pattern to the effect control microcomputer 100, and a variation time timer for measuring the variation time of the special symbol is started. Then, the internal state (special symbol process flag) is updated to a value (2 in this example) corresponding to step S302.
  Display result designation command transmission process (step S302): This process is executed when the value of the special symbol process flag is 2. Control for transmitting a display result designation command to the production control microcomputer 100 is performed. Then, the internal state (special symbol process flag) is updated to a value (3 in this example) corresponding to step S303.
  Special symbol changing process (step S303): This process is executed when the value of the special symbol process flag is 3. When the variation time of the variation pattern selected in the variation pattern setting process elapses (the variation time timer set in step S301 times out, that is, the variation time timer value becomes 0), the design control microcomputer 100 determines the symbol. Control to transmit the specified command is performed, and the internal state (special symbol process flag) is updated to a value (4 in this example) corresponding to step S304. The effect control microcomputer 100 controls the effect display device 9 to stop the fourth symbol when receiving the symbol confirmation designation command transmitted by the game control microcomputer 560.
  Special symbol stop process (step S304): executed when the value of the special symbol process flag is 4. When the big hit flag is set, the internal state (special symbol process flag) is updated to a value (5 in this example) corresponding to step S305. If the small hit flag is set, the internal state (special symbol process flag) is updated to a value (8 in this example) corresponding to step S308. If neither the big hit flag nor the small hit flag is set, the internal state (special symbol process flag) is updated to a value corresponding to step S300 (in this example, 0). In this embodiment, as will be described later, a special symbol display control for stopping and displaying a special symbol stop symbol in the special symbol display control process based on the fact that the value of the special symbol process flag is 4. The data is set in the output buffer for setting the special symbol display control data (see FIG. 30), and the special symbol stop symbol is actually stopped and displayed according to the setting contents of the output buffer in the display control processing in step S22.
  Preliminary winning opening opening process (step S305): This is executed when the value of the special symbol process flag is 5. In the pre-opening process for the big prize opening, control for opening the big prize opening is performed. Specifically, a counter (for example, a counter that counts the number of game balls that have entered the big prize opening) is initialized and the solenoid 21 is driven to open the big prize opening. In addition, control is performed to transmit the special winning opening open designation command to the production control microcomputer 100, the execution time of the special winning opening open processing is set by the timer, and the internal state (special symbol process flag) is set in step S306. To a value corresponding to (6 in this example). The pre-opening process for the big winning opening is executed for each round, but when the first round is started, the pre-opening process for the big winning opening is also a process for starting the big hit game. In addition, since the value specifying the round is set in the EXT data for each round and the command for opening a special prize opening is specified, a different command for opening a special prize opening is transmitted for each round. For example, when executing the first round during the big hit game, a special winning opening opening designation command (A101 (H)) for specifying round 1 is transmitted, and when executing the tenth round during the big hit game. Is a special winning opening open designation command (A10A (H)) for designating round 10.
  Large winning opening opening process (step S306): This process is executed when the value of the special symbol process flag is 6. In the special prize opening opening process, a process for confirming the establishment of the closing condition of the special prize opening is performed. If the closing condition for the special prize opening is satisfied and there are still remaining rounds, the internal state (special symbol process flag) is updated to a value (5 in this example) corresponding to step S305. In addition, control is performed to transmit the designation command after the big hit release to the microcomputer 100 for effect control, and when all rounds are finished, the internal state (special symbol process flag) is set to a value corresponding to step S307 (this In the example, update to 7).
  Big hit end process (step S307): executed when the value of the special symbol process flag is 7. Control is performed to cause the microcomputer 100 for effect control to perform display control for notifying the player that the big hit gaming state has ended. In addition, a process for setting a flag indicating a gaming state (for example, a probability change flag or a time reduction flag) is performed. Then, the internal state (special symbol process flag) is updated to a value (0 in this example) corresponding to step S300.
  Small hit release pre-processing (step S308): This process is executed when the value of the special symbol process flag is 8. In the pre-opening process for small hits, control is performed to open the big prize opening. Specifically, a counter (for example, a counter that counts the number of game balls that have entered the big prize opening) is initialized and the solenoid 21 is driven to open the big prize opening. Also, the execution time of the special prize opening opening process is set by the timer, and the internal state (special symbol process flag) is updated to a value corresponding to step S309 (9 in this example). Note that the pre-opening process for small hits is executed every time the big winning opening during the small hit game is opened. It is also a process to start.
  Small hit release processing (step S309): executed when the value of the special symbol process flag is 9. Processing to confirm the establishment of the closing condition of the big prize opening is performed. When the closing condition of the big prize opening is satisfied and the number of opening of the big prize opening still remains, the internal state (special symbol process flag) is set to a value (8 in this example) corresponding to step S308. Update. In addition, when all the releases are completed, the internal state (special symbol process flag) is updated to a value (10 in this example) corresponding to step S310.
  Small hit end process (step S310): executed when the value of the special symbol process flag is 10. Control is performed to cause the microcomputer 100 for effect control to perform display control for notifying the player that the small hit gaming state has ended. Then, the internal state (special symbol process flag) is updated to a value (0 in this example) corresponding to step S300.
  FIG. 20 is a flowchart showing the start-port switch passing process in steps S312 and S314. Among these, FIG. 20A is a flowchart showing the first start port switch passing process of step S312. FIG. 20B is a flowchart showing the second start port switch passing process in step S314.
  First, the first start port switch passage process will be described with reference to FIG. In the first start port switch passing process that is executed when the first start port switch 13a is in the on state, the CPU 56 first determines whether or not the first reserved memory number has reached the upper limit (specifically, the first Whether or not the value of the first reserved memory number counter for counting the number of one reserved memory is 4) is confirmed (step S1211A). If the first reserved storage number has reached the upper limit value, the processing is terminated as it is.
  If the first reserved memory number has not reached the upper limit value, the CPU 56 increases the value of the first reserved memory number counter by 1 (step S1212A), and the value of the total reserved memory number counter for counting the total reserved memory number Is increased by 1 (step S1213A). Further, the CPU 56 corresponds to the value of the total reserved memory number counter in the reserved storage specific information storage area (hold specific area) for storing the winning order to the first start winning opening 13 and the second start winning opening 14. Data indicating “first” is set in the area (step S1214A).
  In this embodiment, when the first start opening switch 13a is turned on (that is, when a game ball starts and wins the first start winning opening 13), data indicating “first” is set, When the second start port switch 14a is turned on (that is, when a game ball starts and wins the second start winning port 14), data indicating “second” is set. For example, the CPU 56 sets 01 (H) as data indicating “first” when the first start port switch 13 a is turned on in the reserved storage specifying information storage area (holding specified area), and the first 2 When the start port switch 14a is turned on, 02 (H) is set as data indicating “second”. In this case, when there is no corresponding reserved storage, 00 (H) is set in the reserved storage specific information storage area (hold specific area).
  FIG. 21A is an explanatory diagram showing a configuration example of a reserved storage specifying information storage area (holding specified area). As shown in FIG. 21A, an area corresponding to the maximum value (8 in this example) of the value of the total reserved memory number counter is secured in the reserved specific area. FIG. 21A shows an example in which the value of the total pending storage number counter is 5. As shown in FIG. 21A, an area corresponding to the maximum value (8 in this example) of the total reserved memory number counter is secured in the reserved specific area. 2. Data indicating “first” or “second” is set in the order of winning based on winning in the starting winning port 14. Accordingly, in the reserved storage specific information storage area (hold specific area), the winning order to the first start winning opening 13 and the second starting winning opening 14 is stored. Note that the reserved specific area is formed in the RAM 55.
  Next, the CPU 56 extracts values from the random number circuit 503 and a counter for generating software random numbers, and executes processing for storing them in a storage area in the first reserved storage buffer (see FIG. 21B) (see FIG. 21B). Step S1215A). In the process of step S1215A, a random R (big hit determination random number) that is a hardware random number, a big hit type determination random number (random 1) that is a software random number, a variation pattern type determination random number (random 2), and a variation pattern A random number for determination (random 3) is extracted and stored in the storage area. In addition, the random number for random pattern determination (random 3) is not extracted in the first start port switch passing process (at the time of start winning) and stored in the storage area in advance, but is extracted at the start of the variation of the first special symbol. You may do it. For example, the game control microcomputer 560 may directly extract a value from a variation pattern determination random number counter for generating a variation pattern determination random number (random 3) in a variation pattern setting process described later.
  FIG. 21B is an explanatory diagram showing a configuration example of an area (holding storage buffer) for storing random numbers and the like corresponding to holding storage. As shown in FIG. 21B, a storage area corresponding to the upper limit value (4 in this example) of the first reserved storage number is secured in the first reserved storage buffer. In addition, a storage area corresponding to the upper limit value of the second reserved storage number (4 in this example) is secured in the second reserved storage buffer. In this embodiment, the first reserved storage buffer and the second reserved storage buffer include a random R (big hit determination random number) that is a hardware random number, a big hit type determination random number (random 1) that is a software random number, a variation A random number for pattern type determination (random 2) and a random number for variation pattern determination (random 3) are stored. The first reserved storage buffer and the second reserved storage buffer are formed in the RAM 55.
  Next, the CPU 56 executes prize-winning effect processing for preliminarily determining the fluctuation display result and the fluctuation pattern type when the fluctuation based on the detected winning prize is executed (step S1216A). Then, the CPU 56 performs control to transmit the symbol designation command to the effect control microcomputer 100 based on the determination result of the winning effect process (step S1217A) and transmits the variation category command to the effect control microcomputer 100. Control is performed (step S1218A). Further, the CPU 56 performs control to transmit the first start winning designation command to the production control microcomputer 100 (step S1219A) and sets the value of the total pending storage number counter to the EXT data and sets the total pending storage number designation command. Is transmitted to the production control microcomputer 100 (step S1220A).
  It should be noted that by executing the processing of steps S1217A and S1218A, in this embodiment, the CPU 56 always designates a symbol each time it starts winning a prize at the first start winning opening 13 and executes the winning effect processing of step S1216A. Both the command and the variation category command are transmitted to the production control microcomputer 100.
  Also, in this embodiment, when the process of steps S1217A to S1220A is executed, the start winning to the first start winning opening 13 occurs and the effect designating process at step S1216A is executed. A set of four commands, that is, a command, a variable category command, a first start winning designation command, and a combined pending storage number designation command, are collectively transmitted within one timer interrupt.
  Next, the second start port switch passing process will be described with reference to FIG. In the second start port switch passing process executed when the second start port switch 14a is in the ON state, the CPU 56 determines whether or not the second reserved memory number has reached the upper limit value (specifically, the second hold port number). Whether or not the value of the second reserved memory number counter for counting the memory number is 4 is confirmed (step S1211B). If the second reserved storage number has reached the upper limit value, the processing is terminated as it is.
  If the second reserved memory number has not reached the upper limit value, the CPU 56 increases the value of the second reserved memory number counter by 1 (step S1212B), and the value of the aggregated reserved memory number counter for counting the total reserved memory number Is increased by 1 (step S1213B). In addition, the CPU 56 sets data indicating “second” in an area corresponding to the value of the total reserved memory number counter in the reserved storage specific information storage area (hold specific area) (step S1214B).
  Next, the CPU 56 extracts values from the random number circuit 503 and a counter for generating software random numbers, and executes a process of storing them in a storage area in the second reserved storage buffer (see FIG. 21B) ( Step S1215B). In the process of step S1215B, a random R (big hit determination random number) that is a hardware random number, a big hit type determination random number (random 1) that is a software random number, a variation pattern type determination random number (random 2), and a variation pattern A random number for determination (random 3) is extracted and stored in the storage area. Note that the random number for random pattern determination (random 3) is not extracted in the second start port switch passing process (at the time of start winning) and stored in the storage area in advance, but is extracted at the start of the variation of the second special symbol. You may do it. For example, the game control microcomputer 560 may directly extract a value from a variation pattern determination random number counter for generating a variation pattern determination random number (random 3) in a variation pattern setting process described later.
  Next, the CPU 56 executes a prize-time effect process (step S1216B). Then, the CPU 56 performs control to transmit the symbol designation command to the effect control microcomputer 100 based on the determination result of the winning effect processing (step S1217B), and transmits the variation category command to the effect control microcomputer 100. Control is performed (step S1218B). In addition, the CPU 56 performs control to transmit the second start winning designation command to the effect control microcomputer 100 (step S1219B), and sets the value of the total pending storage number counter to EXT data and sets the total pending storage number designation command. Is transmitted to the production control microcomputer 100 (step S1220B).
  It should be noted that by executing the processing of steps S1217B and S1218B, in this embodiment, the CPU 56 always designates a symbol each time the start-up winning is performed at the second start winning opening 14 and the effect processing at the time of winning in step S1216B is executed. Both the command and the variation category command are transmitted to the production control microcomputer 100.
  Further, in this embodiment, when the process of steps S1217B to S1220B is executed, the start winning to the second start winning opening 14 occurs and the effect designating process at the time of winning in step S1216B is executed. A set of four commands, that is, a command, a variable category command, a second start winning designation command, and a combined pending storage number designation command, are transmitted together in one timer interrupt.
  FIG. 22 is a flowchart showing the winning effect processing in steps S1216A and S1216B. In the winning effect process, the CPU 56 first compares the jackpot determination random number (random R) extracted in steps S1215A and S1215B with the normal jackpot determination value shown in the left column of FIG. It is confirmed whether or not they match (step S220). In this embodiment, at the timing of starting the variation of the special symbol and the production symbol, whether or not to make a big hit or a small hit in the special symbol normal processing described later, determining the type of big hit or changing the variation pattern in the variation pattern setting processing In addition to that, at the timing when the game ball starts and wins at the first start winning opening 13 and the second starting winning opening 14, before the change display based on the start winning is started, By executing the winning presentation process, it is confirmed in advance whether or not the big hit or the small win is made, and which judgment value range the value of the big hit type or the variation pattern type determination random number is. By doing so, the variation display result and variation pattern type are predicted in advance before the variation display of the effect symbol is executed, and the effect control microcomputer is based on the determination result at the time of winning as will be described later. A hold notice effect for notifying that it will be a big hit or super reach is displayed during the change display of the effect symbol.
  If the big hit determination random number (random R) does not match the normal big hit determination value (N in step S220), the CPU 56 sets a probability change flag indicating that the gaming state is a high probability state (probability change state). It is confirmed whether or not (step S221). If the probability change flag is set, the CPU 56 compares the jackpot determination random number (random R) extracted in steps S1215A and S1215B with the jackpot determination value at the time of probability change shown in the right column of FIG. Are matched (step S222). It should be noted that there is a possibility that a plurality of variation displays will be executed after confirming whether or not the state is surely changed in step S221 at the time of the start winning, until the actual display of the variation based on the start winning is actually started. There is. For this reason, the game state has changed (for example, the start of change) from when it is confirmed whether or not it is in the probable variation state at step S221 at the time of starting winning, until when the fluctuation display based on the starting winning is actually started. If there is a probability variation big hit or sudden probability variation big hit before, the normal state has changed to the probability variation state.) For this reason, the gaming state determined in step S221 at the time of starting winning and the gaming state determined at the start of variation (see step S61 described later) are not necessarily the same. In order to prevent such a discrepancy, a game with a change in the game state in the currently stored hold memory is specified, and the determination at the start winning prize is made based on the game state after the change. Also good.
  If the jackpot determination random number (random R) does not match the jackpot determination value at the time of probability change (N in step S222), the CPU 56 determines the jackpot determination random number (random R) extracted in steps S1215A and S1215B and FIG. ) And (C) are compared with the small hit determination values to confirm whether or not they match (step S223). In this case, when there is a start winning at the first start winning opening 13 (when the winning effect processing at step S1216A is executed), the CPU 56 determines the small hit determination table (first It is determined whether or not it matches the small hit determination value set for the special symbol. When there is a start winning at the second start winning opening 14 (when the winning effect processing at step S1216B is executed), the small hit determination table (for the second special symbol) shown in FIG. 8C. It is determined whether or not it matches the small hit determination value set in.
  If the big hit determination random number (random R) does not match the small hit determination value (N in step S223), the CPU 56 sets EXT data “00 (H)” indicating “out of” in the symbol designation command. Is performed (step S224).
  Next, the CPU 56 performs a process for determining the current gaming state (step S225). In this embodiment, in step S225, the CPU 56 determines whether or not the gaming state is a probability change state and whether or not it is a time reduction state (specifically, whether or not a probability change flag and a time reduction flag are set). Determine. It should be noted that there are a plurality of times during the period from the confirmation of whether or not the engine is in a promiscuous state and the short-time state at the time of starting winning, until the start of the variable display based on the starting winning. Variable display may be performed. Therefore, the game state changes between the time when the start winning is confirmed in step S225 and whether or not the state is the short time state and the time when the variation display based on the start winning is actually started. (For example, when a probable big hit or a sudden probable big hit occurs before the start of fluctuation, the normal state may change to a probable state). Therefore, the gaming state determined in step S225 at the time of starting winning and the gaming state determined at the start of variation (see step S61 described later) do not necessarily match. In order to prevent such a discrepancy, a game with a change in the game state in the currently stored hold memory is specified, and the determination at the start winning prize is made based on the game state after the change. Also good.
  Then, the CPU 56 sets each threshold for detachment according to the determination result of step S225 (step S226). In this embodiment, a threshold determination program for performing threshold determination in advance is incorporated, and by determining whether or not the threshold value is larger than the threshold value, the value of the random number for determining the variation pattern type falls within any determination value range. Is determined, and the value of the EXT data set in the variation category command shown in FIGS. 16 and 17 is determined.
  For example, the CPU 56 sets the threshold value 219 when it is determined that the gaming state is the probability changing state or the time saving state. In this case, the CPU 56 determines whether or not the value of the variation pattern type determination random number is equal to or less than the threshold value 219 in step S232 described later, and if it is equal to or less than the threshold value 219 (that is, 1 to 219). Is determined to set “08 (H)” as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 16). If it is not less than or equal to the threshold 219 (that is, 220 to 251), it is determined that “09 (H)” is set as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 16).
  For example, if the CPU 56 determines that the gaming state is the normal state, the CPU 56 sets the threshold values 79, 89, 99, 169, 199, 214, and 229 regardless of the total number of pending storages. In this case, the CPU 56 determines whether or not the value of the variation pattern type determination random number is equal to or less than the threshold value 79 in step S232 described later, and if it is equal to or less than the threshold value 79 (that is, 1 to 79). Is determined to set “00 (H)” as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 16). If the threshold value is 89 or less (that is, 80 to 89), it is determined that “01 (H)” is set as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 16). If the threshold value is 99 or less (ie, 90 to 99), it is determined that “02 (H)” is set as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 16). If the threshold value is 169 or less (that is, 100 to 169), it is determined that “03 (H)” is set as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 16). If the threshold value is 199 or less (that is, 170 to 199), it is determined that “04 (H)” is set as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 16). If the threshold is 214 or less (ie, 200 to 214), it is determined that “05 (H)” is set as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 16). When the threshold value is 229 or less (that is, when it is 215 to 229), it is determined that “06 (H)” is set as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 16). If the threshold value is not less than 229 (that is, 230 to 251), it is determined that “07 (H)” is set as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 16).
  In the threshold determination example described above, 79, 89, 99, 169, 199, 214, and 229 are determined in order from the smallest threshold value. It will never fall within the range below the previous order threshold. That is, after determining whether or not the threshold value is 79 or less, when determining whether or not the threshold value is 89 or less, it does not fall within the range of 1 to 79 that is equal to or less than the threshold value in the previous order. It is determined whether it is in the range. In this embodiment, the case where the threshold values are determined to be 79, 89, 99, 169, 199, 214, and 229 in order from the smallest value is shown. Conversely, 229, 214, You may determine with 199, 169, 99, 89, and 79. The same applies to the determination using other threshold values shown below.
  Note that the threshold value in the normal state may always be set without determining the gaming state in step S225. Even in such a configuration, the range of determination values is shared by at least the variation pattern type that is “non-reach” and the variation pattern type that is “super-reach”. It is possible to determine whether or not “out of” or “super reach out”.
  When the big hit determination random number (random R) matches the small hit determination value (Y in step S223), the CPU 56 uses the symbol designating command for EXT data “04 (H)” indicating “small hit”. Is set (step S227).
  Next, the CPU 56 sets a threshold for small hits (step S228). In this embodiment, the CPU 56 sets the threshold value 251 and determines in step S232 described later that the value of the random number for determining the variation pattern type is equal to or less than the threshold value 251 (1 to 251). It is determined that “18 (H)” is set as the EXT data of the variation category command (see FIG. 17). In the case of a small hit, it may be determined that the EXT data “18 (H)” is set as it is without performing the threshold determination.
  When the jackpot determination random number (random R) matches the jackpot determination value in step S220 or step S222, the CPU 56 determines the type of jackpot based on the jackpot type determination random number (random 1) extracted in steps S1215A and S1215B. Is determined (step S229). In this case, when there is a start winning at the first start winning opening 13 (when the winning effect processing at step S1216A is executed), the CPU 56 determines the jackpot type determination table (first 1D) shown in FIG. Using the special symbol 131a, it is determined whether the big hit type is “normal big hit”, “probable big hit” or “sudden probability big hit”. When there is a start winning at the second start winning opening 14 (when the winning effect processing at step S1216B is executed), the big hit type determination table (for the second special symbol) shown in FIG. 131b is used to determine whether the big hit type is “normal big hit”, “probable big hit” or “suddenly probable big hit”.
  Next, the CPU 56 performs processing for setting the EXT data corresponding to the determination result of the jackpot type in the symbol designation command (step S230). In this case, when it is determined that the “normal big hit” is reached, the CPU 56 performs a process of setting the EXT data “01 (H)” indicating the “normal big hit” in the symbol designation command. If it is determined that “probability big hit”, the CPU 56 performs processing for setting EXT data “02 (H)” indicating “probability big hit” in the symbol designation command. If it is determined that the “sudden probability change big hit” is reached, the CPU 56 performs a process of setting the EXT data “03 (H)” indicating “sudden probability change big hit” in the symbol designation command.
  And CPU56 sets each threshold value for jackpots according to the jackpot type determined by step S229 (step S231).
  For example, the CPU 56 sets the thresholds 74 and 149 when it is determined as “ordinary big hit”. In this case, the CPU 56 determines whether or not the value of the variation pattern type determination random number is equal to or smaller than the threshold 74 in step S232 described later, and if it is equal to or smaller than the threshold 74 (that is, 1 to 74). Is determined to set “10 (H)” as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 17). If the threshold value is 149 or less (that is, 75 to 149), it is determined that “11 (H)” is set as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 17). If it is not less than or equal to the threshold value 149 (ie, 150 to 251), it is determined that “12 (H)” is set as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 17).
  Further, for example, when the CPU 56 determines “probability big hit”, the thresholds 38 and 79 are set. In this case, the CPU 56 determines whether or not the value of the variation pattern type determination random number is equal to or smaller than the threshold value 38 in step S232 described later, and if it is equal to or smaller than the threshold value 38 (that is, 1 to 38). Is determined to set “13 (H)” as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 17). If the threshold value is 79 or less (that is, 39 to 79), it is determined that “14 (H)” is set as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 17). If the threshold value is not 79 or less (that is, 80 to 251), it is determined that “15 (H)” is set as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 17).
  Further, for example, if the CPU 56 determines “suddenly promising big hit”, it sets the threshold 100. In this case, the CPU 56 determines whether or not the value of the variation pattern type determination random number is less than or equal to the threshold value 100 in step S232 described later, and if it is less than or equal to the threshold value 100 (that is, 1 to 100). Is determined to set “16 (H)” as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 17). If the threshold is not less than 100 (that is, 101 to 251), it is determined that “17 (H)” is set as the EXT data of the variable category command (see FIG. 17).
  Next, the CPU 56 uses the threshold value set in steps S226, S228, and S231 and the random number for variation pattern type determination (random 2) extracted in steps S1215A and S1215B to determine which value of the random number for variation pattern type determination. It is determined whether it is within the range of the determination value (step S232).
  In steps S226, S228, and S231, instead of setting a predetermined threshold value, a variation pattern type determination table (see FIGS. 9 and 10) is set. In step S232, the set variation pattern type is set. A determination table may be used to determine the range of the variation pattern type determination random number and which variation pattern type.
  Then, the CPU 56 performs a process of setting the EXT data corresponding to the determination result to the variable category command (step S233). Specifically, the CPU 56 determines “00 (H)” to “09 (H)”, “10” as shown in FIGS. 16 and 17 depending on which variation pattern type is determined in step S232. (H) ”to“ 18 (H) ”is set to the EXT data of the variable category command.
  In this embodiment, although the case where it is determined that the big win or the small win is determined in the determination at the time of winning, the range in which the value of the random number for determining the variation pattern type is uniformly determined is shown. When it is determined that the game is a big hit or a small hit, the range of the random number for determining the variation pattern type may not be determined. Then, when a big win or a small win is received, a symbol designating command indicating that the determination at the time of winning is made may be transmitted, and a variation category command comprehensively indicating that the variation pattern type of a big hit or a small hit may be transmitted. . For example, although the production control microcomputer 100 does not specifically show which variation pattern type, the variation indicated that it will be one of the big hit variation pattern types. Based on the reception of the category command, a hold notice effect described later may be executed.
  23 and 24 are flowcharts showing the special symbol normal process (step S300) in the special symbol process. In the special symbol normal process, the CPU 56 confirms the value of the total pending storage number (step S51). Specifically, the count value of the total pending storage number counter is confirmed. If the total pending storage number is 0, if the customer waiting demonstration designation command has not yet been transmitted, control is performed to send the customer waiting demonstration designation command to the production control microcomputer 100 (step S51A), and the processing is performed. finish. For example, when the CPU 56 transmits a customer waiting demonstration designation command in step S51A, the CPU 56 sets a customer waiting demonstration designation command transmitted flag indicating that the customer waiting demonstration designation command has been transmitted. When the special symbol normal processing after the next timer interruption is executed after sending the customer waiting demo designation command, the customer waiting demonstration request command is repeatedly set based on the fact that the customer waiting demo designation command transmission completed flag is set. Control should be performed so that the demo designation command is not transmitted. In this case, the customer waiting demonstration designation command transmission completion flag may be reset when the next special symbol variation display is started.
  If the total pending storage number is not 0, the CPU 56 checks whether or not the first data among the data set in the pending specific area (see FIG. 21A) is data indicating “first”. (Step S52). When the first data set in the reserved specific area is not data indicating “first” (that is, data indicating “second”) (N in step S52), the CPU 56 determines that the special symbol pointer (first Data indicating “second” is set in a flag indicating whether special symbol process processing is being performed for one special symbol or special symbol process processing is being performed for the second special symbol (step S53). When the first data set in the reserved specific area is data indicating “first” (Y in step S52), the CPU 56 sets data indicating “first” in the special symbol pointer (step S54). ).
  By executing the processing of steps S52 to S54, in this embodiment, the first special symbol changes in accordance with the start winning order in which the game balls win the first start winning opening 13 and the second starting winning opening 14. Display or variable display of the second special symbol is executed. In this embodiment, the first special symbol variation display or the second special symbol variation display is executed in accordance with the start winning order in which the game balls have won the first start winning opening 13 and the second starting winning opening 14. Although the case where it is displayed is shown, you may comprise so that a variable display of any one of a 1st special symbol and a 2nd special symbol may be performed preferentially. In this case, for example, when the state is shifted to the high base state, it is easy to start winning at the second starting winning port 14 provided with the variable winning ball device 15 and the second reserved memory is easily accumulated. The special symbol variation display may be executed with priority.
  In addition, when it is configured so that the variable display of the second special symbol is executed with priority as described above, it is not necessary to store the winning order, so the reserved storage specific information storage shown in FIG. An area (pending specific area) is not required.
  In addition, when it is configured so that the variable display of the second special symbol is executed with priority as described above, when the gaming state is the short-time state (high base state) or the big hit gaming state, No winning determination (pre-reading determination) is performed for the starting winning at the first starting winning opening 13, and a winning determination (pre-reading determination) is made for the starting winning at the first starting winning opening 13 only in the low base state. ) Is desirable. Specifically, in the first start port switch passing process shown in FIG. 20 (A), when step S1215A is completed, it is determined whether or not it is in a time-saving state (specifically, whether or not a time-saving flag is set). ), And whether or not a big hit game is being played (specifically, whether or not the value of the special symbol process flag is 5 or more). What is necessary is just to skip the process of S1216A-S1218B and to transfer to step S1219A. By doing so, it is possible to prevent a situation in which the holding notice effect for the first holding memory is executed even though the second special symbol is only displayed in a variable state during the short time state (high base state). In addition, it is possible to prevent the big hit that exists in the first reserved memory from being stocked, and to make it possible to aim at the big hit even when the second special symbol is changed. be able to.
  Next, the CPU 56 reads out each random number value stored in the storage area corresponding to the reserved storage number = 1 indicated by the special symbol pointer in the RAM 55 and stores it in the random number buffer area of the RAM 55 (step S55). Specifically, when the special symbol pointer indicates “first”, the CPU 56 determines each random number value stored in the storage area corresponding to the first reserved memory number = 1 in the first reserved memory buffer. Is stored in the random number buffer area of the RAM 55. In addition, when the special symbol pointer indicates “second”, the CPU 56 reads out each random number value stored in the storage area corresponding to the second reserved memory number = 1 in the second reserved memory buffer. Store in the random number buffer area of the RAM 55.
  Then, the CPU 56 decrements the count value of the reserved storage number counter indicated by the special symbol pointer, and shifts the contents of each storage area (step S56). Specifically, when the special symbol pointer indicates “first”, the CPU 56 subtracts 1 from the count value of the first reserved memory number counter, and in the reserved specific area and the first reserved memory buffer. Shift the contents of each storage area. In addition, when the special symbol pointer indicates “second”, the count value of the second reserved memory number counter is decremented by 1, and the contents of each storage area in the reserved specific area and the second reserved memory buffer are shifted. To do.
  That is, when the special symbol pointer indicates “first”, the CPU 56 stores the first reserved memory number = n (n = 2, 3, 4) in the first reserved memory buffer of the RAM 55. Each stored random number value is stored in a storage area corresponding to the first reserved memory number = n−1. Further, when the special symbol pointer indicates “second”, each stored in the storage area corresponding to the second reserved memory number = n (n = 2, 3, 4) in the second reserved memory buffer of the RAM 55. The random value is stored in the storage area corresponding to the second reserved memory number = n−1. In addition, the CPU 56 adds the values (values indicating “first” or “second”) stored in the storage area corresponding to the total reserved storage number = m (m = 2 to 8) in the reserved specific area. Store in the storage area corresponding to the number of reserved storage = m−1.
  Therefore, the order in which each random value stored in each storage area corresponding to each first reserved memory number (or each second reserved memory number) is extracted is always the first reserved memory number (or (Second reserved storage number) = 1, 2, 3, 4 in order. Further, the order in which the values stored in the respective storage areas corresponding to the total number of pending storages are extracted always matches the order of the total number of pending storages = 1-8.
  Then, the CPU 56 decreases the value of the total pending storage number by one. That is, 1 is subtracted from the count value of the total pending storage number counter (step S58). The CPU 56 stores the value of the total pending storage number counter before the count value is decremented by 1 in a predetermined area of the RAM 55.
  Moreover, CPU56 performs control which transmits a background designation | designated command to the microcomputer 100 for effect control according to the present game state (step S60). In this case, when the probability variation flag indicating the probability variation state is set, the CPU 56 performs control to transmit a probability variation state background designation command. In addition, the CPU 56 performs control to transmit a time-short state background designation command when only the time-short flag indicating the time-short state is set and the probability variation flag is not set. If neither the probability change flag nor the time reduction flag is set, the CPU 56 performs control to transmit a normal state background designation command.
  Specifically, when the CPU 56 transmits an effect control command to the effect control microcomputer 100, the address of the command transmission table corresponding to the effect control command (preliminarily set for each command in the ROM) is given. Set to pointer. And the address of the command transmission table according to an effect control command is set to a pointer, and an effect control command is transmitted in an effect control command control process (step S28). In this embodiment, when the change of the special symbol is started, the background control command, the change pattern command, the display result specifying command, and the total pending storage number subtraction specifying command are sequentially set for each timer interrupt. It is transmitted to the computer 100. Specifically, when the change of the special symbol is started, first, the background designation command is transmitted, the variation pattern command is transmitted after 4 ms elapses, the display result designation command is transmitted after elapse of 4 ms, and further after 4 ms elapses. A command for specifying the total pending storage number subtraction is transmitted. In addition, the symbol variation designation command (the first symbol variation designation command, the second symbol variation designation command) is also transmitted when the special symbol variation starts, but the symbol variation designation command is the same timer interrupt as the variation pattern command. Is transmitted to the production control microcomputer 100.
  In the special symbol normal process, first, data indicating “first” indicating that the process is executed for the first start winning opening 13, that is, “first” indicating that the process is executed for the first special symbol. ”Or“ second ”indicating that the process is performed on the second special symbol, that is,“ second ”indicating that the process is performed on the second start winning opening 14. Data is set in the special symbol pointer. In the subsequent processing in the special symbol process, processing corresponding to the data set in the special symbol pointer is executed. Therefore, the process of steps S300 to S310 can be made common between the case of targeting the first special symbol and the case of targeting the second special symbol.
  Next, the CPU 56 reads a random R (a jackpot determination random number) from the random number buffer area and executes a jackpot determination module. In this case, the CPU 56 is for determining the big hit that has been extracted in step S1215A of the first start port switch passing process or step S1215B of the second start port switch passing process and previously stored in the first hold memory buffer or the second hold memory buffer. A random number is read and a big hit judgment is performed. The big hit determination module compares the big hit determination value or the small hit determination value (see FIG. 8) determined in advance with the big hit determination random number, and if they match, executes the process of determining the big hit or the small hit It is a program to do. That is, it is a program that executes a big hit determination or a small hit determination process.
  The big hit determination process is configured such that when the gaming state is in a probable change state, the probability of winning a big hit is higher than in the case where the gaming state is in a non-probable change state (a normal state or a short time state). Specifically, a jackpot determination table (a table in which the numerical values on the right side of FIG. 8A in the ROM 54 are set) in which a large number of jackpot determination values are set in advance and the number of jackpot determination values are definitely changed. A normal big hit determination table (a table in which the numerical values on the left side of FIG. 8A in the ROM 54 are set) set smaller than the hour big hit determination table is provided. Then, the CPU 56 checks whether or not the gaming state is a probability variation state. If the gaming state is a probability variation state, the jackpot determination process is performed using the probability variation jackpot determination table, and the gaming state is normal. When it is in the state, the big hit determination process is performed using the normal big hit determination table. That is, when the value of the big hit determination random number (random R) matches one of the big hit determination values shown in FIG. 8A, the CPU 56 determines that the special symbol is a big hit. When it is determined to be a big hit (step S61), the process proceeds to step S71. Note that deciding whether to win or not is to decide whether or not to shift to the big hit gaming state, but to decide whether or not to stop the special symbol display as a big hit symbol. But there is.
  Note that whether or not the current gaming state is the probability variation state is determined by whether or not the probability variation flag is set. The probability variation flag is set when the gaming state is shifted to the probability variation state, and is reset when the probability variation state is terminated. Specifically, it is determined to be “probability big hit” or “sudden probability big hit”, and is set in the process of ending the big hit game. Then, after the jackpot game is over, it is reset when the next jackpot occurs.
  If the value of the big hit determination random number (random R) does not match any of the big hit determination values (N in step S61), the CPU 56 uses the small hit determination table (see FIGS. 8B and 8C). Then, the small hit determination process is performed. That is, when the value of the big hit determination random number (random R) matches one of the small hit determination values shown in FIGS. 8B and 8C, the CPU 56 determines that the special symbol is a small hit. In this case, the CPU 56 confirms the data indicated by the special symbol pointer. If the data indicated by the special symbol pointer is “first”, the small hit determination table (for the first special symbol) shown in FIG. ) To determine whether or not to make a small hit. If the data indicated by the special symbol pointer is “second”, it is determined whether or not to make a small hit using the small hit determination table (for the second special symbol) shown in FIG. . If it is determined to be a small hit (step S62), the CPU 56 sets a small hit flag indicating a small hit (step S63), and proceeds to step S75.
  If the random R value does not match either the big hit determination value or the small hit determination value (N in step S62), that is, if it is out of place, the process proceeds to step S75 as it is.
  In step S71, the CPU 56 sets a big hit flag indicating that it is a big hit. Then, the jackpot type determination table indicated by the special symbol pointer is selected as a table used to determine the jackpot type as one of a plurality of types (step S72). Specifically, when the special symbol pointer indicates “first”, the CPU 56 selects the jackpot type determination table 131a for the first special symbol shown in FIG. 8D. Further, when the special symbol pointer indicates “second”, the CPU 56 selects a big hit type determination table 131b for the second special symbol shown in FIG.
  Next, the CPU 56 uses the selected jackpot type determination table to select a type (“normal jackpot”, “probability change”) corresponding to the value of the random number for random determination (random 1) stored in the random number buffer area. "Big hit" or "Suddenly probable big hit") is determined as the type of big hit (step S73). In this case, the CPU 56 determines the jackpot type extracted in step S1215A of the first start port switch passing process or step S1215B of the second start port switch passing process and stored in advance in the first hold memory buffer or the second hold memory buffer. The random number is read and the jackpot type is determined. Further, in this case, as shown in FIGS. 8D and 8E, when the variable display of the first special symbol is executed, it is compared with the case where the variable display of the second special symbol is executed. Therefore, the rate at which suddenly probable big hits are selected is high.
  Further, the CPU 56 sets data indicating the determined jackpot type in the jackpot type buffer in the RAM 55 (step S74). For example, when the big hit type is “normal big hit”, “01” is set as data indicating the big hit type, and when the big hit type is “probable big hit”, “02” is set as the data indicating the big hit type, When the big hit type is “suddenly probable big hit”, “03” is set as data indicating the big hit type.
  Next, the CPU 56 determines a special symbol stop symbol (step S75). Specifically, when neither the big hit flag nor the small hit flag is set, “−” which is a loss symbol is determined as a special symbol stop symbol. When the big hit flag is set, one of “1”, “3”, and “7”, which is a big hit symbol, is determined as a special symbol stop symbol according to the determination result of the big hit type. That is, when the big hit type is determined to be “suddenly promising big hit”, “1” is decided as a special symbol stop symbol, and when “normal big hit” is decided, “3” is decided as a special symbol stop symbol. If “probable big hit” is determined, “7” is determined as a special symbol stop symbol. When the small hit flag is set, “5” as the small hit symbol is determined as the special symbol stop symbol.
  In this embodiment, the case where the jackpot type is first determined and the stop symbol of the special symbol corresponding to the determined jackpot type is shown, but the method for determining the jackpot type and the stop symbol of the special symbol is as follows. It is not limited to what is shown in the embodiment. For example, a table in which a special symbol stop symbol and a jackpot type are associated in advance is prepared, and when a special symbol stop symbol is first determined based on the random number for determining the big hit type, the corresponding jackpot is determined based on the determination result. You may comprise so that a classification may also be determined.
  Then, the value of the special symbol process flag is updated to a value corresponding to the variation pattern setting process (step S301) (step S76).
  FIG. 25 is a flowchart showing the variation pattern setting process (step S301) in the special symbol process. In the variation pattern setting process, the CPU 56 checks whether or not the big hit flag is set (step S91). When the big hit flag is set, the CPU 56 uses the big hit variation pattern type determination tables 132A to 132C (FIG. 9A) as tables used to determine the variation pattern type as one of a plurality of types. ) To (C)) is selected (step S92). Then, the process proceeds to step S100.
  When the big hit flag is not set, the CPU 56 checks whether or not the small hit flag is set (step S93). When the small hit flag is set, the CPU 56 uses the small hit variation pattern type determination table 132D (FIG. 9D) as a table used to determine the variation pattern type as one of a plurality of types. )) Is selected (step S94). Then, the process proceeds to step S100.
  When the small hit flag is not set, the CPU 56 checks whether or not the time reduction flag indicating that the time reduction state is set (step S95). The time reduction flag is set when the gaming state is shifted to the probability change state or the time reduction state, and is reset when the time reduction state ends. Specifically, when it is determined to be “ordinary jackpot”, the time reduction flag is set in the process of ending the jackpot game. In addition, after the big hit game is over, it is reset when the variable display is finished a predetermined number of times (in this embodiment, 100 times). Even before the end of the predetermined number of fluctuation displays, the hourly flag is reset even when the next big hit occurs. Further, when it is determined to be “probability big hit” or “sudden probability big hit”, the probability variation flag is set and the time-short flag is set in the process of ending the big hit game. When the next big hit occurs, the time reduction flag is reset together with the probability variation flag.
  If the time flag is not set (N in Step S95), the CPU 56 checks whether or not the total number of pending storages is 3 or more (Step S96). If the total pending storage number is less than 3 (N in step S96), the CPU 56 uses the variation pattern type determination table 135A for detachment as a table used to determine the variation pattern type as one of a plurality of types. 10A) is selected (step S97). Then, the process proceeds to step S100.
  When the total pending storage number is 3 or more (Y in step S96), the CPU 56 uses the variation pattern type determination table for deviation as a table used to determine one of the plurality of variation pattern types. 135B (see FIG. 10B) is selected (step S98). Then, the process proceeds to step S100.
  If the time reduction flag is set (Y in step S95), that is, if the gaming state is a probability change state or a time reduction state (in this embodiment, the time reduction state is always set when the state is changed to the probability change state. (Refer to steps S169 and S170), if it is determined as Y in step S95, the CPU 56 may change the variation pattern type. Is selected as one of a plurality of types, and a variation pattern type determination table 135C for deviation (see FIG. 10C) is selected (step S99). Then, the process proceeds to step S100.
  In this embodiment, when the processing of steps S95 to S99 is executed and the gaming state is the normal state and the total number of pending storages is 3 or more, the variation for loss shown in FIG. The pattern type determination table 135B is selected. Further, when the gaming state is the probability changing state or the time-shortening state, the deviation variation pattern type determination table 135C shown in FIG. 10C is selected. In this case, non-reach CA2-3 may be determined as the variation pattern type in the process of step S100, which will be described later, and when the variation pattern type of non-reach CA2-3 is determined, the process changes in step S102. Short reach variation non-reach PA1-2 is determined as a pattern (see FIG. 12). Therefore, in this embodiment, when the game state is a probability change state or a short time state, or when the total number of pending storages is 3 or more, a change display of a shortened change may be performed. In this embodiment, the variation pattern type determination table for shortening variation (see FIG. 10C) used in the probability variation state and the short time state, and the variation pattern type determination table for shortening variation based on the number of reserved storage (see FIG. 10). 10 (B)) is a different table, but a common table may be used as a variation pattern type determination table for shortening variation.
  In this embodiment, even when the gaming state is a probability change state or a short time state, when the total number of pending storage is almost 0 (for example, 0, 0, or 1). May not display the variation display of the shortened variation. In this case, for example, when the CPU 56 determines Y in step S95, the CPU 56 checks whether or not the total pending storage number is substantially zero. The determination table 135A (see FIG. 10A) may be selected.
  Next, the CPU 56 reads random 2 (random number for variation pattern type determination) from the random number buffer area (first reserved storage buffer or second reserved storage buffer), and selects it in the process of steps S92, S94, S97, S98 or S99. By referring to the table, the variation pattern type is determined as one of a plurality of types (step S100).
  Next, the CPU 56 determines hit variation pattern determination tables 137A and 137B (see FIG. 11) as tables used for determining one of a plurality of variation patterns based on the determination result of the variation pattern type in step S100. ), One of the deviation variation pattern determination table 138A (see FIG. 12) is selected (step S101). Further, the random pattern 3 (random number for variation pattern determination) is read from the random number buffer area (first reserved storage buffer or second reserved storage buffer), and the variation pattern is determined by referring to the variation pattern determination table selected in step S101. Is determined as one of a plurality of types (step S102). When the random number 3 (variation pattern determination random number) is not extracted at the start winning timing, the CPU 56 uses the variation pattern determination random number counter for generating the variation pattern determination random number (random 3). It is also possible to extract the value directly from and to determine the variation pattern based on the extracted random number value.
  Next, the CPU 56 performs control to transmit the symbol variation designation command indicated by the special symbol pointer to the production control microcomputer 100 (step S103). Specifically, when the special symbol pointer indicates “first”, the CPU 56 performs control to transmit a first symbol variation designation command. In addition, when the special symbol pointer indicates “second”, the CPU 56 performs control to transmit a second symbol variation designation command. Further, the CPU 56 performs control to transmit an effect control command (variation pattern command) corresponding to the determined change pattern to the effect control microcomputer 100 (step S104).
  Next, the CPU 56 sets a value corresponding to the variation time corresponding to the selected variation pattern in the variation time timer formed in the RAM 55 (step S105). Then, the value of the special symbol process flag is updated to a value corresponding to the display result designation command transmission process (step S302) (step S106).
  In the case where it is determined to be out of place, instead of suddenly determining the variation pattern type, first, it may be determined whether or not to reach by a lottery process using a random number for reach determination. Then, based on the determination result as to whether or not to reach, the processing of steps S95 to S100 may be executed to determine the variation pattern type. In this case, the variation pattern type determination table for non-reach (including the variation pattern types of non-reach CA2-1 to non-reach CA2-3 shown in FIG. 10) and the variation pattern type determination table for reach (FIG. 10). Normal CA2-4 to normal CA2-6, including a variation pattern type of super CA2-7) are prepared, and one of the variation pattern type determination tables is selected based on the reach determination result. The variation pattern type may be determined.
  In addition, when determining whether or not to reach by a lottery process using a reach determination random number, depending on the total reserved memory number (which may be the first reserved memory number or the second reserved memory number), Reach determination tables having different selection ratios may be selected, and it may be determined whether or not to reach so that the reach probability decreases as the number of reserved memories increases. In this case, for example, whether the CPU 56 matches the determination value assigned to the common range of the reach determination table in determining whether “super-reach out” or “non-reach out” occurs in the winning effect processing. By determining whether or not, it may be determined in advance whether or not to reach. In addition, considering that the execution ratio of the notice effect is reduced, as shown in this embodiment, the “super-reach out” is performed depending on the variation pattern type without performing the lottery process using the random number for reach determination. It is preferable that a determination is made in advance as to whether or not “non-reach” will occur and a hold notice effect is performed.
  FIG. 26 is a flowchart showing the display result designation command transmission process (step S302). In the display result designation command transmission process, the CPU 56 transmits one of the presentation control commands (display result 1 designation to display result 5 designation) (see FIG. 13) according to the determined type of big hit, small hit, and loss. Control. Specifically, the CPU 56 first checks whether or not the big hit flag is set (step S110). If not set, the process proceeds to step S116. When the big hit flag is set, if the type of the big hit is “normal big hit”, control is performed to transmit a display result 2 designation command (steps S111 and S112). Whether or not it is “ordinary big hit” can be specifically determined by checking whether or not the data set in the big hit type buffer in step S74 of the special symbol normal processing is “01”. . Further, when the big hit type is “probability big hit”, the CPU 56 performs control to transmit a display result 3 designation command (steps S113 and S114). Whether or not it is “probable big hit” can be specifically determined by checking whether or not the data set in the big hit type buffer in step S74 of the special symbol normal processing is “02”. . Then, when neither the “normal big hit” nor the “probable change big hit” (that is, “suddenly probable big hit”), the CPU 56 performs control to transmit a display result 4 designation command (step S115).
  On the other hand, when the big hit flag is not set (N in step S110), the CPU 56 checks whether or not the small hit flag is set (step S116). If the small hit flag is set, the CPU 56 performs control to transmit a display result 5 designation command (step S117). When the small hit flag is not set (N in Step S116), that is, when it is out of place, the CPU 56 performs control to transmit a display result 1 designation command (Step S118).
  Then, the CPU 56 updates the value of the special symbol process flag to a value corresponding to the special symbol changing process (step S303) (step S119).
  FIG. 27 is a flowchart showing the special symbol changing process (step S303) in the special symbol process. In the special symbol changing process, the CPU 56 first checks whether or not the total pending storage number subtraction designation command has already been transmitted (step S1121). Whether or not the total pending storage number subtraction designation command has already been transmitted is determined by, for example, transmitting the total pending storage number subtraction designation command when transmitting the total pending storage number subtraction designation command in step S1122 described later. It is sufficient to set whether or not the total pending storage number subtraction designation command transmitted flag is set, and whether or not the total pending storage number subtraction designation command transmitted flag is set in step S1121. Further, in this case, the set total pending storage number subtraction designation command transmission completion flag is reset by special symbol stop processing or jackpot end processing, which will be described later, when the special symbol variation display is ended or when the big jackpot is ended. do it.
  Next, if the total pending storage number subtraction designation command has not been transmitted, the CPU 56 performs control to transmit the total pending storage number subtraction designation command to the effect control microcomputer 100 (step S1122).
  Next, the CPU 56 subtracts 1 from the variable time timer (step S1125). When the variable time timer times out (step S1126), the CPU 56 performs control to transmit a symbol confirmation designation command to the effect control microcomputer 100 (step S1127). Then, the CPU 56 updates the value of the special symbol process flag to a value corresponding to the special symbol stop process (step S304) (step S1128). If the variable time timer has not timed out, the process ends.
  FIG. 28 is a flowchart showing the special symbol stop process (step S304) in the special symbol process. In the special symbol stop process, the CPU 56 checks whether or not the big hit flag is set (step S131). When the big hit flag is set, the CPU 56, if it is set, the probability variation flag indicating the probability variation state, the time reduction flag indicating the time reduction state, and the number of times the special symbol can be changed in the time reduction state. Is reset (step S132), and a control for transmitting a big hit start designation command to the production control microcomputer 100 is performed (step S133). Specifically, when the type of jackpot is “normal jackpot” or “probability jackpot”, a jackpot start designation command (command A001 (H)) is transmitted. When the big hit type is sudden probability change big hit, a small hit / sudden probability change big hit start designation command (command A002 (H)) is transmitted. Whether the big hit type is “normal big hit”, “probable big hit” or “suddenly probable big hit” is data indicating the big hit type stored in the RAM 55 (data stored in the big hit type buffer) Based on the determination.
  In addition, a value corresponding to the big hit display time (for example, the time when the effect display device 9 notifies that the big hit has occurred) is set in the big hit display time timer (step S134). In addition, the number of times of opening (for example, “15 times in case of“ normal big hit ”or“ probable big hit ”, 2 times in case of“ suddenly promising big hit ”) is set in the special winning opening opening number counter (step S135). . The round time per round in the big hit game is also set. Specifically, in the case of sudden probability change big hit, 0.1 seconds is set as the round time, and in the case of normal big hit or probability change big hit, 29 seconds is set as the round time. Then, the value of the special symbol process flag is updated to a value corresponding to the pre-winner opening pre-processing (step S305) (step S136).
  On the other hand, if the big hit flag is not set in step S131, the CPU 56 checks whether or not the value of the hourly number counter that indicates the number of times that the special symbol can be changed in the timeless state is 0 (step S137). If the value of the time reduction counter is not 0, the CPU 56 decrements the value of the time reduction counter by −1 (step S138). When the value of the time reduction counter after subtraction becomes 0 (step S139), the CPU 56 resets the time reduction flag (step S140).
  Next, the CPU 56 checks whether or not the small hit flag is set (step S141). If the small hit flag is set, the CPU 56 transmits a small hit / sudden probability sudden change big hit start designation command (command A002 (H)) to the production control microcomputer 100 (step S142). In addition, a value corresponding to the small hit display time (for example, the time when the effect display device 9 notifies that the small hit has occurred) is set in the small hit display time timer (step S143). Further, the number of times of opening (for example, 2 times) is set in the special winning opening opening number counter (step S144). In addition, the opening time per time of the big winning opening in the small hit game is set. Specifically, 0.1 seconds which is the same as the round time for the sudden probability change big hit is set as the opening time for one big winning opening in the small hit game. Then, the value of the special symbol process flag is updated to a value corresponding to the small hit start pre-processing (step S308) (step S145).
  If the small hit flag is not set (N in step S141), the CPU 56 updates the value of the special symbol process flag to a value corresponding to the special symbol normal process (step S300) (step S146).
  FIG. 29 is a flowchart showing the jackpot end process (step S307) in the special symbol process. In the jackpot end process, the CPU 56 checks whether or not the jackpot end display timer is set (step S160). If the jackpot end display timer is set, the process proceeds to step S164. If the jackpot end display timer is not set, the jackpot flag is reset (step S161), and control for transmitting a jackpot end designation command is performed (step S162). Here, if it is “ordinary big hit” or “probable big hit”, a big hit end designation command (command A301 (H)) is transmitted, and if it is “sudden probable big hit”, small hit / sudden probability big hit An end designation command (command A 302 (H)) is transmitted. Then, a value corresponding to the display time corresponding to the time during which the big hit end display is performed in the effect display device 9 (big hit end display time) is set in the big hit end display timer (step S163), and the processing is ended.
  In step S164, 1 is subtracted from the value of the big hit end display timer (step S164). Then, the CPU 56 checks whether or not the value of the jackpot end display timer is 0, that is, whether or not the jackpot end display time has elapsed (step S165). If not, the process ends.
  If the big hit end display time has elapsed (Y in step S165), the CPU 56 checks whether or not the big hit that ends this time is a normal big hit (step S166). Whether or not it is “ordinary big hit” can be specifically determined by checking whether or not the data set in the big hit type buffer in step S74 of the special symbol normal processing is “01”. . If it is a normal big hit, the CPU 56 sets a time reduction flag and shifts to a time reduction state (step S167). Further, the CPU 56 sets a predetermined number of times (for example, 100 times) in the time reduction number counter (step S168).
  If it is not a normal big hit (that is, if the probability variation big hit or sudden probability variation big hit), the CPU 56 sets the probability variation flag to shift to the probability variation state (step S169) and sets the time reduction flag to shift to the time reduction state. (Step S170).
  Then, the CPU 56 updates the value of the special symbol process flag to a value corresponding to the special symbol normal process (step S300) (step S171).
  FIG. 30 is a flowchart showing an example of a program of the special symbol display control process (step S32) executed by the game control microcomputer 560 (specifically, the CPU 56) mounted on the main board 31. In the special symbol display control process, the CPU 56 checks whether or not the value of the special symbol process flag is 3 (step S3201). If the value of the special symbol process flag is 3 (that is, if the special symbol variation processing is being executed), the CPU 56 sets the special symbol display control data for special symbol variation display for setting the special symbol display control data. Processing for setting or updating the output buffer is performed (step S3202). In this case, the CPU 56 sets or updates special symbol display control data for performing variable display of the special symbol (the first special symbol or the second special symbol) indicated by the special symbol pointer. For example, if the fluctuation speed is 1 frame / 0.2 seconds, the value of the special symbol display control data set in the output buffer is incremented by 1 every time 0.2 seconds elapse. After that, display control processing (see step S22) is executed, and a drive signal is output to the special symbol displays 8a and 8b in accordance with the contents of the output buffer for setting the special symbol display control data. The special symbol display on the special symbol indicators 8a and 8b is executed.
  If the value of the special symbol process flag is not 3, the CPU 56 checks whether or not the value of the special symbol process flag is 4 (step S3203). If the value of the special symbol process flag is 4 (that is, when the special symbol stop processing is entered), the CPU 56 stops the special symbol stop symbol set in the special symbol normal processing. Processing for setting the display control data in the output buffer for setting the special symbol display control data is performed (step S3204). In this case, the CPU 56 sets special symbol display control data for stopping and displaying the stop symbol of the special symbol (the first special symbol or the second special symbol) indicated by the special symbol pointer. After that, display control processing (see step S22) is executed, and a drive signal is output to the special symbol displays 8a and 8b in accordance with the contents of the output buffer for setting the special symbol display control data. The special symbol stop symbols are stopped and displayed on the special symbol indicators 8a and 8b. In addition, since the setting data is not changed after the process of step S3204 is executed and the special symbol display control data for the stop symbol display is set, the latest special symbol display control data is displayed in the display control process of step S22. Based on this, the latest stop symbol is stopped and displayed until the next variable display is started. If the value of the special symbol process flag is 2 or 3 in step S3201 (that is, if either the display result designation command transmission process or the special symbol variation process), the special symbol variation display is performed. The special symbol display control data may be updated. In this case, the display result designation command transmission process also varies in order to prevent a deviation between the variation time recognized on the game control microcomputer 560 side and the variation time recognized on the effect control microcomputer 100 side. What is necessary is just to comprise so that 1 may subtract a time timer.
  In this embodiment, the special symbol display control data is set in the output buffer according to the value of the special symbol process flag. However, in the special symbol process, the start flag is set at the start of the variation of the special symbol. In addition, an end flag may be set at the end of the variation of the special symbol. In the special symbol display control process (step S32), the CPU 56 starts updating the value of the special symbol display control data based on the start flag being set, and based on the end flag being set. Thus, special symbol display control data for stopping and displaying the stop symbol may be set.
  Next, the operation of the effect control means will be described. FIG. 31 is a flowchart showing main processing executed by the effect control microcomputer 100 (specifically, the effect control CPU 101) as effect control means mounted on the effect control board 80. The effect control CPU 101 starts executing the main process when the power is turned on. In the main processing, first, initialization processing for clearing the RAM area, setting various initial values, and initializing a timer for determining the activation control activation interval (for example, 4 ms) is performed (step S701). . Thereafter, the effect control CPU 101 proceeds to a loop process for monitoring a timer interrupt flag (step S702). When a timer interrupt occurs, the effect control CPU 101 sets a timer interrupt flag in the timer interrupt process. If the timer interrupt flag is set in the main process, the effect control CPU 101 clears the flag (step S703) and executes the following effect control process.
  In the effect control process, the effect control CPU 101 first analyzes the received effect control command and performs a process of setting a flag according to the received effect control command (command analysis process: step S704).
  Next, the effect control CPU 101 performs effect control process processing (step S705). In the effect control process, the process corresponding to the current control state (effect control process flag) is selected from the processes corresponding to the control state, and display control of the effect display device 9 is executed.
  Next, the production control CPU 101 performs the fourth symbol process (step S706). In the 4th symbol process, the process corresponding to the current control state (4th symbol process flag) is selected from the processes corresponding to the control state, and the 4th symbol display areas 9c and 9d of the effect display device 9 are selected. The display control of the 4th symbol is executed.
  Next, a random number update process for updating a count value of a counter for generating a random number such as a jackpot symbol determining random number is executed (step S707). Thereafter, the process proceeds to step S702.
  FIG. 32 is an explanatory diagram showing a configuration example of a command reception buffer for storing the effect control command received from the game control microcomputer 560 of the main board 31. In this example, a ring buffer type command receiving buffer capable of storing six 2-byte effect control commands is used. Therefore, the command reception buffer is configured by a 12-byte area of reception command buffers 1 to 12. A command reception number counter indicating in which area the received command is stored is used. The command reception number counter takes a value from 0 to 11. The ring buffer format is not necessarily required.
  The effect control command transmitted from the game control microcomputer 560 is received by an interrupt process based on the effect control INT signal, and is stored in a buffer area formed in the RAM. In the command analysis process, it is analyzed which command (see FIG. 13 and FIG. 14) the effect control command stored in the buffer area is. Note that the interrupt process based on the effect control INT signal is executed in preference to the timer interrupt process executed every 4 ms.
  33 to 35 are flowcharts showing a specific example of the command analysis process (step S704). The effect control command received from the main board 31 is stored in the reception command buffer, but in the command analysis process, the effect control CPU 101 confirms the content of the command stored in the command reception buffer.
  In the command analysis process, the effect control CPU 101 first checks whether or not a reception command is stored in the command reception buffer (step S611). Whether it is stored or not is determined by comparing the value of the command reception number counter with the read pointer. The case where both match is the case where the received command is not stored. When the reception command is stored in the command reception buffer, the effect control CPU 101 reads the reception command from the command reception buffer (step S612). When read, the value of the read pointer is incremented by +2 (step S613). The reason for +2 is that 2 bytes (1 command) are read at a time.
  If the received effect control command is a variation pattern command (step S614), the effect control CPU 101 stores the received variation pattern command in a variation pattern command storage area formed in the RAM (step S615). Then, a variation pattern command reception flag is set (step S616).
  If the received effect control command is a display result designation command (step S617), the effect control CPU 101 forms the received display result designation command (display result 1 designation command to display result 5 designation command) in the RAM. Is stored in the display result designation command storage area (step S618).
  If the received effect control command is a symbol confirmation designation command (step S619), the effect control CPU 101 sets a confirmed command reception flag (step S620).
  If the received effect control command is one of the symbol designation commands (step S621), the effect control CPU 101 first receives the symbol designation command received in the start winning command storage area formed in the RAM. (Step S622).
  If the received effect control command is any variation category command (step S623), the effect control CPU 101 stores the received variation category command in each storage area of the start winning command storage area formed in the RAM. Of these, the latest symbol designating command is stored in the storage area (step S624).
  If the received effect control command is the first start prize designation command (step S625), the effect control CPU 101 uses the received first start prize designation command in each start prize command storage area formed in the RAM. It stores in the storage area in which the latest symbol designation command and variable category command are stored in the storage area (step S626).
  If the received effect control command is the second start prize designation command (step S627), the effect control CPU 101 uses the received second start prize designation command in each start prize command storage area formed in the RAM. It stores in the storage area in which the latest symbol designation command and variation category command are stored in the storage area (step S628).
  If the received production control command is a combined pending storage number designation command (step S629), the production control CPU 101 uses the received aggregate pending storage number designation command for each start winning command storage area formed in the RAM. Among the storage areas, the latest symbol designation command, variation category command, and start prize designation command (first start prize designation command, second start prize designation command) are stored in the storage area (step S630). Further, the production control CPU 101 stores the total pending storage number designated by the total pending storage number designation command in the total pending storage number storage area provided in the RAM (step S631).
  If the received effect control command is a total pending storage number subtraction designation command (step S632), the effect control CPU 101 subtracts 1 from the value of the total pending storage number stored in the total pending storage number storage area (step S633). . Further, the production control CPU 101 deletes one hold display in the sum hold storage display unit 18c, shifts the remaining hold display one by one, and updates the sum hold storage number display in the sum hold storage display unit 18c. (Step S634).
  If the received effect control command is a normal state background designation command (step S635), the effect control CPU 101 uses the background screen displayed on the effect display device 9 as a background screen (for example, a blue display color). Background screen) (step S636). In addition, if set, the effect control CPU 101 resets the time-short state flag indicating that the gaming state is the time-short state (step S637).
  If the received effect control command is a time reduction state background designation command (step S638), the effect control CPU 101 displays the background screen displayed on the effect display device 9 as a background screen corresponding to the time reduction state (for example, a green display). Color background screen) (step S639). Further, the effect control CPU 101 sets a time reduction state flag (step S640). Further, if set, the effect control CPU 101 resets a probability change state flag indicating that the gaming state is a probability change state (step S641).
  If the received effect control command is a probability change state background designation command (step S642), the effect control CPU 101 displays a background screen displayed on the effect display device 9 as a background screen (for example, a red display). Color background screen) (step S643). Further, the production control CPU 101 sets a probability variation state flag (step S644).
  If the received effect control command is another command, effect control CPU 101 sets a flag corresponding to the received effect control command (step S645). For example, if the effect control command received is the first symbol variation designation command, the first symbol variation designation command reception flag is set, and if the received effect control command is the second symbol variation designation command, the second symbol variation designation command is set. Set the reception flag. Then, control goes to a step S611.
  FIG. 36 is a flowchart showing the effect control process (step S705) in the main process shown in FIG. In the effect control process, the effect control CPU 101 first executes a hold notice effect process for determining a hold notice effect and starting execution (step S800A).
  Next, the effect control CPU 101 performs any one of steps S800 to S807 according to the value of the effect control process flag. In each process, the following process is executed. In the effect control process, the display state of the effect display device 9 is controlled and variable display of the effect symbol is realized. However, control related to variable display of the effect symbol synchronized with the change of the first special symbol is also the second. Control related to the variable display of the effect symbol synchronized with the change of the special symbol is also executed in one effect control process. It should be noted that the variable display of the effect symbol synchronized with the variation of the first special symbol and the variable display of the effect symbol synchronized with the variation of the second special symbol may be executed by separate effect control process processing. Good. Further, in this case, it may be determined which special symbol variation display is being executed depending on which representation control process processing is performing the variation display of the representation symbol.
  Fluctuation pattern command reception waiting process (step S800): It is confirmed whether or not a variation pattern command has been received from the game control microcomputer 560. Specifically, it is confirmed whether or not the variation pattern command reception flag set in the command analysis process is set. If the change pattern command has been received, the value of the effect control process flag is changed to a value corresponding to the effect symbol change start process (step S801).
  Production symbol variation start processing (step S801): Control is performed so that the variation of the production symbol is started. Then, the value of the effect control process flag is updated to a value corresponding to the effect symbol changing process (step S802).
  Production symbol variation processing (step S802): Controls the switching timing of each variation state (variation speed) constituting the variation pattern and monitors the end of the variation time. When the variation time ends, the value of the effect control process flag is updated to a value corresponding to the effect symbol variation stop process (step S803).
  Effect symbol variation stop processing (step S803): Control is performed to stop the variation of the effect symbol and derive and display the display result (stop symbol). Then, the value of the effect control process flag is updated to a value corresponding to the jackpot display process (step S804) or the variation pattern command reception waiting process (step S800).
  Big hit display process (step S804): After the end of the variation time, control is performed to display a screen for notifying the effect display device 9 of the occurrence of the big hit. Then, the value of the effect control process flag is updated to a value corresponding to the in-round processing (step S805).
  In-round processing (step S805): Display control during round is performed. If the round end condition is satisfied, if the final round has not ended, the value of the effect control process flag is updated to a value corresponding to the post-round processing (step S806). If the final round has ended, the value of the effect control process flag is updated to a value corresponding to the jackpot end process (step S807).
  Post-round processing (step S806): Display control between rounds is performed. When the round start condition is satisfied, the value of the effect control process flag is updated to a value corresponding to the in-round process (step S805).
  Big hit end effect processing (step S807): In the effect display device 9, display control is performed to notify the player that the big hit game state has ended. Then, the value of the effect control process flag is updated to a value corresponding to the variation pattern command reception waiting process (step S800).
  FIG. 37 is a flowchart showing the hold notice effect process (step S800A). In the hold notice effect process, the effect control CPU 101 first sets a command at the time of a start winning (that is, a symbol designation command, a variable category command, a start prize designation command (a first start prize designation command or a second start prize designation). Command) and a set of combined pending storage number designation commands) are checked (step S6001). Specifically, one set of symbol designation command, variable category command, start prize designation command (first start prize designation command or second start prize designation command), and total pending storage number designation command are stored in the start prize command storage area. Can be confirmed by determining whether or not is newly stored. If a command for starting winning a set is not newly received, the process is terminated as it is.
  If a command at the time of starting a winning prize is newly received, the production control CPU 101 determines whether or not a pending notice execution flag indicating that any pending notice effect is already being executed is set. Is confirmed (step S6002). If the pending notice execution flag is set, the process proceeds to step S6005. If the pending notice execution flag is not set, the effect control CPU 101 determines the presence / absence of the pending notice effect and the final display mode of the pending display based on the received latest variation category command (step S6003). In step S6003, the effect control CPU 101 performs a lottery process based on random numbers using the hold notice effect determination table for determining the presence / absence of the hold notice effect and the final display mode of the hold display. The presence / absence and the final display mode of the hold display are determined.
  FIG. 38 is an explanatory diagram of a specific example of the hold notice effect determination table. As shown in FIG. 38, in this embodiment, determination values are assigned to the hold notice effect determination table for the no hold notice effect and the hold notice effects A to F, respectively. As shown in FIG. 38, in this embodiment, there are six types of hold notice effects A to hold notice effects F as types of hold notice effects.
  In this embodiment, when the hold notice effect is executed, the display of the hold display is started in the normal mode or any special display mode at the timing when the start winning is generated, and then the display is changed at the timing of the shift of the hold display. The display mode of the hold display subject to advance notice can be changed every time is started, but when the execution of the “hold notice effect A” is decided, the blue round display of the special display form is put on hold. The final display mode (display mode at the time of the shift of the last hold display during execution of the hold notice effect). In addition, when execution of “holding notice effect B” is determined, the green round display in the special display mode is set as the final display mode of the hold display. When the execution of the “holding notice effect C” is determined, the red round display in the special display form is set as the final display form of the hold display. When the execution of the “holding notice effect D” is determined, the golden round display in the special display mode is set as the final display mode of the hold display. Further, when the execution of “holding notice effect E” is determined, the round display of the cherry blossom pattern in the special display form is set as the final display form of the hold display. Furthermore, when execution of the “holding notice effect F” is determined, the rainbow-colored round display in the special display form is set as the final display form of the hold display.
  In this embodiment, for each shift of the hold display after the execution of the hold notice effect is started, whether or not to execute the hold change suggesting effect that suggests that the hold display changes is determined. As shown in FIG. 38, when the last hold display is being shifted during execution of the hold notice effect, it is decided to uniformly execute the hold change suggesting effect. In addition, you may comprise so that a pending | holding change suggestion effect may not be performed at the time of the shift of the last pending | holding display.
  As shown in FIG. 38, in this embodiment, when the determination result indicated by the variation category command is non-reach (variation category 1 indicating that it is a determination result with the variation pattern type of non-reach CA2-1). When the designated command is received), or when the super reach is out of place (when the variation category 8 designation command indicating that it is a determination result with the variation pattern type of the super CA 2-7 is received), it is indicated by the variation category command. When the determination result is a super reach jackpot (when a variation category 23 designation command or a variation category 26 command indicating that it is a determination result with the variation pattern type of super CA3-3 is received), execution of the hold notice effect is performed. May be determined.
  In this embodiment, as shown in FIG. 38, the hold notice effect F may be determined only in the case of a super reach jackpot, and when the hold notice effect is executed, the rainbow-colored hold display is changed. It will be confirmed that it will be a super reach big hit. Therefore, in this embodiment, when the hold notice effect F is executed, the expectation level (reliability) for the big hit is the highest. Further, in this embodiment, as shown in FIG. 38, when the hold notice effect E is executed next to the hold notice effect F, the expectation (reliability) for the big hit is high, and the hold notice effect D is next. The case where it is executed has a high expectation level (reliability) for the jackpot, and the case where the hold notice effect C is executed next is the case where the expectation (reliability) for the jackpot is high, and then the hold notice effect B is executed The determination value is assigned so that the expectation level (reliability) for the big hit is high and the expectation level (reliability) for the big hit is the lowest when the hold notice effect A is executed. Accordingly, in this embodiment, the expectation level (reliability) for the big hits is higher in the final display mode of the hold display in the order of rainbow, cherry blossom, gold, red, green, and blue.
  Furthermore, in this embodiment, when the non-reach is lost, the judgment value is not allocated to the hold notice effect E in addition to the hold notice effect F, and the cherry blossom pattern is displayed when the hold notice effect is executed. It can be seen that at least the super-reach is determined if the display changes to the hold display.
  Note that the hold notice effect determination table shown in this embodiment is merely an example. For example, the hold notice effect E may be determined at a low rate even when the non-reach is out of reach. Even in the case of a loss or superreach, the hold notice effect F may be determined at a low rate.
  When it is determined in step S6003 that the hold notice effect is not to be executed (N in step 6004), or when the hold notice execution flag is set (Y in step S6002), the effect control CPU 101 determines that the add hold is not performed. The normal display hold display (in this example, a black round display) is incremented by 1 in the storage display unit 18c (step S6005). Then, the hold notice effect process ends.
  In this embodiment, when the determination process of step S6002 is executed, if the hold notice effect is already being executed, the execution of the hold notice effect is not determined repeatedly without going to step S6003. However, the present invention is not limited to such a mode, and even if the hold notice effect is already being executed, it can be newly determined to execute the hold notice effect, and a plurality of hold memories can be simultaneously stored. You may comprise so that a hold notice effect can be performed as a notice object.
  When the execution of the hold notice effect is determined (Y in step S6004), the effect control CPU 101 checks whether or not the probability variation state flag (see step S644) is set (step S6006). If the probability change state flag is set (that is, if the probability change state), the effect control CPU 101 uses the hold display for probability change as a table for determining the change mode of the hold display during the execution of the hold notice effect. A change mode determination table is selected (step S6007). If the probability change state flag is not set (that is, in the normal state or the short time state), the effect control CPU 101 uses the normal use as a table for determining the change mode of the hold display during the hold notice effect. The pending display change mode determination table is selected (step S6008).
  Next, the production control CPU 101 sets the current total number of pending storages to the number of processes (step S6009). Specifically, the CPU 101 for effect control extracts the total reserved memory number stored in the total reserved memory number storage area (see steps S631 and S633) and sets it to the number of processes. Further, the effect control CPU 101 subtracts 1 from the number of processes (step S6010).
  Next, if the number of processes is not 0 (N in step S6011), the effect control CPU 101 determines the display mode before the change of the hold display and the presence / absence of the hold change suggesting effect according to the value of the current number of processes. (Step S6012). In step S6012, the effect control CPU 101 performs a lottery process based on a random number using the hold display change mode determination table selected in steps S6007 and S6008, and changes the hold display according to the current number of processes. The presence or absence of the previous display mode and the pending change suggestion effect is determined.
  In this embodiment, when it is determined to execute the hold notice effect, in step S6003, the final display mode is first determined as the change mode of the hold display. Thereafter, the process of step S6012 is performed. By being repeatedly executed, the process is executed so that the display mode before the change of the previous hold display is determined one by one in order from the final display mode.
  FIG. 39 is an explanatory diagram of a specific example of the hold display change mode determination table. Among these, FIG. 39A shows a specific example of a hold display change mode determination table for probability change selected in step S6007. FIG. 39B shows a specific example of the normal hold display change mode determination table selected in step S6008. As shown in FIG. 39, in each hold display change mode determination table, depending on whether the display mode after the change of the hold display is a normal mode, blue, green, red, gold, cherry blossom pattern, or rainbow color The determination values are assigned to the normal mode, the blue mode, the green mode, the red mode, the gold color, the cherry blossom pattern, and the rainbow color as the display mode before the change of the hold display.
  Also, as shown in FIG. 39, in this embodiment, when the display mode before the change of the hold display is determined to be blue, green, red, gold, cherry blossom, and rainbow colors, the hold change suggestion effect is uniformly applied. On the other hand, when the normal mode is determined as the display mode before the change of the hold display, there is a case where it is determined that there is no hold change suggesting effect and a case where it is determined that there is a hold change suggesting effect. .
  In this embodiment, as shown in FIG. 39, for example, when the display mode after the change of the hold display is rainbow, as the display mode before the change of the hold display, the expectation degree (reliability) for the big hit ) Has the highest percentage of cherry blossoms. Further, for example, when the case where the display mode after the change of the hold display is a cherry blossom pattern, as a display mode before the change of the hold display, there is a ratio that the expected degree (reliability) for the big hit is determined to be one lower gold color. It is the highest. As described above, in this embodiment, as the display mode before the change of the hold display, the selection ratio of the display mode whose expectation (reliability) with respect to the big hit is relatively lower than the display mode after the change of the hold display. The decision value is assigned so that becomes the highest.
  Also, in this embodiment, as shown in FIG. 39, for example, when the display mode after the change of the hold display is rainbow, the same rainbow color as after the change is set as the display mode before the change of the hold display. Even when the display mode after the change of the hold display is the cherry blossom pattern, the same cherry blossom pattern after the change may be determined as the display mode before the change of the hold display. Thus, in this embodiment, even if it is the change timing of the hold display during execution of the hold notice effect (in this example, the timing of the hold display shift), the hold display does not necessarily change, and the change The display mode of the previous hold display may be maintained.
  The hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. 39 is an example, and determination values different from those in FIG. 39 may be allocated. Also, for example, even if the display mode before the change of the hold display is determined to be blue, green, red, gold, cherry blossom, and rainbow, the hold display so that the hold change suggesting effect may be determined. You may comprise a change mode determination table. If comprised in that way, in addition to the case where the hold change suggestion effect is executed and the display mode of the hold display changes, a case where the display mode of the hold display changes even if the hold change suggestion effect is not executed is provided. The change pattern of the display mode of the hold display can be diversified.
  Next, the effect control CPU 101 subtracts 1 from the number of processes (step S6013) and returns to step S6011. If the number of processes is not zero (N in step S6011), the effect control CPU 101 repeatedly executes the processes in steps S6012 and S6013.
  If the number of processes becomes 0 (Y in step S6011), the CPU 101 for effect control is provided in the RAM with the display modes before and after the change of the hold display determined in steps S6003 and S6012, and the presence or absence of the hold change suggesting effect. It is stored in the hold display change mode storage area (step S6014).
  FIG. 40 is an explanatory diagram of a specific example of the hold display change mode storage area. As shown in FIG. 40, in this embodiment, since the total number of reserved storage may increase to 8 at the maximum, there are eight storage areas (storage areas 1 to 8) in the pending display change mode storage area. Is provided. In this embodiment, since the processing of steps S6003 and S6012 is executed, the processing is executed so that the display mode before the change of the previous hold display is determined in order from the final display mode. In the hold display change mode storage area shown in FIG. 40, the display modes before the change of the previous hold display one by one from the last display mode are stored in the order of the storage areas 1 to 8.
  In the example shown in FIG. 40, it is determined in step S6003 that the hold notice effect is to be executed using the hold notice effect determination table shown in FIG. 38, and the hold notice effect C is determined as the type of the hold notice effect. It is assumed that the display mode is determined to be red (the hold notice effect C is determined). Also, in step S6003, it is uniformly determined that there is a hold change suggestion effect, and as shown in FIG. 40, the first storage area 1 of the hold display change mode storage area has a display mode (last final shift). Red is stored as the display mode), and there is a pending change suggestion effect.
  Next, in the example shown in FIG. 40, it is assumed that the current total pending storage number is 4, and 4 is set as the processing number in step S6009. Next, in step S6010, 1 is subtracted to set the number of processes to 3. In step S6011, the number of processes is not 0. Therefore, the first process of step S6012 is executed, and the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. 39 is used. Then, it is assumed that green is determined as the display mode before the change before the hold display, and that there is a hold change suggestion effect. Specifically, since the display mode after change (here, the final display mode determined in step S6003) is red, refer to the column corresponding to red in the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. It is assumed that green is selected from blue, green and red, which are selectable normal modes. As shown in FIG. 40, in the second storage area 2 of the hold display change mode storage area, green is stored as the display mode at the hold shift immediately before the last hold shift, and the hold change suggestion The effect is recorded.
  Next, in step S6013, 1 is subtracted and the number of processes becomes 2, and in step S6011, the number of processes is not 0. Therefore, the second process of step S6012 is executed, and the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. 39 is used. In addition, it is assumed that the display mode before the change immediately before the hold display is determined to be blue and that there is a hold change suggestion effect. Specifically, since the display mode after the change (here, the display mode determined in the first step S6012) is green, it corresponds to the green color in the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. With reference to the column, it is assumed that blue is selected from the normal modes that can be selected, blue and green. As shown in FIG. 40, in the third storage area 3 of the hold display change mode storage area, blue is stored as the display mode at the hold shift two times before the last hold shift, and the hold change suggestion The effect is recorded.
  Next, in step S6013, 1 is subtracted to set the number of processes to 1, and in step S6011, the number of processes is not 0. Therefore, the third process of step S6012 is executed, and the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. 39 is used. In addition, it is assumed that the display mode before the change immediately before the hold display is determined to be blue and that there is a hold change suggestion effect. Specifically, since the display mode after the change (here, the display mode determined in the second processing in step S6012) is blue, it corresponds to the blue color in the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. Referring to the column, it is assumed that blue is selected from the normal modes that can be selected and blue. As shown in FIG. 40, in the fourth storage area 4 of the hold display change mode storage area, blue is stored as the display mode before the change of the hold display (in the display mode of the hold display at the time of starting winning). ), There is a pending change suggestion effect.
  Next, 1 is subtracted in step S6013 and the number of processes is 0. Since the number of processes is 0 in step S6011, the process proceeds to step S6014, and as shown in FIG. The presence / absence of the hold change suggestion effect is stored in the hold display change mode storage area.
  In accordance with the above processing, in this embodiment, the display mode before the change of the previous hold display is determined one by one from the last display mode, and is sequentially stored in the hold display change mode storage area.
  In the example shown in FIG. 40, first, the blue hold display is incremented by 1 as a special display mode at the time of starting winning based on the stored contents of the storage area 4 of the hold display change mode storage area (to be described later). As such, even when the start winning prize is stored, even if there is a reserved change suggestion effect, the reserved change suggestion effect is not executed). Next, at the timing of the first hold display shift, a hold change suggestion effect is executed based on the stored contents of the storage area 3, and the display mode of the hold display is maintained in blue. Next, at the timing of the second hold display shift, a hold change suggestion effect is executed based on the stored contents of the storage area 2 and the display mode of the hold display changes to green. Next, at the timing of the third (last) hold display shift, a hold change suggesting effect is executed based on the stored contents of the storage area 1, and the display mode of the hold display changes to red. Then, at the timing of the next hold display shift, the change display of the notice target is started, the hold display of the notice target is erased, and the hold notice effect ends.
  Next, the effect control CPU 101 increments the hold display by 1 in the determined first display mode in the total hold storage display unit 18c (step S6015). For example, in the example shown in FIG. 40, the blue hold display is incremented by 1 as the special display mode in the total hold storage display unit 18c based on the storage contents of the storage area 4 of the hold display change mode storage area. Further, the production control CPU 101 sets a pending advance notice execution flag (step S6016), and sets the current total pending storage number in a hold advance notice counter for counting the number of executions of the hold advance notice (step S6017). ). Specifically, the production control CPU 101 extracts the total reserved memory number stored in the total reserved memory number storage area (see steps S631 and S633), and sets it in the reserved advance notice counter.
  In the example shown in FIG. 40, it is stored in the storage area 4 of the hold display change mode storage area that there is a hold change suggestion effect, but in this embodiment, the hold change suggestion effect is not necessarily at the timing of the start winning prize. Since the execution period is not always secured, even if it is determined that there is a reserved change suggestion effect, control is performed so that the hold change suggestion effect is not executed at the timing of the start winning prize. Note that the hold change suggesting effect may be executed even at the timing of the start winning prize.
  In this embodiment, a case is shown in which the first special symbol and the second special symbol are displayed in a changing order in the winning order to the first start winning port 13 and the second starting winning port 14, for example, A configuration in which a hold notice effect is executed may be applied to a gaming machine configured to preferentially execute the change display of the second special symbol. In this case, for example, when the gaming state is in the low base state, the holding notice effect is executed only for the first holding memory as the object of notice, and when the gaming state is in the high base state, only the second holding memory is used. It may be configured to execute the hold notice effect for the notice object.
  FIG. 41 is a flowchart showing a variation pattern command reception waiting process (step S800) in the effect control process shown in FIG. In the variation pattern command reception waiting process, the effect control CPU 101 confirms whether or not the variation pattern command reception flag is set (step S811). If the variation pattern command reception flag is set, the variation pattern command reception flag is reset (step S812). Then, the value of the effect control process flag is updated to a value corresponding to the effect symbol variation start process (step S801) (step S813). As described above, in this embodiment, the display result designation command is transmitted even when the power failure is restored (see step S44). However, in this embodiment, as shown in FIG. Based on the fact that the variation pattern command has been received, the transition to the production symbol variation start processing is started and the variation display of the production symbol is started. Therefore, if the display result designation command is received without receiving the variation pattern command, the variation of the representation symbol The display will not start.
  FIG. 42 is a flowchart showing the effect symbol variation start process (step S801) in the effect control process shown in FIG. In the effect symbol variation start process, the effect control CPU 101 first reads a variation pattern command from the variation pattern command storage area (step S8000). Next, the CPU 101 for effect control displays the display result (stop) of the effect symbol according to the variation pattern command read out in step S8000 and the data stored in the display result specifying command storage area (that is, the received display result specifying command). (Design) is determined (step S8001). That is, the display control result of the variable display of the identification information (stop of the design symbol) according to the variable display pattern (variation pattern) determined by the variable display pattern determination means by executing the process of step S8001 by the CPU 101 for the effect control. A display result determining means for determining (design) is realized. If the pseudo-ream is specified by the variation pattern command, the effect control CPU 101 determines that the chance stop symbol (for example, “223” or “445”) is used as the temporary stop symbol in the pseudo-ream in step S8001. The combination of the jackpot symbol that is not reachable and the symbol that is shifted by one symbol) is also determined. The effect control CPU 101 stores data indicating the determined effect stop symbols in the effect symbol display result storage area. In step S8001, the effect control CPU 101 may determine whether or not it is a big hit based on the received variation pattern command, and may determine the stop symbol of the effect symbol based only on the variation pattern command. .
  FIG. 43 is an explanatory diagram showing an example of the stop symbol of the effect symbol in the effect display device 9. In the example shown in FIG. 43, when the received display result designation command indicates “ordinary big hit” (when the received display result designation command is the display result 2 designation command), the effect control CPU 101 stops. A combination of effect symbols in which three symbols are arranged in the same even number as symbols is determined. When the received display result designation command indicates “probable big hit” (when the received display result designation command is a display result 3 designation command), the effect control CPU 101 uses 3 symbols as stop symbols. A combination of performance symbols arranged with the same odd number of symbols is determined.
  Further, when the received display result designation command indicates “suddenly probable big hit” or “small hit” (when the received display result designation command is a display result 4 designation command or a display result 5 designation command), The effect control CPU 101 determines a combination of effect symbols such as “135” as the stop symbol. In the case of “out of” (when the received display result designation command is a display result 1 designation command), a combination of effect symbols other than the above is determined. However, when a reach effect is involved, a combination of effect symbols in which two left and right symbols are aligned is determined. The combination of the three symbols derived and displayed on the effect display device 9 is the “stop symbol” of the effect symbol.
  The effect control CPU 101 extracts, for example, a random number for determining the stop symbol, and uses the stop symbol determination table in which the data indicating the combination of effect symbols and numerical values are associated with each other to generate the stop symbol of the effect symbol. decide. That is, the stop symbol is determined by selecting data indicating the combination of effect symbols corresponding to the numerical value matching the extracted random number.
  In addition, as for the effect symbols, a stop symbol reminiscent of a big hit (a combination of symbols in which the left, middle and right are all the same symbols) is called a big hit symbol. In addition, a stop symbol that recalls a loss is called a loss symbol. In addition, a symbol reminiscent of being probabilistic (an odd symbol in this embodiment) is also called a probabilistic symbol, and a symbol reminiscent of being in a probable state (even symbol in this embodiment) is a non-probable symbol. Also called.
  Next, the effect control CPU 101 confirms whether or not the pending notice execution flag is set (step S8002). If the holding notice execution flag is set (that is, if the holding notice effect is being executed), the effect control CPU 101 subtracts 1 from the value of the reservation notice number counter (step S8003), and at this time the holding notice is held. It is confirmed whether or not there is a pending change suggestion effect at the timing of the display shift (step S8004). Note that whether or not it is determined that there is a pending change suggestion effect is specifically determined by checking whether or not there is a pending change suggestion effect stored in the reserved display change mode storage area shown in FIG. it can. If it is determined that there is a hold change suggestion effect at the timing of the hold display shift this time (Y in step S8004), the effect control CPU 101 selects a process table corresponding to the variation pattern and the hold change suggestion effect. (Step S8005).
  On the other hand, it is determined in step S8002 that the pending notice execution flag is not set (that is, the pending notice effect is not being executed), or that there is no pending change suggestion effect at the timing of the current hold display shift. In the case (N in Step S8004), the effect control CPU 101 selects a normal process table (a process table that does not include a pending change suggestion effect) according to the variation pattern (Step S8006).
  Then, the production control CPU 101 starts a process timer in the process data 1 of the process table selected in steps S8005 and S8006 (step S8007).
  FIG. 44 is an explanatory diagram of a configuration example of the process table. The process table is a table in which process data referred to when the effect control CPU 101 executes control of the effect device is set. That is, the effect control CPU 101 controls effect devices (effect components) such as the effect display device 9 according to the process data set in the process table. The process table includes data in which a plurality of combinations of process timer set values, display control execution data, lamp control execution data, and sound number data are collected. In the display control execution data, data indicating each variation aspect constituting the variation aspect during the variable display time (variation time) of the variable display of the effect symbols is described. Specifically, data relating to the change of the display screen of the effect display device 9 is described. The process timer set value is set with a change time in the form of the change. The effect control CPU 101 refers to the process table and performs control to display the effect design in the variation mode set in the display control execution data for the time set in the process timer set value.
  The process table shown in FIG. 44 is stored in the ROM of the effect control board 80. A process table is prepared for each variation pattern.
  If it is determined to execute the notice effect, the effect control CPU 101 selects a process table corresponding to the notice effect in step S8005.
  In addition, in the process table used when effect control is executed for a variation pattern with reach effect, the left symbol is stopped when a predetermined time has elapsed from the start of the variation, and the right symbol is stopped when a predetermined time further elapses. Process data indicating that it is to be displayed is set. In addition, instead of setting the symbols to be stopped and displayed in the process table, an image for displaying the symbols is synthesized and generated according to the determined stop symbol, the temporary stop symbol in the pseudo-ream and the sliding effect. May be.
  In addition, the CPU 101 for effect control, according to the contents of the process data 1 (display control execution data 1, lamp control execution data 1, sound number data 1), effects device (effect display device 9 as an effect component, effect component as an effect component) Control of the various lamps and the speaker 27 as a production component is executed (step S8008). For example, a command is output to the VDP 109 in order to display an image according to the variation pattern on the effect display device 9. In addition, a control signal (lamp control execution data) is output to the lamp driver board 35 in order to perform on / off control of various lamps. In addition, a control signal (sound number data) is output to the sound output board 70 in order to output sound from the speaker 27.
  In this embodiment, when the pending change suggesting effect is determined, the process of step S8008 and the process of step S8105 of the effect symbol changing process described later are executed according to the process table selected in step S8005. Thus, the hold change suggestion effect is executed at the timing of shifting the hold display at the start of the variable display.
  In this embodiment, the effect control CPU 101 performs control so that the effect symbol is variably displayed by the change pattern corresponding to the change pattern command on a one-to-one basis. The variation pattern to be used may be selected from a plurality of types of variation patterns corresponding to.
  Next, the effect control CPU 101 sets a value corresponding to the variation time specified by the variation pattern command in the variation time timer (step S8009).
  Next, the production control CPU 101 starts the command (design designation command, variable category command, start prize designation command (first start prize designation command or second command) stored in the storage area of the start prize command storage area. One of the start winning commands stored in the first storage area is deleted, and the contents of the start winning command storage area are shifted. (Step S8010).
  Then, the effect control CPU 101 sets the value of the effect control process flag to a value corresponding to the effect symbol changing process (step S802) (step S8011).
  FIG. 45 is a flowchart showing the effect symbol variation in-process (step S802) in the effect control process. In the effect symbol variation processing, the effect control CPU 101 first decrements the value of the process timer by 1 (step S8101) and decrements the value of the variation time timer by 1 (step S8102). When the process timer times out (step S8103), the process data is switched. That is, the process timer setting value set next in the process table is set in the process timer (step S8104). Further, the control state for the effect device is changed based on the display control execution data, lamp control execution data, and sound number data set next (step S8105).
  Next, the effect control CPU 101 confirms whether or not the pending notice execution flag is set (step S8106). If the hold notice execution flag is set (that is, if the hold notice effect is being executed), the effect control CPU 101 confirms whether or not the hold display change timing is reached (step S8107). In this embodiment, when the hold notice effect is executed, the display mode of the hold display is not changed with the start of the variable display, but the display mode of the hold display is changed with a slight lag from the start of the variable display. Shall. Specifically, in this embodiment, the display mode of the hold display is changed after 2 seconds have elapsed from the start of the variable display. By doing so, in this embodiment, it is possible to secure a certain amount of time for the player to pay attention to the pending change suggestion effect at the start of the change. Note that, specifically, whether or not the hold display change timing is reached can be determined by checking the value of the variable time timer set in step S8009.
  In this embodiment, the case where the display mode of the hold display is changed after 2 seconds from the start of the variable display is shown, but the change timing of the hold display is the same as that shown in this embodiment. I ca n’t stop. For example, if the timing is such that it can be regarded as substantially the same timing as the shift of the hold display, the hold display may be changed 1 second or 3 seconds after the change display, or the hold display is changed simultaneously with the start of the change display. You may let them. Further, the present invention is not limited to the case where the hold display is changed at the timing of the hold display shift. For example, the hold display may be changed during the variable display.
  If it is the change timing of the hold display (Y in Step S8107), the effect control CPU 101 performs control to change the hold display to be notified to the determined display mode in the total hold storage display unit 18c (Step S8107). S8108).
  For example, in the example shown in FIG. 40, when it is 2 seconds after the start of change at the timing of the first hold display shift, step S8108 is based on the storage contents of the storage area 3 of the hold display change mode storage area. , The display mode of the hold display to be notified is maintained in blue. If the second hold display shift timing is 2 seconds after the start of the change, in step S8108 based on the stored contents of the storage area 2 of the hold display change mode storage area, the hold display of the notice target Is changed from blue to green. Further, when the second (last) hold display shift timing is 2 seconds after the start of the change, in step S8108, based on the stored contents of the storage area 1 of the hold display change mode storage area, a notice target Is changed from green to red.
  Then, if the change time timer has timed out (step S8109), the effect control CPU 101 updates the value of the effect control process flag to a value corresponding to the effect symbol change stop process (step S803) (step S8110).
  FIG. 46 is a flowchart showing the effect symbol variation stop process (step S803) in the effect control process. In the effect symbol variation stop process, the effect control CPU 101 first checks whether or not a stop symbol display flag indicating that a stop symbol of the effect symbol is being displayed is set (step S8301). If the stop symbol display flag is set, the process proceeds to step S8308. In this embodiment, when a big hit symbol is displayed as the stop symbol of the effect symbol, a stop symbol display flag is set in step S8307. Then, the stop symbol display flag is reset when the fanfare effect is executed. Accordingly, the fact that the stop symbol display flag is set is a stage where the jackpot symbol is stopped and displayed but the fanfare effect is not yet executed, and therefore the processing of displaying the stop symbol of the effect symbol in step S8305 is executed. Instead, the process proceeds to step S8308.
  When the stop symbol display flag is not set, the effect control CPU 101 checks whether or not the hold notice execution flag is set (step S8302). If the pending notice execution flag is set (that is, if the pending notice effect is being executed), the effect control CPU 101 confirms whether or not the value of the pending notice number counter is 1 (step) S8303). If the value of the hold notice count counter is 1 (that is, if the change display immediately before the notice change display is ended), the effect control CPU 101 resets the hold notice execution flag. (Step S8304). In this case, it is desirable to reset the value of the pending notice counter to 0.
  In this embodiment, the case where the pending advance notice execution flag is reset when the change display immediately before the advance notice change display is finished is shown. However, the present invention is not limited to that shown in this embodiment, and for example, it may be reset at the start of change or at the end of change of the change display of the notice target.
  Next, the effect control CPU 101 performs control to stop and display the determined stop symbol (out-of-order symbol, jackpot symbol) (step S8305).
  Next, when neither the big winning symbol nor the small winning symbol is displayed in the process of step S8305 (that is, when the off symbol is displayed) (N in step S8306), the presentation control CPU 101 proceeds to step S8314. To do.
  When the big hit symbol or the small hit symbol is stopped and displayed in the process of step S8305 (Y in step S8306), the effect control CPU 101 sets a stop symbol display flag (step S8307).
  Next, the effect control CPU 101 checks whether or not any jackpot start designation command has been received (step S8308). Whether or not any jackpot start designation command has been received is specifically determined by a flag indicating that the jackpot start designation command set in the command analysis process has been received (a jackpot start designation command reception flag), This determination can be made by checking whether or not a flag indicating that a small hit / sudden probability sudden change big hit start designation command (small hit / sudden probability sudden change big hit start designation command reception flag) is set. If any jackpot start designation command has been received, the effect control CPU 101 resets the stop symbol display flag (step S8309), and selects a process table corresponding to the fanfare effect (step S8310). When the big hit start designation command reception flag or the small hit / sudden probability sudden change big hit start designation command reception flag is set, the effect control CPU 101 resets the set flag.
  Then, the production control CPU 101 starts the process timer by setting the process timer set value in the process timer (step S8311), and the contents of the process data 1 (display control execution data 1, lamp control execution data 1, sound number) Control of the effect device (the effect display device 9 as an effect part, various lamps as an effect part, and the speaker 27 as an effect part) is executed according to data 1 and movable member control data 1) (step S8312). Thereafter, the value of the effect control process flag is updated to a value corresponding to the jackpot display process (step S804) (step S8313).
  When it is determined that neither big win nor small win is made (N in step S8306), the effect control CPU 101 sets the value of the effect control process flag in accordance with the variation pattern command reception waiting process (step S800). The value is updated (step S8314).
  Next, a specific example of the production mode of the hold notice effect will be described. FIG. 47 is an explanatory diagram showing a specific example of the production mode of the hold notice effect. In addition, in FIG. 47, the aspect of an effect screen changes in order of (1) (2) (3).
  As shown in FIG. 47 (2), when the change display of the effect symbols is executed in the left middle right symbol display areas 9L, 9C, 9R, as shown in FIG. Is assumed to occur. Then, it is assumed that the production control microcomputer 100 determines to execute the hold notice effect based on the winning determination result based on the new start winning (see step S6003). Also, based on the fact that the total number of pending storages is 4, 4 is set as the number of processes (see step S6009), and the processes of steps S6012 and S6013 are repeatedly executed until the number of processes reaches 0, depending on the number of processes. It is assumed that the display modes before and after the change of the hold display and the presence or absence of the hold change suggestion effect are determined. In the example shown in FIG. 47, as an example, as shown in FIG. 40, it is assumed that each display mode before and after the change of the hold display and the presence or absence of the hold change suggesting effect are determined and stored in the hold display change mode storage area. (See step S6014).
  As shown in FIG. 47 (2), when a start winning is generated, the blue display is increased by one as a special display mode based on the storage contents of the storage area 4 of the storage display change mode storage area shown in FIG. Thus, the hold notice effect is started (see step S6015). In this embodiment, as shown in FIG. 47 (2), even if the execution of the hold change suggestion effect is determined at the timing of occurrence of the start winning prize, the hold change suggestion effect is not executed. Be controlled.
  Next, as shown in FIG. 47 (3), at the timing when the first hold display is shifted and the next variable display is started, the stored contents of the storage area 3 of the hold display change mode storage area shown in FIG. On the basis of the effect display device 9, the hold change suggestion effect is executed in such a manner that the face of the predetermined character is displayed and a character string such as “May hold change!” Is displayed as a line of the predetermined character. (See steps S8005, S8008, and S8105). Further, as shown in FIG. 47 (4), the display mode of the hold display is maintained in blue based on the stored contents of the storage area 3 of the hold display change mode storage area shown in FIG. 40 (see step S8108). .
  Next, as shown in FIG. 47 (5), at the timing when the second hold display is shifted and the next variable display is started, the contents stored in the storage area 2 of the hold display change mode storage area shown in FIG. On the basis of the effect display device 9, the hold change suggestion effect is executed in such a manner that the face of the predetermined character is displayed and a character string such as “May hold change!” Is displayed as a line of the predetermined character. (See steps S8005, S8008, and S8105). Further, as shown in FIG. 47 (6), based on the storage contents of the storage area 2 of the hold display change mode storage area shown in FIG. The display mode of the display is changed from blue to green (see step S8108).
  Next, as shown in FIG. 47 (7), at the timing when the third (last) hold display is shifted and the next variable display is started, the storage area 1 of the hold display change mode storage area shown in FIG. Based on the stored contents, the effect display device 9 displays the face of the predetermined character, and displays a character string such as “May change hold!” As a line of the predetermined character. An effect is executed (see steps S8005, S8008, and S8105). Further, as shown in FIG. 47 (8), based on the storage contents of the storage area 1 of the hold display change mode storage area shown in FIG. The display mode of the display is changed from green to red (see step S8108).
  After that, at the timing when the display of the change of the notice target is started, the hold storage of the notice object is consumed, and the hold display of the special display mode of the notice target (in this example, a red round display) is deleted. The hold notice effect ends.
  In this embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 47 (3), (5), and (7), the case where the hold change suggesting effect is executed in the same effect form is shown. Depending on whether the display mode changes or on which special display mode the hold display changes, the effect mode of the hold change suggesting effect may be varied. For example, depending on whether the display mode of the hold display changes or to which special display mode the hold display changes, the type of character appearing in the hold change suggesting effect is changed, or the character's speech is changed. It may be different.
  In addition, for example, as a hold change suggestion effect, an aspect in which a character or the like acts on the hold display of the advance notice target (for example, the hold display of the advance notice target is indicated by a finger, stopped on the hold display of the advance notice target, You may make it perform the production | presentation of the aspect which carries out the gesture which strikes the hold display of object with a hammer. In addition, for example, as a hold change suggestion effect, an effect is made such that the hold display is concealed in a mode in which smoke is emitted from the hold display to be notified, and the display mode of the hold display is changed. It may be. In addition, for example, as a hold change suggestion effect, an image of a button mark is displayed on the hold display to be notified, and whether or not the display mode of the hold display is changed by operating an operation unit such as the push button 120 is asked. Various effects may be executed.
  Further, for example, the above-described plural types of hold change suggestion effects may be executed, and which of the hold change suggestion effects is to be determined may be determined and executed by a lottery process or the like. In this case, the ratio of whether or not the display mode of the hold display changes depending on the type of the hold change suggestion effect, or the ratio of the type of the display mode of the hold display after the change may be changed.
  As described above, according to this embodiment, the display mode of the hold display is different from the normal mode (black round display in this example) (in this example, the special display mode (blue or green) , Red, gold color, cherry blossom pattern, rainbow-colored round display)), the change mode of the hold notice effect (in this example, the hold notice effect of the form shown in FIG. 47) is determined, and the change is held according to the determined change mode A notice effect can be executed. In addition, it is possible to determine the change mode of the hold notice effect at a plurality of change timings including at least the first timing and the second timing (in this example, the timing when the start winning is generated and the timing of the subsequent hold display shift). After determining the change mode of the hold notice effect at the first timing using the determination data (in this example, the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. 39) for determining the change mode of the hold notice effect. The change mode of the hold notice effect at the second timing is determined using the determined data. Therefore, since the change mode of the hold notice effect is determined using the determination data at each change timing, it is possible to prevent an increase in the data capacity of the determination data and reduce the storage area capacity.
  For example, if the display mode of the hold display performed at a plurality of timings as in the gaming machine described in Patent Document 1 is determined in a single determination process, the display of the hold display before and after the change of the plurality of timings is performed. The determination process must be performed using a table including all display modes, and the data capacity of the determination data (table) used to determine the change mode of the hold notice effect increases, and the memory for storing the determination data There is a risk of squeezing the capacity of the area. On the other hand, in this embodiment, a plurality of change timings are respectively obtained by repeatedly performing a determination process using one determination data (in this example, the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. 39). Since the display mode of the hold display is determined, the data capacity of the determined data itself can be kept small, and the pressure on the storage area can be reduced.
  In this embodiment, when the first timing is a change timing that comes after the second timing (in this example, in step S6003, the final display mode is first determined as the change mode of the hold display, and thereafter , The display mode before the change of the previous hold display is determined one by one in order from the final display mode by repeatedly executing the process of step S6012), but is not limited to such mode. . For example, conversely, the first timing may be a change timing that comes before the second timing (for example, first, the display mode of the hold display at the time of the start winning is determined, The display mode after the change of the hold display after the display mode one by one in order may be determined. Even in such a configuration, since one determination data (in this example, the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. 39) can be used for general purposes, the display mode of the hold display for each of the plurality of change timings can be determined. It is possible to prevent an increase in the data capacity of the determined data and reduce the pressure on the storage area. In addition, when it is configured so that the first timing is a change timing that arrives before the second timing, for example, the same display mode as the final display mode is used as the display mode in the middle until the final change timing of the hold display. In this case, since the same display as the final display mode has already been determined, the display mode determination process for the subsequent change timing may be skipped.
  However, as shown in this embodiment, if the first timing is a change timing that comes after the second timing, the final display mode is first determined based on the winning determination result. It is possible to easily match the display result of the variable display of the notice target and the final display mode of the hold notice effect.
  Further, according to this embodiment, even if the display mode of the hold display is not changed, the hold change suggestion effect (in this example, FIG. 47 (3), (5), execution of the hold change suggestion effect of the mode shown in (7) can be determined (in this example, as shown in FIG. 39, when the normal mode is determined as the display mode before the change of the hold display) Even in such a case, it may be determined that there is a pending change suggesting effect), and execution of the pending change suggesting effect is determined using determination data (in this example, the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. 39). For this reason, it is possible to prevent an increase in the data capacity and reduce the pressure on the storage area when determining the pending change suggestion effect.
  In addition, according to this embodiment, when predetermined conditions are satisfied (in this example, the state of probability change), the determination data used to determine the change mode of the hold notice effect is switched. For this reason, since the determination data can be switched and the change mode of the hold notice effect can be determined when the predetermined condition is satisfied, the interest in the hold notice effect can be improved.
  In this embodiment, the case where the predetermined condition is the probability variation state is shown, but it is not limited to such a mode. For example, when the gaming state is the high base state or the short time state, it may be determined that the predetermined condition is satisfied, and the determination data (in this example, the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. 39) may be switched. In addition, for example, in a gaming machine that can be switched to a plurality of effect modes, it is determined that a predetermined condition is satisfied when controlled to a specific effect mode, and determination data (in this example, the hold display shown in FIG. 39) The change mode determination table) may be switched. Further, for example, it is determined that the predetermined condition is established when the probability variation latent state or the mission effect period is in effect, and the decision data (in this example, the hold display change mode decision table shown in FIG. 39) is switched. Also good.
Embodiment 2. FIG.
In the first embodiment, the case where the hold notice effect is ended until the change display immediately before the change display of the notice target is substantially finished has been described, but the hold notice is shown until the change display of the notice target is ended. You may comprise so that presentation can be continued. For example, in a gaming machine provided with an active display area in which a predetermined display corresponding to the currently displayed variable display is displayed, the predetermined display to be displayed in the active display area is displayed in a manner similar to the special display mode hold display. Thus, the hold notice effect may be continued until the change display of the notice object is substantially finished. In the following, a second embodiment in which an active display area is provided and the hold notice effect is continued until the change display of the notice object is substantially finished will be described.
  Note that in this embodiment, detailed description of the parts having the same configuration and processing as those of the first embodiment will be omitted, and parts different from those of the first embodiment will be mainly described.
  FIG. 48 is a front view of the pachinko gaming machine 1 according to the second embodiment as viewed from the front. As shown in FIG. 48, in this embodiment, an active display area 9A is provided on the left side of the display screen of the effect display device 9 in which a predetermined display corresponding to the currently displayed variable display is displayed. . In this embodiment, in the active display area 9A, a display similar to the hold display displayed on the combined hold storage display unit 18c is performed as a predetermined display. Hereinafter, a display in a manner similar to the hold display displayed in the active display area 9A is also referred to as an active hold display. In addition, as long as it can be recognized that the display corresponds to the currently displayed variable display, the display need not be the same as the hold display, and other figures, characters, and the like may be displayed. .
  FIG. 49 is a flowchart showing the hold notice effect process (step S800A) in the second embodiment. As shown in FIG. 49, in this embodiment, in the hold notice effect process, after the current combined hold storage number is set to the process number in step S6009, the process is performed after the current sum hold process number is set in step S6009. The number of times of subtracting 1 from the number is one less (specifically, there is no subtraction process in step S6010 in the first embodiment). Therefore, in this embodiment, the determination process in step S6012 is executed once more than in the first embodiment. Therefore, in this embodiment, in addition to the change mode of the hold display and the presence / absence of the hold change suggestion effect at the hold shift timing at the start of the change display immediately before the change display of the notice target, the change display of the notice target is displayed. The change mode of the hold display at the timing of the hold shift at the start (more precisely, the display mode of the active hold display) and the presence / absence of the hold change suggesting effect are also determined. Precisely, the final mode of the hold display determined in step S6003 becomes the change mode of the hold display at the timing of the hold shift at the start of the variable display to be notified (more precisely, the display mode of the active hold display).
  The other processes in the hold notice effect process are the same as the processes in the first embodiment.
  FIG. 50 is an explanatory diagram illustrating a specific example of the hold display change mode storage area according to the second embodiment. As shown in FIG. 50, in this embodiment, in addition to the possibility that the total pending storage number may increase to 8 at the maximum, the active pending display is displayed in the same display mode as the special display mode. Since the hold notice effect is continued, nine storage areas (storage areas 1 to 9) are provided in the hold display change mode storage area.
  In the example shown in FIG. 50, in step S6003, it is determined that the hold notice effect is to be executed using the hold notice effect determination table shown in FIG. 38, and the hold notice effect C is determined as the type of the hold notice effect. It is assumed that the display mode is determined to be red (the hold notice effect C is determined). Further, in step S6003, it is uniformly determined that there is a hold change suggestion effect, and as shown in FIG. 50, the first storage area 1 of the hold display change mode storage area has a display mode (final last shift shift). Red is stored as the display mode (display mode of active hold display), and “with hold change suggestion effect” is stored.
  Next, in the example shown in FIG. 50, it is assumed that the current total pending storage number is 4, and 4 is set as the processing number in step S6009. Next, since the number of processes is not 0 in step S6011, the process of the first step S6012 is executed, and the display before the change before the hold display is performed using the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. Assume that the mode is determined to be green and that there is a pending change suggestion effect. Specifically, since the display mode after change (here, the final display mode determined in step S6003) is red, refer to the column corresponding to red in the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. It is assumed that green is selected from blue, green and red, which are selectable normal modes. As shown in FIG. 50, in the second storage area 2 of the hold display change mode storage area, green is stored as the display mode at the hold shift immediately before the last hold shift, and the hold change suggestion The effect is recorded.
  Next, 1 is subtracted in step S6013, the number of processes becomes 3, and in step S6011, the number of processes is not 0. Therefore, the process of the second step S6012 is executed, and the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. 39 is used. In addition, it is assumed that the display mode before the change immediately before the hold display is determined to be blue and that there is a hold change suggestion effect. Specifically, since the display mode after the change (here, the display mode determined in the first step S6012) is green, it corresponds to the green color in the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. With reference to the column, it is assumed that blue is selected from the normal modes that can be selected, blue and green. As shown in FIG. 50, in the third storage area 3 of the hold display change mode storage area, blue is stored as the display mode at the hold shift two times before the last hold shift, and the hold change suggestion The effect is recorded.
  Next, in step S6013, 1 is subtracted and the number of processes becomes 2, and in step S6011, the number of processes is not 0. Therefore, the third process of step S6012 is executed, and the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. 39 is used. In addition, it is assumed that the display mode before the change immediately before the hold display is determined to be blue and that there is a hold change suggestion effect. Specifically, since the display mode after the change (here, the display mode determined in the second processing in step S6012) is blue, it corresponds to the blue color in the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. Referring to the column, it is assumed that blue is selected from the normal modes that can be selected and blue. As shown in FIG. 50, in the fourth storage area 4 of the hold display change mode storage area, blue is stored as the display mode before the change of the hold display (in the display mode of the hold display at the time of starting winning). ), There is a pending change suggestion effect.
  Next, in step S6013, 1 is subtracted and the number of processes becomes 1, and in step S6011, the number of processes is not 0. Therefore, the process of the fourth step S6012 is executed, and the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. 39 is used. In addition, it is assumed that the display mode before the change immediately before the hold display is determined to be blue and that there is a hold change suggestion effect. Specifically, since the display mode after the change (here, the display mode determined in the third processing in step S6012) is blue, it corresponds to the blue color in the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. Referring to the column, it is assumed that blue is selected from the normal modes that can be selected and blue. As shown in FIG. 50, in the fifth storage area 5 of the hold display change mode storage area, blue is stored as the display mode before the change of the hold display (in the display mode of the hold display at the time of starting winning). ), There is a pending change suggestion effect.
  Next, since 1 is subtracted in step S6013 and the number of processes is 0, and the number of processes is 0 in step S6011, the process proceeds to step S6014, and as shown in FIG. (Including the display mode of the last active hold display) and the presence or absence of the hold change suggestion effect are stored in the hold display change mode storage area.
  In accordance with the above processing, in this embodiment, the display mode before the change of the previous hold display is determined one by one from the last display mode, and is sequentially stored in the hold display change mode storage area.
  In the example shown in FIG. 50, first, the blue hold display is incremented by 1 as the special display mode at the time of starting winning based on the stored contents of the storage area 5 of the holding display changing mode storing area (Note that the starting winning prize is 1). Even if the pending change suggestion effect is stored for the time, the pending change suggestion effect is not executed). Next, at the timing of the first hold display shift, a hold change suggesting effect is executed based on the stored contents of the storage area 4, and the display mode of the hold display is maintained in blue. Next, at the timing of the second hold display shift, the hold change suggestion effect is executed based on the stored contents of the storage area 3 and the display mode of the hold display is maintained in blue. Next, at the timing of the third hold display shift, the hold change suggesting effect is executed based on the stored contents of the storage area 2, and the display mode of the hold display changes to green. Next, at the timing of the shift of the fourth (last) hold display, the change display of the notice target is started, and the hold change suggesting effect is executed based on the storage contents of the storage area 1, and the notice target hold is held. Instead of erasing the display, an active hold display is displayed in red as a special display mode in the active display area 9A, and an effect in which the hold notice effect is continued until the variable display of the notice target is executed. Then, when the variable display of the notice target is finished, the red active hold display is erased and the hold notice effect is finished.
  As described above, in this embodiment, when the active hold display is displayed, the hold change suggestion effect is executed in the same manner as the timing of the hold display shift.
  FIG. 51 is a flowchart showing the effect symbol variation start process (step S801) in the second embodiment. In this embodiment, the processes in steps S8000 to S8009 are the same as those shown in the first embodiment. When the value corresponding to the variation time is set in the variation time timer in step S8009, the effect control CPU 101 confirms whether or not the hold display corresponding to the variation display started this time is in the special display mode (step S8009A). In this embodiment, the command transmitted at the start of variation is the interval for each timer interrupt (4 ms interval) in the order of the background designation command, the variation pattern command, the display result designation command, and the total pending storage number subtraction designation command. It is transmitted (see FIGS. 23 to 27). Accordingly, in the effect symbol variation start process executed until the display result designation command is received, the total pending storage number subtraction designation command has not yet been received, and in the stage of step S8009A, the pending display is not yet shifted and is added up. The hold display corresponding to the variable display to be started this time should still remain in the hold storage display unit 18c. Therefore, in step S8009A, the effect control CPU 101 determines whether or not the first hold display (hold display corresponding to the variable display started this time) displayed in the combined hold storage display unit 18c is in a special display mode. Determine whether.
  When the hold display corresponding to the variable display started this time is in the special display mode, the effect control CPU 101 performs a predetermined display in the active display area 9A in the same special display mode as the hold display corresponding to the variable display started this time. Is displayed (step S8009B). For example, when the first hold display displayed on the combined hold storage display unit 18c is a red hold display, a predetermined red display (active hold display) is displayed in the active display area 9A. For example, when the first hold display displayed on the combined hold storage display unit 18c is a blue hold display, a blue predetermined display (active hold display) is displayed in the active display area 9A. .
  On the other hand, if the hold display corresponding to the variable display that starts this time is not in the special display mode (that is, the normal mode hold display), the effect control CPU 101 displays the normal mode hold display in the active display area 9A. A predetermined display in the same manner (in this example, a black round display) is displayed (step S8009C).
  In addition, after a predetermined display (active hold display) is displayed in the active display area 9A in steps S8009A to S8009C, a sum hold storage number subtraction designation command is received at the next timer interrupt (after 4 ms), and a sum hold storage display section Since the first hold display is erased from 18c, when viewed from the player, it appears that the first hold display in the combined hold storage display portion 18c has shifted to the active display area 9A almost simultaneously.
  Note that the processes in steps S8010 and S8011 are the same as those described in the first embodiment.
  FIG. 52 is a flowchart showing the processing during effect design variation (step S802) in the second embodiment. In this embodiment, the processes in steps S8101 to S8106 are the same as those shown in the first embodiment. If the hold advance notice execution flag is set in step S8106 (that is, if the hold advance notice effect is being executed), the effect control CPU 101 determines whether or not it is the change timing of the hold display or the active hold display. Confirmation is made (step S8107A). Note that whether or not it is the change timing of the hold display or the active hold display can be specifically determined by checking the value of the variable time timer set in step S8009.
  If it is the change timing of the hold display or the active hold display (Y in step S8107A), the production control CPU 101 checks whether or not the value of the hold notice count counter is 0 (step S8107B). If the value of the hold notice count counter is 0 (Y in step S8107B), the change display of the notice target is being executed, and a predetermined display corresponding to the change display of the notice object currently being executed (active hold display) Is displayed in the active display area 9A. In this case, the effect control CPU 101 performs control to change the active hold display displayed in the active display area 9A to the determined display mode (step S8108A). On the other hand, if the value of the hold notice count counter is not 0 (N in step S8107B), the effect control CPU 101 changes the notice target hold display to the determined display mode in the combined hold storage display unit 18c. Control is performed (step S8108B).
  For example, in the example shown in FIG. 50, if it is 2 seconds after the start of change at the timing of the first hold display shift, step S8108B is performed based on the storage contents of the storage area 4 of the hold display change mode storage area. , The display mode of the hold display to be notified is maintained in blue. In addition, when it is 2 seconds after the start of the change at the timing of the second hold display shift, in step S8108B, based on the stored contents of the storage area 3 of the hold display change mode storage area, the hold display of the notice target Is kept blue. In addition, when it is 2 seconds after the start of the change at the timing of the third hold display shift, in step S8108B, based on the stored contents of the storage area 2 of the hold display change mode storage area, the hold display of the notice target Is changed from blue to green. Further, if the second (last) hold display shift timing is 2 seconds after the start of change, the active display is performed in step S8108A based on the storage contents of storage area 1 of the hold display change mode storage area. The display mode of the active hold display displayed in the area 9A is changed from green to red.
  Note that the processes in steps S8109 and S8110 are the same as those described in the first embodiment.
  FIG. 53 is a flowchart showing the effect symbol fluctuation stopping process (step S803) in the second embodiment. In this embodiment, the effect control CPU 101 first controls to delete the active hold display displayed in the active display area 9A in the effect symbol variation stop process (step S8301A). In this embodiment, the active hold display is erased every time the variable display is finished. However, when the variable display is finished, even one hold display is displayed on the total hold storage display unit 18c. If so, the active hold display may be continuously displayed in the active display area 9A.
  Note that the processes in steps S8301 and S8302 are the same as those described in the first embodiment.
  If the pending notice execution flag is set in step S8302 (that is, if the pending notice effect is being executed), the effect control CPU 101 checks whether the value of the pending notice number counter is 0 or not. (Step S8303A). If the value of the pending notice number counter is 0 (that is, if the notice target change display is to be ended), the effect control CPU 101 resets the pending notice executing flag (step S8304).
  Note that the processes in steps S8304 to S8314 are the same as those described in the first embodiment.
  As described above, according to this embodiment, during execution of variable display of identification information, a corresponding display (in this example, active hold display) corresponding to the variable display of identification information is displayed in a predetermined area (in this example). Then, the active display area 9A) is used. In addition, the display mode of the corresponding display displayed in the predetermined area is different from the normal mode (black round display in this example) (in this example, the special display mode (blue, green, red, gold, cherry blossom pattern) , Rainbow-colored round display)). Therefore, the pending notice effect can be continued until the variable display of the identification information to be notified is substantially ended, and the effect of the effect on the variable display of the identification information being executed can be improved.
  In addition, according to this embodiment, a common effect (book) is provided as an effect that suggests that the display mode of the hold display changes and an effect that suggests that the display mode of the corresponding display displayed in the predetermined area changes. In the example, a pending change suggestion effect) can be executed. For this reason, attention can also be paid to the effect that suggests that the display mode changes with respect to the variable display of the identification information being executed.
  In this embodiment, when the change display of the notice target is started, the active hold display moves from the combined hold storage display unit 18c to the active display area 9A (more precisely, after 2 seconds from the start of change). Although the case where the display mode of the active hold display is changed has been shown, it is not limited to such a mode. For example, the active hold display may be changed after 1 second or 3 seconds from the variable display as long as the timing can be regarded as substantially the same timing as the transition to the active display area 9A, or simultaneously with the start of the variable display. The active hold display may be changed. Further, for example, the active hold display may be changed during the variable display.
  Further, in this embodiment, the display mode of the active hold display (the final display mode of the hold notice effect) is also determined using the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. 39. However, the determination may be made using a different table. For example, a hold display change mode determination table dedicated to active hold display is prepared separately from the hold display change mode determination table shown in FIG. 39, and the timing until the hold shift immediately before the variable display to be notified is shown in FIG. While the display mode of the hold display is determined using the hold display change mode determination table, the display mode of the active hold display (the final display mode of the hold notice effect) is determined using the dedicated hold display change mode determination table. You may comprise as follows.
  In the first embodiment and the second embodiment described above, the display mode of the hold display or the active hold display is displayed only once during the variable display once (specifically, only during the hold shift). Although the case where it changes is shown, it is not restricted to such a mode, For example, the display mode of a hold display or an active hold display may be configured to be changed a plurality of times during one variation display. In this case, for example, the change timing of the display mode of the hold display and the change timing of the display mode of the active hold display may be the common timing or different timings.
Embodiment 3 FIG.
In the configuration shown in the first embodiment or the second embodiment, a suggestion effect that suggests whether or not the display mode of the hold display is changed is configured to be executable, and the hold display is a special mode. When displayed, the suggestion effect may be executed at a higher frequency than when the hold display is not displayed in a special manner. Hereinafter, a third embodiment configured to execute the suggestion effect will be described.
  In this embodiment, the detailed description of the parts having the same configurations and processes as those of the first embodiment or the second embodiment is omitted, and the first embodiment or the second embodiment is mainly omitted. Differences from the embodiment will be described.
  In this embodiment, in addition to the configuration shown in the first embodiment or the second embodiment, the effect control microcomputer 100 (specifically, the effect control CPU 101) determines the prefetch effect. A pre-reading effect determination process is performed. For example, in the effect control process, the effect control CPU 101 can execute a prefetch effect determination process in addition to the hold notice effect process (step S800A) shown in the first embodiment and the second embodiment. When a new start prize is generated, either the hold notice effect process (step S800A) or the prefetch effect determination process is selected and executed. Note that whether to execute the hold notice effect process (step S800A) or the prefetch effect determination process may be selected depending on, for example, whether or not the gaming state is a certain change state or a short time state, or a plurality of effect modes. In the gaming machine configured to be controllable, it may be selected depending on which production mode is controlled.
  In this embodiment, the winning determination result storage buffer corresponds to the start winning command storage area shown in the first embodiment or the second embodiment. The winning determination result designation command corresponds to the variation category command or symbol designation command shown in the first embodiment or the second embodiment.
  FIG. 54 is a flowchart showing prefetch effect determination processing in the third embodiment. In the prefetch effect determination process, the effect control CPU 101 confirms whether or not a prefetch effect restriction flag indicating that execution of the prefetch effect is restricted is set (step S67101). Note that the prefetch effect restriction flag is set in step S67111 described later. If the prefetch effect restriction flag is set, the effect control CPU 101 causes the sum hold storage display unit 18c to display a new hold display corresponding to the latest hold storage in a normal manner (for example, a black round display). It is displayed (step S67116). For example, when the first to fifth hold displays of the combined hold storage display unit 18c are displayed, the effect control CPU 101 controls to display the sixth hold display in the normal mode. .
  If the pre-reading effect restriction flag is not set, the effect control CPU 101 displays the past winning determination result stored in the winning determination result storage buffer (the winning determination result indicated by the winning determination result designation command received this time). (Excluding) are extracted (step S67102).
  Next, the effect control CPU 101 checks whether or not the extracted winning determination results are all determination results indicating “non-reach” (step S67103). If all the winning determination results extracted in step S67103 are determination results indicating “non-reach”, the CPU 101 for effect control proceeds to step S67104. On the other hand, if the extracted winning determination results are not all determination results indicating “non-reach”, the effect control CPU 101 normally displays a new hold display corresponding to the latest hold storage in the combined hold storage display unit 18c. It displays in the form (step S67116). In other words, this embodiment is configured not to execute the pre-reading effect based on the newly received winning determination result designation command when there is an on-hold storage in which a variable display with a reach effect is performed. In addition to the example shown in FIG. 54, the pre-reading effect is executed based on the newly received winning determination result designation command even when there is a holding storage in which a variable display with a reach effect is performed. May be.
  In step S67104, the effect control CPU 101 extracts the latest winning determination result (the winning determination result indicated in the received winning determination result designation command) stored in the winning determination result storage buffer, and the extracted winning is obtained. Based on the time determination result, it is determined whether or not to execute the prefetch effect (step S67104).
  Next, when the CPU 101 for effect control determines to execute the prefetch effect (Y in step S67105), the process proceeds to step S67105a. On the other hand, when it is determined not to execute the prefetch effect (N in Step S67105), the effect control CPU 101 displays a new hold display corresponding to the latest hold storage in the normal manner in the combined hold storage display unit 18c. (Step S67116).
  In step S67105a, the effect control CPU 101 sets the total reserved memory number in the effect total reserved memory number counter for specifying the reserved display that is the target of the prefetch effect (step S67105a). The value of the total reserved memory number counter for effects is decremented by 1 in step S1802a of the effect symbol variation start process, and in step S1811, it is used to specify the hold display that is the target of the prefetch effect. For example, when the value of the total pending storage number counter for effects is 4, a pre-reading effect that changes the display mode of the fourth on-hold display in the total on-hold storage display unit 18c is executed.
  Next, the effect control CPU 101 determines in which display mode the hold display corresponding to the fluctuating display (hold information) to be notified in the pre-read effect is finally displayed (step S67106). In this embodiment, as the display mode of the hold display, in addition to the normal mode (for example, black round display), the special mode (for example, white round display), the first special mode (for example, star shape) Display) and a second special mode (for example, a heart-shaped display). However, as will be described later, the hold display displayed in the special mode changes from the special mode to the first special mode or the second special mode before the variable display based on the hold information corresponding to the hold display is started. Is displayed. Therefore, in step S67106, the final display mode is determined as either the first special mode or the second special mode. Hereinafter, the first special mode and the second special mode may be collectively referred to as a special mode.
  Next, the effect control CPU 101 determines a prefetch effect effect pattern (hereinafter also referred to as a prefetch effect pattern) (step S67107).
  In this embodiment, a first prefetch effect pattern and a second prefetch effect pattern are provided as prefetch effect patterns. In the first look-ahead effect pattern, the hold display corresponding to the change display (hold information) to be notified is displayed in the first special mode or the second special mode without being displayed once in the special mode. Note that the first look-ahead effect pattern is a display in which the hold display corresponding to the change display (hold information) of the notice target is displayed in the first special mode or the second special form at the timing of the start winning prize, and the change display of the notice target. The hold display corresponding to the fluctuating display (hold information) to be notified is changed from the normal mode to the first special mode or the second special mode at any shift timing until the (hold information) starts. Including. On the other hand, in the second look-ahead effect pattern, the hold display corresponding to the variation display of the advance notice target is displayed in a special manner at the timing of the start winning prize, and at any shift timing until the advance display of the advance notice subject is changed, The display is changed from the special mode to the first special mode or the second special mode.
  The shift timing of the hold display means that the first hold display in the combined hold storage display unit 18c is erased and the remaining hold display is shifted one by one in the effect symbol variation start process described later, and the combined hold storage display is performed. It is a timing (specifically, a timing at which step S1800 is executed) for updating the combined pending storage number display in the unit 18c. For example, when the first to fifth hold displays of the combined hold storage display unit 18c are displayed, the first hold display is erased at the shift timing and the second hold display is displayed. The hold display is shifted to the first display area, the hold display displayed at the third is shifted to the second display area, and the hold display displayed at the fourth is the third display. The hold display which has been shifted to the area and displayed in the fifth is shifted to the fourth display area.
  FIG. 55 is an explanatory diagram showing a prefetch effect pattern determination table in the third embodiment. In step S67107, the effect control CPU 101 determines a prefetch effect pattern based on the prefetch effect pattern determination table and the total number of reserved memories. Specifically, the CPU 101 for effect control is hit by the display result of the variable display indicated by the latest extracted winning determination result (for example, “normal big hit”, “probability big hit”, “sudden probability big hit” or “small” In the case of “winning”), the hit prefetch effect pattern determination table shown in FIG. 55 (A) is used. Then, the effect control CPU 101 converts the prefetch effect pattern into the first prefetch effect pattern and the second prefetch effect pattern at a ratio determined for each total reserved memory number in the hit prefetch effect pattern determination table shown in FIG. And decide to either.
  Further, the effect control CPU 101 uses the hit prefetch effect pattern determination table shown in FIG. 55B when the display result of the variable display indicated by the latest extracted winning time determination result is “out”. Then, the effect control CPU 101 converts the look-ahead effect pattern into the first look-ahead effect pattern and the second look-ahead effect pattern at a ratio determined for each total reserved memory number in the loss-ahead look-ahead effect pattern determination table shown in FIG. And decide to either.
  For example, the display result of the variable display shown by the determination result at the time of winning is a win (for example, “normal big hit”, “probable big hit”, “suddenly probable big hit” or “small hit”), and the total number of reserved memories is 2. In some cases, the effect control CPU 101 determines the prefetch effect pattern as the first prefetch effect pattern at a rate of 35% and the second prefetch effect pattern at a rate of 65%. Further, for example, when the display result of the variable display indicated by the determination result at the time of winning is “out of” and the total number of reserved memories is 2, the effect control CPU 101 sets the prefetch effect pattern to a ratio of 65%. Thus, the first prefetch effect pattern is determined as the second prefetch effect pattern at a rate of 35%.
  The characteristic of the prefetch effect pattern determination table shown in FIG. 55 is that the display result of the variable display is a hit (for example, “normal big hit”, “probability big hit” compared to the case where the display result of the variable display is “out of”. ”,“ Suddenly probable big hit ”or“ Small hit ”), the determination value is set so that the ratio determined in the second look-ahead effect pattern is higher. By having such a feature, when a pre-reading effect is performed with the second pre-reading effect pattern (that is, when the hold display is displayed in a special mode at the time of start winning, and then changed to a special mode and displayed) ) In the variable display of the notice target compared to when the prefetch effect is performed in the first prefetch effect pattern (that is, when the hold display is displayed in the special mode without being displayed once in the special mode). The rate of occurrence of can be increased. In addition, when the display result of the variable display is “normal big hit” or “probable big hit”, since the final display mode is determined to be the second special mode, the pre-read effect is performed in the second pre-read effect pattern. (That is, when the hold display is displayed in a special mode at the time of winning the start, and then changed to a special mode and displayed), the hold display displayed in the special mode is a big hit than the first special mode. The rate of change to the second special mode having a high expectation level becomes high. Therefore, attention can be paid to which prefetch effect pattern is used for the prefetch effect. Further, when the pre-reading effect is performed in the second pre-reading effect pattern (that is, when the hold display is displayed in the special mode at the time of starting winning), the hold display displayed in the special mode is expected more than the first special mode. Since it is easy to change to the 2nd special mode with a high degree, a sense of expectation can be raised and game entertainment can be improved. Further, in this embodiment, the hold display displayed in the special mode changes to the first special mode or the second special mode until the variable display corresponding to the hold display (holding information) is started. Since it is displayed, the expectation can be maintained from when the hold display is displayed in a special mode until it changes to a special mode.
  Also, what is characteristic in the prefetch effect pattern determination table shown in FIG. 55 is that the determination value is set so as not to be determined as the second prefetch effect pattern when the total number of reserved storage is 1. In this embodiment, in the second look-ahead effect pattern, the timing for displaying the hold display displayed in the special mode at the time of starting winning a prize is changed from the special mode to the first special mode or the second special mode. This is an arbitrary shift timing until the variable display is started. However, if the total number of pending storage is 1 (that is, only the pending display corresponding to the variable display of the notice target is displayed), if the hold display is shifted once, the variable display of the notice target is supported. The hold display to be erased. For this reason, when the total number of pending storage is 1, the display mode of the pending display corresponding to the noticed change display cannot be changed at the shift timing. Therefore, when the total pending storage number is 1, the determination value is set so that the second prefetch effect pattern is not determined.
  When the prefetch effect pattern is determined, the effect control CPU 101 determines a change timing (in this example, the number of shifts of the hold display) for changing the display mode of the hold display corresponding to the change display (hold information) to be notified. The determined change timing (number of shifts) is set in a shift number counter for specifying the change timing (number of shifts) (step S67108). In this embodiment, the timing at which the display mode of the hold display corresponding to the fluctuating display (hold information) to be notified changes is any hold display shift timing. Therefore, by determining the change timing (the number of shifts), it is determined at what timing the display mode is changed with respect to the hold display corresponding to the noticeable change display. For example, when the change timing (number of shifts) is determined to be 2, the display mode of the hold display is changed at the timing when the second shift is performed with respect to the hold display corresponding to the change display to be notified.
  FIG. 56 is an explanatory diagram of a change timing determination table according to the third embodiment. In step S67108, the effect control CPU 101 determines the change timing (the number of shifts) of the hold display corresponding to the change display to be notified based on the change timing determination table and the total hold storage number. Specifically, the CPU 101 for effect control is hit by the display result of the variable display indicated by the latest extracted winning determination result (for example, “normal big hit”, “probability big hit”, “sudden probability big hit” or “small” When the prefetch effect pattern determined in step S67107 is the first prefetch effect pattern, the first prefetch effect change timing determination table for hit shown in FIG. 56A is used. Then, the effect control CPU 101 changes the hold display corresponding to the change display of the notice target at a ratio determined for each total hold memory number in the first prefetch effect change timing determination table at the time of hit shown in FIG. 56 (A). The timing (number of shifts) is determined to be 0 (at the time of winning a prize) to 7.
  In the example shown in FIG. 56, the fact that the change timing (number of shifts) is 0 means that the hold display is displayed in the first special mode or the second special mode at the start winning timing. When displaying the hold display in the first special mode or the second special mode at the timing of the start winning prize, for example, it is realized by displaying the new hold display from the beginning in the first special mode or the second special mode. Alternatively, it may be realized by displaying the new hold display once in the normal mode and immediately changing to the first special mode or the second special mode.
  In addition, when the display result of the variable display indicated by the extracted latest winning determination result is “out of” and the prefetch effect pattern determined in step S67107 is the first prefetch effect pattern, the effect control CPU 101 The first look-ahead effect change timing determination table at the time of loss shown in FIG. 56 (B) is used. Then, the CPU 101 for effect control changes the hold display corresponding to the variable display of the notice target at a ratio determined for each total hold memory number in the first prefetch effect change timing determination table at the time of failure shown in FIG. 56 (B). The timing (number of shifts) is determined to be 0 (at the time of winning a prize) to 7.
  Further, the effect control CPU 101 wins the display result of the variable display indicated by the latest extracted winning determination result (for example, “normal big hit”, “probability big hit”, “sudden probability big hit” or “small hit”). When the prefetch effect pattern determined in step S67107 is the second prefetch effect pattern, the hit second prefetch effect change timing determination table shown in FIG. 56C is used. Then, the effect control CPU 101 changes the hold display corresponding to the change display of the notice target at a ratio determined for each total hold memory number in the hit-time second prefetch effect change timing determination table shown in FIG. 56 (C). The timing (number of shifts) is determined to be 0 (at the time of winning a prize) to 7.
  In addition, when the display result of the variable display indicated by the extracted latest winning determination result is “out of” and the prefetch effect pattern determined in step S67107 is the second prefetch effect pattern, the effect control CPU 101 The second prefetch effect change timing determination table at the time of loss shown in FIG. 56 (D) is used. Then, the CPU 101 for effect control changes the hold display corresponding to the variable display of the notice target at the ratio determined for each total hold memory number in the second prefetch effect change timing determination table at the time of loss shown in FIG. 56 (D). The timing (number of shifts) is determined to be 0 (at the time of winning a prize) to 7.
  For example, when using the first pre-reading effect change timing determination table for winning, if the total number of reserved memories is 3, the effect control CPU 101 sets the change timing (number of shifts) to 0 (winning) at a rate of 50%. The change timing (number of shifts) is determined as 1 at a rate of 30%, and the change timing (number of shifts) is determined as 2 at a rate of 20%. Further, when using the first look-ahead effect change timing determination table at the time of loss, if the total number of reserved memories is 3, the effect control CPU 101 sets the change timing (number of shifts) to 0 (winning) at a rate of 20%. The change timing (number of shifts) is determined as 1 at a rate of 30%, and the change timing (number of shifts) is determined as 2 at a rate of 50%.
  Also, for example, when using the second pre-reading effect change timing determination table at the time of hitting, if the total number of reserved memories is 3, the effect control CPU 101 sets the change timing (number of shifts) to 1 at a rate of 30%. And the change timing (number of shifts) is determined to be 2 at a ratio of 70%. Further, when using the second pre-reading effect change timing determination table at the time of loss, if the total number of reserved memories is 3, the effect control CPU 101 determines the change timing (number of shifts) as 1 at a ratio of 70%. The change timing (number of shifts) is determined to be 2 at a rate of 30%.
  The prefetch effect change timing determination table shown in FIG. 56 is characterized in that, in the case of the first prefetch effect pattern, the display result of the variable display is more favorable than the case where the display result of the variable display is “out”. (For example, “normal big hit”, “probable big hit”, “sudden probability big hit” or “small hit”) It has been done. By having such a feature, when a prefetch effect is performed in the first prefetch effect pattern (that is, when the hold display is displayed in a special mode without being displayed once in a special mode), the hold display is performed. If the number of shifts is changed from the normal mode to the special mode with a smaller number of shifts, the percentage of occurrence of hits in the variable display of the notice target can be increased, and is displayed in a special mode at the time of start winning (shift number 0) Therefore, the rate of occurrence