Konami is launching some huge new game styles, literally. The “Podium Goliath,” launched last spring, is a super-sized version of Konami’s standard cabinet, standing nearly eight feet tall with dual 32-inch, horizontally positioned LCD displays, 360-degree attract lighting, an ergonomic button panel, and an enhanced sound system.
It is the basis for a new type of wheel game called Gigantic Wheel of Winning. It is a two-level stand-alone progressive product compatible with many of Konami’s popular video titles. The progressive bonus is randomly triggered during the base game to activate a giant wheel that looks like no other wheel before it.
The wheel covers both of the giant monitors, and is depicted from the side, with the player viewing the edge. It is a 3D image, with numbers popping out from the screen as its spins. The wheel contains two stand-alone progressive jackpots and several credit prizes. There is a “double or nothing” option on the wheel prize.
Another new format is “Podium Monument,” which sports a very different, vertical look—a standard 22-inch game screen, topped by a vertical 32-inch portrait-style monitor. First game: Quick Strike Quad, a four-level stand-alone mystery progressive compatible with any video title that does not require a top-box display. Progressive awards are randomly triggered during base-game play. It is a “Must Hit By” progressive game, which means that the player is on notice of the level at which each progressive must hit—the jackpot trigger range is listed under each incrementing prize on the jackpot display.
The LED border on the cabinet helps the anticipation build up as the must-hit jackpot level approaches. The colors change as the chances of the progressive hitting go up.