INTRODUCTION

Social Innovations
Invest in more elaborate animation transitions from base to bonus game … this is a new area to awe Plain Jane and Entertain-Me Eddie players. For lite slots players, add trigger symbols that spell out ‘bonus’ with cluster pays … then, evolve the cluster art into something more elaborate, but subtle, once players become familiar with the mechanic. Increase perception of winning a jackpot for Entertain-Me Eddie and Night-Out Nancy players with guaranteed bonus jackpot wins, and/or even simply jackpot level up mechanics.

RMG Innovations
Add ‘bet strategy options’ to entice auto-spin and increase spin-per-session. Then, check out how one machine is using volatility options to also personalize the play session. Let players accumulate…and then trigger…free spins whenever they want to better personalize their shorter (mobile) playing sessions. For more casual players, create easy-to-understand visual bonus meters and award several levels for more frequent triggers (but still include enticing big wins).

Social Trend
Respins are now the 2nd most popular base game mechanic (behind collections) … not a surprise considering all the respin innovations analyzed over the past six months. Pick ‘em bonuses with free spins is now the 2nd most popular bonus game mechanic (behind Stand Alone Pick ‘em bonuses). Longer bonus game session length is a trend in the market.

Social Market Watch
Big Fish Casino continued to release RMG content, this time from Bandai Namco. Huuuge Casino invested more in slots content, adopting a new art style. POP! Slots released another team-based bonus machine. And, stepper machines continued to adopt more and more video machine mechanics.

RMG Market Watch
Incredible Technologies’ All Good! attempted to provide that full-cabinet feeling in a single screen. Endorphina released a scandalous sex-themed machine Taboo. Puzzle-themed machines and custom play experiences were notable features (see RMG Innovations for more details).

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