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AGS debuts its first themed gaming space to capitalize on the recognition of the Rakin’ Bacon! franchise

By Frank Legato

Within the first glory days of the themed slot machine, on line casino slot flooring have been dominated by one slot after one other primarily based on TV, motion pictures, music or different parts of in style tradition. In more moderen years, one of many largest tendencies amongst slot-makers has been to capitalize on in style themes created in-house with a parade of sequels.

In fact, the perfect of the licensed leisure themes have survived, some with particular person titles numbering within the a whole lot. However there are a variety of internally produced, proprietary slot themes which have change into large recreation households.

That reality has led to one of many latest tendencies within the slot world—themed slot areas. There usually are not that many, and those which have been launched have relied on the recognition of a single slot household to attract clients to a custom-made space.

Gaming provider AGS has its personal well-known model, and on Nov. 16, the provider grew to become the most recent to accomplice with a on line casino to create a custom-made slot space with a theme celebrating a well-liked model.

Welcome to Hog Heaven. The 33-game slot space will be discovered at Miami’s Miccosukee On line casino & Resort, and the theme celebrated by the devoted space is one which has been a mega-hit for AGS.
Simply in case the slot-zone identify hasn’t clued you in already, that recreation is Rakin’ Bacon!, one of many first video games to popularize the pot-collection model of recreation characteristic. It was first launched in 2018, inside months of some different now-famous video games that pioneered this model of characteristic.

The “pot” on this case is a fats, golden piggy financial institution—with a money image on the facet and a cute little prime hat on the piggy’s head—that turns into fatter as particular coin symbols land on the reels. The animated piggy makes faces, oinks in the event you contact it on the display screen, and retains getting fatter till it bursts to set off a progressive selecting bonus.

Gamers liked it a lot AGS started doing sequels, beginning with Rakin’ Bacon Deluxe in 2021, which added an increasing reels characteristic to the free-spin bonus in a ways-to-win recreation, and added a “increase” image to the progressive choose bonus that immediately grows the prizes when unveiled.

AGS has been including most of the hottest recreation options of the day to new variations of Rakin’ Bacon!, a recreation household which this 12 months grew to 5 titles, with the launch of the video games Rakin’ Bacon! Sahara and Rakin’ Bacon! Odyssey. There are round 3,100 Rakin’ Bacon! machines out in casinos.

 

A Star is Born

Whereas particular person options might fluctuate, each model of Rakin’ Bacon! options that golden piggy as the principle draw. The truth is, a couple of years in the past, AGS officers gave the character a reputation.

“We let staff submit and vote on a reputation for the pig,” says AGS Chief Advertising and marketing Officer Julia Boguslawski. “We had some prime contenders, however I’m nonetheless mad my ‘Duke of Pork’ and ‘Infamous P-I-G’ didn’t get picked!”

What did get picked?

“Cornsquealius.”

Within the latest variations of Rakin’ Bacon!, Cornsquealius is the sport’s mascot and host—the face of the sport model,—not solely in merchandising however within the video games themselves. Alongside together with his new identify, Cornsquealius is rather more animated, showing so as to add further video games or extra wilds to the free-spin characteristic.

Within the Odyssey and Sahara titles, the free-games characteristic takes place on an expanded reel set, starting with six rows of symbols. Each time a harpoon medallion lands through the characteristic, the reels broaden, as much as a most of 10 rows. On the full growth, there are 7,776 methods to win on every spin.

(Rakin’ Bacon Sahara has the piggy character in a pharaoh’s headdress.)

“Rakin’ Bacon! actually stood out in numerous other ways,” says Mark DeDeaux, AGS normal supervisor and senior vice chairman, slots. “What we really feel like gamers actually take pleasure in in regards to the recreation is that it has the pseudo-persistence with the pig rising, which triggers the progressive options. After which it additionally has very fashionable free-game options. Whereas these issues aren’t actually revolutionary in any specific manner, we all know that gamers actually like these kinds of options.

“However what we really feel is completely different and most intriguing for a participant with Rakin’ Bacon! is that it has an abundance of five-of-a-kind pays. This virtually acts as one other factor that gamers can chase after—not simply the pig characteristic or the free spins. There are sufficient five-of-a-kind pays to actually maintain the gamers going.”

DeDeaux says AGS will proceed so as to add new video games to the household, with new options capitalizing on the kinds of options gamers are demanding whereas maintaining the fundamentals of the sooner video games intact.

“What we’ve modified that makes the sport very enjoyable to play is within the free-games characteristic, the place we’ve these increasing reels,” says DeDeaux. “And as you get the harpoons that broaden every particular person reel, if you gather a second one on any reel that’s already expanded, you get both extra free video games otherwise you get extra wilds.

“Cornsquealius begins to do all of those magic tips to the end result of that characteristic.”

Cornsquealius, in reality, is making these video games extra enjoyable for the gamers. “The actually massive change within the recreation is making Cornsquealius extra engaged with the precise options themselves,” DeDeaux says. “Cornsquealius truly turns round and moons the gamers throughout that free spin characteristic. So we simply need to enrich the character of Cornsquealius. We need to make him extra playful and interesting within the precise options, and within the consequence of the options.”

DeDeaux says AGS is planning to introduce one or two Rakin’ Bacon! titles per 12 months going ahead. “We need to take the gamers that we all know actually like Rakin’ Bacon! and provides them the Rakin’ Bacon! expertise, however with some new game-play mechanics,” he says. “So, our future Rakin’ Bacon! video games will embrace some hold-and-spin, cash-on-reels model variations of the sport. And we additionally need to broaden and introduce Mr. Cornsquealius to folks that like three-reel model of video games.”

As the sport household and its fan base proceed to develop, AGS is aiming to advertise particular areas in casinos devoted to the sport. Hog Heaven at Miccosukee is the primary of these.

 

Welcome to Hog Heaven

Cornsquealius is outstanding in Hog Heaven, through which 33 of the preferred AGS slots, together with a number of Rakin’ Bacon titles, are wrapped right into a brightly lit slot space with LED billboard-wrapped entrances and wall artwork depicting Cornsquealius floating by the air. At one facet is a neon selfie wall, a floor-to-ceiling mural depicting the heavenly floating pigs.

“The concept behind Hog Heaven was to create a enjoyable atmosphere for gamers at Miccosukee to take pleasure in their favourite video games and introduce social parts like a selfie wall to memento and share their expertise on the property,” says Boguslawski.

“Hog Heaven is the results of advertising and marketing, gross sales and product administration, speaking about completely different strategic campaigns we are able to do to assist elevate our manufacturers. Clearly, Rakin’ Bacon! is such a profitable one for AGS, but in addition with our clients, the casinos. When (operators) say they’re taking extra video games, they prefer to discover if there’s something that they will do on their property that’s actually thrilling, and actually one thing new for the participant.”

Boguslawski says AGS will be capable to do extra devoted areas like this as a result of the corporate now presents such quite a lot of content material. “Hog Heaven is a devoted participant room with all AGS merchandise at Miccosukee,” she says, noting that designing areas with a enjoyable ambiance is an opportunity to point out off the creativity of the design staff. “We attempt to suppose outdoors of the field with regards to design. That is fairly evident in the event you’ve seen our sales space at G2E [the industry trade show] annually; we’re at all times attempting to give you a enjoyable theme. The place I believe we actually excel is attempting to dream up one thing that’s actually cool-looking.

“And it’s additionally a possibility to have a good time the pig, and create extra fandom round Cornsquealius.”

She says the selfie wall is a giant a part of that. “Individuals like to doc what they’re doing and the place they’re, so when gamers are within the room and see Cornsquealius on the wall, there’s a selfie station the place they will take an image, and put up it. The property loves that sort of engagement.”

The general design, she says, is to supply the participant an “immersive, elevated expertise. The entire really feel if you’re within the room is actually, actually good. It’s very artistic, and completely different than the rest that I’ve seen on the market. So, we’re enthusiastic about gamers feeling they’re surrounded by their favourite pig, after which giving them numerous alternatives for them to share footage and share their expertise whereas they’re there.”

Boguslawski says AGS and Miccosukee shall be watching the thrill created by Hog Heaven carefully. “That is our launch website, if you’ll,” she says, “so we’re excited to see how profitable it’s. What sort of engagement are we getting on social?” AGS additionally shall be garnering suggestions from Miccosukee on how a lot play the Hog Heaven machines get.

Then, after all, the corporate might look to duplicate that success at different areas. “We do have curiosity from a few different properties on one thing just like this,” Boguslawski says. “These branded rooms have gotten a well-liked idea, so as a result of we’ve obtained sufficient content material, characters and compelling visuals, we are able to do that various other ways relying on what the property desires.”

“Hog Heaven as a room idea is one method,” provides DeDeaux, “however what we’re seeing with some clients is extra of a clustering of the Rakin’ Bacon! video games in sections of their flooring.

“They’re creating their very own little part of the ground that options extra of the completely different variations of Rakin’ Bacon! That’s one thing gamers must be searching for throughout the nation, particularly as we’re increasing and including extra new video games.”

Hog Heaven is one new idea on this general effort. “We didn’t need to simply put a bunch of AGS video games in a room,” says Boguslawski. “We need to be very intentional in creating a novel expertise for gamers, and immerse them into the video games.”

As for the Rakin’ Bacon! franchise, it’s going to proceed to develop, not solely in casinos, however on-line, as a number of variations of the video games can now be present in on-line real-money and social casinos.

“The wonder behind constructing this model, purely from a participant expertise standpoint, is what you retain and what you alter,” DeDeaux says. “Our recreation design groups are actually dialed into sustaining the mathematics as a lot as doable, and the important thing options.”

So, count on Cornsquealius to look in additional new variations, and in several outfits. At one current commerce present, he confirmed up as a rock ’n’ roll pig.

You guessed it. They known as him Piggy Stardust.

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