Aliens have invaded Atlantic City, and they’re taking your money in the casinos.
Space Invaders, the popular arcade game that debuted in 1978, is now a skill-based slot machine — but with a twist.
The first skill-based games to hit town — Danger Arena and Pharaoh’s Secret Temple — weren’t popular with players. As a matter of fact, the only casino where you’ll find them, along with Nothin’ but Net, is Tropicana Atlantic City.
Players complained about awkward controllers, limited play and steep learning curves.
Space Invaders solves those problems.
A standard six-reel, 60-line penny slot machine with wilds and familiar symbols (A, K, Q, J, etc.), gamblers let their bankroll determine how long they play, and there’s really nothing to learn.
As players play the base game, they accumulate shots to use in the Space Invaders Bonus — a version of the original alien shooter game. However, when players get to the bonus, they have a choice: trust their skill or trust their luck.
If they choose skill, players control a laser cannon, moving it horizontally across the bottom of the screen while trying to shoot down rows of descending aliens.
They can destroy as many aliens as they have shots. Skilled players should be able to destroy more aliens than non-skilled players. The amount of aliens destroyed is not pre-determined.
Players also have the option to bypass the base slot game and buy a bonus, taking them directly to the Space Invaders Bonus where they can win greater credit levels than the normal base game.
Players who are not skilled at Space Invaders probably should choose the bonus where the outcome is determined by a Random Number Generator (RNG).
Currently, you can play Space Invaders only at Harrah’s Atlantic City and the Wild Wild West Casino at Bally’s Atlantic City. The games are scheduled to be installed at the other Atlantic City casinos shortly.
To view a video of the game, visit YouTube.com and search Space Invaders Slot Machine.