Recently, the online casino developer, Evolution Gaming, had their game, Monopoly Live, chosen as Game of the Year at the EGR Operator Awards. It’s a prestigious award, so it’s good news for Evolution without a doubt. Here’s some information about it all.
Monopoly Live’s Victory
The casino game is actually a special edition of the Dream Catcher game, which was quite popular with audiences this year. It beat out thirteen other games that were on the shortlist to win. The award is focused on giving recognition to a company that made a stand-alone game with the largest impact on the industry over the last year. The award ceremony occurred in London at the Grosvenor House Hotel. The Monopoly Live game was created in a partnership with Evolution and Scientific Games.
The game is unique in the sense that it uses things like augmented reality. For example, they have a 3D bonus game which shows Mr. Monopoly having adventures. Obviously, Hasbro is also a partner in this through the Scientific Games license agreement.
You start off with monopoly Live looking on on a live studio that has a huge wheel with the Monopoly symbol on it. Each slice of the wheel has a number on it, indicating the chances of getting that number. For example, the number “1” appears the most and has an equal payout. There’s also 2, 5 and 10. Other possibilities of what you can land on are the “chance” selection which has a question mark on it, and sections that give you more rolls. The backdrop to the wheel is pretty impressive looking with a shiny studio that can have a lot of things projected over it with the AR effects.
The game starts when a host spins the vertical wheel. The players then predict where the wheel is going to land. The virtual “Mr. Monopoly” character, who looks a lot like the Moneybags character from Monopoly the board game, is also projected on to the studio for players, often sitting in chairs or doing other things.
If the wheel lands on a number, then they win that number in odds, like 2 to 1 or 5 to 1, for example. The Chance cards will give you a cash price, or it might give you a multiplier bonus at random. In the case where the card is showing a multiplier, the wheel is spun again, and those who chose the right multiplier that it lands on will just get this added on.
In order to get to the bonus round, you have to bet on the “4 rolls” or “2 rolls” sections of the wheel. This activates the bonus game. In this game, the Monopoly character goes onto a 3D world and moves around a real-life monopoly board, giving people prizes, multipliers, and other stuff
The Chief Product Officer from Evolution, Todd Haushalter had a speech where he said that Evolution is honored to win and that they were happy to be able to produce a game that people love so much. Evolution actually won last year as well, and Todd also spoke about that.
Overall, there’s certainly plenty of reasons to see why the game was so popular and won so many awards. It’s definitely a unique experience in the space it’s occupying, and not a log of other spin games have anything quite like the Monopoly Live game. It’s a spectacular, one-of-a-kind experience that is well-deserving of the award that it received at the event.