The next motion-chair slot machine, the Amazing Spider-Man, is hitting South Florida casinos, including at Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach and Seminole Coconut Creek Casino.
Aladdin, the first slot to give players what manufacturer WMS called “Sensory Immersion 2.0,” rolled out last December, with promises of more machines to come. The new Spider-Man game features clips of Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, and gives players the feeling they’re climbing walls and zipping through traffic along with Spidey.
The hydraulic chair moves players in sync with the video on the screen. Earlier games — including WMS Gaming's Top Gun, based on the Tom Cruise movie, and The Wizard of Oz — only featured sound, and not motion.
But the Illinois-based WMS Gaming and other companies, recognizing a world where people can get visual stimulation from their phones, are trying to take things a step further in an attempt to attract gamblers.
As part of the “sensory-immersion gaming” experience, the bass range of an audio system sends vibrations through the chair, giving the players a “you-are-here” soundtrack. Then, the chair tilts left and right, similar to a virtual-reality roller coaster. To placate those people who don't like the motion, WMS installed an “intensity” feature, which patrons can set to off, low, medium or high.