At ICE 2017 JoinGames Malta and Parallel66 will reveal “Kleopatra VR”, the world’s first high quality, realistic, immersive and interactive Virtual Reality Slots iGame for mobile. Players will experience for the first time the absolute sensory pleasure of playing for money from Inside the Game.
Set in Kleopatra’s private Throne Chamber in Egypt, the sense of presence, huge scale and beautifully crafted detailing of the environments within the game all combine to calm and engage the senses, relaxing the player in a way that makes the transition to VR entirely real-world believable.
The game comes to iGaming Operators as a turnkey solution that is playable on smartphone devices to ensure maximum mobile VR market penetration.
User Interface: Look & Move™
Kleopatra VR is designed to be easy, natural and intuitive to play, with user comfort built into the entire experience. To ensure maximum enjoyment of the game and minimise outside distractions, the developers created Look & Move™ a mechanic that enables the player to navigate the chamber and play the Slots simply by looking at objects. At no time does the player need to touch the HMD and there is no need for a hand controller either. The player simply needs to “Think it, Look at It, and it Happens™.”
The game design creates a user environment that seeks to set an iGaming industry benchmark for VR. For example the player thinks about what she want to do, like change the number of lines, set an autoplay number or change her stake, looks there and 3D menus glide out from behind the Slots, she simply looks at her preferred choice, it happens and she’s good to go.
Playing the symbols and aligning the bonuses unlocks a hidden entrance to the secret Egyptian Underworld Chamber. In gameplay that can only occur in VR you descend into the dark depths to meet the Gods Anubis, interact with and take from them your multiple bonus payouts and be showered with your winnings money.
Martin McDonald, Chief Exploration Officer at Parallel66 explains the importance of getting VR right for the future of the iGaming industry: “Virtual Reality is not simply a game changer. It is a new game entirely. Kleopatra VR delivers an unprecedented gaming experience that marks a step change moment in iGaming history for Players and Operators alike. For the first time, and on mobile, Kleopatra VR creates the untethered freedom to enjoy very high quality, as-real interactive environments, that totally transport players Inside the Game. Kleopatra VR achieves the suspension of disbelief that occurs in all good storytelling; a story unfolds that feels like reality.”
Luigi Spina, Co-Founder and CEO of JoinGames Malta said, “JoinGames was founded with the aim to be the most innovative software and licensed support services provider to Operators. Not by being the biggest, but by inventing new kinds of games that iGamers will love to play again and again. Our most successful IP is Kleopatra, which in the mobile version features movies of a real model. We have taken that game beyond 2D to a super level in Virtual Reality. We wanted players to be able to step inside the game and play with Kleopatra and that is exactly what we have done. It is amazing.”
Zero Barriers to Entry
Mobile VR presents zero financial barriers to entry, because everyone has a smartphone and getting a Google Cardboard headset to snap it into costs less than £10 to get started in the game. Higher quality HMDs with integrated headphones retail for around £30 and both are available to buy on next day delivery from the Amazon store. 2016 was Virtual Reality’s baseline hardware year and it delivered 88.4million Google Cardboard and mobile HMD devices, with Samsung Gear VR adding a further 2.3 million to the total (excluding Oculus, Vive, PS VR and other top end HMDs). (source: SuperData 2016 Market Research Review)
Importance of VR Content
Martin McDonald said, “In addition to VR hardware sales the other half of the commercial success equation for the iGaming industry is rapid development of high quality Virtual Reality game content that users will want to buy into, enjoy playing and become loyal fans of. Kleopatra VR opens the door and sets the standard on a whole new Metaverse of deeply engaging entertainment for iGamers everywhere that it’s possible for them to play on mobile VR.”
Game to Watch
Kleopatra VR has been shortlisted for “Game to Watch”, the ICE Totally iGaming Industry Award for the most innovative product in or entering the iGaming market. The winner will be decided in a quick-fire live pitch on Wednesday 8 February at ExCel in London.
ICE 2017 runs from 7 to 9 February, 2017 at the ExCel Centre in London. Kleopatra VR experiences will be happening at Stand N4-320 at ICE 2017.