Gamblit and PikPok Partner on Into the Dead Skill-Based Slot Machine
Gamblit Gaming is working with PikPok to bring an “Into the Dead” slot machine to the Las Vegas and Atlantic City markets. Even more exciting, the game is expected to be a skill-based slot machine.
Into the Dead is an Android and iOS mobile game designed by PikPok, a mobile game development studio based in Wellington, New Zealand. PikPok was founded as a subsidiary of game designer Sidhe, but since the popularity of Flick Fick Football and Into the Dead, PikPok has become the primary brand.
Endless Runner Mobile Game
Into the Dead requires players to run through a landscape full of zombies. Their only choice is to keep moving forward, until they die. Weapons are available on supply crates, if the player can collect them as they run past the walking undead.
Metacritic gives the game an 84% rating, based on 11 critic reviews. Most reviews suggest Into the Dead is one of the best “endless runners” in the mobile gaming business. Digital Spy’s review said, “Into the Dead is one of the best uses of the first-person perspective on iOS, and an absolutely fantastic infinite runner for mobile devices.”
Zombie Apocalypse in Pop Culture
The game was released in 2012 and began a global sensation. It hit the market at a time when zombie apocalypse stories were reaching an all-new level of popularity. Movies like Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days, and Sean of the Dead made zombie movies a perennial favorite, but it was the hit status of the AMC TV show, The Walking Dead, which took the genre to a new level.
When The Walking Dead first debuted in 2010, it had the highest ratings of any television series in the history of US cable television. Based on a 2003 comic book series by Robert Kirkman by the same name, The Walking Dead is now in its 7th season of production. The comic book series continues, and is now on issue No. 157. Neither version shows any sign of slowing down.
By 2012, The Walking Dead was beginning to be syndicated in other countries. Thus, “Into the Dead” came to prominence at just the right time. The millennial generation is given the credit for making Into the Dead so popular, but the game was popular with the previous generation, too, which long had a love of zombie stories.
Into the Dead’s Impact
In 2016, Into the Dead is available on at the Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows Phone Store, Amazon Apps, Facebook, and Samsung Gear VR. The first thing one sees on the official website are the words, “Coming Soon to Oculus Rift”. Merchandize can be bought on PikPok’s official store, which is found on Zazzle.
About Skill-Based Slots
Skill-based slot machines are a new phenomenon. The state of Nevada approved skill slots in 2015. Ever since, game designers have been working to create the first breakout hit in the skill slots category. Games which have been converted to the skill slots category include Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Guitar Hero, Pac-Man, and Space Invaders.
The idea of skill slots is to give the player a chance to affect the house edge, based on their skill at a game. Most skill slots have a main game much like a traditional slot machine, with luck dictating results. When the bonus game is triggered, the player is allowed to play the game they’ve grown to know and love, whether it’s from arcade games, video games, online gaming, or social games.
The basic return-to-player is usually in the range of 88%. Those who are skilled at a skill-based slot can raise the RTP into the 98% range. Skill slots are designed with the millennial generation in mind, because millennials do not like the luck-based traditional slots. Both Nevada and New Jersey have legalized skill slots, so Into the Dead should be available in Las Vegas and Atlantic City as soon as Gambling Gaming and PikPok can work out the technical details.