Starting February 4, guests at Pechanga Resort Casino were the first in the United States to experience Ocean Phoenix, a new game from Gaming Arts.
Officials from Pechanga, Gaming Arts and the game’s creators, Jumbo Technology Co., Ltd., celebrated the release on February 4 inside the resort in Temecula, California.
A 7.5-foot gaming console features spaces for six players. During game play, all players participate in the same game and can see the 66-inch screen in the center of the gaming area. Each player works independently to capture the game’s “Four Beasts”: the Mighty Phoenix, the Elegant Mermaid, the Ancient Crocodile and the Flawless Octopus.
Each person playing can see what the others are doing within the game, including their current credit count. The premise is to fire upon the invading creatures, including the Fantastic Beasts, and capture them. Each shot taken counts for game credits. When a player has killed the target, he or she receives credits. Guests can also earn additional weaponry within the game that aids them in capturing their targets.
“We were first introduced to this game about one year ago at a trade show in Las Vegas,” said Alex Rodriguez, vice president of slot operations at Pechanga. “There have been casino games in the marketplace that acted similarly to video games in the past, but nothing with this kind of technology, sound and deep integration of play levels and bonusing. We’re excited to see how our guests will respond to it.”
“Gaming Arts is delighted to partner with Pechanga Resort Casino to offer ‘Ocean Phoenix’ for the first time to customers in the United States”, said Mike Dreitzer, CEO of Gaming Arts. “This new and extraordinarily unique, arcade-style game will be very exciting for all players. We are grateful Alex Rodriguez and the rest of the great team at Pechanga, has agreed to work with us on this exciting project.”
A promotional launch will continue through March 13. More than 200 guests who play Ocean Phoenix during the period can win up to $1,000 in EasyPlay.