Oh thou great redeemer!

23/02/2011

Here is a round-up of what some of the leading suppliers of redemption have to say on the subject of what’s the best on the market

Harry Levy Amusements – Colin Mallery

What were your most popular redemption titles at EAG?

Crank It, Pull My Finger,  Lucky Zone

What are customers looking for in redemption?

An attractive cabinet with quick easy to understand game play and large ticket dispensers

What are the current trends?

Active Games like Big Bass Wheel & Crank It and coin roll-down games are very popular

How is the market for redemption maturing in the UK?

Like all expanding markets it’s getting better all the time, knowing what prizes to offer plays an important part in the profitability of redemption.

If someone were a newcomer to redemption, which pieces would you advise them to invest in first?

Proven Money earners like Big Bass,Wonder Wheel and a good selection of active games such as BasketBall and Alley Bowlers  both family-type games.

United Distributing Company – Mark Horwood

What were your most popular redemption titles at EAG?

Trap Door – Benchmark

Monster Drop – Benchmark

Tickety Boo! X-Treme, Count Dracula, Wheel of Fortune, Touch FX Fruit Ninja

What are customers looking for in redemption?

A balance of cost, return on investment, player satisfaction and value for money. A good mix of games with enough variety to have something for everyone.

What are the current trends?

Catering for players of all ages, not just little kids. Redemption is broadening it’s appeal. Video redemption is a new trend, still maturing and has a long way to go. There are only a few games that work well.

How is the market for redemption maturing in the UK?

The market has matured quickly but still has some way to go.

Everyone who has gone into redemption in the past few years seems very happy for the new offering that it has bought into their centres.

If someone were a newcomer to redemption, which pieces would you advise them to invest in first?

Tickety Boo! Slam-A-Winner, Galactix, Touchdown/Football Fortune, Big Bass Wheel and Deal or No Deal

(those last two aren’t even our games!)

Whittaker Brothers – John Whittaker

What were your most popular redemption titles at EAG?

Our most popular redemption piece at the EAG Expo was The Surfers Paradise 6 player pusher, which operates like a normal pusher but pays out bonus tickets to the player at eye level.

Repeat business from customers who purchased this model last year confirms our belief that it offers the best value for money in centrepiece machines for the redemption arcade.

What are customers looking for in redemption?

For customers with limited budgets we can offer factory fitted redemption conversion kits for older Whittaker straight 6 player pushers, Roulettes, Horse Racers, Greedy Gobs and Roll n Bowl 3 players

How is the market for redemption maturing in the UK?

Smaller arcades new to redemption are reluctant to invest in large centerpiece models and may only buy 4 or 5 single player redemption machines to test customers’ reaction with limited success.

A larger arcade can invest in a manned prize shop with large display cabinets and have a separate redemption area in the arcade. With a proportionally higher budget a number of centrepiece redemption models can be introduced.

If someone were a newcomer to redemption, which pieces would you advise them to invest in first?

Standard arcade models such as Roulettes and 6 player horse racers with longer game times than pushers can’t compete at very busy times but hold their own for a majority of the time and give variety to the redemption arcade.

Inceasing the variety of games and shapes and sizes of machines helps to hold customers in the arcade for longer periods of time and the improving quality of prizes and displays gives parents an incentive to play for a prize that one of their children for example would love to win.

Crown Direct – Dean Harding

What were your most popular redemption titles at EAG?

Pull My Finger, Temple of Treasure, Monster Drop and X Quacker

What are customers looking for in redemption?

Novelty mechanical games, offering fun to all ages of the family.

What are the current trends?

More and more games are appearing on 2p play. Offering value for money and more game time for players.

How is the market for redemption maturing in the UK?

For a lot of operators the forthcoming year will represent only their second season of having a redemption offer in their FEC’s. The market is still very young and growing.

If someone were a newcomer to redemption, which pieces would you advise them to invest in first?

Big Bass Wheel, Slam A Winner, Temple of Treasure and X Quacker

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