Ticketless Basketball Pro edition unveiled by Andamiro
Andamiro USA is adding a non-ticket “Fun Version” to its popular Basketball Pro line-up, which includes the original ticket redemption version that rolled out early this year. The new Basketball Pro Fun Version will ship in mid-October.
“Amusement machine operators have found Basketball Pro to be not only a prime attraction in family entertainment centres, but also a good fit for bars and other street stops,” said Andamiro president Drew Maniscalco. “The Fun Version is optimised for a non-redemption clientele of this kind.”
The dedicated Fun Version has a single front door design that supports one bill validator, along with two coin mechanisms. The ticket signage of the original game has been removed, and “how to play” decals are placed where the ticket readouts are situated on the redemption version. Additionally, where the “big win” readouts are located at the top of the original game, there is only a “top score” readout on the Fun Version (here the best player can point to his Basketball Pro achievement!).
“This simple repackaging is ‘street-friendly’ and perfect for non-redemption locations requiring banknote and coin acceptance,” Maniscalco said. “Operators can add a cashless reader option to accept credit cards and mobile payments, which are becoming more common on amusement machines, and boost earnings.”
Basketball Pro features a novel rubber-ball user interface – about the same size of a real basketball. The game challenges players to shoot mini balls on the enclosed playfield at backboards that move up and down. The mini balls’ propulsion is controlled pneumatically as the player pounds on one of two ball controllers. Three points are scored for every basket until the final 10 seconds, when a basket is worth six points.
Basketball Pro has two player stations to offer two game options. Players can select “single mode” on either side or credit up for “versus mode,” which uses both sides to host a two-player competitive game in which the baskets move in sync.
The Fun Version has the same compact 32″ W. x 38″ D. footprint as the original. With the eye-catching billboard, the game stands 98″ high. Without the billboard, it’s 79” high, accommodating locations with lower ceiling heights. The game’s vibrant cabinet graphics, exciting music and game announcer create an exciting gaming experience.