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    Enough of the 88 Fortune Clones

    So i took a walk through my local (after not playing for a few weeks) excited to find some new games installed. After closer look, they are all clones of 88 Fortunes.

    Seriously does a casino need to waste its limited leasing funds on something they already have? What is the heck!!

    Im not a big fan of the 88 fortunes as they require you to play the full-bet to be eligible for the big prize (or what i like to call the sucker bet). Cause we all know the person who is playing the bigger bet is going to take the bigger prize (some may want to to argue with that but its what i see and here). And people at my local play the big bets.

    Anyway curious if anyone else is seeing this at their local. Its my observation and it sucks.

    I want to play a "Fun" game that bonuses regularly and offers some elements of surprise. 88 doesnt do it. If i want to hear organ music, i will go to church thank you.

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    Agree, I am not the biggest fan of any of the "88 fortunes" clones whether they are from SG or other manufacturers. Slot companies have a hit and then they all copy it in their likeness. The same thing has happened with Aristocrat's "Lightning Link". Look how many machines on the floor are similar (or have a similar bonus) to Lightning Link.

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    Enough of the 88 Fortune Clones

    I went to 2 locals casinos, today & that is exactly what both places had was a lot of slots , that remind me of fortune 88. And the one reason I went to those casinos was that they used to have a lot of the older IGT slots.


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    Much agreed!!

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    Just curious...why do you suppose these clones are popular with casinos?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Random$$Slots View Post
    Just curious...why do you suppose these clones are popular with casinos?


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    Because people play the heck out of them.

    Asian themed games didn't tend to well at Coushatta in the past. We were going to purchase our first Bally "Wave" cabinets (big curved single-screen games) several years ago. I took a chance on the theme "Dragon Rising" figuring if it didn't work out we could quickly change them to a Quick Hits game. Turns out it was and still is a great game. When I first saw 88 Fortunes at a gaming show I wasn't all that impressed and wasn't really interested in bringing it in. But, the popularity grew in other locations so we tried it and it took off. Later the clones took off as well. They're still really popular and for us, the clones have overtaken the original 88 Fortunes in popularity. Doesn't look like they're going anywhere anytime soon.
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    I love the 88 Fortunes and the clones. I have done really well on all of them. A friend has picked the major twice on a $2.64 bet. We have done well on the middle bet which is $2.64. I also love all the Lightning link and lock it link plus the clones. My favorite clone of lightning link now is ultimate fire link. I just found out one of our locals just got dragon link so I can't wait to play it.

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    I think that is one of reasons my recent visits to the Meadows and Rivers were not enjoyable. I agree about the 88 Fortune clones but even the revamped games by Aristocrat I am placing in the same category. You see a higher bet level but the pays are horrible. I maybe old school with many games but that old school will pay me better than what your seeing today.

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    Totally Agree!

    Quote Originally Posted by mhetrick View Post
    Agree, I am not the biggest fan of any of the "88 fortunes" clones whether they are from SG or other manufacturers. Slot companies have a hit and then they all copy it in their likeness. The same thing has happened with Aristocrat's "Lightning Link". Look how many machines on the floor are similar (or have a similar bonus) to Lightning Link.

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    You know what game was never really copied by other companies that always surprised me? I mean, IGT built their fair share of clones, but Stinkin Rich was never really copied by other companies. Granted, IGT put out their fair share of Rich clones (uh, off the top, Bombay, then ... Sands of Sahara? ... and then there was something dealing with Fishing that I saw at Delaware Park that I think is still there ... heck, now, they have a 200 line game that I saw that was similar to Rich, but the top pay is much lower (probably due to the 200 lines) than the ladies)). To be fair, it's possible something is slipping my mind, but don't recall anything from WMS/Aristocrat/Aruze and so forth akin to Rich.

    As for the clones, ugh, I hate it. I don't fault a company for cloning a game, but it sorta sucks. I hate the new en vogue "progressives" that I largely blame on 88 Fortunes ... the pick boards where 95% of the time, you get the mini. I mean, I loved the old Fort Knox progressives, but the new one follows that model as well in picking 3 of a kind. Wish companies would be more creative.

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