There could soon be new games to play in Texas casinos.
Eclipse Gaming, which focuses on manufacturing slots-like games for Class II tribal casinos, recently unveiled its latest releases at a gaming expo in Las Vegas.
Some of Eclipse’s new games could soon show up in all three tribe-owned casinos in the Lone Star State.
Eclipse’s new games include fresh titles and sequels
The casinos in Texas are Class II casinos. Class II casinos do not have to sign compacts with a state to operate. They are under National Indian Gaming Commission oversight. Texas online casinos are illegal.
Eclipse Gaming displayed its new games at the Global Gaming Expo from Oct. 9 to Oct. 12 in Las Vegas. These new offerings were created specifically for Class II casinos.
Eclipse CEO Tim Minard said several new games were featured at the expo.
“As we continue to expand the markets in which we do business and grow our game portfolio, we welcome operators to visit our booth and see how we go beyond the game for our customers, partners and communities. Our game development studios have outdone themselves this year, with a host of new game content that promises to excite players and drive slot revenue.”
The focus of Eclipse Gaming at the expo was to display its newest Impact Series slot games as well as sequels to games that are already loved by players. Additionally, a third title in the Cash Arcade Series was unveiled.
One of the games that premiered at the Global Gaming Expo was Duck Dollars. It is a cash arcade game that is described as a game that “takes the player back to the nostalgic county fair.” The game uses features such as cash-on-reels, skill bonuses and mystery targets.
Another debuted game was the third title in the Bandits Bounty series, Bootleggers. The game has a bonus wheel, multipliers, a getaway bonus and free games. The game is built around players joining a highway bootleggers group that is attempting to deliver moonshine.
Mermaid Multipliers Splash
Another sequel that was released was to the Mermaid Multipliers series. The game is called Mermaid Multipliers Splash. It has random credit awards, symbol upgrades and multiplier wilds. The goal is to discover sunken treasure in the sea.
Highway Hogs Pig Out
There was also a variant of the original slot game Highway Hogs called Highway Hogs Pig Out. That new title features random credit prizes, Piggy Sue’s Diner Pick a Pie Pig Out bonus and other free prizes.
Ways of the Sorceress, Ways of Wu
The last release from Eclipse Gaming were new “Ways” games. They are Ways of the Sorceress and the Ways of Wu. These games are intended to bring players on “a mystical journey filled with sorcery, magi and winning opportunities.”
Which tribal casinos in Texas could add these new games?
Texas has not legalized any expanded gambling via legislation, but there is one Native American tribe in the state that can operate a casino that houses live poker and slot machine-style games. The Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas operates the Lucky Eagle.
The Kickapoo Tribe operates the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino Hotel, located in Eagle Pass on the border with Mexico. It features 3,300 slot-like machines and live bingo to go with a single live poker room. It is about two and a half hours from San Antonio in a remote area.
Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, federally recognized tribes can offer gambling on reservation lands without signing a gaming compact with a state. Tribes can offer Class I and Class II gambling, regardless of state laws.
Another Texas casino that could add the new Eclipse slot machine-style games is Naskila Casino in Livingston. It, too, is in a remote area northeast of Houston. Texas refuses to recognize Naskila, which is operated by the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe. The casino is also much more limited, with no table games or poker available and just 800 electronic bingo-type machines.