IGT was looking for an interactive game to run on their match 3 game engine. Some of the worlds most popular gaming applications, such as Candy Crush run on the match 3 game engine. I decided to develop a concept that used slot machine symbols. At the end of each round the player can travel through money land for chances to win cash prizes.
The challenge was to design a game concept that would work with the engine, but also have the feel like a skill based game. The idea was to make the game play skills based and the bonus rounds games of chance.
Each round of game play would consist of a match 3 game. The match 3 would be skills based and would require the player to reach a particular score to make the bonus round and enter Money Land and have a chance at cash prizes. For example the player could have a key with three treasure chests. They would select a chest for a chance to win a cash prize.