Tower Power

Published: 12/03/2013

Inspired by the majesty of urban architecture, software developer Endemol Gaming came up with a novel new form of dice game that takes arcade-style gaming to new heights. The game board resembles a massive, black high-rise building, backed by skyscrapers in silhouette against the reddish hues of a dusky sky. The object is to pile dice atop one another to build a cityscape, predicting just how high the stacks will rise.

At the right hand corner of the game board is a dice cup containing six dice. For each game played, they will be mixed up six times and the numbers that appear on their faces will fall from the top of the tower and light up on the 6 x 12 matrix of results that appears on the face of the high-rise. Payouts are made at fixed odds associated with the final height of each stack, ranging from even money to 1X to 500X.

The game begins with the player choosing an amount to stake per ball. This is accomplished by clicking directly on one of the eight coloured chips that appear on the right side of the high-rise. The values associated with the chips are £0.10, £0.20, £0.50, £1, £2, £5, £10 and £50. The chip selected will replace the mouse cursor when hovering over the game board.

Next, moving the chip-cursor over a betting position will cause the location to be highlighted in colour and a pop-up window will display the associated “Stake,” “Pays” and “Returns” values for betting there. Simply click to place the bet once, or multiple times to increase the wager. The total “Stake” amount can be seen under the “Balance” indicator at the top right corner of the display.

At the bottom right corner of the high-rise, the pink “Undo” button can be used to remove the last chip placed. Holding down the SHIFT on the keyboard will turn the cursor into a red “X” and clicking on placed bets will remove chips placed one-by one, while the “Clear” button above Undo will remove all bets placed for that particular round.

One of the most basic wager that can be made on Tower Power is a prediction of which stack of dice will be the tallest after all six throws have been completed. This is accomplished by clicking on the base of the desired column, 1~6, each of which pays odds of 4.6X when successful. For the purpose of determining the tallest tower, ties count, so betting on more than one of the six outcomes is possible.

Another basic wager is to predict exactly how tall a stack will be by clicking directly on the matrix position that will be filled last for that number. Odds start at 7.6X for a tower of just one die, fall to 6.8X for two dice and then start climbing from 6.9X for three dice to 7.9X for four, 10X for five, 14.3X for six, 22.5X for seven … all the way up to 500X for a dozen if them. Another way to wager on the exact height of the tallest stack is to choose the same height for all six results by clicking on the odds that run up the right side of the high-rise from 4.9X to 100X.

Yet another way to bet is on “Overall Tallest Tower” at the bottom left corner of the high-rise. A wager here pays out at fixed odds from 0X to 8X, depending on the height of the highest stack. Stacks of four or eight dice pay even money, while those of five, six or seven lose. All other heights pay winnings of 1.2X or more.

Once the bets have been placed, clicking on the dice cup begins the game. Click six times to complete the game or use “Auto Roll” to have six rolls completed automatically. Note that each time a set of all six different numbers have been rolled, the height of all stacks will be reduced by one. At the end of the game, at least one stack must be empty and the tallest of the remaining ones wins.

Published on: 12/03/2013

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