Employee of the Month

Here at High 5 Games, we really like to reward our employees for good work. When it comes time to name the employee of the month, we don’t simply throw a name up on a plaque, or send out an email. Instead, we bring out the big guns:

Pretty cool, huh? Johan – who, despite his impressive acting skills, is really a High 5-er, like nearly everyone in the video – gets congratulated on his good work by MISS UNIVERSE 2012 Olivia Culpo, MISS USA 2013 Erin Brady, the one-and-only Dangerous Beauty, and The Mighty Atlas. Talk about an incentive to work hard, right?

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Check Out the New H5G.com

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Can’t get enough of High 5 Games? Then visit our recently revamped company website!

The new H5G.com is your source for all things High 5 Games. You may think that H5G is only responsible for High 5 Casino and Shake the Sky Casino, but there’s much more to the company than that; for nearly 20 years, H5G has been an innovative player in the gaming industry. Whether you want to check out a list of games, read up on recent news, learn about H5G’s company culture, or even apply for a job, it’s all on H5G.com, and more!

So, what are you waiting for? Stop over at H5G.com today in between winning big at High 5 Casino and Shake the Sky!

Slot Fundamentals: Split Symbols

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Slot Fundamentals is a column we run occasionally to help our players better understand how our games work. This edition deals with Split Symbols, a popular feature that can be found in many of our games.

In a three by five reel slot game, one would assume that there can be no larger than a five-symbol win on the reels at any given time. One might also take far too long to figure out the basic math involved in the preceding sentence, but that is neither here nor there. High 5 Games, never content to simply churn out run-of-the-mill content, disproves that assumption with its innovative feature Split Symbols. But how exactly do Split Symbols work?

Split Symbols give players the chance to get up to 10 symbols (as opposed to five) on any given line, because any one spot can contain two symbols. This means that you can hit it twice as big in a Split Symbols game as in a regular game! Look for Split Symbols in High 5 Casino games like Desert Rose, Gypsy, and Shadow of the Panther and Shake the Sky games like Cirque Chinois, Fortune Cat Fever, and Split Dragon.

We hope you found that helpful! Which slot fundamental would you like to see us explain in the future?

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Fun Summer Games at High 5 Casino

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Here at the NYC HQ of High 5 Games, for better or worse, it finally feels like summer. For me, that’s mostly for the worse. I’m not looking forward to three or four months of sunburns that turn into farmer’s tans, or to constantly feeling sweaty and sticky. A quick glance at my phone – which can tell temperature more reliably than it can send text messages or receive calls – reveals it’s 85 degrees Fahrenheit today, and it’s only going to get hotter. Don’t get me wrong though; there are plenty of things to like about summer. High 5 Casino has lots of games with a summery feel. If you’re looking to beat the heat while still having fun, check out these awesome H5C summer slots:

Island Eyes

Sparkling like emeralds from the shadows, her eyes will captivate you. Set forth on an adventure to find true love, hidden treasures… and unlock the secret of her Island Eyes. Island Eyes features Super Stacks, which lead to spectacular wins. Plus, you can pretend like you’re vacationing on a beautiful, warm island! Wherever you are currently, you’d probably rather be on an island. If you’re currently reading this from an island, I hate you.

Ocean’s Glory

Ocean’s Glory is a magical escape into the deep blue sea. Leave land behind and head out on an aquatic adventure that will leave you breathless after big wins with Super Symbols. Frolicking dolphins, magnificent whales, and other mesmerizing sea creatures will guide you as you explore the untold wonders waiting for you in the depths of the ocean – go find them! And try to avoid those annoying stinging jellyfish.

Golden Odyssey

Summer is definitely the best time to embark on an odyssey; you don’t want to be tripping around the world in bad weather (just ask Odysseus). Golden Odyssey lets you experience an epic tale of loyalty and temptation in the wake of the Trojan War. Greek heroes, the gods of Mount Olympus, and the mythological Cyclops await you. Do you have the strength to complete your journey home, or will you be seduced ashore by the Sirens and their lovely songs? Come aboard the ship and find out. Even if you don’t have what it takes, you can still win big with Tumbling Reels, Split Symbols, and Stacked Wilds.

White Falls

Let the good times rain down upon you. White Falls depicts a fascinating and serene atmosphere for players looking to escape the commotion of ordinary life. With a dazzling heroine, stunning graphics, and rewarding features like Stacked Wilds, Connected Lines, and Horizontal Expanding Wilds, you can definitely let loose and have fun with this slot.

What games are you going to play at High 5 Casino today? Comment on this post and you could win a High 5 Games notebook to write your hopes and dreams of big wins in! Maybe we’ll even throw in an H5G pen or tote bag, too. Be sure to include your name and email in your comment so we can contact you if you win.

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Six Premier H5G Slots Now on CaesarsCasino.com in New Jersey

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The first spin is in! Six top-performing High 5 Games slots – Dangerous Beauty, Jaguar Princess, Shadow of the Panther, Sirens, The Vanishing Act, and The Dream – are officially live for real-money play at CaesarsCasino.com in New Jersey. In addition to these inaugural titles, 34 more premium H5G games are on deck to be available for real-money play by Q3 2014.

“This is a major step forward in my vision of having our games live on all major platforms,” said Tony Singer, CEO of High 5 Games. “It is especially fulfilling to be doing this in our home state of New Jersey, and with a partner as iconic as Caesars Casino.”

Earlier this year, High 5 Games announced a finalized agreement with CIE to integrate its remote game server ‘VAULT’ into CaesarsCasino.com. Integration into CIE’s other online gaming destinations is expected in due course.

New Jersey gamers, try your luck on our games in a real-money environment at CaesarsCasino.com!

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

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Is it sad that I took four years of Spanish in high school, and still had to use Google Translate to make sure the title for this post was correct? Probably. But regardless, nothing is going to get me down on Cinco de Mayo, not even the fact that it falls on a Monday, which means I may be in a bit of a margarita haze at work tomorrow. We here at High 5 Games hope you have a great day filled with cervezas (I remembered that word), tasty food, and, of course, High 5 Casino. Here are a few half-baked suggestions for fun H5C slots to play today:

Pasión y Fuego

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The finely manicured lawns, gleaming cars, and opulent houses in this neighborhood do not tell the entire story. Beneath the pristine surface, drama lurks, waiting to bubble to the surface. Years of wicked schemes and treachery threaten to tear one family apart, while two desperate lovers struggle to overcome deception, betrayal and temptation. When life gets this intense, nothing can quell the Pasión y Fuego! Clusterbucks and an Enduring Bonus lead to big wins in this exciting game, which has a Spanish title and is therefore perfect for today.

The Lovely Outlaws

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These gun-toting ladies are the most wanted outlaws west of the Mississippi. With a new set of warrants out for their arrest, they’re storming into town and looking for a showdown with the sheriff. Swing on through the doors of the drinking saloon, take a seat, and order yourself a whiskey. Because these sharp shootin’ ladies are riding through at high noon with business to settle, and you do not want to miss it. Tumbling Reels and Connected Lines create thrilling wins in this high-octane game! And the ladies all wear sombreros, which is why we’re recommending it today.

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Don’t worry, we’re aware that Mexico and Brazil are two very different countries, but we chose this slot because it’s a game about celebration. Carnaval in Brazil is like no other celebration in the world. Elaborate costumes, sizzling samba music, and non-stop fun, the world’s largest party is simply unstoppable. Let loose, take to the streets, and watch as the sights and sounds of Rio come to life! Split Symbols and Scatter Pays generate enormous jackpots that will make you want to keep the party going!

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Ask the CEO

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Tony, the CEO of High 5 Games, was kind enough to write a guest column for High 5 Blog addressing some of the questions our players asked on the High 5 Casino and Shake the Sky fan pages.

Lucinda Lopez writes, “Mr. CEO: Lots of these games are at the real casino, and some are not. Do you think some of the other High 5 Casino games will eventually hit our local casinos, or are they only for use on Facebook? Like Pasión y Fuego!”

Hi Lucinda, thanks for reaching out. Moving forward, we absolutely plan to release as many of our social games as possible in land-based casinos. We’ve been premiering our most recent games on Facebook because it’s the fastest way to get our games to our loyal players. By debuting our slots on High 5 Casino or Shake the Sky Casino, we’re able to evaluate what our players like, and build large audiences for our titles before they hit land-based casinos. Social games like Stella Drive and the Orb of Chance and Ocean’s Glory have already launched in land-based casinos through Bally Technologies, and other games, like White Lion and Empress of Time, are set to debut in land-based casinos soon, also through Bally Technologies. Pasión y Fuego is actually one of many games from our social apps that are releasing to land-based casinos through Bally Technologies in the future.

Brendan McNees writes, “How long does it take to make a game, from creating the basic concept, art, music, through to actual implementation?”

Hello Brendan, great question. High 5 Games is a comprehensive production company, meaning every aspect of game creation is handled in-house. This allows us to make the best games, because we’re in control of the entire process. First, we work to identify key features that will lead to exciting gameplay, and once we’re happy with the results, we move onto choosing the best theme. From there, we work on the game’s animations, graphics, and music, and then it goes through quality assurance, to make sure it plays flawlessly and is paying back correctly. Throughout the whole process, we’re tinkering with the game in an effort to constantly improve it. Typically, the whole process from start to finish takes six to nine months, and we’re always working on multiple games at one time.

Lu Ferraz writes, “Nice to meet you. I like H5C very much and the graphics are amazing. I’ve never been to Vegas, so I’d like to know are the slots really this way? I hope you bring us more fantastic slots. Hugs from Brazil!”

Hey Lu, thanks for the kind words. One of the things that makes High 5 Games so unique is that our slots are exactly the same, regardless of the platform that you play them on. If you’re playing Dangerous Beauty at High 5 Casino, you can be assured that its gameplay, math models, and art design will be identical at High 5 Casino Mobile, in an online real-money casino, or in a land-based casino. We don’t alter the payouts of our social games using predetermined wins. We’re committed to authenticity, and we know our players appreciate the real gameplay. You always know what you’re getting when you play one of our slots, which is something our competitors choose not to say.

Derek Haley writes, “I love the slots in the casino. I play them often. Cave King, Sirens, Jaguar Princess. Do you have a favorite slot within your company you like the best? If so, please share it with me.”

Hi Derek, glad to hear you love the slots and play them often. It’s always nice to hear from players that are enjoying our games. We have created over 300 different slot games, so there’s a lot to choose from, and I love them all. I love each and every game. We put so much care into creating them, it’s impossible to choose just one.

Sabrina Hawkins Simmons writes, “Why does High 5 Casino not have access for Android phones and tablets?”

Hey Sabrina, good question. I know the availability of an Android app is a concern that is frequently voiced by our social players. I absolutely hear all your requests for an Android app; our community management team does an excellent job of sharing the feedback from our players, and I appreciate our players taking the time to let us know what they think.

I know there are thousands of people on the waiting list for Android. I, like you, am anxiously awaiting an Android release. We do our best on a daily basis to give our developers any support they need, so we can get the app out as soon as humanly possible. We expect to have a very high quality version of the app available when it releases.

Linda Wright writes, “Have you ever thought about starting up real accounts for your players where we can play and win real money?”

Thanks for the question, Linda. Sure, there are already a number of H5G games that are available for online real money play in regulated jurisdictions worldwide. As you may know, the state of New Jersey passed a bill last year that allows online gambling in approved online casinos within the state. CaesarsCasino.com will be High 5 Games’ first online partner in New Jersey. Within the next few weeks, six H5G games will be launching at Caesars’ online casino, and I definitely encourage all of our New Jersey fans to try out their favorite games. We’re excited to have the opportunity to bring our slots to players in new online gaming environments like New Jersey.

Your Favorite Social Slots, Coming to a Casino Near You!

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Today’s post comes from High 5 Blog correspondent Ali.

Players are always asking us where they can find their favorite High 5 Casino and Shake the Sky slots in real casinos. We know that our Facebook casinos are a great time, but we can appreciate that there’s no experience that matches the thrill of being in a real, live casino. For this reason, we’re very excited to announce that 10 new games from High 5 Casino and Shake the Sky Casino will be making their way to land-based casinos in the future, courtesy of Bally Technologies.

The great games that will be debuting on casino floors are Gypsy, Madame Monarch, Pasión y Fuego, Foxy Dynamite, Valkyrie Queen, Palace of Magic, Zen Panda, Night Jasmine, Silk & Steel, and MISS UNIVERSE Crowning Moment.

Make sure to keep an eye on the High 5 Casino and Shake the Sky fan pages for updates on when these fan-favorite games will be released. Which of our other social games would you like to see in your local casino? Let us know in the comments below!

Just a Typical Day at High 5 Games…

High 5 Games’ New York office often hosts models who come to be photographed and videotaped for our upcoming slots, but yesterday was different. Gabriela Isler, the reigning Miss Universe®, was at H5G HQ all day, working on an upcoming game that people all around the globe will be able to enjoy. Despite her packed schedule, Gabriela was kind enough to introduce herself to a bunch of High 5-ers, and even took pictures!

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Don’t feel like waiting to see Miss Universe® in this new H5G game? Then head to High 5 Casino, where you can play Miss Universe® Crowning Moment! Miss Universe® Crowning Moment was the most popular game at High 5 Casino in November, and the second-most popular in December, so you know it’s good! Super Stacks and the Crowning Moment Pick Bonus lead to beautiful wins as you experience the pomp and circumstance of this annual international competition. And don’t think Miss Universe® forgot about all of her fans at High 5 Casino, either:

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Meet a High 5-er: Chatting with H5G’s Director of Game Development Peter

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What are your responsibilities here at High 5 Games?

I’m the head of the game development team, which is responsible for writing the first versions of all the games. It’s a collaborative process; while we are programming a game, we first work with the math team to get all the gameplay right, then we work with the art team to get all the static art and animations in. There’s a lot of back and forth between the artists and the programmers. The artists will put some art in, then the developers will look to see how it plays in the game and say, “Oh, this needs to play a little earlier, or you need to loop the animation a little longer, or it’s not correctly synced up with the gameplay.” Then, when the art team’s done with the prototype, it goes on to the sound team. The sound team creates each bit of audio individually for each animation, but then they have to see how it sounds in the game, because sometimes more than one sound plays in the game and it sounds jarring. Again, there are more adjustments going back and forth between the artists and the programmers, then it gets passed on to quality assurance – the testing department – and that’s another collaboration. They find bugs and tell the programming team where the bugs are, then we fix the bugs, they test it again, and we have a finished product.

How long does that process typically take?

It could take months. It’s not always a consecutive, linear development process, but I guess if math, art, sound, and QA all go one right after another we could possibly have a game in a couple of months.

How was the game development team involved in the launch of High 5 Casino?

Well, a large amount of our Facebook users are slot machine players in casinos, and a big draw of our site is that they are the same games that you find in casinos, so it’s very important that the games match. The Flash programmers need to see a version of the original game so they can be sure to match it. That’s where we come in – we make protoypes of the games so that the programmers can check to make sure the social game matches the original title.

What’s your favorite part of working at H5G?

I love the people who work here, and it’s exciting to be part of such a successful company that is growing so fast. I look forward to coming to work every day!