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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Completely Bonkers June Stats from Shake the Sky Casino

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

Here’s a cool fact: Prince Nezha has been in the top-five most-played games at Shake the Sky for the last three months! What is about that game that keeps you coming back? Is it the classic mythological tale the game is based on? Maybe it’s the aquatic artwork and underwater animations? Or could it be that you just really love Super Stacks? Let us know why you’re into Prince Nezha in the comments section below!

Also, take a look at all of June’s Shake the Sky Casino stats:

Total spins: 581,800,327
Spins per day: 19,393,344
Total STS money won: 602,934,407,938,542
Top-five most-played games: Prince Nezha, Golden Peony, Cherry Mischief, Dangerous Beauty, and Silk & Steel
Cumulative hours spent playing: 934,036

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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!

Slot Fundamentals: Super Stacks

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Slot Fundamentals is a column we’ll be running occasionally to help our players better understand how our games work. This edition deals with Super Stacks, a popular feature that can be found in many of our games.

One of the best parts of playing slot games is the time between when a player spins and when the symbols finally settle on the reels. As the various colors and shapes whiz by, the suspense builds and anything seems possible. That fleeting feeling of anticipation and possibility is one of the reasons playing slots is so much fun. Super Stacks make the time between the spin and the payout even more exciting, and potentially lead to big and beautiful wins as well. But how exactly do Super Stacks work?

Essentially, Super Stacks increase the frequency that a full stack of the same symbol will land in a reel. In a Super Stacks game you’re likely to see long rows of matching symbols in each of the vertical columns, instead of random groupings of various symbols. This feature leads to compelling gameplay, because long rows of matching symbols humming by create even more suspense than usual. More importantly, it increases the potential for huge blowout wins, complete with stunning animated graphics. Look for Super Stacks in High 5 Casino games like Dangerous Beauty, Jaguar Princess, MISS UNIVERSE Crowning Moment, Purrfect, and She-Wolf and Shake the Sky games like Bollywood Bride, Cirque Chinois, and Silk & Steel.

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

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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.

High 5 Fight Club

We often ask our players over on the High 5 Casino fan page to comment on different game vs. game matchups. Today we’ll be taking a look at two different battles we came up with, and determining who would emerge victorious. Take our polls and let us know what you think!
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Golden Knight vs. Dangerous Beauty

The battle of the sexes. The showdown between the swords. Golden Knight has a size advantage, and he’s definitely wearing a lot more armor than Dangerous Beauty, so it’s understandable why some may side with him in this matchup. But I’m going with Dangerous Beauty. Golden Knight strikes me as a bit of a glory hound – he’s just fooling around, looking to score some fame and maybe the princess’ heart by winning the tournament of champions. He’s never been in a battle with much on the line – in between tournaments he probably drinks a bunch of mead and hunts for pheasants. Dangerous Beauty, on the other hand, must fight for her life and her land when invaders try to take what’s hers. So you know she’s not messing around. Plus, look at that katana, and that wild gaze. She’d slice and dice this aristocratic pretty boy up in no time flat.

EDGE: Dangerous Beauty

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Foxy Dynamite vs. The Lovely Outlaws

The Lovely Outlaws shot the sheriff, but would they be able to shoot the coolest detective of all time, Foxy Dynamite? This is a tough one to adjudicate. Foxy has modern weaponry and transportation on her side, plus she’s taken down some of the toughest criminals around in her day. But The Lovely Outlaws earned that name, and they’re still on the loose for a reason. Unfortunately, I think the bad guys win this time around. The Lovely Outlaws have a serious numbers advantage, and I think that and their sharpshooting would be enough for them to take down Foxy, despite her best efforts.

EDGE: The Lovely Outlaws

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Have You Tried High 5 Casino Mobile for iOS Yet?

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If the answer to the above question is yes, then feel free to stop reading this post now. You, sir or madam, are a model of rationality and sound decision-making. If the answer to the above question is no, then we can only assume that you, sir or madam, are a model of rationality and sound decision-making who simply had not yet heard that your favorite slot app was now available on the go, wherever you are. Now that you know, though, you’re out of excuses, so go search for High 5 Casino at the App Store or just head straight to our page for premier mobile gaming!

Back? Ok, cool. Congratulations! Now you have the best slots around, right on your iPad or iPhone. Bored at the office? Stuck on the train? Waiting for your kids to get out of school? Divorce court taking too long? Trapped in a cave that somehow has Wi-Fi after an ill-advised spelunking trip? Whatever the situation, High 5 Casino Mobile for iOS is sure to provide some entertainment.

Check out some more details about High 5 Casino Mobile for iOS:

• Play 21 authentic slots (and counting – we’re updating the app with more games and quicker loading times each month!), including Dangerous Beauty™, Double Da Vinci Diamonds™, and Secrets of the Forest™.
• The games have the same math models and art design as the slots you know and love from land-based casinos.
• If you play through your Facebook account, you can collect H5C cash and spins on the go and never miss another four-hour bonus again!

Don’t worry all you Android users, we’ve got a version for you in the works…

Dangerous Beauty, Double Da Vinci Diamonds, and Secrets of the Forest were created by High 5 Games.

Dangerous Beauty, Double Da Vinci Diamonds, and Secrets of the Forest trademarks and copyrights are owned and/or registered by IGT in the U.S.

H5G’s Remote Game Server Coming to CaesarsCasino.com

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Though we’re barely two weeks into 2014 it’s already shaping up to be quite the year for High 5 Games, which recently announced that it finalized an agreement with Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE) to integrate its remote game server into CaesarsCasino.com in New Jersey. CIE will become the first New Jersey operator to integrate H5G’s suite of games, including top hits like Jaguar Princess, Shadow of the Panther, Dangerous Beauty, and Sirens.

“With so many of High 5 Games’ top-performing games already on the floor in Caesars’ land-based properties, an online partnership was a natural next step,” said Med Nadooshan, COO of High 5 Games. “Online casino players want to play the same games online that they enjoy in land-based casinos. Now they’ll be able to play the same exact games whether they are in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, or at their home.”

Be on the lookout for more deals of this sort as online gaming continues to grow in New Jersey. And add yet another bullet point to the list of why New Jersey is one of the best states – on top of having the best pizza and bagels, the friendliest neighbors, the most beautiful landscapes (have you seen The Meadowlands?!), the cleanest beaches, and the most refined accents, New Jerseyans now get to enjoy real-money gaming from the comfort of their couches!

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