Konami – Japanese giant with a long story
Konami is fourth largest video game developer in Japan. The company is engaged in creation of slot-machines, arcade cabinets, arcade games, and trading cards. Also the firm works with fitness-clubs. The popularity of this developer is so huge that if you’ll ask any teens about their favourite game, most of them will name you the game made by Konami.
Konami was founded in 1969 by Kagamasa Kouzuki. The company was engaged in repairs and rental of jukeboxes in Osaka. Its name is made from a combination of the names of the three founders: Kagamasa Kouzuki, Yoshinobu Nakama and Tatuso Miyasako. The meaning of ‘Konami’ is ‘little waves'.
In 1973 the company has started to develop the arcade games. In 1981 Konami developed Super Cobra and Scramble. Both of those were quite popular in Japan. Starting with 1978 the company began to build companionships with American developers and distributors. In 1982 the firm was engaged in creation of computer software.
When the arcade game market began to fade, the company payed its attention to slot-machines. In 2005 the company moved its headquarters to Las Vegas and started developing its own slot-machines. It also has offices in Tokyo, Nevada, California and Australia.
During the time of its existence Konami developed a lot of slot-machines, mostly real-life ones. The first slot made by them was Rocky, devoted to the famous movie franchise. Among other slots by this firm are:
- Money in the Bank;
- African Treasure;
- Pro Evolution Soccer;
- Karaoke Revolution.
All of games are really unique and they can offer various well-made entertainments. The developers are doing their best to create the best graphics and sounds for gameplay of their slots. Konami wastes millions of dollars not only on developing slots, but also on market researches.
This company didn’t work for online casino world for too long, so assortment of mobile and online slots in their portfolio isn’t big enough yet. Nonetheless, online casinos have such slots made by Konami as:
- Lotus Land;
- Spellbound Princess;
- China Shores;
- Mayan Chief;
- Jumpin’ Jalapenos.
In March 2016 the firm created its own platform with online slots for social casinos – Konami Slots. Nowadays this application has 11 games. It is less than in other social casino applications, but the developer is going to increase the number of those in the nearest future.
Bonuses in real-life casinos
By playing the slots made by Konami, the players can earn points which they can actualize later in real-life casinos of Las Vegas, London and New York. Among those casinos there are:
- New York New York;
- MGM Grand;
- London’s Hippodrome;
- New York’s Resort World Casino.
Those points allow to get free food and drinks, accommodation discounts and so on.
The features of Konami’s slots
The best feature of the slots made by this company is so called Konami code. Most of the games by this company have cheat-codes. The first project to introduce it was Gradius. With the help of cheat-codes the players can pass through difficult levels with less sweat.
The developer makes a lot of slots devoted to movies and video games. Among those are such famous names as:
- Silent Hill;
- Metal Gear Solid;