Andamiro’s SpongeBob Pirates of Bikini Bottom ball pusher integrates in-game items and video for ultimate redemption experience
IRVING, TX–September 7, 2022– Andamiro is pleased to announce that its latest and much-anticipated redemption game is now shipping to arcades and family entertainment centers nationwide. In Andamiro’s quick-fire pusher titled “SpongeBob Pirates of Bikini Bottom,” as the name suggests, Nickelodeon’s celebrated undersea characters turn into amusing pirates.
Pirates of Bikini Bottom integrates character cards, plastic chips, video gameplay and ball pusher mechanics to create a feature-rich arcade mashup with lots of ways to win tickets. Pirates enables the interaction of classic electrotechnical devices with video, adding an innovative twist to the growing amusement pusher category. And the game’s character cards and colored chips, all carrying ticket values, intersperse with balls on the playfield. Chips are RFID tagged and the cabinet is equipped with two validators that redeem them.
Andamiro’s Pirates is a multi-layered redemption game, but one that can be easily grasped by players of all ages and requiring only one button. Players shoot the mini blue balls into the moving treasure chest. Following a successful shot, the sequence is completed on the video screen: cannon fires and a bubble is put into the “bubble meter.” When 10 shots fill the bubble meter, the Pirates prize wheel spins on the video display. Wheel prizes include bonus tickets, cards, chips and balls, and the 500-ticket Bin Win dividend.
For its in-game card series, Andamiro’s Pirates corrals a hilarious ensemble of Bikini Bottom characters. The nine-card redemption set features SpongeBob (also as Patchy), Patrick (and his hook-handed pirate alter ego), Squidward, Mr. Krabs, Plankton and Gary the Snail (aka Painty), along with the Flying Dutchman as the rare piece. The colorful cards boast witty pirate riddles on the backside. Players can collect all nine cards to win the Super Bonus.
SpongeBob, his aquatic friends and their underwater city of Bikini Bottom were created by marine science educator and animator Stephen Hillenburg for the Nickelodeon channel, which aired the first “SpongeBob SquarePants” episode more than 20 years ago. Today, SpongeBob is the most in-demand children’s TV show in the world and 47 times more popular than the average TV show, according to Guinness World Records. But SpongeBob is not only enjoyed by children, Guinness pointed out. The show first appeared on Nickelodeon in 1999, so its original fans are all adults now. For this reason, among many others, Andamiro’s SpongeBob games remain popular with all ages.
Pirates of Bikini Bottom is Andamiro’s sixth SpongeBob arcade adaptation, which includes the recently retired SpongeBob Pineapple Arcade, the company’s bestselling game and still one of industry’s top-earning coin and card pushers.
“The key to a successful SpongeBob adaptation, however, is the game itself must be compelling on its own,” observed Andamiro USA president Drew Maniscalco, “and we believe Pirates of Bikini Bottom is the most innovative pusher-style concept to hit the market.”
Off the pallet and out of the box, SpongeBob Pirates of Bikini Bottom measures 70” W. x 47” D. x 101” H. and weighs 937 lbs. The eye-catching two-player cabinet is equipped with 23” LCDs for each player position. Pirates is now available through authorized Andamiro distributors. Email [email protected] for more information.