Patent Number: 6,685,561

Title: Gaming machine with sorting feature

Abstract: A gaming machine comprises at least one visual display (mechanical orvideo) and a game of chance controlled by a processor in response to awager. The game of chance includes a primary game and a sorting feature.The sorting feature is triggered by certain start-feature outcomes of theprimary game. The sorting feature includes a collection of scrambledobjects, such as letters, symbols, pictures, or puzzle pieces, that are atleast partially sorted during operation of the sorting feature. Thesorting feature generates an award, such as a payoff, a payoff multiplier,or extended play, if the sorted objects match predetermined criteria.

Inventors: Anderson; Peter (Chicago, IL), Casey; Michael P. (Chicago, IL), Frohm; Erica A. (Evanston, IL), Gilmore; Jason C. (Bartlett, IL), Gura; Damon E. (Chicago, IL), Hughes; Darryl W. (Oak Park, IL), Jaffe; Joel R. (Evanston, IL), Simmons; Ian M. (Lisle, IL)


International Classification: G07F 17/32 (20060101); A63F 013/00 ()

Expiration Date: 02/02016