Branded poker machines are the biggest trend in the land-based gambling market, as gaming manufacturers use movies, TV shows and comic book characters as themes for their pokies. This week, SG Gaming has announced the release of its new Star Wars poker machine, based on A New Hope, the 1977 film that helped to define the sci-fi genre.

The new Star Wars: A New Hope poker machine is full of fun and exciting features that are based on the film. Not only do they enhance the atmosphere of the game; they also provide players with the chance to earn generous bonus prizes. During the Millennium Falcon bonus round, players must shot down Tie Fighters in order to earn cash prizes.

There is also a Star Turns bonus, which allows players to increase their winnings and offer them access to even more generous prizes. Another great feature of Scientific Games’ new Star Wars pokie is its community jackpot prize. Several players can work together to cash in on a prize worth 500 credits, increasing the excitement of playing the pokie on their own.

“Using state-of-the-art graphics and original soundtrack elements, we’ve combined the Star Wars®: A New Hope™ film with fully immersive and innovative gameplay, which should prove to be a big hit with players across all of our target sectors,” says Rick Mountney of SG Gaming. This is the second pokie machine to be based on the original Star Wars film.

International Game Technology was the first company to develop a pokie based on A New Hope. IGT’s version of the title comes equipped with a Lightsaber Bonus and Death Star Bonus, both of which are arcade-style bonus games. The pokie is rich with bonus features, so it will certainly be competition for Scientific Games’ poker machine based on the same film.