Quick Shot Duanwu Slot Game
The New Asian Themed Quick Shot Game from Bally
This new Quick Shot slot from Bally has a distinctive Asian theme. The first thing you will notice is the 3 smiling babies on the cabinet that move and smile when you win. When I looked up the name, this theme is the ‘Dragon Boat Festival’ and not children! Another noteworthy first impression is the bright and colorful graphics. These are beautifully done, really managing to pop out of the reels – without becoming too garish.
Many elements of this game will be familiar to anyone that has enjoyed Quick Hit or Quick Shot games before. These elements include progressive jackpots and a free spins bonus game. A new feature during the free spins is that one of the reels is completely wild (chosen at random) for each spin. You will also find stacked lanterns on the reels in the base game – these are wild, and will often add a lot of wins.
Quick Shot Duanwu – Base Game and How to Win
The setup for this slot is a 5 reel by 4 row grid, with 50 win-lines in play. You can bet between 1c and 10c per line, giving the max bet (outside of high limit rooms), $5. In common with a lot of Bally titles, most of the wins you will hit in the base game are on the smaller side. There is the potential for big prizes – though this comes from the progressive Quick Shot jackpot and those times you manage to hit multiple wins at the same time.
Symbols which pay well include, classics like the golden carp, dragon boat from the theme, lily and what looks like an ornate bracelet with a dragon engraved on it. You will also find playing card symbols, each of which has been given a subtle Asian make-over. These symbols are large, giving the game crowed and vivid look and feel.
Wild symbols are oversized red lanterns. These can cover entire reels at times – though they also appear as individual symbols. These will substitute for the regular symbols, which includes everything except for the gold coins, Quick Shot logos and jade boxes.
Instant Wins with Jade Boxes
There are special green (Jade) box symbols which appear on the first, third and fifth reel. When you hit all 3 of them at the same time, you enter a mini-pick round. The boxes grow, and move into a line on the reels. You tap one of them, which opens revealing a multiplier of 4x, 5x or 20x your total bet for that spin. You are then shown the contents of the boxes you did not pick.
Instant Progressive Jackpot Wins with Quick Shot Symbols
Quick Shot symbols appear on reel 5 and are linked to the progressive jackpots which accumulate in the upper screen of the cabinet while you play. To win, you need to make a line win which includes the special symbol in reel 5 – which acts as a wild for the line win. You might hit 4 of them on this reel, though you will only win the top-level jackpot if you also create 4 wins, one for each of the symbols.
The up-side here is that the wild reel in the free spins round makes it easier to complete those 5 of a kinds while the free spins are running.
Quick Shot Duanwu – Free Spins Bonus Round
The classic Asian gold coin with a square cut out of the middle is the bonus symbol. Hitting 3+ will give you 10 free spins (and a small fireworks display to start off with). Unlike other Bally slots, these can appear on any reel – and are not limited to the middle 3 reels.
Once this game starts some traditional music starts to play. Before each spin, one of the reels at random goes completely wild. This combines with wild lanterns and other symbols to create a lot of extra wins. You will see these totaled above the reels in the bottom of the upper screen.
Design and Player Features
Graphics are very clear and very bright for this game. I am not sure whether this is purely design, or whether Bally (or their owner, Scientific Games) has created some new screen technology which brings out those colors. The oversized symbols look great – especially those (wild) red lanterns. The 3 babies add some cuteness, though this may be an acquired taste!
For me this slot really plays well to Bally’s strengths. There is solid game play, on a great looking set of reels. Occasional pick-features and free spins will keep you engaged with the game. The added Quick Shot element – along with its progressive jackpot – gives you the extra interest of a potentially big win at any point. Make sure you check out Quick Shot Duanwu next time you visit your local casino!