Sat, Jun 29, 1:22am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:19pm
Ainsworth are known for their solid, enjoyable pokies. These often come in groups – different themes with similar (though never identical) features. The Double Shot Classic games are an example of exactly this. There are 5 slots in this group, with a very diverse range of themes. These are Fortune Fountain, Fortune Ox, Royal Diamonds, Solid Gold and Peking Panda.
Each game has a free spins bonus game, with differences in the wilds, multipliers and retriggers. What the Double Shot pokies share are instant win jackpots. These will appear at random, giving you progressive jackpot prizes big and small. This page goes through the games, outlining the highlights of each one. Here is the high-level summary:
While the progressives are what you’ll want to win – in terms of game play this is the least interesting aspect of these games. This is because the jackpots are awarded at random. You’ll hear a short alarm bell, and then see the progressive you have won appear on the screen.
The Double Shot progressives have this name as you have two ways to win. You can either pick up line hits, or (even after a losing spin) hit a jackpot. The prizes are divided into the standard pokie format – mini, minor, major and grand.
Each game has a unique free spins game. These are triggered by hitting 3 special symbols, with scatter prizes increasing should you trigger with more than 3. Those symbols go with the themes – for example Roman coins or Diamonds.
You’ll see a counter with the remaining free spins below and to the left of the reels. What is more interesting is what happens on those reels. This can involve different combinations of multipliers and wild symbols. For example, in the Ancient Rome theme of Fortune Fountain, stacked emblem wilds appear on reels 2 through 5 – giving you potential for some huge line hits. I like the twist with the Royal Diamonds pokies. Here special diamond symbols give you a 10x wild multiplier on any wins they help to create.
None of these free spins bonuses would stand out individually. What you get with the Double Shot pokies is a lot of theme and bonus game variations to choose from. All these pokies allow for retriggers, some with just 2 of the special bonus symbols anywhere in view.
Each game lets you set a denomination between 1c and 10c before you spin. You will see the smallest 3 jackpots change amount as you select different denominations. You can also select the number of win-lines. For example, you can go for 50 lines at 2c per line, or 20 lines at 5c. The balance is between the number of line hits and the size of the random progressive jackpots.
Each pokie has a 5×3 reel setup. The symbols used are unique to each game. Higher paying symbols include gems (in Royal Diamonds), Pandas in the Asian themed Peking Panda and Roman era artefacts in Fortune Fountain. It can be hard to escape those playing card symbols, and these appear in all 5 of the Double Shot games.
The titles in the Double Shot range are not the strongest designs in the Ainsworth Technology portfolio. I’d call them smart, functional and good enough that you can enjoy the games without any problems.
You’ll get the distinctive sights and sounds of Ainsworth games. These include the coin fountain effects and ‘double click’ when the reels stop. Symbols have their own animations, though these are short and simple. Think water effects on the fountains, an Ox blowing from its nostrils or twirling diamonds and you have the idea.
If you are wondering whether you are playing a Double Shot pokie, there is a visual clue that gives these games away. At the top right of the reels, you’ll see the words ‘Double Shot’.
Ainsworth like to group their games. With the Double Shot series, there are 5 fairly plain games to choose from. The range of themes should keep most people happy, with Asian, Roman and gems-style games all included. While each has a slightly different free spins bonus, none are different or distinctive enough to be worth playing alone. When you add in the random progressive jackpots as a second way to win, these games become instantly more interesting.