Thu, Jun 27, 12:50am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:20pm
If you enjoy jackpot pokies when heading to the casino, taking a seat at one of Ainsworth’s ‘Double Shot’ series of slot games is a good start. Every game offers at least two progressive jackpots, which can be won based on landing any 5 in a row win. However, the progressive is yours only if a randomly added box surrounds the symbol on the fifth reel.
Rather than a single pokie game – many distinct titles are part of the ‘Double Shot’ range. These include games such as Fortune Bear, Sheer Wonder and Year of the Snake. For this review, the focus will be on the very popular ‘Double Dragons’ pokie. This game offers the perfect example of why you should look out for the ‘Double Shot’ logo at the casino.
Double Dragons is an all-action and colourful pokie with an Asian theme, featuring the following highlights:
On the large second screen above the reels you’ll find all of the progressive jackpot info. There are usually two progressive jackpots on offer at the Double Shot games, but occasionally you’ll find a larger linked jackpot too. The standard setup features a Major and Minor prize.
To win either of these jackpots you’ll need to land a 5 in a row win. The Major jackpot can be yours if you land that win with the major symbols in the game (all of the themed Asian symbols), while the Minor jackpot can be won with the minor symbols (the playing card symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K and A).
Jackpot wins aren’t quite as simple as landing those 5 in a row wins. On reel five, one of the three symbols will appear inside a frame on each spin, and this framed symbol has to be part of the five in a row win for the jackpot to be yours. The win will have to be a ‘clean’ one too, without any wilds. A five in a row win including the boxed symbol on reel five and a wild gives you a smaller bonus prize displayed beneath the larger progressive pays.
Double Dragon has that name due to the two dragon symbols that activate the free spins bonus feature. Both red and green dragons appear on the reels, each breathing fire as they go. Land three or more dragons and you’ll enter the free spins feature – 10 free spins are yours.
Each of these spins sees the fifth reel filled with wilds, making those 5 in a row wins that little bit easier. The free spins can be retriggered at any time, with just 2 dragons adding an extra 5 spins to your total too.
This Ainsworth designed pokie plays out on a 5×3 set up and has a total of 30 win-lines that pay from left to right. The reels contain a series of Asian style symbols, including the dragons, a dragon’s claws holding a pearl, koi carp and a sailing boat on the sea. Making up the rest of the symbols the playing card symbols.
Double Dragon is an eye-catching pokie which will certainly grab the attention of any casino goer. The distinctive Asian design adds a great deal of style and colour to the reels, while the jackpot screen looms large. There are similar stylish designs at all of the ‘Double Shot’ series. While many stick to the Asian theme, you’ll find a range of different themes too, good examples being Western Treasures and Zambezi Kingdom.
One of the beauties of the Double Shot series is the opportunity for those instant jackpot wins. Many other jackpot pokies include dedicated jackpot features or bonus rounds, but when playing a Double Shot game, the jackpots are won directly on the reels. Just line up those 5 in a row wins with that boxed symbol. Within the range are a whole host of original and engaging games, including of course, Double Dragon. Each title has its own set of features in addition to the standardised way of winning the jackpots.