Fri, May 24, 9:44pm by Mia Chapman
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:24pm
Since the original mechanical 3-reel Double Jackpot Black and White pokies, this theme has been used for several more games. These include Quick Hit pokies with the black and white jackpot symbols in addition to the familiar red and blue Quick Hits. This review will cover them all – starting with the traditional base model.
Progressive jackpots are the key reason to play these games. To win these you’ll need to get the Double Jackpot symbols in exactly the right place. The concept behind the game play is described below, in black and white!
When this game first appeared, it was in a domed cabinet with a lever (as well as buttons). This had LED displays and the pay table in full could be found above the reels. This showed a grid of winning combinations. Lines 1 to 5 were shown, starting with the 3 horizontal lines, and then adding in the two diagonals.
The dots of the LED display showed a progressive jackpot. To win this, you need to line up the diamond shaped ‘Double Jackpot Black and White’ symbols on line 5. Hitting them anywhere else, or playing this game for less than 5 coins, would get you a different, smaller prize.
There is not much going on aside from the progressive. This game has 6 symbols in total. These are styled in monochrome. There are black and white 7’s and the 1-2-3 bars. Prizes are paid for mixed symbols as well as matching combinations.
Bally then decided to add Quick Hit symbols to their Double Jackpot Black and White pokies. These also have Quick Hit progressive jackpots (for 6 or more anywhere in view). Those diamond shape bonus symbols, along with the progressive for them, remain in place.
You need 3 or more Quick Hit symbols to trigger a win. The jackpot prize for the maximum 9 is bigger than the black and white jackpot in the examples I saw.
One extra feature was added. This is a picks game. Some of the regular symbols like 7’s and bars have the word ‘bonus’ on them. If you get 3 on the same spin, you’ll go to a second screen bonus, where you simply pick one of 5 question marks. This gives you a multiplier for your total bet.
With 5-reel games taking over from the traditional 3-reel models, Bally were not done with their Black and White designs. The next game to use these unique jackpot symbols was a 5-reel Quick Hit game. This has mechanical reels and LED displays just like the original version.
The regular Quick Hits winning system was used. You get cash awards for 3, 4 or 5. If you get 6+ and are betting max, you get progressive jackpot prizes – with the biggest being for 9 Quick Hits.
As well as the separate progressive for the diamond shaped double jackpot symbols, there is a free spins bonus round. You need 3 bonus symbols on the middle reels to trigger this.
You then get a screen full of tiles. You pick until you match 3 of the free spins with multipliers. The best is 20 spins with a 3x win multiplier. A wild symbol under one tile can add 5 spins to your total. Quick hit wins are given the multiplier in this bonus game – though the double jackpot progressive is not boosted!
The designs have noticeably improved over the years. Some elements have been kept through all the iterations. The most obvious one is the Double Jackpot Black and White logo symbol which is used for the jackpot. The black and white 7’s are in place though all the games – though some splashes of colour come via the quick hit symbols.
If you have a great concept, then why not use it for new generations of pokies. Double Jackpot Black and White is in the ‘classics’ category – even with the more recent 5-reel versions. Having extra ways to win jackpots is always welcome. In addition, several models have bonus features and Quick Hit wins on top.