Sat, May 4, 4:43am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:25pm
With the huge popularity of Asian themed slots, I’m surprised Bally did not make an Asian Quick Hit game before now. This takes the format of big prizes for Quick Hit scatters, and adds a majestic dragon, Asian symbols and all-ways wins.
Some aspects of the game-play will be familiar, while others are brand new. On any spin, the reels can expand upwards, improving your winning chances. There is a picks round before the free spins. Instead of the usual tiles, you’ll pick traditional new-year fire crackers instead. Here are the highlights of the Quick Hit Ultra Pays Sun Dragon pokies:
You’ll start to spin on a regular 5×3 reel setup. Above this is a red veil, which partially hides a further 3 rows on each reel. You can still see the symbols beyond it, though these are not in play.
At random on any spin, you’ll hear a tinkling sound (ascending tones), and one or more of the blinds will move upwards. This could be all of them, revealing all 3 rows over 5 reels, just one revealing a couple of rows – or (more likely) some combination of this.
With all-ways wins in play, where symbols on consecutive reels from the left trigger wins, your winning chances shoot up when the blinds expand. You will have more room for wilds, bonus symbols and of course – the Quick Hit symbols too.
Symbols showing blinds also appear on the reels. You need to get them on the 3 middle reels to trigger the bonus games.
You’ll see a lot of fire-crackers, plus some reel formats. These show different combinations of raised blinds, ranging from all (or almost all) fully up to just a few raised one or two rows. Next to each is the number of winning combinations enabled via the all-ways winning system.
Next you pick the crackers until you hit 3 of one layout, then the spins start. You now have 8 free spins to take full advantage of your improved winning chances! Blinds are in play, so you can extend the free spins with 3 of them.
No slot in this range would be possible without the familiar scatter wins system. You get paid for 3+ of the Quick Hit symbols anywhere in view. While the design of this game is Asian, Bally has kept the familiar red and blue symbols the same as on the entire range.
If you get 9 you will win 1500x your triggering bet (online) or a progressive jackpot (live).
With all-ways wins instead of 30 win-lines, the line hits will be smaller on this Quick Hits pokie. This is made up for by making wins easier to hit. Wild symbols, which show a golden dragon, can help to trigger multiple wins from a single spin.
Symbols have changed from pokie classics to familiar Asian icons. That includes golden ingots, red lanterns, cherry blossoms and a palace. Playing cards are introduced for the smaller wins.
Bally has done an excellent job of making this pokie instantly recognisable as a Quick Hit title, while making it distinctly Asian. The dragon above the reels looks stunning. If you are playing online, you’ll see this to the left of the reels, with its tail to the right.
Music has changed compared, having an electronic yet Asian feel to it. There are plenty of visual effects with unique sounds – for example when the blinds rise and fall as you spin. When you hit the main bonus and pick the fire crackers, things get explosive fast!
There is a delicate balance between introducing unique game-play and keeping fans of an old theme happy. With Quick Hit Ultra Pays Sun Dragon, Bally has managed this brilliantly. The opening blinds, combined with all-ways wins, makes for a fresh new base game. When you get the free spins and can have all the blinds open for a full 8 games, your chances of those big wins shoot up. You can get up to 7776 winning combinations on every spin – plenty of room to hit those 9 quick hit symbols.