The ‘Quick Hit’ series has been the most successful slots theme produced by Bally for many years. There are currently 4 of these games, which combine the classic slot symbols (think fruits, bars and bells) with the extra enticement of a logo which can instantly win you 2500x of your total bet by landing 9 or more anywhere on the reels.
Quick Hit Black Gold combines the basics with a choice of 4 different bonus games. These are all based on free spins with variations depending on which you choose from the pick-em game that starts the feature off. What you will see shining through in this game is the years of experience Bally has in producing engaging slots. If you have not yet played any of the Quick Hit series, then make sure you check them out next time you visit a casino.
There are no shortage of ways to win with this game – though the main attraction is the ‘Quick Hit’ logos. These are scatter symbols, which means that they are not tied to any of the 30 win-lines. You get paid for the total number of logos anywhere on the reels. The top prize is an instant win of 2500 times your total bet for 9 of these (more than one can appear on each reel). 8 are worth 1000 times your bet and 7 gets you 100x. The prizes go all the way down to 3 symbols, which gets you 1x your bet.
Of the regular symbols, the best prize comes from the Black Gold Wild symbol, which pays 60x your total bet for 5 on a line, 30x for 4 and 6x for 3. Regular line wins need to start on the left hand reel; and will often come in batches within the same spin – especially when you get wild symbols involved.
You can get some very big wins via the bonus feature. This is triggered by hitting 3 of the ‘Free Games Fever’ logos on the middle 3 reels. You then go to a grid of question mark boxes, which you click to reveal one of 4 bonus types. These are all free spins rounds. One is called ‘Quick Hit Fever’ (extra quick hit logos), one has locking wilds, one pays 2x on all wins and the last one pays 3x. Once you pick 3 tiles with the same bonus game listed – that is the feature which will begin. You’ll then get 10 free spins to accumulate the best wins possible.
One of the best things about Bally slots is how easy their games are to get started with. The win-lines are fixed (at 30 for this slot) which means you only need to decide on how much to bet, and then press spin. The smallest bet for this game is 30c, with a huge $450 per spin at the top end.
Graphically, this game is blocky and retro. You can see that this has been done deliberately, and that you are not playing an old game. Each of the symbols is inside a purple box. These include cherries, Bars (in the classic 1, 2 or 3 bar format), sevens, bells and so on – a real mix of the retro symbols.
Audio contributes to the retro feeling, with a crunching click as the reels stop bringing the old mechanical slots to mind. Most of the other sounds are the Bally standards, which work better on this type of slot than on many of the themed ones.
In an age where slots get more and more complex and interactive, the Quick Hit series has managed to stay massively popular. I can see why, the solid game-play, retro feeling and chance to scoop 2500x your bet with the scattered ‘Quick Hit’ symbols combine to make this a very entertaining game to play.
Black Gold differentiates itself from the other games in the series with the pick-em game leading to 4 versions on the bonus game. In my experience the locking wilds was the best, though I’m sure that over time they can all produce some big wins.