Bally’s ‘Quick Hit’ range of games all share a special feature with ‘scatter’ symbols – which can pay big prizes if you get a lot of them in the reels. Other than a shared retro look, the games are very different. Quick Hit Las Vegas, Quick Hit Black Gold and this game – Quick Hit Pro – each have distinctive features and game-play which make them individually enjoyable. This game has a free spins round which is followed by something I had not come across in a slot game before – a bonus game themed on Pachinko!
The famous Bally game-play, fine-tuned over decades of experience in producing live slots, does come through well in this game. There are stacked wilds on the reels, among classic symbols like cherries, balls and playing cards.
Quick Hit logos are the main attraction for this series of slot – though these are not the only way you can win big. You will get a prize for just 3 logos anywhere on the 5 reels by 4 rows grid. Payments start from just 3, which gives you your total stake back for that spin. If you are lucky enough to get 11 (you can get several per reel) then your prize is a huge 1500x your stake, with 750x for 10. Found that 4x and 5x wins were reasonably regular (5x pays 5x your stake).
There are opportunities to win from the regular game too. Staked wild symbols which can cover all of the rows on one or more reels, ensure that the wins come in groups reasonably often. This makes up for the usual Bally system of not having huge wins for specific sequences of symbols. Instead of one big combination, you will tend to win 5+ smaller ones – which together can add up to a nice win.
The bonus game is the 3rd opportunity to win big from this slot. This is called the ‘Prochinko Free Games’ and starts when you hit 3 of the free game symbols on the middle 3 reels. First of all you’ll get 15 free spins. These have a new symbol on the reels, in the form of a metal ball. Each time you hit one of these on the reels, it will show in special slots above the reels.
These are important for the 2d part of the bonus game. Here you go to a strange looking screen which is similar to the Japanize game of Pachinko. You click and the balls drop down from the top of the screen, bouncing around from pegs on their way down to trays at the bottom which award bonus amounts of between 1x and 5x your bet. With several balls, this can end up being a decent prize.
Like all Bally slots, this game is very easy to play. The win-lines are fixed at 40, which means that you only need to adjust your betting amount and click the spin button to play. Bet sizes can go from 40c through to $400 – and auto-play is also available.
Regular payouts are topped by hitting 5 of the wild symbols. This gives you 25x your total stake, and of course makes up winning combinations with other symbols on different lines too. The Quick Hit Pro logo, bells and cherries come next, at 6.35x your stake – playing cards then make up the smaller wins.
There are only limited animations, which ties in well with the retro feel. The ‘Prochinko’ game is the highlight as far as the graphics go. Sounds come straight from the standard Bally library, you’ll instantly recognize these if you have played Bally slots before.
If you enjoy solid gaming, along with the appeal of an instant big win – then the Quick Hit series are just about the best live slot option in that niche. These are professionally put together games which are deliberately retro in their looks. The chance of getting a screen with 11 scatter symbols (and 1500x your stake) is very appealing, though this is not the only reason to play. The free spins bonus game has a double appeal. You can accumulate a lot of wins during the spins game as usual, and will also accumulate silver balls. After the main spins have finished, each of those balls are worth at least 1x your stake, and up to 5x if you are lucky – in the ‘Prochinko’ game.