Second Strike

Second Strike is a retro-vintage video slot game by Quickspin, first released in 2015. The game’s creators wished to produce a classically themed slot game with an original and inventive new bonus feature, namely the Second Strike bonus. This feature radically transforms the game from your typical video slot game into an exhilarating and captivating experience, as well as dramatically increasing the chances of winning big. The game contains 5 reels and 10 paylines and the game’s symbols are typical of fruit-themed slot games. 

Quickspin deliberately and on purpose avoided putting in any movie or pop culture themes in the game’s graphics, and they wanted to make sure the gameplay was as easy and straightforward as possible. The overall display is classically simple and the game’s symbols are typical of retro style video slot games. In doing so, the developers have produced a game which allows the player to focus on the gameplay and concentrate on a video slot game’s one true purpose: winning big. 

You can play Second Strike at the following Casinos: 

  • Casino.com 
  • Betway 
  • Ruby Fortune 

How to Play   

The symbols in the game will be familiar to any old-school gamer, and they are: 

  • Cherries 
  • Plums 
  • Grapes 
  • Melons 
  • Bells 
  • Stars 
  • Lucky 7s 
  • Diamonds  

All you need to do is land 5 of these in a single payline for a 1,000 coin payout, and of course, there are other winning combinations, such as triangles, 3 in a row etc. There is also a golden wild symbol which doesn’t expand your coin payout or double any wins, it’s just a substitute symbol.  A Diamond is the highest paying symbol at 100x, the 7 pays 20x, Star pays 15x, Bell pays 10x, Watermelon pays 4x, Grapes and Plum pay 3x, and finally Cherries, which pay only 2.4x. 

So far it’s a pretty standard and not a very intriguing game, the winning combinations don’t offer huge payouts, the wild symbol does not double any winnings, and there is no scatter. Enter the bonus feature which dramatically transforms the game.

Each time you win, you’ll notice a lighted marker which runs around the outer wheel of the play area. This circle puts all the symbols from the game in random locations, the marker will circle the play area and land on a symbol. If the marker lands on the same symbol which was just used in a winning combination, then 100% more of that symbol will be added to the play area. For example, if you have a winning combination of three cherries and the marker lands on the cherry symbol, six more will be added. If the combination had four cherries, then eight more will be added. It may sound a little complicated, but once you start playing you will soon get the hang of it. The basic idea is that each win offers you a chance for a much higher payout, hence the name “Second Strike.”

After the bonus symbols have been included, the game will recalculate all the new combinations which have been created, earning you huge wins with multiple winning plays. It’s possible to have the entire play area consisting of one single symbol, which could result in some mammoth payouts. 

Jackpot

There is no progressive jackpot, however, there is still the chance of a massive, single payout. As mentioned, the highest paying symbol is the diamond. If you land 5 diamonds in a single payline, and the marker lands on the diamond symbol, then the entire play area will consist only of diamonds. This would result in a massive win of 100x each line, plus all the other winning combinations which would have been created. 

Quickspin decided to add one additional feature to the game, in the hope that this would be sufficient to create excitement and drama. However, this does decrease the game’s volatility, and the chances of an enormous payout are reduced to the second strike bonus. 

At A Glance

  • Bonus Feature: yes
  • Scatter: No
  • Free Spins: No

Mobile Version 

The game is easily playable on mobile and tablet, on Android, iOS and Windows systems.  

Special features 

The game doesn’t have any additional features, apart from the second strike bonus. There are no free plays or scatters. There is a wild card, but it acts only as a substitute and doesn’t afford you any additional winnings.This is a little disappointing, but the rest of the game is so good, you’re unlikely to notice the lack of extra features.  

Graphics and Sounds 

The game has classic, retro graphics without any complicated backstory or pictures. The background is a simple, uniform purple screen with some red and gold patches. The focus is clearly the gameplay, not the display. However, the glossy colors and bright HD display offer a quiet attractiveness, despite their unoriginality. 

The soundtrack follows this, with a calming and slightly jazzy tune which wouldn’t be out of place in an armchair lounge. Again, the creators have opted for a neutral and even a bit of a bland choice, to keep the focus on the gameplay. 

Bottom Line 

Second Strike first appears to be a boring and uninspiring video slot game, but after experiencing the game, player’s will be amazed how one new feature can be so captivating and thrilling. Its ability to turn a small win into a huge payout renders the game a must play for all players.