A New Fast-Pay Progressive Jackpot Award System from WMS
Instead of being a slot in its own right, the ‘Quick Shot’ is a new progressive bonus system in play in selected WMS designed slots. The name ‘quick shot’ derives from the fact that there is no waiting around for these bonuses. They are won directly on the reels, with no second screen bonus feature to play, or bonus wheel to spin. The feature appears within the free spins bonus feature of two particular games right now – Quick Shot Duanwu and Quick Shot Zhongqiu.
This bonus system is a fast and somewhat original way of awarding progressive prizes, with the following range of features:
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There are various ways in which you’ll usually win a progressive Jackpot. Some slots will simply pay jackpots completely randomly. After any spin you might suddenly see the screen light up and start flashing and before you know it, a nice progressive award is yours.
Other slots might have complicated second screen bonus features, where you might have to collect a set number of matching symbols or complete a trail. Another popular way is to enjoy a spin of a bonus wheel.
While these are all fun, none of these methods feature a way of winning a jackpot directly using the reels – and let’s face it, spinning the reels is what slot gaming is all about.
Based on the games featuring the Quick Shot Jackpot right now, these progressive prizes can be won in the free spins feature. During the free spins, the ‘quick shot’ symbols appear on reel five (the only time they appear in the game). The symbols act as wilds and you’ll win when you land a five in a row win including the quick shot symbol on reel five. As you’ll quickly realise, this is the quickest way to win a jackpot at the casino.
While quick, the feature also adds a great deal of excitement too. You’ll know that if you line up matching symbols on reels 1, 2, 3 and 4, that a quick shot symbol in the right place on reel five will pay – so you’ll be willing it to appear.
With slots featuring many win lines, you might have already realised that its possible to win more than one quick shot jackpot on a single spin. You might land a single jackpot symbol on reel five which completes two wins, or a pair of jackpot symbols on reel five which complete a 5 in a row win each. Of course, landing the right combinations could see you win many more jackpots than just one.
As of writing, the Quick Shot jackpot feature appears on two base games – Quick Shot Duanwu and Quick Shot Zhongqiu. Each of these games has their own distinctive set of symbols and differing game play. The good news is that the Quick Shot bonus system can attach itself to virtually any game, so in the future you might see many more games featuring the system, or even classic games from WMS with Quick Shot added into the mix.
Both of the current Quick Shot games feature an appealing Asian design – it’s little wonder that games with these themes are such a hit with casino goers. Chinese lanterns litter the reels as wilds in each of these base games, while symbols such as dragons, koi fish, bunnies and lotus flowers frequent the reels on one or the other of the games.
The Quick Shot slots from WMS offer something quite unique in the casino. While big and bold bonus games certainly have their place, others like a speedier, almost no-frills approach. Why wait for a progressive Jackpot pay when you can win it on the reels? The beauty of this system is that its simple, you’ll know straight away that you’ve won and that it can be applied to a whole host of games.