The game, Second Strike, was debuted live last week on 7,700 gaming terminals across the United Kingdom’s Ladbrokes gaming venues. It is the first land based collaboration between casino software giant Playtech and Swedish slot developer QuickSpin, since Quickspin was acquired by Playtech in 2016.
Second Strike was created with UK players in mind, with specific features designed to entice retail punters. Quickspin was responsible for the original design of the game, which was then adapted to the UK market with help from UK developer Psiclone Games. Psiclone help bring Second Strike in line with the UK’s retail specifications, ensuring the game worked within regulations set by the UK Gambling Commission.
Second Strike is a five-reel, three-row slot game with 10 paylines that combines the features of the original liberty bell slot machines with todays advanced video slots. Symbols consist of classic fruit slot iconography like stars, cherries, melons, grapes, plums and bells, with wins arising when the player lands three, four or five matching symbols on an adjacent pay line. It contains wild symbols and a Bonus Track feature, where a trail of extra symbols will be added to the game for the chance to land additional wins.
It’s a vibrant looking game with ultra-smooth gameplay, and tips its hats to the simpler days before slot machines had the creative themes and bonus features we know today.
Quickspin CEO Daniel Lindberg said, “We’re really proud of Second Strike. Designing a game specifically for UK retail players, but equally making it available across all other channels is a first for us, but equally it has been a wonderful project and a challenge our team have risen to. The result is a high-quality game with superior gameplay and a series of incredible features which I’m very confident players will really enjoy.”
If successful, the release of Second Strike could see a new trend emerge of developers combining online and offline gaming operations to suit a wider audience. The collaborative release is only possible in the UK, where online casinos are legal under the watchful eye of the UK Gambling Commission. With all the steps the Commission is taking to ensure the industry is safe, regulated and free from criminal activity, we can only hope other countries and jurisdictions will look to the United Kingdom as a shining example of how online gambling should be regulated in the future.
For those who don’t live in the UK, you won’t find Second Strike at your land based gaming venues, but you can find it at many leading Quickspin supported online casinos. We recommend Slots Million where new players who sign up to play for real money can claim a welcome bonus of up to $100 and get 100 free spins to use on selected slot games.