At first glance, Second Strike looks like a simple fruit machine re-tread. While the symbols may be familiar to anyone who has ever shoved 50p in a fruity, this volatile slot from Quickspin comes with some very innovative extras, namely the Second Strike bonus which can get your wins rocketing. Take a shot from between 10p and £100 per spin.

Swedish developer Quickspin known for its beautifully designed but often fairly low variance slots – in Second Strike, they’ve maintained the former (it looks lovely) but injected some serious volatility into the mix.

The symbols in this 5 reel, 10 payline slot are recognisable enough and include cherries, plums, grapes, melons, bells, stars, lucky 7s and diamonds. The latter is the top payer of the standard symbols – land 5 of these in a payline for a 1,000 coin payout. There’s also a wild symbol that substitutes for all other symbols.

So far then, so standard. There isn’t a scatter as there aren’t any free spins on offer. So what is it that makes Second Strike such an intriguing play?

You’ll notice a rectangle that sits just outside the reels, filled with squares. This Second Strike feature will spring into life every time you land a winning combination anywhere on the reels. After every winning spin, the symbols that featured in the winning combination will be lit up. If the counter then goes on to land on 1 of those lit symbols, more of that same symbol will be added to your winning combination.

If there were 3 symbols in your winning combo, 6 extra symbols will be added. Four symbols and you’ll add an extra 8. After a five symbol combination you’ll receive an extra 10 symbols. A second payout will be made after the extra symbols have been added to the reels. It’s quite possible to fill the whole of the reels with the same symbol offering some mammoth payouts.

The variance here is high though so don’t expect to land on your symbol in the Second Strike element too often – it will leave you tantalisingly close on occasions but watch out when it does hit.

Second Strike is nicely designed and not overburdened with features – the Second Strike feature is a quality addition though. It’s such a simple idea but it works superbly well. The pace remains high throughout and the prospect of a massive win if you land on your symbol will keep your interest piqued at all times.

If you like old school fruit machines with a volatile twist, then Second Strike is definitely one to put on your game rotation. If you like Quickspin slots, I highly recommend you Crystal Forest and King Colossus.