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Mixing in the old classic detective stories harking back to the 1940s and 50s, while mixing in a modern comic book twist; NetEnt’s Jack Hammer 2 offers 50 paylines spread across 5 reels and 3 rows. If you haven't guessed already, this is the follow up to NetEnt’s classic Jack Hammer and delivers everything a sequel should. With a new and improved graphics, an even more dangerous arch-nemesis and further opportunities to enjoy the game with twice the number of paylines from its predecessor, Jack Hammer 2 aims to deliver for returning players to the series, as well as new players.
NetEnt has done well to standardise the options and layout of their games, meaning that any players who have prior experience with their games will feel instantly at ease with trying a different game of theirs. Coin value and Levels are easily modifiable directly from the game window, as well as Max Bet and Auto Play functionalities. The standard ‘i’ icon is also present, which provides a comprehensive breakdown of the game rules and pay tables and further options such as audio volume is found at the bottom left of the window.
While Jack Hammer 2 certainly has a nice selection of features to keep things interesting, what really draws in the crowd is the sticky wins mechanic. This allows for winning spins to keep the winning combination of symbols to stay in place, while the remainder of the symbols go in for a respin, allowing for a round to combo up the winning combinations, while sticking to the highest win amount per bet line. This works particularly well in combination with the Wild symbols, which are represented by an easy to spot ‘wild’ text symbol.
Jack Hammer 2 is slightly let down in the audio department, as seems to be a common trait of several NetEnt games unfortunately. So, while the visuals and thematics of the slot hit every right note, the same can’t be said for the audio itself. Having no background music is quite the letdown, especially considering there’s a lot that could be done within the classic detective noir theme. The sound effects are also nothing to write home about with possibly the exception of clicking on the ‘spin’ button, which does carry a sudden and upbeat musical sting that does suit the style of the slot nicely.
In addition to Wilds being a great combination with the sticky win feature, the electric eel represents bonus spin symbols and 5 are required to enter the free spin round and that may sound difficult, but is more manageable with the respins provided via sticky wins. The amount of bonus spins starts at 10 from 5 symbols and goes up to 20 with the achievement of hitting 8 symbols. Bonus spin rounds have an added benefit of providing Random Wilds that are represented by the two rivals going head to head with Jack’s fist or Don Crabby’s claw.
NetEnt has long been a provider of top quality and extremely popular slot games and Jack Hammer 2 is amongst the list of being one of their classics. Even with the lack of score or consistently thrilling sound effects, the design and style of the game is still rather charming and delightful. The standard NetEnt user interface is also something that is greatly appreciated in all of their games. This coupled with the excellent sticky win mechanic and its potential combo effects with Wilds and Bonus spins, coupled with the random wilds feature, makes this slot a case that’s worth investigating.