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With a fabulous return to player of around 97% and a brilliantly conceived comic book style to the crime fighting adventures of the main character, Net Entertainment’s super popular online video slot Jack Hammer is well worth a look. The full title of the game is Jack Hammer Vs Evil Dr Wuten, and this element of foiling the dastardly plots of the latter character is what this slot is all about – as well as picking up prizes, bonus rounds and free spins along the way, of course. The main feature of this one is the Sticky Wins, which will hopefully help you in your quest to take down the Evil Dr Wuten. So, let’s take a closer look at NetEnt’s Jack Hammer video slot.
NetEnt is one of the biggest games providers in the world and it certainly dominates the UK market, so you should have no trouble locating Jack Hammer at your favourite online casino. So, once you have it in your sights, load up the game and enjoy the opening sequence. Jack Hammer features five reels of action based adventure and 25 ways to win – this is actually non negotiable, as you must play all of the paylines on every spin, which makes it easier to get started seeing as there’s no option for changing them. All of the controls you’ll need are situated at the bottom of the screen. You’ll find that you can adjust your Bet Level on the left hand side and your Coin Level on the right. Or you can opt to Bet Max each time. To get the reels in motion, you can either engage the Autoplay feature or else use the Spin button in the centre.
As Jack Hammer is heavily influenced by comic book graphics (and, dare we say it, the Pop Art movement, too), the illustrations used on the reels themselves and the cityscape background all look absolutely gorgeous. As for the symbols, you get various hard boiled cop motifs throughout, as if you were involved in a 1920s gang story – except that you’re on the side of the good guys. Dr Wuten is featured heavily, always with a plot to either take over or destroy the world, as well as our hero Jack Hammer driving at breakneck speeds and shooting his pistols. All of these detailed illustrations will come to life whenever you make a winning combination.
As the game takes place in a dirty, rat infested big American city at night, you’ll hear the sounds of such a place, including passing vehicles, nightclubs and other sounds synonymous with the urban environment. There are also elements of crime lurking everywhere too, so expect to hear screams, gunshots and the laughter of Dr Wuten as he wreaks havoc on the populous. We must admit that the soundtrack that accompanies all of this is excellent, so hats off to NetEnt here, and, what’s more, the music intensifies dramatically whenever you’re en route to a big win.
As we highlighted in our introduction to this review, the main mechanic or unique feature is the Sticky Wins. By this we mean that the symbols of any winning combination will remain on the reels while the rest of the symbols spin again to see if you can get an even better result. Plus, these features will run indefinitely – or so it seems, as the reels will only reset back to their normal behaviour once your winning streak is over. And when you manage to land five or more Explosive Scatters on the reels, you’ll earn yourself 10 free spins with 3x multipliers applied to all of your wins during those rounds. Therefore, we’ve got to say that Jack Hammer really knows how to get the blood pumping and you’re bound to enjoy the bonus features whenever they hit.
As per usual, NetEnt have raised the bar with this game, especially because of the unique combination of excellent comic book graphics, a stellar soundtrack (and those sound effects, too) and some pretty unique ways to win. In fact, the Sticky Wins feature is one of the best things we’ve seen in quite a while of reviewing online video slots, so be sure to check that out whenever you get the chance. And if you love this game as much as we do, you’ll be glad to know that NetEnt made a sequel: Jack Hammer 2.