Jack Hammer 2 from NetEnt upgrades the graphics compared to the original pokie in the series. It also continues the original story too. Jack has beaten Dr. Wuten and is about to be awarded a medal from the city major. Unfortunately, the singer Pearl gets kidnapped at the ceremony. With the clean cut 1950’s detective in pursuit – and ‘goons’ out to stop him – this storyline ads an entertaining twist to any online slots session.
Game play follows the original version closely. You’ll get sticky win respins, wild symbols, and a free spins bonus with extra ways to win. Here are the reasons to battle the evil Don Crabby along with Jack Hammer 2 in this low variance pokie:
All 15 symbols used for Jack Hammer 2 spin on their own. This is noticeable when you hit spin – with the individual boxes appearing to flicker. They stop in sequence from the top left to bottom right – giving you a similar effect to pokies that use regular reels.
When you get a win (3+ symbols from the left), a sign appears saying ‘Sticky Win’. The winning symbols are held in place, and the other reels all spin again. You don’t need to pay for these additional spins. If you get another symbol added to your win (orphaned symbols don’t count), then your bigger win is held, and you respin once more.
It is common that your wins improve with this system. They do have the potential to turn any 3 of a kind win into a lot of prizes on a lot of the 99 win-lines.
Free spin symbols also have sticky win respins. These are scattered, so you’ll respins will continue whenever you add one more anywhere on the reels. To trigger the bonus, you need 5 or more of these special symbols, which show an electric eel. 5 gets you 10 free spins, with 20 free spins (the maximum without retriggers) for 8 or more.
During your free spins the battle between Jack and Don Crabby is underway. As well as the regular wilds, you’ll get claw and fist wilds, representing this battle. These can help trigger more frequent sticky win respins – and make the winning combinations bigger when they do occur. These wilds don’t replace the free spins bonus symbols or the regular wilds.
You only need to bet 50 coins per spin to get the full 99 bet lines on Jack Hammer 2. This is a high number of lines for a 5×3 pokie – giving you plenty of chances to line up those comic-book characters.
I expected to see smaller prizes, to balance the ease of adding to them with the respins feature. This is not the case, the top paying symbol, which shows Jack Hammer) is worth a full 500 coins for 5 of a kind. Next comes Pearl, then Don and the Goons.
Smaller hits come from symbols designed to embellish the story. These include a speed boat, violin case with a gun in it, microphone and barrels.
The graphics on Jack Hammer 2 are much better than those on the original. They share a simple comic book style, and that 1950’s influence. Around the reels are lights in city buildings, with a bridge towering above. Jazzy sound effects play whenever you hit a win, with the simple (though full of character) symbols. The amount you won pops up with a message that might have said ‘Pow!’ in one of the cartoons.
With animated sequences which are crazy enough for any comic, this pokie has a real story behind it. Don Crabby is a mafia boss, who just happens to have giant crab claws instead of hands.
After playing both the original and the newer Jack Hammer, my big question is ‘who will Jack Battle next?’. With a surreal story, complete with mutant enemy, this game is certainly quirky. When you look beyond the simple 50’s cartoon graphics, there is plenty going on to keep you entertained. Sticky wins will frequently improve your returns. Mixing these with 2 extra wilds in the free spins bonus is where the real potential of this NetEnt pokie comes from.