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Hammer time

Net Entertainment have introduced the superhero of all slot games; Jack Hammer lets you revisit your younger days, as well as give you the chance to walk away with a huge jackpot. Maria Pierides found out that you don’t need superpowers to win big

Jack Hammer is one of the new additions that Scandinavian casino software boffins Net Entertainment have produced, the first of their trademark Smart Range, and probably the most interesting by a long shot. The game is a sure-fire way to recapture your youth and rekindle your childhood love for comics. Whether you’re a diehard comic book geek or were just prone to the odd Marvel publication every now again, this game won’t disappoint.

The game stars the popular Jack Hammer character from the Marvel comics, as well as Evil Dr Wüten in the role of the villain – in true comic book style. All of the images on the reels are authentic and genuinely represent the well-known comic book heroes – very rarely does a slot have such an exciting and structured narrative behind it.

The cartoon strip-style graphics and the avoidance of ‘traditional’ casino colours like golds and dark reds gives the game a thoroughly refreshing and contemporary vibe – it’s probably unlike any other slot you’ve ever played. The game is intrinsically fun, both to play and simply to look at.

The 5-reel, 25-pay-line slot has a fixed jackpot of 250,000 coins – which is very generous considering the maximum bet is just €250. To take home the full jackpot, you have to match five Jacks on adjacent reels, and then 250,000 coins are yours. Players have the chance to win a potential 250,000 coins in normal play, and a staggering 750,000 when playing with free spins.

Even though this is a modern slot game which tries to break convention by introducing such a detailed narrative, there are still traditional slot elements, which make it the best of both worlds. There are wild and scatter symbols, and apart from the latter, the wild symbol substitutes any other symbol on the screen, making it a whole lot easier to initiate free spins and, as a result, get one step closer to hitting the jackpot.

Free spins are often and plentiful in this game if our experience is anything to go by. The Sticky Win feature is one means of achieving a free spin, which activates when three or more scatter symbols appear, or when a winning bet line is hit. The winning symbols then freeze, or ‘stick’, and the rest of the losing symbols spin again. If more winning symbols appear, they are frozen again, which keeps happening until no more winning combinations are spun. This is one of the ways to increase the win significantly in a short space of time, as all of the wins achieved in free play are awarded triple coins.

Unveiling the bomb scatter symbol will trigger the other Free Spins feature, which activates when 5-8 symbols appear. Five scatters will award you 10 free spins, while eight will give you 25. Anything over eight is rewarded with 30 free games. These two features are what will help you along the winning path and one step closer to the jackpot.

The game can be found on a host of different websites, where there are options to play both in US dollars and euros. The fact that many sites have taken this game on shows just how popular it has already become, or they anticipate it will become. It is one small step for Net Entertainment, but one giant leap for slots.
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