Jack Hammer 2: Fishy Business from NetEnt, is one of the best slots you can play. With great graphics, a fabulous soundtrack, fully developed story, Sticky Wins ™, random wilds, free spins, 99 paylines and 10 bet levels, this is way ahead of many slots you’ll see.
The original Jack Hammer was a character in Marvel Comics. He first appeared in 1975 and was subsequently in Captain America, and various other comic strips. He’s an agent in Hydra, and he's a baddie pursued by the Agents of Shield. Anyway, later on things sort of turned around for Jack Hammer, because he gained superhuman strength and started going out with a female wrestler named Pound Cakes. None of which matters in the slightest to NetEnt, who have made him a good guy, trying to rescue a beautiful jazz singer called Pearl. A nasty thug with crab claws instead of hands, Don Crabby, has kidnapped her.
Incredibly, in this slot you can win 990,000 coins, using the five reels by three lines with 99 paylines.
Jack Hammer sound and graphics
NetEnt has had the brilliant idea of making the 5 reels and three lines on this slot look like strips in a comic book. In fact, all of the graphics are very comic based and the characters are really well drawn with lots of detail. Everything is made to fit in with the theme, so for example, if you get a wild, it comes up in a Kerpow! bubble. There's a great zooming noise when you've got some sticky wins and the other reels are spinning. And then there's a brilliant and cheerful jazz piano track that plays the rest of the time.
Like all the best designed slots, part of the challenge here is to get the story and figure out what is going on, which is a great extra level of interest on top of seeing whether you can win.
Don Crabby stands on a barrel on the right, and he has rigged up a pulley that goes across the top of the play area. Tied up and suspended over a barrel of electric eels on the left, is the lovely Pearl. Every so often, Pearl drops a little further towards the barrel, and screams.
The electric eel is one of the game’s symbols and brings free spins. There are no boring playing cards here, and other symbols are Pearl’s microphone, a picture of Pearl singing, and the classic violin case which doesn't seem to have a gun in it but has got a crab crawling out of it. Another symbol is Jack Hammer and his sidekick, and then we also have aPearl tied up, being kidnapped and taken away in a boat driven by Crabby. Another picture shows us the boat moored in a deserted warehouse at night, a barrel of fish emptied onto the floor.
With its unique look, great storyline, and trademarked Sticky Wins (™), which we’ll explore further in a moment, this is a refreshingly different kind of slot, really slick and with full-on production values.
NetEnt pays a Marvel-lous tribute
The whole slot looks like a tribute to the old Marvel comics - could it be that some of the design team are fans?
Although it started out making slots games for land-based casinos, the company has been through a few changes of identity since. Is there a distinctive NetEnt style? Despite the fact that its slots look so different, yes, there probably is.
The firm always produces slots that are very well realised, with script, gameplay, graphics and soundtrack carefully thought out, nicely designed and drawn, and integrated into a complete gaming package. This is, if you think about it, a very Swedish way to go about things - they produce high quality products and are proud of their design skills.
The company started out with the name Net Entertainment, primarily working as a software house producing code for sports betting, and for its own online gaming software. In 2002, it launched an online casino based on its own platform - in those days using Java, for people who like to know these things. Then it began concentrating on its own games.
Playing on mobile or tablet
The company saw the potential of mobile very early on, and developed the “Touch” platform which allows games to be optimised for use with touchscreen mobiles running Android and iOS. Gonzo’s Quest, the original Jack Hammer, and Casino Blackjack were the first to be released on the mobile platform. Since then, the mobile offering has got better and better. There’s no need for download - these are all HTML5 games, and you can play them instantly in a browser.
These days, the company gets about two fifths of its income from games that are loaded and running on mobiles. So its decision to commit to the market early on has certainly paid off. The games are designed for efficient touch screen operation, and will load quickly on smartphones. The only thing you can’t do is to play them via Firefox - even Chrome will work, so this seems a bit of an oversight.
Let’s get playing!
If you want information on the symbol values, game rules, and paylines, click the “i” button at the lower left of the screen. This takes you to the information section. In this section, you can use the big green right and left arrows to move backwards and forwards through the help pages. Click the X in the top right hand corner of the help screen, to leave help and return to gameplay.
All wins are paid by calculating the win total from left to right. Only the highest win pays out on each betting line - that’s pretty standard in most slots.
Wilds in Jack Hammer 2
In Jack Hammer 2, the gameplay is as good as the presentation. You’ve got two different kinds of Wild. In the main game, that is when you’re not in free spins, the kerpow style “Wild” logo substitutes for all other symbols except the Free Spin symbol. The Free Spin symbol is the electric eel.
We’ll look in a minute at how the free spins work. For now, just note that in a free spins session, random wilds will appear. So you might get Don Crabby’s claw, or Jack Hammer’s fist, but they are all labelled “Wild”, which is helpful. These random wilds can substitute for any other symbol except the usual main game Wild, and the free spins electric eel symbol. They only appear on reels 2, 3 and 4.
Free spins game
Get five or more free spins electric eels, in the comic book grid, and free spins are activated.
If you get five “free spins” eels, you get 10 free spins.
If you get six “free spins” eels, you get 13 free spins.
If you get seven “free spins” eels, you get 16 free spins.
If you get eight or more “free spins” eels, you get 20 free spins.
During the free spins play, all wins are doubled (2x). Additional free spins that are won during free spins play are not multiplied.
Jack Hammer symbol values
Jack Hammer pays the most - of course. Five of him pays 500, four of him pays 75, and three pays 25.
Next up is Pearl. It’s good to see the hero and heroine have the most value! Five of her pays 250, four of her pays 40, and three pays 15.
As for Don Crabby, five of him pays 150, four of him pays 25, and three pays 10.
And lastly there are Crabby’s goons. Five of them pay 100, four of them pay 20 and three of them pay a measly 8.
Where you’d normally get playing cards, in this game there are more symbols which represent aspects of the story but are much lower paying. For five, four and three instances respectively, they pay as follows:
Lonely warehouse - 35 / 10 / 4
Pearl in the boat - 25 / 7 / 3
Spilt barrel of fish - 20 /5 / 3
Gun violin case - 20 / 4 / 2
Microphone - 15 / 4 /2
We’re used to sticky wilds in games, but this is a slightly different concept and the company has gone so far as to trademark it, to prevent other games companies from copying it. If you get three or more of the electric eel free spin symbols, or you have a winning payline, the Sticky Win (™) feature is triggered.
Unlike sticky wilds, with Sticky Wins (™), the winning symbols are held. Then the other reels are respun, to see if you can get a higher win. What’s great when you’re playing Jack Hammer, is that if you do get a higher win, the process repeats. All the winning symbols you’ve got so far are held, while the non-winners respin. It’s very exciting. As long as you keep winning, the reels keep respinning. The Sticky Win (™) phase ends when you don’t have a new win - at that point, your winning bets are paid and you return to the main game.
Paylines and bet level
You can set the bet level by using the arrows at the bottom of the play area. The bet level can be anything from 1 to 10. At 1, the bet level is 50. At 10 you’re betting 500. Or you can simply use the Max Bet button. This will set the bet to 500 at Level 10, but won’t alter the coin value. When you win, the win will be as shown in the game’s paytable, multiplied by the bet level you have set. Of course, that is then multiplied by any multipliers that are active at the time. The bet level can be summed up as the number of coins you are betting per bet line.
You can set the coin value separately, from 0.01 to 0.5. The lower the coin value, the more coins will show in your total.
The settings operate in pretty much the same way as for all the titles from this developer. At the bottom left of the screen, you’ll see a spanner icon. Click on the spanner to change the spin speed - you’ll see X in the box for any option you’ve selected. If you’re using a PC or tablet, you can choose to use the spacebar as your spin starter. This is handy if you don’t have a touch screen, as it saves fiddling about.
You can also switch the intro screen and the intro movie on and off. These are both great, but you don’t necessarily want them running every time you play. The controls here are slightly confusing - remember that X means something is selected, so clear the check box if you don’t want to play the intro movie or see the intro screen. Both are selected by default.
Next to the spanner control, there’s a sound control for the volume. The “?” icon will take you to the help section, and an explanation of the game’s rules.
Advanced autoplay options available
Click on one of the AUTO buttons to set autoplay options. You can increase autospins to 1,000 or decrease them to 10. However, there are also some advanced autospin options. Click on “Advanced Settings” in the autospin box, and you’ll see some sophisticated settings to control autoplay in the game. You can interrupt autospin if you win free spins, or on any win. You can also define various limits, such as stopping autospin if you win a set amount, or if your cash pile reaches a certain sum, or indeed, if it goes down to a set level.
Return to Player (RTP)
At 97.1%, the RTP is pretty good. However, be aware that these quoted RTPs are only averages, and the average is often calculated over 10,000 spins. So the odd decimal place on the RTP isn’t going to be very noticeable when you play.
Variance and volatility
You will most certainly notice the volatility and variance of a game. Both of these terms mean roughly the same thing - essentially, it is how varied the wins and free spins are during a game. Can you go for a long period without any kind of win? Then when you get a win, is it a really big one? If so, it’s a high volatility, high variance game in which periods of very little action, in terms of winning, alternate with very exciting high points where you may be able to win a lot.
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Certainly, with a high variance game, you can go through quite a lot of spins with hardly any winning lines before you get the big one. During that period while you're waiting for the win, your pile of coins is going down and down. With the low variance games, your starting coins are going to last a lot longer. Jack Hammer 2 is generally rated as a low volatility game.
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Are there different versions of Jack Hammer 2?
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