Meet the Comic Characters

NetEnt hits it out of the park again when it comes to the graphic design. Jack Hammer stands out from any well-known cartoon series with its vibrant, comic book style offerings.  The background features an ornate night sky with a Majestic City outlined against it with all windows blooming yellow. On the right, you will find Dr. Wuten’s zeppelin flying above, wedged in a limelight beam.  Payline numbers are bounded in vibrant comic-style word effervesces that line on both sides of the screen.

The game symbols are derived directly from the story, with the highest paying one being Jack. This is followed by the evil cackling Dr. Wuten, then the damsel calling out for help, and the classic newspaper boy from the days gone by.  The lower paying symbols include Dr. Wuten’s blimp, a new newspaper, the gangster-driven car, a beaker with bubbling orange poison and the ringing telephone.

The game doesn’t feature any background music but the dynamic music builds suspense during the Sticky Win feature. An exhilarating band style music plays when a winning combo is achieved and a livelier track plays when playing the free spins mode.

Win Free Spins

Jack Hammer comes with two potentially exciting features:

Sticky Win Feature:  This feature is activated every time you land a winner. The success symbols are locked into place while the reels continue to spin. If you collect a symbol that is similar to the original wild or win, the symbols lock in place and the process gets repeated.  The respin continues until there is no new symbol or wilds to join the cluster. A payout is then formed featuring all the matching symbols.

Free Spins: The free spins round is activated by landing five or more free spin scatters.  The more the scatters, the more free spins you get:

  • Five scatters= 10 free spins
  • Six scatters= 15 free spins
  • Seven scatters= 20 free spins
  • Eight scatters=25 free spins
  • Nine to fifteen scatters= 30 free spins

Irrespective of the number of free spins you get, all payouts during the free spins round are increased by a 3x multiplier and trebled.  Landing on five scatters to activate the free spins round might seem impossible. This is where the Sticky Win feature comes into play here.

Jack Hammer Payouts

When it comes to payouts, it is possible to scoop up to 250, 000 coins which are a reasonably great deal.  Jack Hammer is the highest paying symbol offering 1,000 coins for five of a kind.  Next in line is the evil Doctor Wuten, he clasps his chemical weapon and lets out evil laughter. Five symbols will give you 300 coins. Then there is the woman on the phone; the symbol gives you 250 coins for five. The newspaper boy showing “Mad Doctor Threatens Grand City” is the least paying with five going for 200 coins.

When it comes to the low paying symbols, Dr. Wuten’s blimp awards you 125 coins for five, Jack Hammer Car Chase gets you 100 for five, the Newspaper 75 coins and the ringing phone 50 coins for five of them.

Both game features will help you win big, especially the Free Spins feature, where all wins are tripled, so try to activate as many free spins as you can. Jack Hammer has an RTP of 97%.

Our Take

To be honest, Jack Hammer is not a game for everyone. On the one hand, it appears quite impressive! It is one of the best pokies you will come across in terms of the crispness and details of the image and the smoothness of its animation. The game pays excellent tribute to the overlooked pulp fiction comics. It has done this by not only including a few more pictures but also in its impression and mechanics.  The Sticky Wilds feature makes the symbols pop out, giving it the comic book feel that not even pokies based on real life comic books have managed to achieve. The feature itself is quite fun and quite different from your standard pokie machine.

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