The Mighty Duck
We’ve come across some of nature’s most magnificent and fearsome creatures over out years of playing online slot machines. There are resilient yet beautiful snow tigers in Siberian Storm by IGT, majestic and imperious birds of prey in Untamed Crowned Eagle by Microgaming, while players can find thunderous and powerful rhinoceroses in Raging Rhino by WMS. But none of those slot machines can compare to the unparalleled ferocity and savageness of the beasts that are found in NetEnt’s new video slot Scruffy Duck.
Upon the reels, players will come face to face with some of nature’s most feared quacking critters. There are baby ducklings who will lure you in with their cute faces and innocent lollipops (probably a weapon in disguise) and adolescent ducks with their uncouth attitudes which border on being dangerously anarchistic, threatening to bring down the pillars of society with the “dope tunes” blaring from their boom-boxes.
The most menacing of all, however, are mother duck and father duck; the former of which is a spitting image of Gordon Gekko, the greedy harbinger of economic Armageddon while the latter appears to be holding a present that probably contains a cream pie on a spring, waiting to publicly humiliate the sucker who opens it.
OK, so in reality this slot machine is actually a little bit silly, with its novelty aquatic bird characters. As such, it does make a nice change to the usual over-the-top reverence that can be found with some nature-themed slots online.
Despite the duck pond theme, playing this slot machine is no walk in the park. That is because players will find that the high variance slot tends to pay wins at relatively infrequent intervals. What’s more, the value of the prizes in the paytable are somewhat underwhelming, with a top base game jackpot of just 400x when five daddy ducks appear on one of the 25 fixed paylines. Then again, the symbols in this game do tend to stack up on the reels, meaning that there is every chance for multiple wins to be activated at once.
The smallest bet that is accepted in this game is a very reasonable 0.25 credits. On the other hand, high rollers can up the ante with maximum bets worth 250.00 credits. That would return a base game jackpot of 4,000 coins should the right symbols line up on the reels.
Helping punters to reach spread their wings in this slot machine is a range of extra gameplay features. First of all, there is an ugly duckling wild symbol that will substitute any other paying symbol on the reels to complete winning formations with the chance to transform into a beautiful swan wild icon that extends over three vertical reel positions.
On top of that, punters can trigger a range of free spins by finding three or more “Free Spins” scatters in any reel position. Before the free spins round begins, spinners will be asked to randomly select a special feature to help them boost their winning chances:
- Multiplier feature (15 free spins):all wins during these free spins will be increased with a x3 multiplier.
- Symbol removal (12 free spins):one symbol will be taken from the reels to make it easier for winning combinations to form.
- Colossal wild (10 free spins):a large wild icon appears on the reels to increase winning chances.
- Random wild (8 free spins):extra wild symbols appear at random to help players form winning combinations.
- Double feature (6 free spins):this will randomly choose two of the above features to b active simultaneously for the duration of the free spins.
Top of the Bill?
Unlike most nature-themed slot machines online, Scruffy Duck by NetEnt is not going to leave players awe-struck with its beautiful scenery and magnificent creatures. In fact, the aim of the game is to do something very different; the slot machine offers punters the chance to let their silly side out with some quirky quacking characters and a fun range of free spin bonus features.