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Scruffy Duck™ Slot

 

Scruffy what? Is this a sequel to the famous “The Ugly Duckling” tale? Those were my very first thoughts when seeing the title of the latest creation from Netent, only to be quickly reminded that I am about to review a new slot game. What is true though is that Scruffy Duck™ is the second cartoon-like game released in a matter of weeks together with Wild Wild West: The Great Train Heist™. Is this a new trend Netent is trying to set to appeal to a younger generation? Time will tell.

 

 

Currently available exclusively at LeoVegas Casino it is due for general release on 8th February 2017. The slot certainly looks well designed and has a vast array of features and now additionally “in-feature” features. Got that? Let me explain, Netent lately adds special features in the Free Spins or other bonus rounds that only activate during those and give the game more potential for mega wins. These extras are either chosen by the player or randomly selected by the game software. More to that in a short while.

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Scruffy Duck™ Slot

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Slot details

The new game is per today’s standard in HTML5 format and Netent has given it some crisp and rich graphics with seamless animations. Set in the front of a lake pond with sea flowers, frogs and humming bees flying through the screen the slot is certainly appealing to the eye. However, that background music played with a tuba and the occasional frog ribbit will not be to everyone’s taste, I muted it after 30 seconds.

Scruffy Duck™ is a 5-reel, 3-row, 25-fixed line video slot with Free Spins, choice of four “in-feature” Wild features and expanding Wilds in base game and Free Spins. Bet sizes are from €/$/£ 0.25 – 250 with the highest 5OAK paying 16.6x and the lowest 1.6x stake. RTP is stated with 96.38% for this probably medium variance slot in HTML5 format that will be available for play on Desktop, Mobile and Tablet.

Low paying symbols are the traditional J’s to A’s held in broken egg shells and high paying symbols are what look like baby duck, big brother duck, mummy duck and daddy duck in ascending value order. Scatters appearing on reel 3, 4 and 5 only are the words “Free Spins” and Wild is the Scruffy Duck which will expand into a swan princess when completing a winning combination. Setting bet level, coin value and auto spin is clear and crisp although yet again Netent opted for fixed pay lines, as to why is still a mystery to me.

 

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Expanding Wilds

The slot in itself has little potential for mega wins as the line pays are very low with just 16.6x stake for the top symbol but this can change quickly with the help of the expanding Wilds. They can land on any reel and will expand to cover all three positions when they complete a winning combination. This can happen in both, the base game as well as in the Free Spins and will substitute for all symbols except the scatters. In the Colossal Wild Free Spins expanding Wilds appear on reel 1 and 5 only.

 

 

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Free Spins Bonus Round

Hitting three scatters anywhere on Reels 3, 4 and 5 will award the Free Spins. First the player is led to a pick-and-click screen, where five ducklings are burying their heads in the water, to randomly choose one of the five previously mentioned “in-feature” features, each awarding a different amount of spins. The player will have one pick only with choices being Multiplier Feature, Symbol Removal, Colossal Wild, Random Wild and Double Feature.

Here plays the music for this slot! The top pay for a single spin is 1,200 x bet and it can be achieved only in the Double Feature Free Spins when the game randomly chooses the Colossal Wild and Multiplier features. It will need then the 3×3 Colossal Wild block on reels 2 – 4 plus the normal expanding Wilds on reel 1 and 5 or any other combination of Wilds that covers the whole screen, add the 3x multiplier and “voila, we have a big winner”.

 

 

Free Spins features explained:

  • Multiplier Feature: 15 Free Spins with all wins multiplied by 3
  • Symbol Removal: 12 Free Spins with the low paying symbols removed
  • Colossal Wild: 10 Free Spins with a 2 x 2 or 3 x 3 colossal wild symbol that appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 only
  • Random Wilds: 8 Free Spins with 2 – 5 randomly placed Wilds on each spin
  • Double Feature: 6 Free Spins with two of the four features, chosen randomly

 

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Final Words

Not really sure what to think of this latest Netent slot. While it is appealing to the eye, well-designed with flawless animations and what seem to be set for entertaining gaming sessions I am still wondering why Netent is going for the cartoon-like style. Most gamers are well out of their kids shoes and years, hence my thought is that they are directing the latest releases at the very young generation who are just old enough to enter the gaming market. Whilst there is nothing wrong with that it still has a somewhat awkward feel.

Other than that, the slot is well made, plenty of entertaining features which seem to hit frequently enough to avoid boredom and quick busts and even has good win potential when the Expanding or Colossal Wilds are in play.

 

Quack, Quack…Good Luck!

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