NetEnt has gone scruffy down the duck pond with Scruffy Duck Slot, a five reel, 25 payline online game that continues the Swedish studio’s penchant for featuring medium win symbols and multiple bonus features rather than straight-up high-payers. It’s a game play-meets-bonus treat that NetEnt used to great effect in Jungle Spirit: Call of the Wild. The Scruffy Duck slot also features wildlife, though none of these ducks look as though they’re going to tear our faces off. Another bonus.
What? No high-paying symbols? Give it a chance. It works. Instead, Scruffy Duck features low-winning Jacks through Aces and medium-paying Ducks of various kinds. They look to be the duck family that populates this cartoonish pond. Daddy Duck looks to be a mover and shaker, Mummy Duck garbed in vintage style. Sonny Duck is too cool for this pond, while Baby Duck is quackers. Aha.
Sonny Duck carries what looks to be a ghetto blaster – remember them? Clearly this duck pond is set firmly in the 20th century and hasn’t got to MP3s yet. Anyway, it does have symbolism. Our soundtrack to our spins is a curious hip-hop tune tune that features quacks and croaks, the sounds of the pond. Just as we aspire for Big Wins, our Duck Wild aspires to be more. When it forms completed wins the Duck Wild expands into a graceful and impish-looking Swan, covering the entire reel(s) and helping us towards our aspirations.
Landing three Free Spins symbols on reels 3, 4 and 5 launches Scruffy Duck’s Free Spins feature, and it is here where the bonus fun really starts. Five ducks dive bomb the pond and stay bobbing with their bottoms in the air. We must select one of these ducks to reveal one of five features to activate during the Free Spins feature.
- Multiplier Feature, granting 15 free spins and a x3 multiplier.
- Symbol Removal, removing all low-paying symbols from 12 free spins.
- Colossal Wilds over 10 free spins.
- Random Wilds over 8 free spins.
- 6 Double Feature free spins. The Double Feature activates two of the other four bonus features to be simultaneously active during six free spins. Epic.
With tongue firmly in bills NetEnt takes us on a cartoonish tour de pond in Scruffy Duck. These ducks look quite dapper, unless the scruffiness refers to the soundtrack. In a good way. The absence of high-paying symbols might seem an initial drawback, but, as in life, timing is everything. The sheer variety of features during the Free Spins bonus game makes sure that this is one pond to which we’ll want to return with a bag full of seed. So to speak.