Before you get to the reels of this NetEnt pokie, you’ll see a Jack Hammer 2 introduction video which sets the scene. Here, Jack Hammer is being awarded a medal for saving the city (see the original Jack Hammer pokie for that story!). Next, the evil Don Crabby makes off with the singer Olive. Jack is left to face the ‘Goons’ before he can get in pursuit.
Key Features Which Make Jack Hammer 2 Well Worth a Spin
This is a deliberate caricature of 1930’s style comic books – though the excellent production and interesting game-play that NetEnt has added certainly make this worth a spin. Here are some of the key things to look out for in this Aussie online pokies game:
- Re-spins after Wins: After every win you get free re-spins to see if you can improve it.
- Random Wilds: Don Crabby and Jack wilds help to connect your wins.
- Free Spins: Doubled wins and more random wild symbols make for plenty of big win potential.
- 99-Line Setup: You’ll spin over 99 win-lines, though only pay 50 coins.
Jack Hammer 2 Sticky Win Feature
This pokie features a system that can turn any tiny win into a big paying one. Whenever you get a winning combination, including one with a wild, it becomes sticky on the reels. The winning symbol sticks – with the remaining symbols all spinning again.
If you improve your win with either another matching symbol or adding a completely new winning combination, you get a 3rd re-spin – and so on.
This also happens when you get 3 or more of the free spins bonus symbols. You keep re-spinning, and hopefully collect more symbols, determining how many free spins you get awarded.
Win up to 20 Free Spins
Free spins symbols show an electric eel used by the evil Crab Man. If you got 8 or more of these symbols after the ‘Sticky Wins’ re-spins, you get 20 free spins. The smallest number needed to trigger a bonus is 5 eels, which gets you 10 spins.
There is a new background, with Olive hanging by a rope above a bucket of water containing electric eels – and Don Crabby to the other side. All wins during your free spins are doubled, and the re-spins still take place.
To make wins easier, there are random wilds added to the reels after every spin. These are either Jack Hammer’s fist, or Crabby’s claw. With easier wins, the re-spins kick in more often – giving you plenty of big hit potential.
Setup of the Jack Hammer 2 Pokies
With a full 99 win-lines crossing a 5×4 reel setup, there is plenty of opportunity to line up winning symbols with Jack Hammer 2. There is a regular wild symbol (this simply says ‘wild’) in the base game – in addition to the special ones for the free spins bonus.
The highest paying symbols are the 4 main characters. These are Jack Hammer (500 for 5), Pearl (250), Don Crabby (150) and the Goons (100). All symbols on this pokie require a minimum of 3 from the left.
Lower payout symbols include a speedboat, a violin case containing a gun, and an old-style microphone.
1930’s Comic Book Design
The overall design is comic-book style, with a city showing beyond the reels. The mix of symbols will take you back to the time of speakeasies, jazz clubs and the mob. Don Crabby looks like a cross between a Mafia don and a crab. He even has pincers instead of hands. Jack looks a little too clean-cut for today’s superheroes, though he did manage to save the city in the last pokie!
Re-spins give this pokie a fast feel. When you win the reels will rapidly re-spin to see if you get extra symbols. The free spins bonus has a different background. Here, Olive is captive. On the reels the fight with the Don and Jack creates extra wilds – in exactly the form you’d expect from a comic book.
Sound effects work perfectly – and include some swing/jazz style music during the feature. While the graphics are simple in terms of the detail, this pokie does manage to pull off the comic book style well.
Jack Hammer 2 Pokies Summary
This is a continuation of a successful pokie theme. It does a great job of keeping the core features in place while upgrading the graphics. The story of a pincer-handed mafia crab / don escaping with a singer might be a little far-fetched. However, some fun cartoon graphics and animations from NetEnt helps to pull this off well. Your biggest wins will come in the doubled free spins games – where extra wilds will help those winning re-spins kick in more often.