Jack Hammer 2: Fishy Business Review
It’s not all too often that a follow-up lives up to the original, but things are not quite conventional whenever Net Entertainment is involved! These maestros of online slot developing are at it again, producing a stellar sequel to Jack Hammer, a comic book style game of golden age of villainy, hatted men with scorn in their look and damsels in distress. Building on fantastic features from previous installment like “Sticky Wins”, Jack Hammer 2 is, in every way, a five-reel, three row triumph.
Set in (presumably) 1920s or 1930s fictional place of Grand City, the tale follows exploits of Dick Tracy-modeled justice warrior, Jack Hammer. The game opens with a brief intro, during which Hammer is thanked for his services and a delightful jazz singer, Pearl, is kidnapped by a notorious Don Crabby and his thugs (could not get more “30s mobsters by the book”).
Jack Hammer 2: Fishy Business boasts staggering 99 paylines (!), amounting to more or less guaranteed smaller payouts, rather than big, life-changing winnings. Not necessarily a bad thing as big wins are not always guaranteed anyway, and this strategy takes away that pressure and just lets fun reign. Getting 5 or more Free Spin symbols will activate, well, free spins (between 10 and 20 of them, to be kind of exact).
Graphics are a true breath of fresh air. Breaking away from the usual, 3D glossy layouts of online slots, the game is embracing old school comic book aesthetics, with even the player buttons and stat bars looking as if drawn by hand. Vibrant colors and discrete, non-intrusive sound affects finish off a very enjoyable playing experience. The game is easily played on all mobile devices (a new standard in the industry), and this is in large part due to the down-to-earth graphics that translate well to smaller screens.
Beside the already mentioned Free Spins, this online slot marvel’s features include Wild symbols substituting everything besides Free Spin symbol. Some of them the crab claw and the fist, activate only during the Free Spins.
The one feature that easily takes the cake is the return of Sticky Wins – every time a player spins the reels and hits the winning symbols, those symbols remain locked while other slots spin, which is basically giving you a chance of increasing your winnings. Potentially, the symbols can get stuck for quite a long time before you stop winning. It’s a beautifully animated portion of the game and evokes a great feeling of satisfaction.
In a nutshell, Jack Hammer franchise could very well be Net Entertainment’s magnum opus. Bonus rounds and special features are as every bit as exciting as elsewhere. The incredible 99 paylines and Sticky Wins should be enough to keep you busy for some time.