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With the objective to come on top as an undisputed online slot studio, NetEnt started to release new slots twice per month. Furthermore, there seems to be a shift in their approach, especially in the design and video engine departments. With Scruffy Duck slot, NetEnt moves away from the dynamic, dazzling video effects, and takes slots players on a more relaxing play session. “Be like a duck. Stay calm on the surface, but paddle like hell underneath.” Could this be some sort of a reference for the future slot releases? Time will tell. For the time being, here’s our review of the cartoonish Scruffy Duck slot!
|Scruffy Duck Details|
|House Edge: 3.62%||Return to player: 96.38%|
|Autospin: Yes||Softwares: no download - instant play, mobile, Mac|
|Released: May 8, 2017||Min Bet: 0.25|
|Max Bet: 250||Scatters: No|
|Gamble: No||Max Coins: 25|
|Reels: 5||Paylines: 25|
|Spins: Yes||Bonus Rounds: Yes|
|Wild: Yes||Software: Net Entertainment|
|Scruffy Duck comparison|
|Return to player:||96.38%||96.32%|
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The bet settings are in line with NetEnt’s standards. Players can place the same bets they have been playing other NetEnt products, meaning, the coin can have a value between 0.01 and 1.00. The ability to place up to 10 of these coins per active line sets the grounds for a wide range of bet options. If you happen to be a casual player, or you just want to test Scruffy Duck’s profit potential, start with a bet of 0.25 to have all paylines in play. High rollers can gorge on Scruffy Duck with a maximum bet of 250!
We already hinted about its cartoonish design. Many players are quite fond of this kind of approach. However, the majority of NetEnt fans prefers dynamic animations, like we’ve seen in Motorhead and Guns N’ Roses. Even Starburst is a fast pace slot when compared with Scruffy Duck.
It’s equipped with Wild, Expanding Wild and Colossal Wilds! Unsurpisingly, the key protagonist, Scruffy Duck is the Wild. It will substitute for any other symbol except the Scatter Symbol. The Wild will not pay as a standalone combination.
The Scatter Symbol is portrayed with a simple text that says Free Spins. You can’t miss it! Landing 3 free spins symbols on reels 3, 4 and 5 triggers a number of free spins. Because the Free Spins bonus elements are complex, you can find more in-depth information below.
Depending on the number of Free Spins you win, a different bonus feature comes along with all free rounds. For example, if you win 15 free spins, all your wins are multiplied by 3x. Sounds good, right? Well, if you win 12 Free Rounds, all symbols are medium to high symbols, meaning all low symbols are removed.
It gets better. Yes, the number of Free Spins decreases, but the benefits get better. With 10 Free Spins, there’s a chance a Colossal Wild lands, it can be a 2x2 symbol or a 3x3. Think about the winning potential!
8 Free Spins qualifies you for the Random Wild bonus feature. After every spin, 2-5 wild are added on the reels. This is done randomly, which means you might not get the highest win possible.
Lastly, 6 free spins come with DOUBLE FEATURE. Two of the aforementioned bonus features are triggered simultaneously. In our experience, this proved to be the highest paying bonus feature out of all.
Scruffy Duck is an out of the ordinary slot in the eyes of a loyal NetEnt fan. However, we must admit we admire their courage to introduce the Double Feature. We loved it! This is probably the only occasion when we were excited because we got the lowest count of Free Rounds. Scruffy Duck, we were calm, but we sure spun the reels like hell!