Jack Hammer 2 Basic Information:
Every now and then a pokie becomes so popular that it warrants a sequel. Sometimes this can tie into the type of pokie which is itself tied to something like a film franchise, with each new film bringing in more interest and fans. Other times the sequel comes about because the initial game, by itself, was overwhelmingly popular. This is the case with Jack Hammer 2. Based off the Jack Hammer pokie, Jack Hammer 2 aims to bring more of what the fans loved about the first game, using more modern technology. Is the sequel worth your time, or is it just another case of a simple cash-in? Keep reading to find out…
This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Jack Hammer 2 is no exception. This game was released in early November of 2013.
The NetEnt system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from NetEnt.
Jack Hammer 2 comes with a total of 99 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 50
- The maximum coins bet sits at 500
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 0.50
- The return to player offered by this game sits at around 97.1%, at or slightly higher than average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This is only a small menu consisting of a total of four options. These are listed below.
Enabling this option speeds up the spinning of the reels. This means that these is less time spent waiting around between the time you click spin and when the reels come to rest, speeding up the entire experience.
- Intro Screen
This option disables the intro screen from appearing the next time the player starts the game.
- Intro Movie
Much the same as the intro screen button, this one simply disables the intro movie.
- Spacebar to spin
This option lets the player start the spinning of the reels with a simple press of the spacebar, in addition to the regular methods.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.
The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are five different stopping scenarios to choose from here:
- On any win
- If Free Spins are won
- When a single win exceeds an entered amount
- If cash increases by an entered amount
- If cash decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Jack Hammer 2 also comes with question-mark and i help icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the i button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the i button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.
As you might expect, Jack Hammer 2 is based off the original Jack Hammer pokie. While there doesn't appear to be any real story shown here we can infer a lot from the graphics and setting.
These are games which take a heavy influence from the early detective comics, such as Dick Tracy. Here a hard-boiled cop, or private investigator, works to combat the terrible Don Crabby and his goons, while trying to rescue the lounge singer Pearl. Don Crabby is hilarious as a villain, by the way, appearing as a Caponesque gangster figure with the claws of a crab.
Despite the popularity of these comics at the time they have since had their place taken by the more popular comics. Unfortunate, really, as these really had a lot to offer.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in Jack Hammer 2 comes in the form of yellow wild text in front of a red bullet-holed background. This can substitute for any symbol except the free spins symbol.
The free spin symbol in Jack Hammer 2 comes in the form of an electric eel which also happens to be mechanical. Gaining five or more of these on a single spins is required to access the free spin bonus game.
- 5 of these give 10 free spins when gathered
- 6 of these give 13 free spins when gathered
- 7 of these give 16 free spins when gathered
- 8 of these give 20+ free spins when gathered
The sticky win feature in this game is accessed on a winning bet. When this occurs the reels with winning symbols are held and the other reels re-spin for a chance of bigger wins. These reels will keep spinning provided there are new wins. When no new wins are generated and sticky win ends then all active wins are payed out to the player.
The random wilds in this game can appear as different versions of any other of the main symbols. These appear randomly when playing and can substitute for any symbols except for the regular wild symbols and the free spin symbols.
The free spins bonus game in Jack Hammer 2 is gained when the player gathers 5 or more of the free spins symbols in one spin. Wins which are gained within this game are doubled. The amount wagered in these are then three times the amount which was wagered in the round in which the free spins were won. Additional free spins can be gained from within the free spins game, but these are not eligible for the free spins multiplier.
How to Play:
Basic play for Jack Hammer 2 is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins. From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.
Overall Design and Usability:
The design of this game is one of my favourites, just as the first Jack Hammer was. This is a game which really leans into its comic book roots and, as a result, comes off far better suited to a pokie than almost any other. The main reason this works so well is that the small boxes which contain the symbols effectively give the appearance of a comic book page. While the random location of these symbols means you won't get anything approaching a logical story from the main game screen, it does really sell the look in a fantastic way. This is aided by the fact that the design extends to the betting bar, an area which is usually overlooked by the developers of pokies in an attempt to cut back on cost or time.
When it comes to usability, this game does slightly better than the first Jack Hammer. The options listed here are helpful, though they do miss some key aspects. No graphics options is the biggest problem here. While this is a disappointment in terms of functionality it is not all bad. The game, being as simple as it is, does not require powerful hardware to run. This means that the usually very helpful graphics options might not be needed for Jack Hammer 2. Other than that we have a game which runs and plays very well. Reliable, fast and easy to navigate.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Jack Hammer 2 there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
An improvement over a pokie which was already fantastic. Jack Hammer 2 brings the colour and fun of the first Jack Hammer and builds on it. Combine this with a few great bonuses and a very generous free spins system and you have another great pokie from NetEnt. You don't have to be a fan of the look to enjoy this pokie, though if you are you will likely love this one as much as we do.
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