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Gamers and comic-book aficionados alike will enjoy Jack Hammer 2: Fishy Business, from Net Entertainment (NetEnt), a sequel to its popular Jack Hammer video slot game. Shades of Dick Tracy abound in the cartoon characters of this game, in which Private Eye Jack Hammer must save the lovely Pearl from the clutches of Don Crabby, a claw-handed mobster who has taken a liking to the nightclub singer. Enter two goons, a giant oaf who wants to duke it out with Hammer and his much smaller but certainly more dapper cohort, who holds a Tommy gun. Against a nightscape of the gritty city and a bridge over the river, comic-strip graphics include Pearl at the microphone, the nightclub, our hero Hammer, the Don, the goons, electric eels, a boat tied up to the dock and the Don speeding away with Pearl in that boat.
Jack Hammer 2 features an amazing 99 fixed betting lines, which you can play at 1-10 bet levels. With three rows and five columns, this super-cool video slot uses 15 independent reels. The free spin graphic is an electric eel, sticky wilds are denoted by a cartoon star and wilds appear with the word “WILD” against a stylized background. The cartoon story advances with the free spin feature and we pick up the tale at a riverside warehouse, where Pearl is suspended above a barrel full of electric eels. Don Crabby holds the rope and is threatening to cut it with his claws as Hammer arrives to battle it out. You’ll find new symbol graphics during the free spin as well, such as a tied-up Pearl and a lobster hand that moves in a cutting motion.
The sticky wins feature from the original game is back by popular demand, along with new random wilds during free spins that are sure to be a hit as well. The wild symbol substitutes for all symbols except the free spin. A winning bet line or the appearance of three free-spin symbols launches the sticky win feature, during which reels with winning symbols hold their line while all others re-spin for a chance to win even more. Reels will re-spin as long as there are new wins. The free spin symbol is an electric eel sending out shock waves. It works as a scatter symbol, and additional free spins can be won even during free spins. In the main game and in free spins, five or more free spin symbols showing anywhere will launch free spins. During free spins, random wild symbols may appear only in columns two, three and four; they substitute for all symbols except the regular wild and free spin symbols.
Game makers added extra details to the cartoon strips that are fun to watch. They include the Don shifting his beady little eyes back and forth and in winning bet lines of the same graphics, you will see a sound bubble from the Tommy gun that says “RA–TA-TA-TA,” a thought bubble from the Don that shows a fish skeleton and one from Hammer that has an exclamation point.