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What can be more relaxing than an evening by a lake after a busy day? Only an evening playing a Scruffy Duck slot by NetEnt. There you not only get a chance to relax by the water and watch the water life, you also get a chance to hit a cash win and recall your childhood. Is there anything in the world cooler than that?
The basic idea of Scruffy Duck is extremely simple: it has five reels and 25 paylines. The lines are fixed, so there is no way you can adjust them. Instead, you can adjust other betting parameters. Betting at Scruffy Duck is similar to many other NetEnt slots: to bet you choose the value of one coin and the level you wish to bet on.
A coin may be worth from 0.01 to 1.00, and there are 10 betting levels to pick from. The maximum bet at the Scruffy Duck is 250 per spin. It’s the maximum coin at the 10th betting level. The minimal bet per one spin is just 0.25. Seems like a nice betting range to us. Any player would feel comfortable spinning here, no matter what size his bankroll is.
So to win, you land a combination of tiles of one kind on one line. All combos have to start on the 1st reel and there has to be at least three tiles of one kind in a combo. The maximum combination is 5 of a kind, obviously. The low paid tiles are the card symbols of Jack, Queen, King and Ace.
They are modified to suit the theme, though. Thus, we get letters of the card symbols each placed in an eggshell. Looks charming, actually. The payouts are not high, but rather substantial. For five Jacks you get 40x the bet, for five Queens the payout will be 50x. Five Kings and Aces are worth 60x and 70x, respectively. Higher paid paytiles are the icons with the ducks. Miss the Duck Tales? Miss no more.
At Scruffy Duck we meet the duck family that looks strikingly familiar. Remember, we promised you some childhood memories brought to life? Here we get a Baby Duck worth 150x for five. A Teen Duck with a Boombox is worth 200x for 5. Five Mom Ducks are paid 250x, and the Dad Duck is worth 400x for the same amount.
The ducks and the ducklings are cute, sure, but we are after the wins as well, so let’s figure out the bonus features. First tile to look out for is the wild. As always, it is a substitute. Its main goal is to replace a missing symbol, thus forming a combination. There is only one symbol if the game it can’t replace: the free spins’ scatter.
Scruffy Duck wild is unique, as it is expandable. Once it has landed, it expands to take up the whole reel. The expanding wild tile may land on any reel of the slot. There is only one exception: during the colossal wild feature, it lands only on the 1st and the 5th reels.
Another bonus-loaded tile is the scatter. Land three ‘Free Spin’ icons anywhere on the reels and get yourself several spins free of charge. The free spin tiles may land on the 3rd, 4th and 5th reels only. Free games come with more perks. Right after you hit the free spins’ activating combo, you would have to pick which free game you are going to play. You are right, there are several games. Five, to be precise.
First, there is a free game with 3x multiplier. All the wins will be tripled and you will get 15 spins for free. The second option is free games with symbol removal. Choose it and get 12 free spins with all lower-paid tiles replaced by the higher-paid ones. If you pick the Colossal Wild free spins, you get 10 spins on the house with a possibility to hit a huge wild. It may be 2x2 or 3x3, and it lands in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th reels only.
The fourth option is a Random Wild Free game. Pick it and get 8 spins with wilds, replacing any symbols on the reels after the spinning stops randomly. There may be from 2 to 5 random wilds on the reels at once. The last option is the Double Feature. There you get only 6 spins, but you may activate two of the above mentioned options at once. The options will be chosen randomly, though. The Scruffy Duck’s free spin feature looks fantastic, there is only one rub: it can’t be re-triggered.
You know what, there is nothing scruffy about NetEnt’s Scruffy Duck. The gameplay is simple and clear, the regular mode wins are not fantastic but solid, the bonus feature is entertaining but not too complicated, which makes the slot a perfect pastime fun. Whether you like Duck Tales or not!