Theme of the Game
We love when developers decide to use something new and unique in their games. Whether a new mechanic, an odd theme, or just shifting around existing expectations to create something fun and different, it always helps make the slot stand out from a crowded field. Scruffy Duck brings a little bit of everything, as this 5 reel, 25 payline NetEnt game offers us Expanding Wilds and free spins, before spicing up the bonus games with additional bonuses.
Come down to the pond and witness this modern tale retelling of the Ugly Duckling story! Keep an eye out for a yellow duckling in glasses, as he presents the slot’s Wild, and he can bloom into a handsome swan thanks to the Expanding Wilds feature.
Or if you feel like wandering, you may just stumble upon three or more Scatters, with the words Free Spins written on them. Once the bonus is triggered, you can receive one of the five special features associated with the extra rounds. Increased multipliers, removing low paying symbols, colossal Wilds, random Wilds appearing all over the grid, or getting two specials at once? It’s an opportunity you can’t allow yourself to miss.
Founded in Sweden in 1996, NetEnt is one of the oldest providers of online casino software. Based on a desire to bring the high quality experience of live casinos to the internet, the company has flourished since those days and have showed no signs of stopping. With more than a few classics under their belt and a huge library of games, NetEnt is one of the first things people will associate with online slots. Each new release is a great success, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.
How To Play It
Scruffy Duck is a very simple game with a very charming visual style. The background music is very smooth and relaxing, while you drink in the cartoony symbols on the reels. The 25 paylines are fixed, but you can adjust the coin value and the amount of coins on each payline.
This means that you can play as low as $0.25 up to $250. The wide range should be pleasing to both high and low rollers alike. All wins pay left to right, and you need a minimum of three icons in a row to complete a set.
The symbols are broken down into low paying, medium paying, and special icons. The low paying tier includes gambling symbols such as J, Q, K and A drawn inside broken eggs, while the medium tier includes the Scruffy Duck’s family.
As we already mentioned, Wilds have the ability to expand to cover an entire reel, which is a great tool to change a potential loss and recover it into a solid win. It can appear both in normal gameplay and while the bonus is active.
Three or more Scatters will activate free spins. At the start of the special feature, you will activate one of five different bonuses by picking one of the ducks. It does not matter what your choice is – the awarded special feature is random. The multiplier bonus will grant you 15 free spins, and increases all your wins by a 3x multiplier. The symbol removal, as its name implies, will remove all low paying icons from the grid entirely, leaving you with only high paying symbols for 12 extra games.
Colossal Wilds award you 10 free spins, and spawns a large 2×2 or 3×3 Wild each spin anywhere on reels 2, 3 or 4. Once the colossal Wild is part of a winning combination, it will be split into 2 to 9 single Wilds. Random Wilds grants the player 8 bonus rounds, and will place between 2 to 5 Wilds across the reels each time they spin. Random Wilds are unable to expand, and they are unable to land on top of Colossal Wilds.
Finally, the Double bonus will automatically trigger two of the extra features mentioned above. The choice is random, and as a result of having two specials active at the same time, you only have 6 free spins.
If you were hoping for some life changing wins in Scruffy Duck, you are inbound for some disappointment. While the slot is fun to play and you will undoubtedly enjoy yourself, the most you can get out of a single win is 400x your total wager.
That said, between the various free spins bonuses and expanding Wilds, it is more than possible to get a decent win in. That said, for the biggest win in the game, which is $300,000, you will need to have the multiplier special feature active, and get five of the highest paying icons. Not easy, but when has the top win in any slot been easy?
In general, if you are looking to play something to relax and unwind after a long day, Scruffy Duck is probably a safe bet. The smooth music and cartoony graphics look quite nicely, and small wins still feel good. But if you were planning to play this game in efforts of turning a profit, we don’t feel it is the best choice.