Scruffy Duck Basic Information:
Ducks are great for many things. Eating, looking at, feeding bread to, covering the bottom layer of a pong in duck leavings, smashing through glass windows at dinner time, frightening the entire family – ducks are an extremely capable animal. Does their brilliance translate into the world of online pokies? Well, that is what our review of Scruffy Duck aims 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 Scruffy Duck is no exception. This game was released on the 13th of January, 2017.
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.
Scruffy Duck comes with a total of 25 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 25
- The maximum coins bet sits at 250
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 1.00
- The return to player offered by this game is 96.38%, which is around average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a small menu which is split into three options. These are as follows:
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.
- 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
Scruffy Duck 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.
The game can also be muted by simply toggling the sound button located on the lower right of the game main screen.
While this game does not appear to be based on any pre-existing property the influence here is clear. If you've ever seen Donald Duck or one of his nephews running around and getting into trouble then the look of the character in this game will be immediately familiar. Just different enough to avoid any problems with copyright laws, which is very important when it comes to pokies.
Other Features and Bonuses
The expanding wild symbol in Scruffy Duck comes in the form of a Scruffy Duck set against a blue background. These can appear in both regular and free spins. They can substitute for any symbol except the free spins symbol. These will automatically expand to cover the entire reel when they result in a win.
The free spins symbol in this game comes in the form of a Free Spins banner, fancy that! These can only appear on reels 3,4 and 5 in the main game. Gaining 3 of these on a single spin activates the free spins bonus game.
The free spins game in Scruffy Duck is won when the player gains three or more free spin symbols in a single spin.
During this game one of the five main features is activated randomly. These rules listed in the image above details exactly how many free spins the player will get, and which bonus feature they run. The total amount which will be used as a base bet for this game is taken from the quantity which was bet in the round in which free spins were won.
The multiple feature gives 15 free spins when won. This also gives a 3x multiplier on all wins during its free spins session.
The symbol remove feature gives 12 free spins when won. In this game mode there are no low wins symbols including during this free spins session.
The colossal wild feature comes with 10 free spins when won. This also gives access to a colossal wild, which can appear on reels 2,3 and 4. This is either a 2×2 or 3×3 wild.
The random wild feature comes with 8 free spins when won. During this free spins game the player will be gifted 2 to 5 random wild on each spin, after the reels have stopped spinning.
Finally we have the double feature, which comes with 6 free spins when won. With this feature it is possible for two of the other features to be randomly triggered in any period during this free spins session.
The player also gains additional wild symbols when in free spins. These all operate according to previously established rules, and appear as shown above.
How to Play:
Basic play for Scruffy Duck 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:
Scruffy Duck is a game which has been designed by a team apparently quite familiar with cartoons and that style of animation. Everything within this pokie is extremely well suited to a theme which is rather odd, when you really look at it. This is not a bad thing, as we could also use some more variety in slot machine games, and it gives something to players tired of constant jungles. Everything from the symbols themselves to the backgrounds and animations fits this theme well, though there could be a little bit more attention given to the animations of the winning duck symbols. This look is achieved mostly through a collection of greens and blues, placed against a background of a pond. While this makes sense for ducks it is a little bit odd given that the ducks in these games appear to be fully educated.
When it comes to usability there are also no real issues here. While the game does suffer from a slight problem in that it does not offer any graphics settings this is relatively minor, as the game does perform well on older or less powerful machines. Everything else here runs well and as expected. The game itself is fast and responsive, with no issues arising with reliability in all the time which we spent with the game.
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 Scruffy Duck there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
A great game, though one who's look might not appeal to everyone. This is a high quality creation, with the team at NetEnt really bringing their A-game for this one. The bonus structure of this game is one which we find especially rewarding, as it has multiple types of free-spins with multiple bonuses, which can even be doubled up in the right circumstances. Don't let the cartoonish look instantly turn you off for this one, it has a lot to offer. This is a game which we can absolutely recommend to anyone looking to try out something new.
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