Before we get onto the game that is the Scruffy Duck slot from NetEnt, can we just talk ducks for a second or two?
Aside from other wombats, these feathery dudes are our favourite animals and did you know in Australia we have 12 different species? Which for an arid old country like Oz comes as something of a surprise.
In fact, this wombat’s favourite duck is called the Wandering Whistling Duck. What’s weird though is that this duck doesn’t really wander, nor he does he really whistle all that much either… Those zoologists are a funny lot. Anyway, enough of the ornithology and onto the slot!
Get Your Specs On
Meet bespectacled geek Scruffy Duck and his cartoon Duck family. You might be thinking that NetEnt (the people behind the Neon Staxx slot) have taken on The Ugly Duckling story by Hans Christensen Anderson and turned it into a first rate comedy slot.
Watch out for the Wild Symbol
And you’d be right! You remember the tale, where the sad ugly duckling transforms into a handsome swan? Well this time the cheeky cygnet in question is called Scruffy, and as the slot’s Wild Symbol he expands on your reels while shedding his unkempt feathers to give you winning combos.
But will you take to this game like a duck to water Wombat Fans?
Or will it simply ruffle your feathers? Let’s spin and see!
Look and Feel
‘Oh won’t you take me to, Ducky Pond!’ For starters this wombat loves the upbeat funky soundtrack that really lets loose in the Free Spins round. NetEnt do some great cartoon games (the Copy Cats slot comes to mind). and this one is set on a lake complete with lily pads and croaking frogs and dragon flies buzzing across the screen.
A Good Lookin’ Toon Slot
Make no mistake, this isn’t a 3D graphic fest as the game looks like a low-key kids cartoon – but we love it! It’s reminds us of watching the Pink Panther as mini Wombats.
Scruffy Duck slot is made up of 5 reels, 3 rows and has a very generous 25 pay lines. Your symbols on the reels include 4 different members of the Duck Family: Business Dad Duck with his mobile phone, Mum Duck who wears red-framed specs, sports a blonde quiff and is holding a present, teenage Duck in a baseball cap, shades and clutching a ghetto blaster, and Baby Duck who is the one with a lollipop.
Dad on the Phone Brings Home the Bacon
Meanwhile your low value symbols are made up of the usual playing cards J, Q, K & A popping out of duck egg shells. The highest value symbol is the Dad Duck with his mobile phone – land 5x of these bad boys and you’ll scoop a cool 400 coins.
Bets start at 0.01 and go up to 1.00 per spin – which is a good range in our opinion, and the bet level goes from 1 to 10. Now, you need to make sure you get this right Wombats fans or you could wager way more cash than you intend to.
Let us explain: If the bet level is 10.00 and the coin value is 1.00 your average bet per spin will be 250.00. With a bankroll of 20.00, a coin value of 0.02 and a bet level of 1.00 your average bet per spin is 0.50. See? So it’s worth keeping an eye on these…
Your Wild in game is Scruffy Duck himself. He’ll substitute for all other symbols on the reels and he’ll also turn into a rather handsome swan at the same time. Quack quack. They do a good cartoon slot NetEnt, don’t they? The Fisticuffs slot machine also comes to mind, but I digress- let’s get back to my favourite creatures, the ducks.
The Scruffy Duck Wild icon will appear in both the base game and Free Spins feature, and can expand across ALL 5 reels in this slot – as Scruffy himself turns into a beautiful elegant swan when he becomes part of a winning combo. This makes a nice change as in many games you’ll only find Expanded Wilds on the middle 3 reels. It’s also really rather lucrative wombat fans…
Scruffy Duck Free Spins!
Land 3x of the ‘Free Games’ Scatter symbols and you’ll set off the dizzy business. You’ll be transported to a tranquil pond here you’ll be given the choice of picking from 1 of 6 upturned ducks. Your chosen Duck will reveal one of the following 5 cool bonuses (yes that’s right we said 5) that will come into play during the Free Spins round:
Here Come the Spins, Get Your Ducks in a Row
The 1st offers us 15 Free Spins with a 3x Multiple on all of your wins. Nice!
The 2nd is a Symbol Removal game, that gives you 12 free spins but with the lower value icons removed. During this round, the reels will only spin with the higher value Duck icons on the reels.
The 3rd bonus on offer is the Colossal Wild feature. Here you can expect to receive 10 free spins with 2×2 or 3×3 Colossal Wilds landing on reels 2, 3 and 4. To form a win, the Colossal Wild is displayed partially or fully and can split into 2 to 9 single wilds. So you know what this means… MEGA PAYOUTS!
The 4th game is the Random Wilds. It will give you 8 free spins with 2 to 5 random wilds that can appear anywhere on every single spin. Although it’s worth noting Wombat fans, that in this bonus they don’t become all swan-like and expand. Boo.
Finally, the 5th Free Spins option is the Double Feature. Here, 2 of the other features will be randomly chosen for you and used together and you’ll be given be 6 Free Spins. The hefty payouts will really be headed your way if the 3×3 Colossal wild expands on the 1st and 5th reels during this feature. Good luck!
Scruffy Duck slot has the perfect mix of fun and cool features, and this wombat is also a big fan of the slick cartoon graphics. The game has the potential to pay out very nicely, and the variety of bonus features makes it a lucrative little slot.
As medium variance, your base game wins come quite often, however we did find it pretty tricky to set off the free spins, so you may have to exercise a bit of patience Wombat fans. That said, it’s still a thumbs up from us!
Wombat score 4/5
Scruffy Duck FAQs
- How many free spins do you get in the Scruffy Duck slot bonus round?
When you trigger the free spins, you get to choose between 5 different bonuses. If you pick the Multiplier feature, you’ll get 15 free spins with a x3 multiplier.
- Can you re-trigger the free spins?
Unfortunately, no, you cannot re-trigger the free spins in Scruffy Duck.
- How often do the free spins trigger?
If you average it out over many players and sessions, the ratio is about once in 140 spins. You could hit them earlier if you’re lucky of course.
- Can I play the Scruffy Duck slot for free?
Yes you can, but you will need to register at Wombat Casino first. Once you are signed in, you will be able to access all of our demo games.