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Jack Hammer is a quieter slot; there is hardly any introductory clip and ambience music. However, the audio effects are as good as its sequel as NetEnt has left them unaltered. Jack Hammer is just a slot based on the theme of a private eye saving a city from a crazy doctor; there is nothing movie-like about it.
The reels are populated with symbols of villains, the private eye, poison vials, women on the verge of getting murdered, newspapers, and so on, all set against the backdrop of a city.
The top fixed payouts are slightly better than those of Jack Hammer 2. A combination of five Jack Hammer symbols yields the top fixed jackpot of 1000 coins. The second biggest jackpot is only 300, and players can win it by spinning a combination of five Villain symbols.
The only way to win some of the 250,000 coins the slot promises is by activating the Sticky Wins feature and the Free Spins Round, but this is easier said than done. Having played both Jack Hammer and its sequel, I feel that Jack Hammer is more reluctant to yield payouts. You will have to spend a considerable portion of your bankroll and spin the reels several times to activate a Sticky Win. Although the free spins round comes with tripled wins, you need to land at least five Free Spin symbols anywhere on the reels to enjoy this feature, and for this, you have to be very lucky.
The slot’s Sticky Win feature gets activated as soon as you spin a winning combination. The symbols in the combination are then held while the reels are re-spun to give you a chance to win a bigger payout.
To unlock the free spins, you need to get at least five Free Spin symbols on the reels. If you land 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9 – 15 Free Spin symbols, you will win 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 free spins, respectively. All free spin wins are multiplied by three.
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If you must play Jack Hammer, go for its sequel Jack Hammer 2: Fishy Business. You can win up to 990,000 coins there and enjoy extra features such as random wilds during the free spins. If you want to play Jack Hammer, you must play it only for old times’ sake, to remember those days in which Jack Hammer was very popular and there was no sequel to compare it with, since there has come a better alternative to the market since then.