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Scruffy Duck is a video slot developed by NetEnt which offers a 5x3 reel set and 25 lines, fixed. There aren’t that many slots about ducks, we have to admit. All sorts of other animals, yes, but ducks? Touché, NetEnt, for thinking of the yet unexploited world of duck communities.
Forget the Ugly Duckling and meet Scruffy Duck, a cartoon hero duck and his friends from the pond. The design of the game was done in a style of a children’s book and features bright colours and neat animations.
The game is set in a pond with frogs, lotus flowers and ducks. An occasional swan may pop up, but more about that later. The basic paytable includes low-value duck eggs containing letters A, K, J, and Q. High payouts are given to character symbols of a kid duck, a teenage duck, mama duck and papa duck. It appears to be a happy duck family. Scruffy duck appears as the Wild and becomes a handsome swan when it expands. The Expanding Wild feature works every time the Wilds replaces a base game icon and kicks off a winning combo. The Wild expands to cover the entire reel it landed on and increases the win possibilities.
Still, the main feature in Scruffy Duck slot is the Free Spins round which comes with 5 ‘in-feature’ features. You need 3 Scatter symbols (a red ribbon with Free Spins written on it) to trigger the Free Spins mode; they are required to land on reels 3, 4 and 5. Then, you will choose a duck which will pick a feature for you, one of five options available. The first one is the Multiplier feature which awards 15 free spins with a 3x multiplier. The second option is the Symbol Removal which awards 12 freebies. All low-value symbols are removed from the reel grid.
The remaining features are Colossal Wild, Random Wild and Double feature. Colossal Wilds comes with 10 free spins and 2×2 or 3×3 Colossal Wilds on the middle reels.
You can see the whole Colossal Wild or only a part of it; when it helps create a winning combo it will divide into single Wilds (2-9 individual Wilds). In the Random Wild feature the player gets 8 free spins with several random Wilds added to the grid. The number of random Wilds ranges from 2 to 5. They don’t have the ability to expand, but they are added to every free spin. Finally, the Double feature awards 6 free spins and includes two of the mentioned features into the round. That’s plenty of ways to win and to have fun with cartoon ducks!
Scruffy Duck is a medium-variance slot with a return no player of 96.6%. The game’s non-progressive jackpot of 300,000 coins counts as another plus, aside from entertaining features and pristine graphics. Why the Cartoon-like style and childish vibe? Maybe NetEnt wants to appeal to a young generation of gamblers? A well-made game like this one will attract gamers which are well out their kid’s shoes, too.