A sequel to the very popular Jack Hammer slot, Jack Hammer 2: Fishy Business shows the titular hero taking on a supervillain who's one part human, one part crab. Yes, you did read that right – you can't say that the creators of this slot don't have vivid imaginations!
But, with a jackpot of close to 1 million coins, we're sure that most players will have no problem jumping on board with the game's offbeat theme. You'll also be glad to know that the vast majority of the original Jack Hammer's positive features, if you've ever encountered them before, have made it into the sequel.
Like the first Jack Hammer slot, Jack Hammer 2 is a comic book themed game with a large jackpot (Jack Hammer 2's is even bigger than the original's), lots of paylines and several neat features to help players maximize their wins.
Its bonus round isn't quite as lucrative as the original, probably because this game has a larger maximum jackpot and can't afford to give away as much elsewhere, but it's still a very worthy follow-up the first game in the series.
Like with the original title, you'll probably either love or hate the comic book style visuals. There's not much we can say to change your opinion on that, but we will say that there's enough here to keep players who may find themselves fairly ambivalent towards the game's visual style interested.
Jack Hammer 2 retains the impressive range of bets offered by its predecessor: you can bet a few cents per spin all the way through to a couple of hundred dollars. Whatever the size of your bankroll, there's bound to be a bet that suits you!
Maybe it's just the cinematic intro that sets up a storyline (complete with muscled goons and a damsel in distress!), but we definitely found ourselves drawn in more by Jack Hammer 2 than the first instalment of the series.
The game's graphics, while similar, are definitely an upgrade on the first Jack Hammer and we think it's strange that you'll find Jack Hammer 2's predecessor more readily available in online casinos; you might have to look a little bit harder to find this one.
There are plenty of extra features to keep the game interesting while you play, but by far the best of these is the bonus round with its free spins, random wilds and 2x multiplier. 5 or more free spin symbols trigger a bonus round, with 10 free spins for 5 symbols but a huge 20 free spins if you land 8 or more free spin symbols. Of course, landing 8 scatters is a pretty big ask...
Probably the best thing about the bonus round is the fact that random wilds, symbolising a good old-fashioned comic book fight (BIFF! POW!) between Don Crabby and Jack Hammer will sometimes appear to enhance your wins.
The game boasts the same Sticky Wins feature as the first game in the series, and that's something we're very glad about. Every time a player lands a win, winning symbols are frozen in place and the other reels re-spin in the hope of landing extra wins.
The feature is a little difficult to explain, but it's one that players will love – it effectively means that you can end up getting several spins for the price of one, which can help you to stretch your bankroll that extra bit further and ultimately turn small wins into much larger ones.
As we mentioned above, the game's maximum jackpot is an enormous 990,000 coins. It'll be difficult for you to find anything higher than this without looking towards progressive titles, which obviously come with an element of risk that's absent from non-progressive games.
When you're playing progressive games, there's always the chance that you'll win before the jackpot has had a chance to build up to staggering heights. You know what you're going to get when you're chasing a standard jackpot, which is one reason why some players prefer them to progressives.
With a maximum coin size of 0.50, Jack Hammer 2's maximum jackpot stands at close to half a million dollars. Not bad, eh? You can afford plenty of trench coats and cups of coffee for stakeouts with a jackpot like this, and we're sure that most of our readers would be more than happy with a payout on this sort of level! All in a day's work for Mr Jack Hammer.
We'll be totally honest – our opinion of Jack Hammer 2 is probably slightly skewed by the fact that we had a huge win and doubled our original bankroll just a few spins after sitting down to take the game for a test drive. Had we been playing on a typical night, rather than for the purposes of a review, we'd probably have cashed out right there and then!
However, the fact that we were able to continue playing AND enjoy the game after this speaks volumes about Jack Hammer 2. The game certainly appears very similar to the original Jack Hammer, but there's something more engaging about the sequel in terms of gameplay.
If you enjoy playing the first Jack Hammer, you'll undoubtedly also enjoy Jack Hammer 2. It does feel like the focus is more on chasing an even larger jackpot here, which might feel unnecessary given the fact that the first Jack Hammer already has a big maximum prize.
We're sure you'll find out which one is your favourite after spending a little time playing each!