In the world of online slots, pretty much every theme imaginable is covered in some way or another. Historical periods, geographical regions, legends and myths – you name it, there’s a slot built around it. So for this post, we thought we’d look at a couple of slots based around…yes, you guessed it – ducks! One being based on an iconic old-school cartoon, the other being an original all of its own. But which of the two makes the best choice for your time and money?
For anyone familiar with Count Duckula, it really needs no introduction or explanation. One of the most surreal, bizarre and hilarious cartoons of all time, Count Duckula has finally been made into a slot by Bluepringt Gaming. What they’ve come up with is a five-reel slot with 20 to 40 paylines, with spins costing anything from 20p to £500 each. The action takes place in a graveyard, right at the heart of a world populated with rather nasty vampire ducks…of course!
Everything about Count Duckula looks great – perfectly replicating the gorgeousness and fun of the cartoon from way back when. All the characters are out in force, while Count Duckula himself serves as the highest paying symbols – five in a row on any payline being worth 500X your bet. The stake through the heart symbol is the wild and can also score you 500 coins.
There are four bonus features that can kick-start at any time during normal play, which occur when Duckula, Igor or Nanny appear on-screen and do their business.
The Count Duckula Wilds feature sees a bunch of new wilds added to the reels for one re-spin, while the Igor Mystery Potion feature also see mystery symbols added to the reels for an extra spin. Meanwhile, the Nanny Colossal Spin feature results in a 3X3 Colossal Wild symbol making its way onto the reels, while finally the Count Duckula Winged Win Spin feature sees the man (or duck) himself remove standard symbols and replace them with jackpot symbols.
All great, but the real action takes place in the Duckula Wall of Fame, which can be accessed by landing at least three count Duckula bonus symbols in any position. This will then open up one of SIX epic features, which look a little like this:
The Tombstone Bonus feature is a pick-me round, where gravestones hide a bunch of cash prizes. Then there’s the Ancestor Pick Me Bonus feature, which again is a pick-me round this time involving pictures on the wall of the castle that can take you to the Super Bonus round. Next up comes the Dr Von Goosewing Free Spins feature, where all wilds become sticky and you’ll be given 10 free spins.
Moving on, the Wild Heart Free Spins feature gives you 40 paylines to play for with 10 free spins, while Count Duckula’s Big Money Bonus feature gives you the chance to spin a money wheels for generous multipliers. Last up, the Rapid Fire Cashpot feature is one of the game’s jackpots, with the prize available being indicated throughout the game by a ketchup bottle at the side of the screen. The more full the bottle is, the more likely you are to trigger the bonus and walk away with a tasty cash prize.
As you can no doubt see, Count Duckula is absolutely bursting at the seams with fun, laughter and a huge array of bonus features. If you liked the cartoon, it might just turn out to be the slot you’ve been waiting for all these years. But even if you’ve no idea who or what Count Duckula is, there’s still more than enough going on to keep you coming back, time and time again.
On a slightly different end of the duck spectrum…if such a spectrum exists…Scruffy Duck comes courtesy of the folks at Net Entertainment and isn’t nearly as spooky as its counterpart detailed above. In this instance, we’re looking at a five-reel, 25 payline slot with spins on offer from 25p to £250 and full mobile compatibility.
This time, the action takes place in the kind of environment you’d be more likely to associate ducks with – a peaceful lake with more than its fair share of frogs, friends and lily pads. There are four ducks that make an appearance on the symbols, carrying interesting objects like lollipops, gifts and mobile phones (?). Actually, the phone-toting duck is the highest paying on the board, worth a full 400 coins if you land five in a row.
Quirky it all may be, but there are no less than five features within the free spins feature that can be triggered, in order to keep the action interesting.
The multiplier feature means a 3X multiplier throughout a full 15 free spins, while the symbol remove feature sees high-value symbols replace lower-value symbols for 12 free spins. The colossal wild feature adds a 2X2 or 3X3 wild to the board for 10 free spins, while the random wild feature brings up to five additional wilds into play for eight free spins. Last up, the double feature gives out six free spins along with a random selection of TWO of the features detailed above.
Best of all, any wilds that emerge while playing with free spins expand to cover the whole reel – excellent prizes pretty much guaranteed!
Scruffy Duck is a wonderfully simple and light-hearted slot, with prizes going as high as 1,200X your bet. It may not have the same long-term repeat-play appeal as Duckula, but it’s still more than worth checking out and spending a little time with at least.