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Double Stacks slot review

Added by NetEnt. Information last updated: 12/05/2020

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Tester rating:

3 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:NetEnt

Release date:09/2018

RTP:96.1%

Volatility:High

Max. win:bet x 1000

Mobile version:Support all devices

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Highlights

Stacked symbols

Multiplier

Freespins

Scatter symbols

Volatility

Themes

Riches & luxury

Classic slot

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RTP (Return to player):
96.1%
Volatility:
High
Max. win:
bet x 1000

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
41
NetEnt score (compared to other slots of supplier)
11
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Slot tester's review: Trystan Michielsen

Double Stacks takes the concept of the classic fruit machine and blasts it into the future with neon symbols, stacked reels and free spins!

Developed by NetEnt and released in 2018, Double Stacks jumps off the screen with its neon-coloured symbols, thumping soundtrack and selection of moderate but significant features. Using a standard 5-reel, 3-row playing field with 10 paylines the game stays close to the classic slot layout, however, keeping it relatable to players that enjoy those type of slots.

I am not a huge fan of the classic fruit machines because I think they’re usually simple and contrived, innovating very little if at all and making it difficult why to pick one of them over all the others. Double Stacks also falls into that trap but at least attempts to stand out with its crazy neon symbols.

While the symbols are still the usual fruit machine variation they are all turned up to 11, with colours that almost shone off the screen. Not only that but the entire game is designed to amplify this idea. When getting the free spins mode the reels disappear and a stylish text screen appears, flashing the letter FREE SPINS on the screen before switching to the actual feature.

Meanwhile, there is a low-energy techno song playing in the background while the reels spin. Triggering the free spins mode switches it to an upbeat tempo with a thumping bass as the free spins go. Really got the blood flowing as the wins kept stacking up!

Symbols

All the symbols in the game are based on classic fruit symbols. The twist the artists gave it was the neon hue to them, making them almost literally shine. Even little details like the glow touching the textures behind them enhance the idea they’re shining bright.

The symbols are from highest to lowest:

  • Scatter: Get 3 or more on the screen at the same time to trigger the Free Spins mode. Get up to 30 free spins with 5 scatter symbols.
  • Wild: Wild symbols substitute all other symbols in the game except the Scatter Symbols.
  • Diamond: Max. 1,000 coins with ten-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • 7: Max. 500 coins with ten-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • BAR: Max. 250 coins with ten-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Bell: Max. 100 coins with ten-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Cherry: Max. 60 coins with nine-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Plum: Max. 60 coins with nine-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Lemon: Max. 60 coins with nine-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Watermelon: Max. 60 coins with nine-of-a-kind on a winning payline.

A special feature that I’ll discuss later is the Double Stacks feature, which causes all stacked symbols to double up. This means they appear as two symbols on a single spot, also doubling their value.

Only the 4 highest paying symbols in the game can appear as stacked in the base game. Since Wilds can be stacked it means the fruit symbols, the lowest 4 symbols in the game, can technically have 4 reels filled with Double Stacked Wilds but have 1 reel with a single fruit symbol which is why they can only have nine-of-a-kind instead of ten-of-a-kind.

I thought all the symbols looked great. When they double up they have a small animation and getting a winning payline has the background flash. The free spins mode looks the same as the base game, unfortunately.

Features

Double Stacks doesn’t have a crazy number of features but there’s enough of them to shake up the classic fruit machine experience. In short, they are:

  • Wilds: Wilds appear on the screen and substitute all other symbols in the game except the Scatter Symbols.
  • Stacked Symbols: During the base game, the 4 highest-paying symbols can appear stacked to fill the reel.
  • Double Stacks: When a symbol appears stacked, it will automatically double itself. This means they will count as 2 symbols on a winning payline. Wilds can also be Double Stacked while in free spins mode.
  • Free Spins: Getting 3 or more Scatter symbols on the screen at the same time will trigger the free spins mode. When this happens, Stacked Wilds can appear in this mode. Getting 3 Scatter Symbols will grant 5 free spins. Additional free spins can be earned during the Free Spins mode.

The main feature in the game is obviously the Double Stacked feature. This one pops up very frequently, almost every spin in my experience. Obviously this doesn’t mean there is always a win but their regular appearance makes a larger win more likely. The listed High Volatility definitely rings true, however. Even with the Double Stacks, the game goes through your funds very quickly and it only rarely pays off.

I started playing this slot with a small bet per spin with the idea to increase it as I got a grip on how often it pays out, but I kept it small the entire time because I didn’t feel like it was worth it investing heavily. Even though the prospect of a max. win of 1,000x your bet is appealing, I felt it wasn’t quite balanced with the volatility. Luckily, the game allowed me to choose a bet between £0.10 and £200 per spin which gave a lot of wiggle room.

In Conclusion

As far as fruit machines go, NetEnt’s Double Stacks goes a long way in making it interesting for players like me. While the core gameplay sticks very close to what everyone is familiar with, the flashy looks and the added features help in keeping it interesting.

If you’re looking for a classic type slot that doesn’t stray as far from the base concept I would recommend something like Playson’s Mega Burning Wins or Inferno Star by Play ‘n GO. These slots are not as interesting to people like me, but probably appeal more to those that are looking for a classic slot experience.

I really liked the neon look of this slot and I played it longer than I probably had to just to enjoy the visuals. It is flashy and over the top and I must say I would like to see more slots deploy this type of aesthetic. The sound stayed a little too much on the background for my taste, I think a bolder and louder techno beat might have elevated the slot just a little bit more.

Overall rating:

3

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Features

Wins and bets

RTP (Return to Player):96.1%

Volatility:High

Max. win:bet x 1000

Min. bet:£0.1

Max. bet:£200

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Reels & playlines

Reels:5

Rows:3

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Max. lines:10

Min. lines:10

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Languages

You can play Double Stacks in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 21 other languages.

All supported languages:
English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Turkish, Chinese

Currencies

Double Stacks supports GBP, EUR, SEK, NOK and 33 other currencies.

All supported currencies:
GBP (£), EUR (€), SEK (kr), NOK (kr), DKK (kr), RUB (₽), CZK (Kč), USD ($), NZD ($), CAD (C$), AUD ($), ZAR (R), UAH (₴), GEL (ლ), TRY (₤), BRL (R$), CNY (¥), PEN (S/.), ARS ($), MXN ($), PLN (zł), CHF (₣), BGN (лв), HRK (Kn), HUF (Ft), RON (L), ISK (Kr), INR (₨), JPY (¥), MYR (RM), PHP (₱), SGD ($), THB (฿), TWD ($), GHS (₵), HKD ($)

Stats

Release date 09/2018
55th newest on NetEnt 772nd newest on Bojoko
RTP 96.1% 0.24% > average
119th highest on NetEnt 1,040th highest on Bojoko
Win up to 1000 x your bet
97th highest on NetEnt 1,269th highest on Bojoko
Paylines 10 50% < average
117th highest on NetEnt 1,480th highest on Bojoko
Min bet £0.1 per spin
19th lowest on NetEnt 480th lowest on Bojoko
Max bet £200 per spin
28th highest on NetEnt 320th highest on Bojoko
Rated 0 by 0 members
6th most rated on NetEnt 38th most rated on Bojoko
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Trystan Michielsen

Trystan Michielsen

Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.

When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.

Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.

Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.

A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.

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Game supplier:NetEnt

Release date:09/2018

RTP (Return to player):96.1%

Max. win:bet x 1000

Mobile version:Yes

User rating: 0
Tester rating: 3

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