2018 in many ways was a bit of a letdown for NetEnt, as the Swedish game developer saw a bit of a slowdown in terms of game releases as well as fiscal performance. This led to the head of the company being given the boot and replaced with a new executive who said that their focus for 2019 and beyond was going to be developing more games. The Double Stacks slot is one of those games that came out in 2018 and brings a classic slot machine look and feel to it. While the game looks sharp, it's an underwhelming experience, at least in my eyes.
Double Stacks is a 5 reel, 10 payline video slot that has a classic look that is mixed with a modern video slot. The game's symbols are all classic, and include watermelons, lemons, plums, cherries, bells, bars, 7s, diamonds, stars and a self-titled scatter. The images are done with a bright style that is clean and are backset by a simplistic background that has some light moving across it.
Features in Double Stacks are more or less what you'd come to expect from a standard video slot and include double symbols, scatters, wilds, free spins, stacked symbols, and stacked wilds. The features along with the 10 paylines combine to give Double Stacks a posted return to player (RTP) percentage of 96.1%, which is more or less what we've come to expect from slots these days.
The overall experience with Double Stacks is decent, if somewhat "meh" when it comes to playing the thing. The game just seems kind of sterile, and the lack of ambience makes the game tire quickly for me, and it's just made worse as you hit dry spells where you don't win big. What I will say though, is that there aren't too many long dry spells, as you're going to get some type of bonus aspect to augment the reels.
If you want to play this game on the go, you can do so on your smartphone or tablet, as Double Stacks has built in mobile compatibility, as do all new NetEnt slots. Of course, the game is native to desktop computers, and it plays just fine through your internet browser.
Players who're fans of classic styled video slots will likely find a lot to like with Double Stacks, but others who like things with a bit more "oompf" to them are likely better off looking elsewhere.