Jack and the Beanstalk

Summary

Jack and the Beanstalk is an online video slot from gaming masters NetEnt that retains all the magic of the original fairytale. The theme of the game is definitely nostalgic for anyone familiar with the story, but it is the free spins feature, the walking wilds and the tempting treasure collection that make this slot so enthralling.  Although you might have to trade more than magic beans to win big, a jackpot of 600,000 coins awaits those who dare to climb to the top. 

About the Developer

NetEnt are a gaming development studio with real pedigree.  They began life as a small outfit of just three people back in 1996 but soon made a mark with the online gaming community.  NetEnt’s strength is their diverse portfolio of more than 200 casino games used by operators around the world.  They cater for every imaginable taste with linked progressive jackpots and video slots ranging from Scarface and Southpark to Starburst and Finn and the Swirly Spin. 

About the Game

Jack and the Beanstalk has a rural feel to it, with vine-entwined casino numbers and playing card letters representing the lower value symbols.  Premium symbols include an axe, a watering can and a goat, in keeping with the theme.  The enchanting visuals are complimented nicely by music which is twinkling without being twee. 

Although the format of the game is fairly typical with five reels and 20 pay-lines, the charming graphics - particularly in the rendering of the nimble Jack - really give this game an edge.  However, the adventure truly begins with the features:

Walking Wilds

Walking wild symbols can appear randomly during any spin within the base game and take the form of a Jack and the Beanstalk symbol. 

When walking wilds are triggered the game awards you automatic free respins as it shifts the symbol left across the reels until it disappears.  Wilds substitute for all symbols apart from treasure chests.

Free Spin Bonus

Spin three or more treasure chests to get your hands on ten free spins, each with a 3x multiplier.  Jack will be whooshed up into the sky by the beanstalk where an enhanced game-board awaits.

Watch out for golden key symbols on reel five when walking wilds are in play.  Collecting three keys unlocks an enhanced walking wild (golden coins, a golden hen and golden harps) to super-size your wins!

The game has been created will all devices in mind and even includes the option to reduce the graphics quality if you have a slow connection. 

The Verdict

It is always a risk when game developers decide to reimagine a classic, but Jack and the Beanstalk loses nothing in its translation into a video slot game.  The animation is very accomplished, from the introduction sequence to Jack’s beanstalk ascension when the free spin bonus is triggered.  The animated sequences also lend the game an enchanting feel - particularly when Jack makes his way up the beanstalk to find his fortune.

Game rules can be found within game.

RTP: 96.30

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