Jack and the Beanstalk is a five-reel, three-row slot game from NetEnt, based on the familiar children’s story. The 3D backdrop and reel symbols are drawn in fine detail; with a cartoony feel enhanced by constant birdsong.
The wood-framed reels hang between Jack’s tumbledown house and a tree on his farm, with birds and butterflies drifting past at random, and Jack popping out of the house to acknowledge good wins.
There are 20 fixed pay lines, but players can adjust their Jack and the Beanstalk bets per line from 1 to 500 coins. The Auto Play function is extensive, allowing players to set up to 1,000 auto spins.
Clever Symbols Related to the Theme
All the Jack and the Beanstalk game symbols are related to the theme. Even the five low-value Poker symbols, 10 to A, are designed in a curly Gothic script, fashioned from beanstalk leaves. All the ordinary symbols require three-of-a-kind matches or better on a pay line, in unbroken succession from the leftmost reel, to win prizes. Top prize among the Poker symbols is 100 coins for five As.
There are five high-value icons: a battered watering can, a sharp axe, an unimpressed goat, the two-headed giant, and Jack, the hero. Three watering cans win 8 coins, with prize values increasing for more matches as well as higher-value symbols, although the axe and the goat win equal-value prizes. In ascending order, for five of a kind these symbols win 125, 250, 250, 750 or 1,000 coins, respectively.
Walking Wild Gives Automatic Re-Spins
The Wild is the Jack and the Beanstalk logo, and when it substitutes for any of the above mentioned ordinary symbols to form winning combos, the wins it forms part of are multiplied by X3.
Whenever one or more Wilds appear, they also trigger a re-spin, accompanied by jaunty music. For each re-spin, the Wild symbol will move one reel left in the same row, triggering consecutive re-spins until the Wild moves off the reels completely.
During the bonus free spins round, extra Wilds are added to the reels progressively, to boost wins even more.
Chest of Beans the Scatter
Again staying faithful to its theme, the Jack and the Beanstalk Scatter is an ornate chest of glowing magic beans. Three or more Scatters in any position trigger a bonus round of 10 free spins, and three more Scatters during the bonus round will add additional 5 free spins.
When the bonus round is triggered, the soaring beanstalk carries Jack to a new screen, in the clouds in front of the giant’s castle. The free spins take place against this backdrop, with an extra key icon now added to Reel 5.
Whenever it appears, it moves the game another step closer to an extra Wild. Three keys unlock a Money Bags Wild that appears in stacks of two, six keys unlock the Golden Hen Wild that stacks in threes, and nine keys unlock the expanding Singing Golden Harp Wild, which also covers all three windows on the reel.
All these Wilds trigger re-spins as they walk left, as with the ordinary Wild, while applying the multiplier to the wins, leading to some nice prizes.