NextGen Gaming has launched a new slot titled Jack’s Beanstalk, seemingly positioned to contend with NetEnt’s Jack and the Beanstalk. Can it hold its own? With features like Magic Beans and Golden Eggs, this game is set to be a good one. To give you a quick taster of the game: the Magic Beans sprout into a Beanstalk of Wild Symbols and increases your chances of winnings. Intrigued yet? Read on.
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|Release Date||October 2015|
|Casino||William Hill Casino|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||95.55%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 25 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||25p – £50|
|Free Spins||Up to 15 free spins|
|Features||Upwild feature, Gamble feature, Golden Egg|
|Pros||Fun Golden Egg and Upwild features|
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Jack’s Beanstalk is set in the regular 5×3 reel layout. There are 25 fixed paylines and the minimum stake is 25p per spin. If you’re feeling slightly more ambitious, feel free to up the stake. Jack’s Beanstalk accepts up to £50 per spin.
The symbols match the theme perfectly. You’ll find Jack (the highest value symbol), the Giant, the Giant’s castle, the golden harp and the axe that Jack used in the fairytale to chop down the magic beanstalk. I enjoyed recognizing these symbols from the fairytale I grew up with as a child!
The paytable in Jack’s Beanstalk is standard fare. The biggest win stands at 2,500! It is triggered with five Jack symbols. Meanwhile, the more common wins range from about 5 to 20 times your wager. I’d call this a medium volatility slot with a good mix between big wins and small ones.
There is also a Gamble Feature after every win. Simply hit the “Gamble” button. You’ll then select a colour and suit to gamble on. The win is doubled if your choice of colour is correct, and quadrupled if your suit choice is correct. It was a thrill, as I gambled my winnings up to 5 times!
NextGen Gaming has introduced a unique feature in this game called UpWild. When a Magic Bean symbol lands on reels 2, 3 or 4, then three free games are awarded. If you are lucky enough to find more than one Magic Bean, you’ll be rewarded accordingly.
During the Free Spins mode, the Magic Bean grows into a Wild Beanstalk. As beanstalks do, this Wild Beanstalk sprouts from the bottom of the reel and slowly covers the entire reel. During the first free spin, the beanstalk stands at the height of one symbol; three spins later, the reel is three symbols tall!
Three spins later, the beanstalk disappears. Each position that the bean stalk occupies functions as a Wild symbol. Since Wild symbols substitute any other symbol to complete winning paylines, this is a very profitable situation.
It is possible to grow multiple beanstalks at a time. This is done by scoring additional Magic Beans on other reels. The free spins counter then resets to three and the Magic Bean starts growing.
The second feature in Jack’s Beanstalk is a “pick one of three” feature called Golden Egg. This feature is triggered when you score three Golden Egg symbols anywhere on the reels. Players are then invited to pick one of three golden goose eggs to reveal cash prizes. Mind you, these eggs can hold 25x to 2500x multiplier at a time! Gold eggs indeed.
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Jack’s Beanstalk brings to life our old childhood fairytale. I loved the vibrant colours, hilarious cartoony characters and upbeat music. Since the game is programmed by NextGen Gaming, you can trust that it runs well on all platforms without a glitch. I played the game on both my smartphone and laptop, and enjoyed the game on both. The game’s random number generator is also verified for fairness.
Slot developers are running through themes faster than the world can think of new ones. Every story, fairytale and myth has been exhausted. In fact, the same fairytale, Jack and The Beanstalk has already been produced by NetEnt. Despite that, NextGen Gaming managed to pull this one off. The Wild Beanstalk is a really imaginative take at combining slots with the original plot.
NextGen Gaming has produced a solid, noteworthy game. The game could have been lived out a bit further. I can imagine a good bonus game with the grumpy giant. However, the existing bonus features are easy enough to unlock and good fun to play with. The Wild Beanstalk results in some good payouts too. If you grew up with this story and get a kick out of the theme, I’m sure you’ll find the game quite enjoyable.