Themes and Audio-Visual Design
Fairy tale themes are popular on online pokies. The chance to escape to a make-believe world is an opportunity most of us aspire to, especially when it romanticises one of our favourite fables.
The visuals in Jack and The Beanstalk are astounding, with each detail designed in 3D image styling that seems to come to life on the screen. The animations that occur from time to time are theatrical and well impressive, especially for the era it was developed in. The fact is, Jack and the Beanstalk by NetEnt would still compete with and trump some of the prettier games by other game providers today.
The sounds ensure that this animated marvel remains quirky, providing the perfect accompaniment for the adventure.
The reel symbols are the most important part of the game, for it is these symbols that land to produce winning combinations. Each symbol is perfectly designed to match the game theme. Even the generic card themed icons are designed to fit in, as they are each shaped from the leaves of the beanstalk.
The game symbols and the maximum wins that their combinations can muster from 5 symbols include:
- Jack: Pays up to 1000x the line bet
- Giants: Pay up to 750x line bet
- Goat: Pays up to 250x line bet
- Axe: Pays up to 250x line bet
- Watering Can: Pays up to 125x line bet
- A: Pays up to 100x line bet
- K: Pays up to 75x line bet
- Q: Pays up to 75x line bet
- J: Pays up to 50x line bet
- 10: Pays up to 30x line bet
The Game Logo is a Wild symbol that can substitute for all standard symbols to create winning combinations. All wins with Wilds are multiplied by 3x their normal value. The Money Chest Scatter is another special symbol that can land on the reels and will trigger the free spins round.
This is one of the most beautiful games following this storyline. The way that NetEnt has combined the visuals with clever ideas, designs, and innovations makes this game a masterpiece in our books.
The game is played over 5 reels and 20 paylines and has the potential to play out around 3,000 times the total stake per game round. With a total bet spread of between $0.20 and $100, that could see you bring in anywhere between $600 and $300,000 in the main bonus game.
The game’s RTP is a decent 96.3% and it is mated to a High Variance. High variance slots may not pay out as often as lower-risk games, but when they do pay, it is usually big amounts.
The biggest wins in this game come from the bonus features.
Walking Wilds and Re-Spins
If a Wild symbol falls on the reels, it will trigger a re-spin feature. On each spin, the Wild will progress from where it landed on the screen to the left-most reel and then off the grid, one position at a time. As it goes it will rack up wins that pay triple the normal win amount!
Free Spins and the Treasure Hunt Feature
Land 3 or more Chest scatters on the reels and trigger this feature. Jack has now climbed the beanstalk and the giant’s castle is in the background. You will be awarded 10 free spins. 5 more spins can be triggered in the game if you land 3 or more scatters again.
As the round plays out, keys will land on reel 5. Collect the keys to unlock great Wild features as you go.
- 3 Keys unlock Double Stacked Money Bag Wilds on the screen that stand two positions high.
- 6 Keys unlock Triple Stacked Golden Hen Wilds on the screen that stand 3 symbols high.
- 9 Keys unlock the Harp Wild, which is fully expanded across a reel.
All Wild wins will triple the rewards. In this feature round, you could earn up to a whopping $300,000 for the right combo!
How to play Jack and the Beanstalk
To start playing this pokie, you will need to adjust the bet to a suitable value to suit your needs.
Older NetEnt pokies do not work on a simple money vale. You will need to select the bet level (how many coins per line) you want to bet and then the value of each coin.
The highest coin value is 0.50 and the most you can bet is 10 coins on a line ($5). Over 20 paylines that equates to a max total bet of $100. An easier way to bet max bet is to press the Max Bet shortcut button. These increments may change based on the region you are playing in.
Once you have selected a bet, you can spin the reels. If you would prefer not to have to manually spin the reels each time, you can select the AutoPlay feature. Here, the game will spin the reels for you between 10 and 1000 times.
Experience Jack and the Beanstalk on Mobile
NetEnt Touch’s mobile version of the game is a little different when it comes to the controls on offer. These are simplified to declutter the smaller mobile display. The bet increments may differ from region to region.
The good news is that the game plays out with the same graphic quality, sounds, animations, and features across all platforms, thanks to the underpinning HTML5 software. No pesky downloads are needed and the game will play straight from your browser.