Video Slot review - Jack and the Beanstalk - NetEnt
‘Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman.’ Yes, giant ogre, you are right! NetEnt has created this fairy-tale based slot game about Jack and the Beanstalk to add to their repertoire of game favourites, just like our own Huggehug.
This 5x3 reel, medium to high volatile NetEnt game is perfect for those who like slot games with a theme. With a 96.3% RTP, your aim in this game is probably to spin your way until you can finally chop off the beanstalk and live happily ever after.
Jack and the Beanstalk follow the main protagonist’s adventure as he tries to flee from the giant ogre who wants to have him for dinner. Even though Jack stole from the ogre, who would you rather help? Jack, the poor boy trying to help his mother become rich? Or the giant ogre who likes to eat little English boys for dinner?
Design and Symbols
The highest paying symbol in Jack and the Beanstalk is Jack himself, with 1000 coins for 5 of his kind. The lowest paying symbol is the 10, with 30 coins for 5 of its kind. Symbols vary from A to J, 10, the bucket, Jack himself, the axe, the goat and the 2-headed ogre.
As for music, the birds chirping in the background reminds us of other fairy-tales, more than Jack and the Beanstalk. However, the upbeat and mystical kind of tune fits right into this ‘fee-fi-fo-fum’ online slot.
When it comes to things to do, Jack and the Beanstalk has a bunch of special features, but with fairly low hit frequency. You may think that once it hits, you’re about to win big, but don’t get your hopes up, as not everyone is as lucky. Sometimes, even when activating the second or even third special feature during free-spins, you might not hit as high as you thought.
The Walking Wild Feature
When a wild appears on both the base game and the free spins round, that wild turns into a walking wild. For every win made with this walking wild, the win is multiplied by 3. If more wilds appear during this re-spin, the feature will continue till no more wilds can be seen on your reels. The walking wild will always move one step to the left, potentially awarding you more wins, until it disappears completely.
Free Spins Feature
Three scatter symbols appearing anywhere on your reel will award you 10 free spins. If you get another three scatter symbols during your free spins round, you are awarded an additional five free spins. During this round, you can get several re-spins once a wild appears and turns into a walking wild.
During the Free Spins round, key symbols that appear on reel five will unlock the following wild features:
Two Stacked Money Bags
Collect three key symbols, and the next wild appearing on your reel becomes a stacked wild of two money bag symbols. Any wild appearing on your reel will become a walking wild and will give you a number of additional free spins until the walking wild is nowhere in sight.
Three Stacked Golden Hens
Gather six key symbols and the next wild will be a stacked wild of three golden hen symbols. The more key symbols you get, the greater your chance of winning.
Expanding Golden Harps
After nine key symbols, the next wild will be an expanding wild with a golden harp symbol. This expands to cover the entire reel and shifts for a bigger chance of winning.
Our Thoughts on Jack and the Beanstalk
We noticed that some people had quite the hard time reaching the high pay-outs of the special features. However, there were still some of us who had some real luck in Jack and the Beanstalk, especially during the Free Spins round where things got quite interesting. The game does get a little childish after a while, so if you are looking for something a bit more mature to play, you might want to stay away from this online slot.