Jack and the Beanstalk Pokie Game
Fairy tales and fables are solid mainstays of poker machine gaming and that should come as no surprise to players given that they offer all the benefits of a familiar storyline without the license fee that goes along with real branded action. One of the developers that really brings the tales to life on the reels is NetEnt, a company that is highly regarded for its visual style and certainly no slouch when it comes to gameplay and features either. Read on to see what’s in store when you make it to the top of the vine on Jack and the Beanstalk!
Game Type: Video Pokie
Win Lines: 20
Special Features: Walking wilds, multipliers, free spins and expanding symbols
Top Prize: 30,000 coins
Whether you’re an expert or a real pokies beginner, Jack and the Beanstalk is the ideal game to play as it is simple to set up and keep track of but boasts enough flexibility to suit absolutely any style of play. Central to this is the use of twenty win lines and while they’re fixed, you’ll soon be accustomed to how they line up as the prizes start to roll in. You can either go for an intrinsic combination of bet levels and coin values or may opt alternatively to go straight in at the top thanks to the Max Bet button which not only sets everything to the top level but will also get the reels spinning for you as well. If you have taken the time to set up the perfect bet then you’ve got the choice of the spin circle or the options that are available as part of auto play.
The Jack and the Beanstalk game logo is a symbol of note given that it serves as a wild card, but it is also useful because of the Walking Wild feature. Rather than waiting around for a special bonus round, this is something that serves to make this game’s wild one of the most valuable around thanks to triggering every time a wild lands on the board. Hit a wild and you’ll be awarded a free re-spin, with that wild card moving one position to the left. As long as there’s a wild on the board, these re-spins will continue so landing them on re-spins is just as valuable as hitting the first one.
Those re-spins may be a great party trick, but NetEnt doesn’t require players to rely on them alone for big returns. The treasure chest is always a suitable scatter symbol and in this particular case, three or more of them in view will award ten free spins. While there’s no multiplier, landing another set of three or more during free spins will add a further five spins to your total.
Finally, we come to the key symbol which may look a little out of place if you don’t know what it’s for. It appears only on the fifth reel and is essentially collected rather than forming part of winning combinations and certain totals lead to different features that impact on the wild cards. Three keys I hand will cause any Walking Wild to become a double stack of symbols, while six will cause any walking wild to be replaced by a stack of three.
Game Culture’s Opinion
From the storyline, plus the graphics that go hand in hand with it, to the great features, Jack and the Beanstalk offers something for everyone. Twenty win lines may not be the magic number on pokies any more but it feels just right on this game, especially with the inclusion of Walking Wilds that mean that even extended periods without reaching the bonus game can still be highly lucrative.