Jack and the Beanstalk Slot
The classic kid’s story of Jack and the Beanstalk gets a digital revival with the Jack’s Beanstalk, a casino game the features many of the same classic characters as the original fairytale. Nextgen has turned childhood memories into an adult slots game that combines plenty of entertaining features with a touch of nostalgia.
The dynamic 3D graphics are brightly colored, with a background screen that recreates the giant’s lofty castle and curling vines that remind players that they’re high in the sky (even if they’re playing from the comfort of their own homes). From the Golden Egg to the climbing beanstalk in the Upwild Feature, there are surprises galore and lots of whimsical reasons to keep on spinning.
Playing the Jack’s Beanstalk Slot
Jack’s Beanstalk is a 5-reel slot game with 3 rows, 20 set bet lines, and 25 different possible pay lines. The minimum bet is 2 cents per line for a 50c total bet and the max is $4 per line for a total bet of $100, making this slot a good choice for both penny bettors and high rollers. Players can change their bet by using the small red and blue arrows on the left-hand side of the slot screen.
Each spin begins when the player clicks on the shiny green and gold play button on the right-hand side of the slot screen. Clicking on the autoplay button to the left of the play button allows users to adjust autoplay settings to include up to 100 spins without having to continually re-bet. Max autoplay is 100 spins. This is especially convenient for players who want to kick back and watch the handsome Jack chase his fortune without having to constantly click for more spins.
There are 10 symbols that appear on the Jack’s Beanstalk reels and help determine possible payouts. Jack is a stylishly dressed guy with a purple hat. He’s also the highest possible payout. Jack is joined by the giant, the giant’s house, the golden harp, an ax, and the five highest playing card symbols (10 through ace). Each symbol is beautifully drawn and gleaming with sparkling accent marks in line with the game’s golden theme.
Wins are automatically calculated and displayed both as per-line wins and as a total amount at the bottom of the slot screen under “WIN.” The player’s total balance is displayed to the right.
Bonus Rounds and Wilds
Three golden eggs on any bet line triggers the Golden Egg Bonus. The Golden Eggs bounce in their baskets until the reels disappear, making room for the bonus screen. Players get to pick from five animated gooses who shift and preen while awaiting the decision. Once selected, the goose flaps its wings and flies into the air, revealing and egg with a winning dollar amount. Normal Golden Egg prize amounts range from 25 coins to a generous 500 coins, but if a player selects a goose that’s been sitting on a Golden Egg, they’ll receive a prize multiplier worth up to 2500x the bet. Three picks ends the bonus round and players are returned to regular slot play.
The Upwild Feature is triggered when magic beans appear on the second, third, and fourth real only. An animated hand appears holding a set of colorful magic beans that are then tossed onto the reels. That signals that the player is awarded three free games and the wild beanstalk begins to grow from the reel, ascending one position for every free game. If another magic bean lands on the second, third, or fourth reel during bonus play, the Upwild Feature is retriggered. Golden Eggs don’t appear during the Upwild Feature.
The Jack’s Beanstalk Gamble Feature
One particularly interesting element of this slot game is the Gamble feature. Players can risk their slot win by clicking the Gamble button to the right of the reels and they’ll then have a chance to guess the hidden card’s color and suit. Guessing the correct color is worth double the win while guessing the correct suit is worth quadruple the win, and players can repeat their gamble up to five times.
Overall Play Experience
Jack’s Beanstalk isn’t as complicated as some of the newer slot games currently available in both brick-and-mortar and online casinos but that will be a plus for people who aren’t fond of stacked symbols or cascading wins. Gameplay is straightforward but with more than enough visual interest and appealing features to keep players interested. All in all, it’s a fun game – especially for players who can outsmart the giant.