Jack and the Beanstalk is a Net Entertainment video slot with 5 reels and 20 paylines. Playable from just 20p to as much as £100 a spin, you can play the game on your desktop (laptop or PC), mobile or tablet device. The game is based on the classic fairy tale where Jack goes in search for riches (up the beanstalk).
Innovative when it was released, the game has a Walking Wild feature – when a wild symbol appears anywhere on the reels, you will be granted a re-spin. During this re-spin, the wild moves 1 reel to the left with another re-spin being granted. This continues as long as the wild is present on any of the reels. The good thing is that all wins involving the wild pays treble.
The Walking Wild feature applies in both the base game and Free Spins feature – the latter is triggered when 3 or more treasure chest scatters appear giving you 10 free spins. Look out for 3 more treasure chests during the feature as this will give you 5 more free spins giving you a total of 15 altogether.
Look out for the key symbols on reel 5 (the furthest right) during the Free Spins feature which will unlock 3 wild features. If you collect 3 key symbols, the next wild on the reels becomes a stacked wild of 2 money bag symbols.
If you collect 6 keys, the next wild on the reels becomes a stacked wild of 3 golden hen symbols. If you manage to collect 9 keys, the next wild transforms into an expanding wild with a golden harp symbol.
I found Jack and the Beanstalk very entertaining with a theme we can all relate to – wins in the free spins feature and the base game are identical but more likely in the former due to the 3 wild features. My biggest wins have come from the expanding wild but there is a whopping 3,000 times your stake available on every spin if you’re lucky!
Variance wise, it’s somewhere in the middle which is good enough for me. If you want more volatility, I recommend the cult favourite Piggy Riches (by NetEnt). If the fairy tale theme tickles your fancy, WMS Gaming’s Giant’s Gold is very good (and volatile!).