A Classic Story Bought to Life on the Reels
Jack and the Beanstalk is one of those classic tales which has survived for generations. In the unlikely events of the tale, Jack sells the family cow for magic beans. These grow into a beanstalk, which gives him access to a Giant’s castle – and eventually a goose which lays golden eggs. You’ll find all of the key characters on the reels, though the ‘Fe Fi Fo Fum’ of the giant is notably absent. This is not the first pokie to feature this story – Jack and the Beanstalk from NextGen Gaming also covers it.
As with many NextGen Gaming online pokies, the production is excellent. Enchanting music plays while you spin – and the beanstalk plays an important role in one of the bonus features. Here is what to expect when you sell your magic beans:
You only need a single special symbol to trigger the re-spins feature. This shows a hand containing multi-coloured magic beans. They appear on reels 2, 3 and 4.
Whenever one appears, that reel starts growing a beanstalk. You’ll get three free re-spins. The first sees the bottom symbol only go wild, for the second, two symbols and for the final spin, all three symbols are wilds.
The best scenario is to get more than one at a time. It is possible to get three special symbols on the triggering spin for some big wins. More often, one more appears on one of the re-spins. This will start your three re-spins again – with a new beanstalk growing. The initial one will disappear after its 3rd spin.
This second-screen feature is triggered in a more traditional way. You need to hit three golden egg symbols in a single spin. They appear on reels 2, 3 and 4.
The reels disappear when this bonus game starts. You’ll see a lush landscape and blue sky. Clouds appear, each with a golden goose. A message says ‘pick me’ under each one. You simply click on 3 of the five geese. Each one will reveal a cash win. Some of these prizes can be on the bigger size. The biggest is 2500x the triggering bet.
NextGen have used a simple setup for Jack’s Beanstalk. This pokie has five reels, each with three rows of symbols – and 25 (fixed) win lines. What you can adjust is your coin size. On the mobile version, there is a coin next to the large spin button – which will reveal a bet size slider instead of the usual toggle.
As you might expect, Jack has the highest prize. He is shown with an open mouth, as if seeing the beanstalk for the first time. You’ll get 2,500 coins for lining up five of these symbols. Unusually, they pay all the way down to just one on the left-hand side reel.
The other high paying symbols feature the giant (1,000 coins max), castle (500), a harp (250) and the axe that would eventually be used to chop down the beanstalk (250).
Smaller wins come via the usual playing card symbols. Aces down to 10s are in use, they have been given a sparkle to fit in with the fairy tale theme.
Overall, this is a high-quality online slot. The reels are transparent, showing a lovely countryside scene behind them. They are framed in gold.
On the reels, the golden egg symbols stand out. Most of the other symbols (though beautifully designed) use muted colours. This means the bright gleam of the large golden eggs stand out. There are plenty of small winning animations, too.
Beanstalk wilds grow up the reels when you trigger the re-spins. While these wilds are welcome, the animation is simple. Things get more lively in the picks game. Each golden goose that you pick will fly away – revealing its egg and your cash prize.
Harp style music, with the occasional choral interlude plays while you spin. This fits nicely with the theme – and is much better than it sounds written down!
There is certainly some big win potential with this NextGen pokie. The best wins will come from the times you get magic beans on more than one reel at once. This could see wild beanstalks growing over the middle of the reels – providing several big wins. The picks game also has potential – though is not the most exciting of features.