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There’s plenty of original stuff going on in these reels but if there’s one thing NetEnt tend to keep the same, it’s the wagering structure.
And by that we mean how you determine what your stake is. You can choose to be playing between Level 1 and 10 and once you’ve done that, you need to choose your coin value: 0.01 to 0.50. After selecting both of those, you’ve got your stake for your upcoming spin, which is also displayed in a cash amount just underneath. Next to the ‘Bet X” figure you’ll also see how much cash you have banked and how much you on the previous spin, if in fact, it was a winner.
But whereas the stake can be adjusted, the number of paylines can’t; it’s always 20. 20 paylines means that there are 20 different ways in which the symbols can be aligned to provide you with a win.
As is often the case, it’s a 5×3 reel slot. In line with the classic fairytale at the heart of this wonderful slot, there are plenty of references to it going on in and around the reels. You can see the beanstalk and the castle on the left and most of the symbols are either part of the story, or inspired by it.
That includes the cheeky-chappy face of Jack himself (the highest-paying symbol), two ugly ogres, an annoyed-looking goat, an axe and a watering can. Most casino slots seem to like to use the playing card symbols these days for lower-value symbols and that’s the case here as well.
There are also some special symbols in play, which we’ll come to in a second.
Seeing the Wild symbol appear on the reels of any slot is always a welcome sight but even more so in this game. It’s the game’s logo and it does two extra special things.
The first is that multiplies any wins that it helps to form by three. That’s certainly the easiest way of boosting that balance every few spins. Each time you get one, you can expect to win about 5x to 10x your stake.
The second is that the game boasts the Walking Wilds feature. That means that whenever you get a Wild (whether it forms a win or not) you’ll automatically be granted a re-spin.
Before the re-spin, the Wild symbol will shift one position to the left. What that means is that if the Wild lands on the far-right reel, you’re guaranteed at least five re-spins. They will come to an end when the Wild symbol exits the reels on the left. Except, you could actually get more. Should another Wild appear on the reels during one of those re-spins, then, of course, you have another Wild in play and you go through the same process again.
But whatever you win during the Walking Wilds/Re-Spins, pales in comparison to what you can win during the free spins round. Activated by getting three treasure chests (the Scatter), you start off with 10 of them.
The first bit of good news is that the Walking Wilds work in exactly the same way here as they do in the base game. So that means that their appearance will bring re-spins, meaning that even though you officially only get 10 free spins, it could actually end up being 15 or 20.
It also means that any wins secured with them are multiplied by three.
Then there’s the key. Once you get three of them during the free spins, you’ll get an extra Wild represented by a money bag. But once you get six of them, you’ll get the Golden Goose Wild symbols. They come stacked and can appear once, twice or even three times on the reels. Getting those should pretty much mean that you win at least 30x to 50x your bet.
Getting nine keys gets you the harp. They’ll expand to give you a guaranteed expanded Wild and that’s where the fun really starts. Get the harp and it really is the case that you can just sit back and watch that cash come rolling in.
If you get the rub of the green here, your wins from a free spins round can see you paid out about 300x times your bet. A proper fairytale ending.
Despite being around for a while, it was only recently that it became available in the Jack and the Beanstalk Touch slot version. That makes it perfect for playing on your mobile, wherever you are. Maybe just think twice if you’re in a busy mall before shouting “I can’t believe it. I just got the magic harp!” or something similar. People might think you’re a little odd.
The slot has an RTP of 96.3% and is classed as a medium to high volatility game.
There really is a lot to like about this slot and proof of that is that despite already celebrating its ninth birthday, it remains as popular as ever.
Some slots can be frustrating for players because you have to wait ages for a bonus round to be activated and you can run out of budget before it happens. On this one, you’re never far away from a decent win thanks to the Walking Wilds and you just know that if you’re lucky enough to get the Free Spins going, you’re really into something.
But aside from potential winnings, it’s just really fun to play.