If you’re an ardent slots fan, then chances are you’ll have already played Jack and the Beanstalk by NetEnt. The title was originally launched way back in 2011, yet it continues to enchant players due to it’s beautiful graphics and unique bonus features. It remains as one of the brand’s most popular slots, and since NetEnt released a Touch version of the game in 2014, it can be enjoyed in all it’s glory by both desktop and mobile players.
Jack and the Beanstalk hasn’t been officially developed as a VR title yet, but it’s been hinted at that it will be the brand’s next virtual reality release. At the ICE Gaming Conference in 2016, NetEnt showcased a free-play demo of Jack’s World — a VR game based around this much loved title.
Since then, NetEnt seemed to take a different direction and released a VR version of Gonzo’s Quest instead. However, with the framework of a virtual reality version of Jack and the Beanstalk already in place, it wouldn’t be totally surprising if this was their next slot to be converted. Today, we revisit the classic game and try to imagine what we could expect from a VR adaptation.
Jack And The Beanstalk Slot Features Overview
- 5×3 reel slot
- 20 paylines
- 96.3% RTP
- Bet range: 20p — £100
- Max win: 30,000 coins
- Unique walking wilds feature with added multipliers and respins
- Scatter triggered free spins bonus round, with up to 15 free spins
Jack and the Beanstalk is a 5 reel, 20 payline slot and it’s based around the classic fairytale of the same name. The game is available across all devices and can be played for as little as 20p, all the way up to £100 per spin. Visually, the game is stunning. We never expect anything less than beautiful graphics from NetEnt, and they never seem to disappoint.
The reel’s are set against Jack’s cottage home, which Jack himself will pop his head out of each time you create a winning combinations. The symbols on the reels are all taken from the story and include axes, goats, watering cans and giants. Lower paying symbols are also represented by traditional playing card values from 10 to Ace.
In general, Jack and the Beanstalk is considered to be a medium to high variance game. Wins come fairly frequently in both the base game and the free spins rounds, and there’s a maximum of 300,000 coins to be won. This makes it the perfect game for many players, and explains it’s popularity, as you can play for quite a long time on any budget and still know that you may come away with a giant win.
When Jack and the Beanstalk was released, it was the first slot to feature ‘walking wilds’, making it an innovative title. Since then, we’ve seen these types of wilds pop up elsewhere, but arguably never as well-executed as in this game.
The ‘walking wilds’ in Jack in the Beanstalk mean that every time you find a wild on your reels, you’ll be treated to a re-spin. The wild in the game is represented by the game’s logo, and each time the reel’s re-spin, it will move to the left by one reel. The game will continue to re-spin until the wild reaches reel one.
This means that if you receive a wild on reel five, you’ll be awarded five free spins. Furthermore, each walking wild comes with a 3x multiplier attached to it, which gives this bonus feature the potential to create some huge wins in the base game.
Scatters and Free Spins
The game’s scatter symbol is the treasure chest and landing three or more of these anywhere on your reels will trigger the free spins round. Players will be rewarded with an initial 10 free spins, yet the round can also be re-triggered collecting three or more treasure chests during a free spin. For this you’ll receive a further five free spins. The good news is that the walking wilds are still active during this feature, which means that any free spin with a wild present carries a 3x multiplier.
The free spins round also benefits from the ‘Treasure Collection’ feature. During any free spin, a key symbol may appear on reel five. If you collect three keys over the course of your free spins, you will be granted an new wild, which is represented by the money bag symbol and can appear stacked up to two symbols high. Collect a further three keys (so six in total), and wilds will appear as golden hens, which can come stacked up to three symbols high.
Finally, if you collect nine keys in total, you can expect expanding golden harp wilds. These can expand to cover the whole reel and so give you plenty of chances of creating big wins. Furthermore, every new wild works like a standard wild, in that you’ll be given re-spins as it ‘walks’ across the reels.
Jack And The Beanstalk In VR
As we mentioned earlier, a VR version of Jack and the Beanstalk is yet to be released. However, the free-play game that NetEnt released gives us a good insight as to how the game may look in virtual reality.
Jack and the Beanstalk has always been a visually impressive title, which makes it the perfect slot to adapt. In the free-play game Jack’s World, players are able to visit the inside of Jack’s cottage and to see more of the fantasy world. In the VR version of Gonzo’s Quest, players are able to look around the setting and we would expect this from a VR version of Jack and the Beanstalk too. This creates an immersive experience and allows players to enjoy the full extent of NetEnt’s impeccable graphics.
Furthermore, in the demo version of the game, the reels have changed into a ‘bean machine.’ This means that players can enjoy them in 3D, and use movements to spin them, instead of simply clicking a button. The coins you’re rewarded after a win also fall out of the side, showering players.
The biggest change we could expect from a VR version of Jack and the Beanstalk, however, is Jack himself. In the original game he simply pops his head through the cottage window now and again, yet in the VR demo he appears much more interactive. In fact, he will accompany you as you spin, and perform related activities. For instance, if you find three watering cans on the reels, Jack goes and waters his garden.
We already know from the VR version of Gonzo’s Quest that NetEnt are putting tonnes of effort into making their characters more animated and more fun. This would really help to bring Jack and the Beanstalk alive and make the VR version stand-out in comparison to the classic game.
We’ve always enjoyed Jack and the Beanstalk and revisiting this slot six years after it’s release has only made us love it more. It’s a great, reliable game, that allows you to keep your budget fairly stable whilst still hunting for those huge wins. The graphics and bonus features have stood the test of time too, and neither seem outdated.
We do hope that NetEnt release a VR version of this slot soon. From the demo game, Jack’s World, we can imagine what a sensory feast the game could be, and we’d love to be able to play and interact with Jack himself. Furthermore, the game’s colourful graphics make it the perfect slot to be given the VR treatment. Hopefully NetEnt will release more VR titles soon and Jack and the Beanstalk will be one of them, but for now you can play the original game over at SlotsMillion casino.