As a kid I loved the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, and I was strangely fascinated that a kid could plant a magic bean and climb a beanstalk up to the clouds where giants lived. Not only that, but the hero of the tale could steal from and ultimately kill the giants! The story is absolutely crazy when viewed through an adult's eyes. Nevertheless NextGen Gaming has tried to take us back to relive this classic tale with their slot machine, Jack's Beanstalk.
Jack's Beanstalk is a 5 reel, 25 payline video slot that takes place in a fantasy world, where Jack has ascended the beanstalk and is adventuring in the world of giants. The game's symbols include standard slot symbols such as 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace, along with an axe, golden harp, a castle, the giant, Jack, a handful of magic beans, and a golden egg.
The game's features include free spins and a pick'em style bonus round. The wild symbol is the handful of beans, which grows up the reel over the course of three spins to cover the whole reel, giving you multiple attempts to bag a wild-assisted win. The pick'em bonus is set up when players are able to get three or more golden eggs on the reels. Players then have to pick a series of geese that present gifts from the eggs that they're sitting on.
Jack's Beanstalk is a solid package as far as modern slot machines go. It offers bright and vibrant graphics that look really crisp on my display and the game can also be played on mobile devices. The game fun to play for a short time, though I doubt its potential for longevity as the enhanced features are a little bare once you have seen them a few times. Still it is definitely worth a few spins, particularly if you're a devotee of NextGen's games.