With its cinematic introduction, beautiful graphics and animations, we think it's safe to say that Jack and the Beanstalk is one of best looking games (if not THE best looking game) NetEnt has ever put out.
Of course, graphics alone don't make for a good game, which is why you'll be glad to know that Jack and the Beanstalk has plenty of features to keep players engaged and a huge jackpot worth 600,000 coins to play for.
Channeling Dreamworks films like Shrek and Puss In Boots, Jack and the Beanstalk uses computer animation and 3D graphics to an extent never really seen in slots before, making this a game that's definitely worth a look if you've never tried it before.
Based on the classic fairytale, but looking more like a Disney or Pixar animated movie, Jack and the Beanstalk is a slick and smooth 5-reel video slot with fantastic graphics as well as immersive music and sound effects.
The slot only has 20 paylines but, thanks to its Walking Wild feature, offers plenty of chances for respins as well as 3x multiplying wild wins. Its bonus round features 10 free spins with a possibility of re-triggering but, without a multiplier throughout, it isn't anything all that special.
Jack and the Beanstalk kicks off with a cinematic intro that looks so good you might actually want to watch it more than once (we have a tendency to skip introductions if we've already seen them), and the game's animated reel icons of Jack, a two-headed giant, a goat, an axe and a watering can look almost as good.
Surprisingly, there's no music during Jack and the Beanstalk's standard play mode but a jaunty song does start up when a Walking Wild is active. Standard play does offer all the sights and sounds of a fairytale village though, including birds singing, the odd mechanical clank and a gentle breeze.
It's difficult to do so much as Google the word NetEnt without being bombarded with information about Jack and the Beanstalk – there's no doubt that this is one of the company's flagship titles and, as such, you can expect to find it at NetEnt casinos all over the web.
We'll get to the bonus round shortly but, before we do, we want to talk about a neat feature of Jack and the Beanstalk - the Walking Wild.
Whenever a Walking Wild appears, it re-spins the reels up to five times as it "walks" towards, and ultimately off, the left hand side of the screen. Obviously, this is fantastic news for players because it means that they can enjoy several spins without placing any additional bets. It is, hands down, one of the best things about Jack and the Beanstalk and we'd love to see it in more NetEnt games but for now we'll just have to settle for it being in this game!
All wild wins also come with a 3x multiplier, which can definitely help players out whether they're in the bonus round or not. The bonus round doesn't come with any multiplier except for these wild ones, so you'll definitely be hoping that you run across a few wilds in the bonus round.
With 10 free spins, extra wilds, plus the possibility of retriggering additional free spins, the bonus round in Jack and the Beanstalk is pretty good if nothing particularly spectacular or out of the ordinary. We're sad to say that, in our experience, it can take quite a while to trigger a bonus round so be sure to take that into account when you're setting your bet level.
As usual, the bonus round probably represents your best shot at winning big. Unfortunately, you may need to commit for a while (and dip into your bankroll) before you get a chance to try it out.
At 600,000 coins, this game has one seriously impressive jackpot. In fact, we don't think there's a slots fan reading this who wouldn't like to cash out a jackpot of that size.
Jack and the Beanstalk has a maximum coin size of 0.50, which puts the grand prize at $300,000. Yes, there are some progressive titles out there with larger jackpots, but this still goes down not just as one of the largest prizes in any NetEnt game but in any non-progressive game by other slot producers as well.
If a big jackpot is something that's very important to you when you're on the lookout for a new slot then you're definitely going to want to take a closer look at Jack and the Beanstalk.
With a huge jackpot, 3x wild wins and a solid free spins bonus round, Jack and the Beanstalk has plenty going for it. Unfortunately, it isn't all good news – that bonus round really does feel like it takes a long time to trigger. If you're not careful you could end up trading your cow for magic beans or, in this case, frittering away a lot of your bankroll in the hopes of stumbling across a bonus round.
The game itself is a lot of fun – the visuals really are something quite special, and the slot captures the ambience of life in a small fairytale village with butterflies, bird sounds and the occasional sprinkling of fairydust. We think that most players out there will absolutely love it.