With five reels and fifty win lines, this is a game that will intrigue players who like to go big and enjoy numerous chances of winning. This is our review of the overall experience of playing Bounty of the Beanstalk, including the various aspect of it that you’ll want to know about.
There are a couple of decent bonus games that you’ll want to play here, if for no other reason than the playing of them means you’re in with a decent chance of being able to win yourself some money. Here’s the information on each:
Giant’s Treasure Bonus
The Giant is asleep in his castle, with his treasure scattered all around him. If you land a Scatter Symbol on reels 1, 3 and 5 then you’ll get a chance to steal some of his treasure for your own benefit. You’ll be asked to pick a piece that you want Jack to pinch and he’ll head over to it, hoping that the Giant doesn’t wake up.
The further way the piece is, the more chance you’ll end up waking the Giant. You’ll be able to keep picking treasures, which represent cash prizes, until the Giant arises from his slumber. At that point all of the prizes will be added to your account and the normal game will resume.
Giant Free Spins
Play the game with whatever stake and line selection that you want. Keep on hitting the ‘Spin’ button and at some point you might see the face of the Giant land on reels 1, 3 and 5. When that happens then you’re going to be rather happy – it means that you’ll be on the receiving end of ten free spins. You’ll find that the line bet in free spin mode is determined by the line bet that triggered it all in the first place.
In the Bounty on the Beanstalk game, Jack stands next to the game and watches over the spins in the hope that he’ll be able to snatch himself some of the Giant’s treasure. The Giant, of course, has a sensitive nose and the ability to tell when an Englishman is in his presence.
He could get a whiff of Jack at any moment and if he does he’s liable to chase him across the beanstalk. That would be something to worry about if you were watching this in a pantomime, but in the game you’ll discover that any reel that Jack lands on as he escapes the Giant will turn into a Wild that locks into place.
Giant’s Treasure Jackpot
The progressive jackpot is triggered during the Giant’s Treasure Bonus Round, provided that some of the bits of treasure that you pick up turn out to be all of the Golden Money Bag, the Golden Harp and the Golden Goose.
You’ll be able to win up to 600x your original bet with the Giant’s Treasure Bonus alone, but the Treasure Jackpot can reach very impressive heights. At the time of writing it sits at just shy of £400,000, so they’re three golden symbols you’ll be keen to see! Don’t forget you’ll only win a percentage of the jackpot according to your stake, so make sure you’ve gone for the full whack if you want to win the full whack.
Gameplay & RTP
Bounty of the Beanstalk begins in classical fairytale fashion: with the opening of a book. A neat little graphic plays at the start of the game to take you into the world of the story, explaining who the case of characters are and what the idea is behind the game. You can skip it if you want to, but if you haven’t played the game before then you might want to think twice about that as it’s a rich experience and gives the game some context. Once you’re through the book you’ll find Jack standing in front of the ‘Beanstalk’, which is where the action of the game takes place.
The game itself plays smoothly enough, with the reel spinning around nice and quickly and the pieces slotting into place in time for you to see what, if anything, you’ll have won. As well as the usual Aces, Kings and so on, you’ll also find cows, axes, magic beans and more coming into view. It’ll be Jack himself that you’ll be most hoping to see make an appearance on the game board, given that his face means the Bonus Round has been triggered. The Giant’s ugly mug won’t be a bad thing if it’s on the right reels, given that it indicates some Free Spins are on their way. All told it’s a fun game that has plenty to recommend it to both the casual player and those who do so more regularly.
The Return To Player percentage of Bounty of the Beanstalk sits at the 94% mark, so there are definitely more impressive options out there if that’s the only thing that matters to you. 94% isn’t woeful, though, so if the game appeals to you for other reasons then it’s absolutely worth having a couple of spins of it in order to see if it pays off. After all, if you base every pick of game on the RTP then you’d be removing a number of decent games from your repertoire.