Halloween Jack introduction
Finding out about this new NetEnt slot, like kids on Christmas we jumped straight into the gameplay, skipping both the splash screen and info file. Seconds later a wild drops and walks across the screen. A shiver shoots down the spine. Haven't we seen this before!? The few hundred or so brain cells left in our heads commence a frenetic exchange of handshakes, and finally, the writing is on the wall - the supposedly "new" NetEnt slot we've been looking forward to has now triggered our clone alert mode. Experienced players will indeed soon become aware of the fact that Halloween Jack is based on the 2011 NetEnt classic Jack And The Beanstalk - by many still held in high regard and widely considered one of NetEnt's most exceptional work to date. But is it a straight-up clone or not? Let's find out.
Halloween Jack is a 5-reel, 3-row slot with 20 pay lines. Playable from €0.20 to €100 a spin across all devices makes it suitable for both low-rollers and high-rollers alike. Now here comes the interesting part. Comparing it side to side to Jack And The Beanstalk we can conclude that it shares the same reel set, the same number of pay lines, same bet size settings and the same 96.28% RTP, which of course is a strong indicator pointing to the fact that it's a clone.
With all the technical mumbo-jumbo behind us, what do the eyes tell us? Well, it looks and sounds freaking awesome so thumbs up to NetEnt's design team. It's a horror slot with a dark, misty graveyard forming the backdrop along with an ominous sound loop to further emphasize the spooky setting. There's a whole lot of visual effects taking place in the background - lightning strikes, flying ravens, and flaming fires, which means it's likely a resource demanding game.
Halloween Jack symbols
As mentioned already, the paytable is identical to the one found on Jack And The Beanstalk, so if you're familiar with the original you may skip this part. In any case, there are 10 regular symbols here - a set of 5 low-paying symbols and 5 premiums represented by horseshoes, ravens, bats, demon horses and possessed girl, the latter being the most valuable, worth 50x for 5 across a full line.
The game includes a walking wild feature in both the main game and the free spins mode which multiplies all wins by 3. When a wild symbol appears on the reels, a re-spin is awarded, and the wild moves one reel to the left. The re-spin ends when there are no wilds present on the reels. You've seen this before, haven't you?
Halloween Jack Free Spins
The free spins ladies and gentlemen, this is where the magic (hopefully) happens. To be allowed entrance one must land 3 treasure chest scatter symbols anywhere on the reels which will award 10 free spins. 3 or more scatters appearing during the free spins, activate 5 additional free spins.
It took us a few minutes before we realised that the free spins are identical to the original, the only difference being the visual presentation. Instead of collecting keys players will be collecting lanterns as follows:
- Stacked Hell Hound Wild - collect 3 lantern symbols, and the next wild appearing on the reels will become a 2 symbols high stacked wild.
- Stacked Jack-o'-lantern Wild - collect 6 lantern symbols, and the next wild appearing on the reels will become a 3 symbols high wild.
- Expanding Death Reaper Wild - collect 9 lantern symbols, and the next wild appearing on the reels turn into an expanding wild. The wild expands to cover the entire reel and shifts to the left one reel at a time.
Halloween Jack Conclusion
As much as we love Jack And The Beanstalk we're disappointed with the fact that it turned out to be an identical clone. If you are experienced with the original, you will feel every nuance of Jack coming through here - from the frustratingly long time it can take to trigger the bonus, to the positive effects it can often have on wagering.
This is a visually stunning slot with an excellent mathematical model that has been tried and tested for years now thanks to the original. With a max win potential of 3000x per single spin in the bonus, it's definitely worth a try. For us veterans it might not be an exciting release due to the obvious fact it's a clone, but for the newbies, on the other hand, it's an opportunity to get to discover one of the best online slots ever made.
A solid reskin that is just about as fun to play as the original.