Famed online gaming software developer, Net Entertainment, has produced a colourful yet simple take on the popular seaside slots theme and given it an appropriately simple title: Beach.
With the sound of crashing waves and a marimba melody in the background, the five reels of the Beach slot move in waves, rather than spinning, washing up an assortment of sea creatures and other items from the seashore.
Wagers and Winlines
Beach, which can be found in almost all NetEnt casinos, features five reels and 20 paylines. Although the number of paylines in play is fixed, Beach players can set the sizes of their wagers to suit their risk preferences like in the USA mobile slots. Coin values range modestly between 0.01 and 1.00 credits and players may bet between 1 and 10 coins per line.
As a result, the minimum Beach wager per spin is just 0.20 credits, whilst it can go as high as 200 credits.
Seaside Symbols on the Reels
The most valuable icon that can wash up on the Beach reels is the treasure chest, which pays out 2 000 coins for five on a payline. But the treasure chest is not the only item of great value that may land on the Beach. Players should also be on the lookout for a shellfish, a starfish, a seashell, and a pearl inside an oyster. Also not to be forgotten are, of course, the scatter and wild symbols, which are described below.
The Beach icons with the least value are, as usual, the high-hand playing card symbols, which are chiselled into the surface of rocks from the ocean floor.
No matter their value, all Beach icons become animated, to the tune of a merry tropical ditty, whenever they form part of a winning combination.
Free Spins in a Bottle
Free spins – or, more accurately, free waves – come bottled on the Beach reels. Players who are lucky enough to find three or more bottle scatter symbols anywhere in the surf will be awarded a certain number of free waves. The more bottles, the more free waves – eight, 16 and 24 free waves for three, four and five bottles, respectively.
Driftwood and a Wild Octopus
Beach has not one but two wild symbols. The first, represented by a piece of driftwood with the word “WILD” carved into it, is the standard wild. The standard Beach wild can appear on Reels 1, 2, 4 and 5 and may stand in for any other symbol – except the scatter and octopus wild – to complete winning paylines.
Then there’s the purple octopus Beach wild. This unique extra wild only comes up on the third reel and can also act as a substitute in the same way as the standard wild. Moreover, the octopus wild has the ability to swap around the symbols adjacent to it on the second and fourth reels to create the best possible combination.
In addition to this potentially very lucrative feature, the Beach octopus wild doubles all wins incurred with its help via a 2x multiplier.