Always ones to push the boundaries in terms of what’s graphically possible with a conventional five-reel slot, NetEnt have once again outdone themselves with their visually stunning Beach game. Featuring 20 paylines and symbols that drift in on the incoming tide, players will be able to lap up all the atmosphere of a tropical paradise while also enjoying a Free Waves bonus and an octopus wild that is capable of switching two symbols to create the most profitable payline combination possible.
As the name would suggest, Beach features a sun and sand theme with the reels – if they can even be called that – being situated in a tropical cove. The reason the word “reels” is perhaps inappropriate is that an incoming wave causes all symbols to wash up on the beach each turn, with items including treasures chests, oysters, shells and starfish being used to denote the higher value icons. A cartoon octopus can appear on the game’s central reel and will use his tentacles to switch symbols around and create the most valuable win possible, while the game’s background ambience includes lapping waves and the chirping of birds to complete a tranquil outdoor setting.
In addition to the octopus wild – which also doubles the value of any paylines that it creates – the main bonus feature in Beach is a Free Waves game that is triggered when three or more message-in-a-bottle scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels. This will award players with 8, 16 or 24 free waves depending on the number of triggering symbols used, while players can also retrigger the feature indefinitely by landing three or more subsequent scatters.
Beach uses the same interface as the vast majority of NetEnt slots, with players able to use adjustable buttons to customise both their bet level and their coin value. With the former ranging from 1-10 and the latter running the gamut from £0.01-£1.00, Beach can be played for anywhere between £0.20 and £200.00 per spin, with players also able to launch up to 100 consecutive spins at their chosen stakes using the autoplay button.
Another breathtakingly beautiful slot from NetEnt, Beach provides a couple of hugely innovative features to ensure players will be able to land a tidal wave of prizes. The addition of octopus wilds on the third reel provides guaranteed winning spins, while a top base game award of 2,000x your bet coupled with the slot’s 20 paylines means there’s a top prize award of 40,000 coins up for grabs.
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