Beach by NetEnt is a 5-reel and 20-payline video slot that’s tropical-themed. The Beach slot has a cartoony presentation and even includes an octopus mascot. It uses the usual card suit symbols, but this time they’re printed in beach stones.
Aside from using Kings, Queens, Jacks, Aces and 10s in stone form, its iconography also features messages in a bottle, seashells of all shapes and sizes, wooden planks, starfish, and treasure chests. The Octopus makes an appearance as a wild.
NetEnt’s Beach has gameplay as relaxing as its theme. Its pacing won’t overwhelm you and the bonuses are simple (more on this below). As usual, you’re supposed to match the same symbols together on a payline, from 3-of-a-kind and above or only 5-of-a-kind for lower-paying symbols.
You’re allowed 1 to 10 coins per line and a coin size of 0.01 to 1. Because it’s a simple game with fewer paylines, the jackpot can only go up to 2,000 coins. On the plus side, this gives you a decent (if standard) RTP of 96.8%.
In terms of the slot’s bonus features, here’s the nitty-gritty. It does come with a bonus game. However, it lacks a progressive jackpot. All the other requisite features that help extend your gameplay action are present, including Wilds, Free Spins (or Free Waves), Autoplay, and Scatters (3 or more of which activates 8-24 Free Spins).
A piece of wood with the word “Wild” on it serves as the wild but the Octopus mascot also serves as a Wild variant that can swap 2 symbols on adjacent positions on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th reels. Octopus wins result in doubling your money. The jackpot of 2,000 coins can be won when you get 5 treasure chests on an active payline.
As mentioned earlier, the pace of the gameplay is deliberately slow. The cartoony slot makes use of multiple features that would normally make for a frantic and involved level of play. However, its music, its presentation, and its simplified rules allow you to pace yourself.
On the other hand, it has fewer paylines, resulting in a humble jackpot of 2,000 coins. It’s not a game for high rollers or adrenalin junkies looking for an exciting title that puts them on the edge of their seat, even with all its bonus features included.
The game works well with novices and newbies who wish to try out the one-armed bandit genre of gambling without being overwhelmed or confused by a fast-paced game. Also, the 5-reel, 20-payline game commits to its theme, as evidenced by its deliberate speed and its presentation of card suits as beach stones.
Although its jackpot is nothing to write home about and the theme is as basic as can be, many players will be charmed by its simplicity and accessibility. You also have a higher chance of winning the jackpot exactly because of its lowered risk.