Beach Basic Information:
Going on holiday, could there be anything better? Of all the popular spots and activities to partake in while out on release there are few as enticing as going to the beach and gambling. Maybe even gambling at the beach, if you're lucky. Is this pokie, simply called Beach, worth the trip, or is it something best thrown in the nearest beach-sanctioned trash can? Keep reading to find out…
This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Beach is no exception. This game was released on the 10th of November, 2013.
The NetEnt system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from NetEnt.
Beach comes with a total of 20 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 20
- The maximum coins bet sits at 200
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 0.50
- The return to player offered by this game sits at around 96.8%, which towards the higher end of average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This is only a small menu consisting of a total of four sections. These are listed below.
Enabling this option speeds up the spinning of the reels – this means that these is less time spent waiting around between the time you click spin and when the reels come to rest, speeding up the entire experience. This is also commonly called quickspin.
- Intro Screen
When toggled this option disables the intro screen from appearing the next time the player starts the game.
- Ambience sound
- Sound Effects
When toggled these two options are used to individually mute the applicable sound source.
These options are used to switch between the different graphical settings. While higher settings will look better they are also a bigger drain on the power of the device.
- Spacebar to play
When toggled this options adds spinning the reel with the spacebar as a possible option. This means another simple way of spinning the reels.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.
The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are five different stopping scenarios to choose from here:
- On any win
- If Free Spins are won
- When a single win exceeds an entered amount
- If cash increases by an entered amount
- When cash decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Beach also comes with question-mark and Paytable icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the Paytable button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the Paytable button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.
When it comes to background there isn't really a lot to speak of in this pokie. The player appears to be at the beach, and this is apparently a very wealthy beach. Scattered among oddly lettered stones and starfish lie loaded treasure chests. I know where I'm taking my next vacation.
Other Features and Bonuses
The Octopus Wild in this game can appear only on column 3. This can substitute for any symbol except the scatter and wild symbols. This wild has the ability to swap the positions of any 2 symbols on adjacent positions on columns 2,3 and 4 (this excludes its own position). All Octopus Wild wins are multiplied by 2.
The wild symbol in Beach comes in the form of a wooden board marked with the word Wild. These can only appear on columns 1,2,4 and 5. They can substitute for all symbols except the scatter and wild octopus.
The scatter symbol in Beach comes in the form of a message in a bottle. These do not need to appear on an active payline in order to generate a payout.
- 3 of these give the player 8 free spins when gathered
- 4 of these give the player 16 free spins when gathered
- 5 of these give the player 24 free spins when gathered
The free spins game in beach is accessed when the player gains 3 or more scatter symbols in a single spin. These do not need to be on the same payline, or an active payline, in order to generate a win. Additional free spins can be gained from within the free-spin game. The amount used as a bet in the free spin mode is taken from the amount which is bet in the round in which the free spin mode was activated.
How to Play:
Basic play for Beach is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins. From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.
Overall Design and Usability:
Colourful, bright and relaxing, all of these words fit perfectly for this pokie. Beach is a lovely looking game, using colour and its cartoonish theme to great effect. Everything within this game is well suited and well designed. Although this can't have been one of the more difficult games to create art for, this is not an area which has been phoned in. If you enjoy a happy and sunny experience then this alone might be enough to draw in many users to this game. What also got me, which I missed at first, was the gentle ocean noise which counts as background noise for this. This is very relaxing to the point where I left the game running in the background even when I finished with my review.
When it comes to usability, this is game which covers most of the bases which you would expect. All of the buttons and options available in this game are fast to respond, and the game itself appears very reliable. What was really appreciated is the graphics options which are so often missing with newer games. While Beach is not a particularly demanding game it is nice that additions such as the graphics options allow it to be run well on older or less powerful devices.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Beach there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
Perhaps not the most robust game in terms of bonus structure, but what is included is all of very high quality. Great to look at, great to listen to and great to play, this is yet another case where NetEnt shows the competition how it is done. We here at casinopokies24 can absolutely recommend this game. While it plays great for everyone, it should be noted that fans of relaxing themes should jump right in. This is one Beach worth visiting.
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