The beach is something all of us, or at least most of us associate with happy moment and memories. It is hard to find someone who doesn’t want to spend time on the beach, enjoying and relaxing. Those careless and hassle-free moments give us the energy to go through the rest of the year.

And for those moments when we simply can’t be at the beach, we have games like NetEnt’s Beach that can make time run faster. It is a five-reel game with 20 pay-lines, which was released in 2015. It is certainly not the only slot game with a beach theme, but it is definitely among the very top, perhaps the best one.

Gameplay and Characteristics

This game has one inventive graphic feature, namely, instead of spinning, the symbols are practically brought to the reels by the sea waves. The reels are transparent, there are no borders between each symbol, and on each side of the reels there are numbers representing all 20 paylines. By running the cursor over each number, you can see the respective payline winning pattern.

The game can be played with as little as 1p per coin and one coin per payline, which sets the minimum stake at 20p. You can wager as many as 10 coins per payline, and the maximum coin value is £1, so the maximum amount that you can wager is £200. The maximum jackpot is 40,000 coints, so in the case when you’ve wagered £1 per coin, you can win a total of £40,000.

The RTP is 96.8%, which is pretty much a standard percentage for NetEnt videoslots. You may adjust the stake for each spin manually, but you can also choose to wager the maximum amount, using a single button. There’s also an autospin button.

Beach Pebbles, Pearls and Treasure Chests

The list of symbols starts with lower-valued card symbols – 10, J, Q, K, and Ace all set on beach pebbles. Then we have open and closed shells, an oyster one with a pearl inside, a starfish, a message in a bottle and a hidden treasure chest. The message in a bottle is a scatter symbol. The wild is a piece of wood with the word ‘WILD’ written on it and a small crab above it, and there’s also an octopus wild symbol.

Free Waves and Octopus Wilds

The free spins in Beach are called free waves, as the reels don’t actually spin. The free waves bonus is activated by 3 or more scatter symbols. With three scatters you get 8 free waves, whereas if 4 scatters appear you will get 16 free waves. For 5 scatter symbols you will be awarded with as many as 24 free waves.

The wild symbol is set to appear on all reels, bar the middle one and it can substitute all symbols except for the octopus wild and the scatter.  The octopus wild is purple in colour and it can only appear on the middle (third) reel. It also acts as a substitute for all symbols, except the standard wild and the scatter.

Whenever the octopus wild appears on the third reel and it is substituted for a symbol that appears on the two adjacent positions on reel 2 and 4 the octopus wilds bonus is activated. When the octopus wild is active, all wins are subject to a double multiplier. If the octopus wild is part of a winning combination of five treasure chests where it substitutes one of them, it results in the highest possible payout of 40,000 coins.

Life Can Be a Beach

With symbols that are carried by the waves, relaxing graphics, few bonus features and a massive jackpot, the Beach slot is there to show you that life can be a beach, especially if you hit five treasure chests or 24 free waves.