How many Irish slots have you played? Tens? Hundreds? Pots of them? How many of those seem to run along classic, tried-and-tested lines? Enter NetEnt, the Swedish slots studio that likes to turn slots on their head. Things like the mechanics of how online slots work. NetEnt does away with a traditional reel case and pay-lines and opts instead for a swirly spinning stone, at the heart of which lies a key hole that opens the door to riches in Finn And The Swirly Spin Slot.
First off, NetEnt treats us to an epic intro. Well, it wouldn’t be a modern NetEnt online slot without an epic intro, now would it? Finn, our eponymous leprechaun host, emerges from a spinning shamrock umbrella to treat us to a traditional Irish step dance. And just when you’re thinking this is going to be just another Irish-themed slot – boom! Finn clicks his fingers and transports us to a glittering catwalk, where he busts the kind of moves of which Michael Jackson would have been proud.
And then comes the game proper. Now Finn plays a flute by the side of the “reels” – a stone swirl-like maze. Our game symbols – quintessential Irish fare in the shape of Rubies, Acorn, Horseshoe and Shamrock, backed up by wood-carved Hearts and Spades – sit along the maze. Hitting the spin button creates a new set of symbols across the reels, forming winning combos when three or more symbols match vertically or horizontally. These winning combos explode, leaving a Wild Star in their wake. All symbols shuffle along the swirl, creating new symbol combos as they go.
A glowing key sits at the start of the swirl, and shuffles its way round the swirly maze as we form winning combinations. At the heart of the maze is a keyhole. Create enough winning combos to get that key to the centre of the swirl…well, that’s when we hit the big time. Or, at least, that’s when we trigger the Free Spins feature. Meanwhile, Finn delivers randomly-triggered bonuses to help us on our way round. The Starfall Wilds, Dragon Destroy, Irish Luck and Magic Transform are as imaginative and epic as they sound.
The first time we trigger the feature we bag the standard pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But the fourth, ninth and sixteenth triggering unlocks the next level of Free Spins, with added Starfall Wilds, Dragon Destroys, Irish Luck and Magic Transforms along the way.
The rule of diminishing returns would suggest that NetEnt’s Finn And The Swirly Spin should be just another Irish slot. But no. NetEnt wouldn’t do that to us. This is a fiercely imaginative slot release that examines the nuts and bolts of online slots play, bringing freshness to a tried and tested theme with an innovative concept, numerous bonuses and superb character. A winner, all hands down.