The Irish Eyes 2 Slot game answers that familiar question with online slots as with blockbuster movies, the sequel always needs to be bigger and better. I have been in touch with NextGen Gaming to ask them if Jerry Bruckheimer was hired to help them produce this sequel to their original Irish Eyes title, because it’s bigger, better and worthy of a trailer voiced by a man with a gravelly voice.
Just as the sequel needs to be bigger and better it also needs to have some things the same, features that refer to the original and remind us just how bigger and better this one is. Well, we still have five reels (though now updated with fresh symbols) and 25 paylines, and remember our red-headed scatter symbol from the original Irish Eyes slot? Well, her agent bagged her a bigger role in Irish Eyes 2 – she is now our Wild!
This time the five reels spin in front of an animated Irish meadow, complete with fluttering butterflies, twittering birds and the hint of a glittering rainbow. The visuals are deeper, the sounds are richer and somehow the developer has even managed to cram in more Irish music, leaving us to look out for the soundtrack on iTunes.
The game selection features such as gamble and auto-play are also made more visual through pictures, de-cluttering the base game and keeping our focus on the action.
With our red-headed maiden now the Wild symbol we need a new scatter, and that honour is left to the pot of gold…or so we think! Land three or more of these bad boys and the leprechaun leaps out from his hiding place underneath the gold, does a wee dance and mutters something incomprehensible before leading us into the free spins game. The extra animation lends a fresh dimension to the gameplay, and rather than a set number of 12 free spins for the bonus game we can access 10, 15 or 20 free spins when we land three, four or five scatters respectively.
Some players will be sad to see the back of the Pick And Win bonus feature, but the gamble feature is back. While the warnings remain, used wisely this can push up those winnings.
In a lot of ways it’s easier to make a sequel than it is to make the original. You know what worked and what didn’t, how annoying one feature was and what extra animations you need to ramp things up to 11. Jerry Bruckheimer or not, this is one sequel that blows away the original in the action stakes.