Finn and the Swirly Spin™
Finn and the Swirly Spin™ slot
After an exhausting evening of roulette with Miss Monkeypenny in Monaco, I decided to get the low down on the NetEnt’s smash hit: Finn and the Swirly Spin slot. Because the world of Irish themed slot games is already jam packed I like to give games in this genre an extra level of examination.
Does this much lauded game set in the Emerald Isle pass muster or, should I give the Leprechaun a wide berth?
Apart from coming up with a head-spinning spiral mechanic, (groovy Baby) this game boasts six different bonus games to unlock Finn’s Leprechaun hoard of gold. Good show! That’s more than the Planet of the Apes slot (also from NetEnt). Well, almost.
This game has splendid graphics – with big screen flourishes and fantastic details. NetEnt have thrown the kitchen sink at the budget resulting in glossy good looks and first-rate animation. It even tops games like the Koi Princess slot, also by the same designers – and that’s saying something.
The setting is a lush green landscape of rolling hills, trees and rainbows. Well it is Ireland! To the left of the spiral-shaped reel is Finn, the pipe playing Leprechaun. To the right of the reels is a tree with spiral shaped leaves gently blowing in the breeze.
The grey monolith rock structure in the centre of the screen is the ‘Swirly Spin’ featuring the reels. A rather cheeky looking chap called Finn provides the piped background music of the game, an Irish folk soundtrack that moves the play along nicely.
Prepare to leave all your slot preconceptions at the door- as this is no standard slot format of reels falling vertically downwards like the Butterfly Staxx slot or Starburst even (both from Net Ent incidently). The game’s title – ‘Swirly Spin’ – holds the clue. You are going to be spinning in more ways than one my chums!
This slot’s reels spin in the shape of a spiral! I did warn you that this game is something of a departure from the norm, but there’s nothing wrong with that. It does remind me of the opening credits of a lot of my movies, I don’t know whether you have seen them.
As the reels “spin” any wins generated disappear, allowing new icons to cascade into their place, a sure fire way for another shot at the pot of gold on offer. And if you’re blessed with good fortune when the new symbols fall into place there’s a Wild added into the mix (except where the Wild is part of the initial winning combination).
These cash creating cascading blighters keep rolling in until you stop generating new wins. This is Classic NetEnt – similar to the feature that we first saw in the Gonzo’s Quest slot, the game that started it all.
In this game wins are generated by matching 3 icons in a vertical or horizontal row on the reel set and each win awards you with a star. The dazzling ruby gemstone is the highest value icon with 5 in a row rewarding you with a tasty 500 coins treat. After that the next most lucrative icons are a golden acorn, a horseshoe, and a four leaf clover. A rustic wooden heart and spade are the lower value icons.
The Wild icon is a gold star with a pair of blue eyes. Well, normal rules don’t apply in this crazy land. This star Wild has some rather explosive qualities (as a secret agent primate who knows how to handle a stick of dynamite, this is music to my ears).
When the win makes up part of a winning line it explodes, also destroying other icons that are adjacent to it, both horizontally and vertically.
There’s a special gold coin Sticky Wild icon that occurs only in the Lava Lair Free Spins feature. Usefully this Wild can’t be exploded or explode neighbouring icons during a win. And that’s a good thing as it’s easier to make up those winning combos with a few of those Wild chaps about.
At random after any win you may be lucky enough to enter 1 of 4 side games.
Starfall Wilds gifts you a pair of stellar Wilds on the reels: these can land anywhere except on the Free Spins key icon. If you don’t manage to snare a win, a new star will be added to your reel set until you do.
Dragon Destroy is a gift to those who luck has failed to secure them a win. The dragon will destroy a number of icons which creates a cascade and should help bag a win for you.
The Irish Luck
The Irish Luck game kicks into action only after a first spin which has failed to make a win. Now a winning line of any icon, except the Wild, is added either vertically or horizontally to make you a winner.
Magic Transform changes the lower value heart and spade icons transforming them into new icons- these are not the same for both icons.
The sharp-eyed among you will notice that on the bottom left of the reel set is a sparkling key in a crystal cup; as you play and generate wins this icon will travel around the reels towards the centre where there’s a keyhole. When the key arrives there, it triggers the Free Spins game.
Now you have 4 different free spins games to try for size. 3 of the 4 side games take multiplier triggers of the free spins game to gain special access to VIP routes to the big dosh.
The Star Bar
Take your chances on The Star Bar and get cracking with 7 free spins. 2 Wilds are added to the reels to try to make you a line win; new stars are added until you secure a win. Remind you of Starfall Wilds?
How very accommodating!
The Lava Lair
The Lava Lair takes 4 keys to unlock. This feature gives you 3 free games with the Dragon Destroy function in place – that is the destruction of icons to provide possible new winning combinations.
Remember that there’s a Sticky Wild at play in this side game to boost your booty.
With 9 keys you can get your hands on 4 free games in the Lucky Mugs feature where failure to make a win triggers the Irish Luck feature, so gifting you a line win.
The Golden Pot
The Golden Pot (where the Leprechaun has stashed his treasure) takes 16 keys to access. Now, gain 2 free spins with the Magic Transform morphing magic in place and see those hearts and spades become valuable.
Finn and the Swirly Spin slot is a game changer in the wide slot world of Irish inspired games and there aren’t many slot games with so many extras! With 4 free spins games and those randomly triggered side games there’s plenty of Leprechaun’s gold to claim for your own.
So muster that slot energy and prepare to take this magical world for every coin it’s got!
Score: 4.5 of 5 bananas.
Stunning and highly entertaining fare. Our Swedish friends have pulled out all of the stops on this one and it looks like they might have even been on the Black Stuff for inspiration.
Top work boys and girls, I should think it was extra meatballs all round when you submitted this one to the Top Brass at NetEnt HQ, most impressive my Nordic friends.