Intro: Game Theme
Finn and the Swirly Spin is a NetEnt video slot released in 2017, packed with innovations. The game brings fantastic visuals and a loved theme to the screen, adding new exciting elements to the Irish luck concept. As you load the slot, the intro will introduce you with Finn, a cheeky, chubby leprechaun who plays the fiddle. The music is lovely and evokes images of places like the Shire from the Lord of the Rings. For those who haven’t played many Irish-themed slots, leprechauns are often protagonists of these games as fairies from the Irish folklore. They are believed to keep pots of gold at the end of the rainbow.
As Finn sits by the side of the reels, playing his fiddle, you will have to move the symbols across a stone wall by a strange-looking tree. Obviously, everything is green, with pastures and trees in the background; the sky is blue and there is a rainbow just above Finn’s head.
- RTP: 96.61%
- Betting Range: £0.10 – £200
- Max Win: 50,000 coins
- Similar Slots: Castle Builders, Pixies of the Forest, Lucky Leprechaun
How it Works
Forget about standard 5×3 reel grids and 10-20 paylines. That’s too conventional for Finn. The game runs on 5×5 reels which are presented as a spiral. In technical terms, Finn and the Swirly Spin slot makes use of the Spin Mechanic and Cluster Pays. When you hit the Spin button, the reels do not spin. Instead, the symbols just pop out and occupy positions on the spiral and if you collect at least 3 matching symbols on a vertical or horizontal row, you will receive a win according to the paytable values. You can click on Max Bet to maximise the bet values or use Autoplay to observe multiple automatic plays.
The symbols you’ll see are playing card suits hearts and spades, four-leaf clovers, horseshoes, acorns and red diamonds. The star will be the Wild and the key a special symbol you will have to collect. Sticky Wilds can also appear, but only during one of the bonus rounds, and they take shape of a coin with the letter W on it. The highest paying symbol in the paytable is the diamond, which pays 100x the stake for a combo of 4 and 500x the stake for a full 5-symbol formation on a single spin.
Where do we start? Finn and the Swirly Spin is loaded with features that could happen on any spin, or should we say swirl. We ought to address the Spiral Reels first. So, there are 25 positions on the grid and whenever a winning combination happens the symbols are destroyed and new ones move to occupy their places. The symbols move towards the centre of the spiral which becomes particularly important for the triggering of free spins.
There are four random features that can occur in the base game – the Starfall Wild, Dragon Destroy, Irish Luck and Magic Transform. Here’s how these work:
- Starfall Wilds – add between 2 and 5 Wilds to the reels.
- Dragon Destroy – only triggers on non-winning spins in the base game. Destroys a random amount of any symbols, activating an avalanche of symbols.
- Irish Luck – one of the horizontal or vertical lines will contain all the same symbols.
- Magic Transform – transforms all the spades and heart symbols into high-paying icons.
Once the key symbol gets to the centre of the spiral, the Free Spins round gets activated. The round that is played has several options which are restricted by the number of key symbols collected. For instance, if you’ve only collected 1 key, you can only trigger the Star Bar Free Spins with 7 free plays and Starfall Wilds. Lava Lair needs 4 keys and it awards 3 free spins with Dragon Destroy feature. Lucky Mug Free Spins requires 9 keys; you’ll get 4 free spins with the Irish Luck feature. And finally, if you collect 16 keys you can pick the Golden Pot option, during which 2 free spins are played with Magic Transform after each spin.
We were certainly caught in a spiral while playing Finn and the Swirly Spin; the game is engaging, easy on the eyes and offers something different to lovers of the Irish theme, and slot players in general. Collecting the keys isn’t the easiest of tasks, but once you put your mind to it, Finn will eventually play the magic tune and allow for the freebies to come and show you the colours of the rainbow. The mechanic and the Spiral Reels require a moment to get used to, but with the luck of the Irish it all becomes great fun.