Free Lucky Leprechaun slot
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Slots developer Microgaming has built a reputation for being the king of seasonal-themed slots with its titles including the Chinese New Year-themed Gung Pow and the festive-themed Deck the Halls just two of their most popular releases.
This 5 reel, 20 payline slot is Microgaming's attempt to tap into the prolific Irish-themed slots market at a time when St Patrick's Day has never been more celebrated the world over... even by non-Irish nationals. It seems any excuse is needed these days for a few drinks during the middle of the week! Not that I am complaining. Who doesn't love 2-4-1 Tuesdays?!
Symbols on the reels include all things that you might think of when Ireland comes to mind. This is not necessarily the same imagery people from Ireland might come up with but everybody loves a stereotype these days and Irish-themed slots are exactly that. There are pipes, pints of Guinness, violins, and grinning ginger-haired leprechauns on the reels. There are also the regular 10-through-to-Ace symbols.
The Wild is represented by the Lucky Leprechaun logo and this substitutes for all other symbols, except the pots of gold Bonus and four leaf clover Scatters, to complete winning combinations that appear on the reels. The Wilds can appear as Stacked Wilds both in the base game and free spins bonus round. It is also possible to earn up to 1,000 coins if you hit five Wilds across the reels.
The free spins bonus round is triggered when you hit the four leaf clover Scatter symbol on reel 5. You will receive 5 free spins with a 2x multiplier. The leprechaun symbol will also turn Wild for the duration of the free spins. You can win additional free spins during this bonus feature if you hit the four leaf clover Scatters on the reels with a potential maximum multiplier of up to 5x.
Lucky Leprechaun also comes with a Trail o' Fortune Bonus. This is triggered if you hit three or more pots of gold Bonus symbols across the reels. The potential win and number of spins you can trigger depend on the number of symbols you trigger the bonus with. The potential maximum is a reward of up to 1,000x your bet with up to 6 spins to help you along the Trail o' Fortune that appears when you are taken to a second screen. If you land on a square that reveals an emerald then you will be rewarded with an extra spin and it is also possible to leap forward several spaces by landing on a square that has a rainbow bridge linked to another square on it.
This slot is one of the more bonus-filled releases by Microgaming. When I saw its name I thought “oh, here we go, another Microgaming slot with the word 'lucky' at the front”. The Oriental-inspired Lucky Koi slot and the spooky Lucky Witch slot are just two previous releases from the developer that add weight to my prior concerns. However, this is not a bad slot. The Stacked Wilds and free spins could pay out more but the Trail o' Fortune is potentially lucrative and the addition of a second Wild in the free spins is the most creative decision Microgaming have made in months. Don't get me wrong, there is still a fair bit that Microgaming could have included in this slot to make it even better but this is not a poor addition to the slots market Irish-themed slots catalogue by any stretch of the imagination.