Finn and the Swirly Spin is a branded NetEnt game, one of the most awaited games for 2017. The game was set for release in November, but people have been talking about it for a few months before it was actually released. Players were looking forward to the original theme paired with NetEnt’s recognisable qualities.
The theme is best to be described as ‘Irish’, and as soon as it loads you will notice the recognisable Irish countryside in the background, along with an Irishman on the flute, dressed in green. The game has a lot of distinct features, some of which have been seen in previous NetEnt games, but there’s also the Spiral Spin Mechanism which is unique to this game.
This game features a 5 by 5 grid and while that itself is not that strange, the way the symbols are aligned in a spiral is what makes the game original. The symbols start aligning from the low left corner and continue towards the centre of the grid, or the third position on the third reels. This mechanism makes the game look rather refreshing and new. NetEnt continues to break the norms and include various innovative moments in its games.
The buttons are the same as you would find them in almost every NetEnt game, there’s an Autoplay and a Max Bet button and you can also adjust your wager by choosing bet level and coin value. The spin button looks like a spiral and it completely matches the theme.
There are no standard paylines in this game, instead symbols for clusters of winning combinations. As there are no standard paylines it also means that you don’t wager coins per payline. By adjusting the bet size you can bet as little as 10p, or a maximum of £100. The maximum that you can win is £100,000, provided that you play with the maximum stake.
The symbols include a spade, a heart, a shamrock, a horseshoe, an acorn, and a diamond. In order to win you must get either a horizontal or a vertical combination of at least 3 of the same symbols. The payouts vary, depending on the symbol value. For 3 hearts or 3 spades you will only get 1 coin, but if you score 3 shamrocks or horseshoes you will win ten coins. The payout for 3 diamonds is 20 coins.
Moreover, if you get 4 symbols, the payouts grow significantly. For example, for 4 acorns you will get 50 coins, whereas for 4 diamonds the payout is 100 coins. With 5 symbols you can expect payouts that start at 40 for hearts and spades, 80, 100 and 120 if you have shamrocks, horseshoes, and acorns respectively, and up to 500 coins if you have 5 diamonds.
This game also features a Free Spins symbols, which is a key frozen inside a large ice block. The wild symbol is a two-eyed star which can be a substitute for every symbol except for the scatter (free spins symbol) and there’s a sticky wild symbol with the letter W written over it.
The RTP of Finn and the Swirly Spin is 96.62% which is more than alright for a video slot game, as most other games are below 96.50%, in fact, they are usually much closer to 96%. The RTP percentage is of course theoretically and it doesn’t mean that from every £100 that you wager you can expect £96 and 62p, it can, of course, be a lot more or a lot less than that.
This game has 4 random bonus features, plus a free spin game which has four different games to choose from. Also, whenever a winning combination is formed, the symbols that formed it disappear and their spots are filled by the previous symbols, which means that new symbols appear on the reels, allowing for additional wins.
As for the random features, they are Starfall Wilds, Irish Luck, Dragon Destroy and Magic Transform. During the Starfall Wilds feature two wilds are added to the reels randomly and if they don’t cause a win, wilds will be added to the reels until there’s a winning combination.
The Dragon Destroy feature can only be activated if the original spin was not a winning one. This feature destroys certain symbols causing new ones to be brought by the avalanche in a way which guarantees that the game will end in a win.
Irish Luck is another random feature that happens after a non-winning spin. This feature adds a cluster of three same symbols, either horizontal or a vertical one, thus creating a winning combination.
The Magic Transform transforms hearts and spades into higher, more valuable symbols. Hearts may be turned into one symbol and the spades in another.
Whenever the Free Spins symbols lands in the central position, a free spin is awarded. There are four different Free Spins games and each corresponds to one random feature. Which game is available depends on the number of collected keys. A key is collected whenever one appears on the reels and then it is kept for the following spins.
The Star Bar can be unlocked with one key and it includes 7 free spins during which the Starfall Wilds random feature is active.
Then we have the Lava Lair which takes 4 keys to be activated and includes 3 free spins during which a sticky wild symbol will always appear in the position of the free spins symbol.
Next is the Lucky Mug which awards 4 free spins during which the Irish Luck symbol is active. This game requires 9 keys in order to activate.
Last we have the Golden Pot which is activated with 16 keys. This game includes two bonus free spins during which the Magic Transform feature is active.
This is a thrilling NetEnt game with many novel and original features. The layout itself and the spiral spin mechanism is a sufficient reason to rate it as one of the most innovative games of 2017, let alone the four random original features and the great Free Spins bonus. All in all, a great slot game.
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