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There’s no doubt that this genre of slot is very overdone. Designing a new game to fit in this space is a challenge for even the most seasoned developers. Nextgen Gaming took that chance on a crowded market and came up with this: Irish Eyes. This colourful game brings a certain modernity to the plethora of Irish-themed slots, but is it really enough to quell the nagging apathy?
Presented over the standard 5 x 3 reel setup that we see so much of these days, the slot takes it’s modest 25 paylines to another level by including a fairly decent soundtrack of traditional Irish music, with reels set against the an uncharacteristically blue sky for Ireland, there is the obligatory rainbow with animated cloverleaves at its end.
The notorious fiery-red hair makes an appearance here, owned by an Irish beauty that brings with her free spins, as well as a little leprechaun that takes the wild position, rewarding 10000x your line bet with a combination of five on a row.
There’s an originality about this slot that gives it the edge where other Irish-themed slots might fail, you very rarely see the red-haired girl and the traditional Irish music is often overlooked in a way that puzzles many Irish people - after all, it’s one of the things they are most proud of, and arguably one of the best exports along with THAT drink.
The bonuses to look out for
Our red-haired temptress is the main player in the process of getting your hands on serious cash and those 12 free spins that will ultimately bring said cash. Get her across the reels three or more times so trigger the spins, there are no multipliers but the spins will repeat if the combo should pop up again.
Pick Me Bonus
Not only a pretty face, or an important wild, the green leprechaun is also the key to the Pick Me Bonus feature, get him to appear on reels one and five to benefit from the winnings that will come.
Before you can get your hands on those wins, you have to navigate a screen displaying a number of theme-specific objects, choosing them will reveal coin amounts to verify your decision and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a chance to pick again. This feature can also be triggered from within the free spins round too, which is kind of its natural home.
Gamble features are notoriously dangerous and compelling in equal measure. Double or quadruple your most recent win by simply tapping the ‘Gamble’ button after each win, found beneath the reels. This card prediction game works on you picking the correct colour, winning 2x your stake, with the correct suit bringing you 4x your stake.
Top tips for playing this game
Land those sought-after combinations and you’ll see your winnings boom, especially if you tactically place larger stakes as prize multiples can be quite high. There are also two bonus features that are not so shy, meaning that you can afford to take a few more risks than might be comfortable.
So, let’s be brutally honest. There are loads of Irish-themed slots, and Irish Eyes is not the best of those. However, it is simple and easy to navigate, as well as paying a decent amount out if luck is on your side - and why shouldn’t it be, with so many bases covered superstition-wise, you’d be crazy not to give it a go.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring