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Play’N Go takes you back to the basics of slot machine technology with this Irish-themed slot. Irish Gold doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not, a bit like the Irish character it is what it is and doesn’t really care what you think. There’s really no harm in a bit of retro nostalgia, and when there’s a bit of cash to be made too, it makes the whole experience a lot more pleasant.
This lot is a classic three-reeler, like the old machines you remember from down the local of a friday night, only without the thrill of being down the local of a friday night. But let’s not come crashing down on this slot just yet, it has a series of reasons why it’s worth at least an evening of your time.
Although there are way too many video slots out there with a similar theme right now, we think there is space enough for a good late contender. The usual trappings of leprechauns, pots of gold and four leaf clovers are all here as might have been expected, but this slot’s super high-quality graphics with that distinctive cartoon look sets it apart from the writhing mass of clones.
It’s all in the presentation
Presented over a three reel setup with a painfully obsolete and underwhelming five paylines, this slot gives as good as it gets with its simple but effective graphics. The reels don't touch, they’re instead separated by ornate celtic designs that are pleasant to look at, though this can make spotting wins slightly laboured. The lucky rainbow sit in the background as one would expect, accompanied by a saturated blue sky, fluffy clouds and luscious green grass in front of the reels.
Symbols-wise we find a selection of multicoloured bars, a leprechaun with the obligatory red beard - who incidentally is worth 50x your stake. The game has a scatter that comes in the form of a clover leaf and a wild that sports that age old symbol of Irish luck, the pot of gold. The wild substitutes for all other symbols to form wins, except for the scatter.
Playing the game
Setting up and playing Irish Gold is as simple as one might expect. Upon first loading the game you’ll need to choose the number of paylines you wish to play with, and the level of the bet you want for each spin.
You can adjust the bet with the ‘coin value’ button, as well as with the ‘Coins’ button. Payline choices range from one to five, and you can play with a stake of 0.10 EUR or equivalent per spin with a single payline, or up to 30 EUR or equivalent if you activate all five paylines.
After you’ve set these levels simply hit ‘Spin’ or use the autoplay feature to get things moving. In a game that is as basic as this then you really should choose autoplay, there probably won’t be any significant reason why you’d want to micromanage this one.
We like Irish Gold for one reason and one reason only. It dares to be the best of an average bunch, and a bunch that happens to be overcrowded and full of similar interpretations of the theme. Sounds and graphics are the things that lift this slot up, along with the good old fashioned pub slot feeling. Will you make a killing? Probably not, but you’ll end on a high either way.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring