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This has always been a curious phrase, as I know many Irish people, and not one of them is particularly lucky. However, let’s run with the stereotype for the sake of a decent review. You don’t have to be a genius to work out what this slot might look like. Pragmatic Play’s Irish Charms is full of cheesy symbols such as leprechaun hats, pots of gold, horseshoes and four-leaf clovers, yes they’re all here. This slot is also very green, and not in a good save the planet kind of way, in a bad expat bar St. Patricks day kind of way.
The slot is good fun though, with a whealth of lucky charms and a shit load of shamrock, who can’t enjoy such craic - someone get me a Guinness. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though, there are many reasons to be cautious. Plenty of 7s, clovers and horseshoes to tempt you doesn’t always mean that you’ll take away a win, just bear that in mind before you slash your cash in a state of emerald induced ecstasy.
This slot is a real throwback to the days before the 3D, photo-realistic slots of today in that it’s basic, innocent and a bit crap - which is why we love it. Three reels spinning for what seems like forever before even a few pathetic 7s appear, and even then the wins can stall at the basic spin win. Using autoplay can limit this trauma, you can go and put the kettle on whist the game takes the tedium out of finding a win. Or as better games call it, the fun.
The soundtrack will bring a smile to your face, in the way that a Spanish supermarket asking for your ID to use a bankcard might - the sheer disbelief that in this day and age this shit still goes on. But hey, like we said it’s a cute game, quirky and retro, so…. If you spent you younger years with a Sega Megadrive and a Gamegear for out and about, you’ll be used to all these beeps and chirps.
Keeping it simple
Let’s look at the pros of a retro game for the moment. The sheer simplicity of these slot being to pull for us, and really, if the game is so basic it doesn’t even need a paytable that’s a plus, right? Beginners will love this, even if it might damage their induction to videos slots. All the information you need is at the side of the reels, and this for a newbie means no searching for sub-menus, which is a plus.
The symbols are simple and easy to fathom, the pints of beer awarding wins for a little as one or two symbols on a payline. As exciting as this might sound, the win will barely cover the cost of your next spin.
It’s not all bad, the game does offer some self-redemption with three of a kind wins on the reels. Tankards of beer are worth ten credits, leprechaun hats are worth 15 and four-leaf clovers are worth 25. Horseshoes come in at a sizeable 50 credits, and pots of gold a massive 200 credits.
The emerald 7s are the game’s jackpot symbol, obvs. They are also the wild, substituting for all the other symbols to form wins across the reels. Three 7s over a payline will get you 1000 credits, with two rows of 7s bringing 3000 credits and three rows of 7s getting you 6000 credits.
Look, let’s not pretend Irish Charms is any more than a tired, cheesy caricature of Irish folklore and move on, because that’s the long and tall of it. However, this ultra-simple, retro-themed slot is actually not so bad. You can take home a decent amount of cash if you play the game for what it is, a simple slot machine brought to the screen. Sometimes the simple things in life bring the most pleasure, and the most gains.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring