This game is no longer available at Wombat Casino. Sorry about that chaps. Why not have a spin on Finn’s Golden Tavern slot instead?
“Pack your bags Mrs Wombat”, I said, “And don’t forget your brolly in case it buckets down!”
We’re off to the Emerald Isle for a weird and wonderful game from those imaginative slot wizards at NetEnt!’
This NetEnt slot game looks different with it’s 5×5 swirly reel grid. To make up a win, you just need to line up 3 symbols or more horizontally or vertically. This is a medium variance game with Free Spins, Random bonuses, Sticky Wilds, and standard Wilds. We love it!
The Finn and the Swirly Spin slot was launched around the same time as Cleo’s Wish, but that’s where the similarity ends as the Finn slot is like a Telsa to Cleo’s Ford Fiesta when you compare the technology behind the games.
Make no mistake Wombat fans, this is no bog standard Irish pot of gold-themed game. OK, Finn and the Swirly Spin slot is an Irish game, and does feature a friendly leprechaun holding a flute playing some traditional Irish melodies, but that’s where the resemblance ends.
The Swirly Spin of the title is one of the most innovative NetEnt slot mechanics we have seen. In this game, symbols don’t land in the standard way from above, but instead follow a spiral pattern starting at the outside left corner of the reels and ending up in the centre! OK, it sounds a bit strange, but trust me, you’ll love it.
Let’s crack on , shall we?- we haven’t enjoyed a slot this much for years.
Look and Feel
Finn and the Swirly Spin takes you to a magical place where you’ll encounter all sorts of madness. The slot is set in the lush green land of the Emerald Isle with a soft rainbow as a backdrop, with a handful of fluffy trees, and of course Finn the Leprechaun himself piping to his heart’s content to the left of your reels.
The graphics are top-notch, with crisp 3D animations and video clips. NetEnt are known for their quality design, and this design is their best work for a while. We loved the Micheal Jackson meets Riverdance intro – so don’t skip it!
If you compare this Irish game to a more traditional fruity like the Twin Spin Delux Slot, well, there really isn’t any comparison.
Finn and the Swirly Spin Game Play
This cracking game is played out on a 5×5 grid containing 25 spaces – with 25 symbols landing in those gaps. A win is made up of any horizontal or vertical line of 3x or more of the same symbol.
Aside from those swirly reels, this nutty slot also features exploding symbols, so that whenever you get a winning combination, the contributing symbols are destroyed with the remaining symbols falling into the empty spots. It’s like Avalanche Wins.
This allows you to win again and again from each spin if you are lucky enough.
Your symbols on the reels include wooden spades and hearts, lucky 4-leaf clovers, some upside-down golden horseshoes, acorns and some sparkly rubies.
That last symbol is the most lucrative icon in the slot, and will pay you out a cheeky 50x your bet for landing 5x on a pay-line.
The golden star acts as the wild symbol and replaces all symbols bar the glowing Key scatter symbol.
Free Spins and Bonuses
Madness, sheer madness! That’s what happens when you set off the Free Spins, as Finn disappears down a psychedelic green wormhole and emerges in ‘Magic Free Spins Land’.
How do you trigger the bonus feature in Finn and the Swirly Spin slot? You’ll need to take the glowing Key scatter all the way to the keyhole in the middle of the screen from the outside left corner – you can do this by landing consecutive wins (each of which allows for the twinkly Scatter to advance).
If you do manage to unlock the bonus, then you’ll see that there are 4 bonus features that you’ll have to choose from:
-Star Bar: This needs 1 key to unlock it and it will award 7 Star Bar free spins with 2 to 5 wilds added on every free spin.
– Lava Lair: This needs 4 keys to unlock, and will give you 3x Lava Lair free spins. A random number of symbols will also be destroyed on each spin and a sticky wild appears in place of the key symbol.
– Lucky Mug: This 9 keys to unlock it and gives you 4 free spins. Each spin will add a brand new horizontal or vertical line of 1 type of symbol.
– Golden Pot : This is the daddy of all the Free Spins, and requires a whopping 16 keys to unlock it. Awarding you 2 free spins, here all the spade and heart symbols will transform into higher value symbol on each and every free spin. Which, as you can imagine, can be very lucrative…
Base Game Extras
And as if that wasn’t enough, there are 4 quirky extras that can be randomly triggered during the base game, too!
– Starfall Wilds: This will add from 2 to 5 extra Golden Wild symbols on the reels for you
– Dragon Destroy: After a no win spin, a dragon will rock up onto the reels and will destroys a random number of symbols (with his fiery breath) which gives you more exploding wins
– Irish Luck: After a no win spin, a splat of Irish Stout will hot your reels and add an extra symbol to a horizontal or vertical line to give you a guaranteed win
– Magic Transform: This ingenious extra will transform all the spade and heart symbols on the reels into a higher paying symbol. Yeee-haa!
The Finn and the Swirly Spin slot is simple to understand once things get going, and we love the innovative reel spin mechanic. Waiting for the Scatter key to hit the middle adds to the suspense, and there are so many innovative features on offer here that this wombat couldn’t believe his eyes.
This can be lucrative and it’s fun and amazing to look at, making this Irish caper one of our favourite NetEnt releases! This one’s not to be missed for any reason at all slot fans.
Wombat Score: 5/5
You are going to love this! Oh yes you are my Wombat friends.
Are there any other slot games starring Finn?
Yes, Finn has become such a success for NetEnt that they have launched sequels to their Swirly slot. Have you played Finn’s Golden Tavern?
How do Swirly Spins work?
This slot game has a 5×5 grid set with spaces for 25 symbols in a Swirly pattern. You trigger a win with a horizontal or vertical line of 3 or more of the same symbol.
What about those Exploding Wilds?
If you build up wins with the star wild symbol, the wild will explode after the win is logged and blow up the symbols on the same row or column. Then you get another shot at a win. This repeats until you fail to trigger another win.
How do you set off the Free Spins?
If a Free Spins Key scatter ends up in the centre after all of the Avalanche Wins, you will be head into the free spins feature. Choose between 4, your access to the different features will depend on how many keys you collected:
– Star Bar Free Spins (1 key needed)
– Lava Lair Free Spins (4 keys needed)
– Lucky Mug Free Spins (9 keys required)
– Golden Pot Free Spins (16 keys needed)