Irish Eyes Slot
The Wombat says: Top o’ the morning to you. Those guys at NextGen love an Irish theme don’t they?
Well, to be fair, so do Microgaming with their Lucky Leprachaun slot that was also inspired by the Emerald Isle, but we’re not talking about little dudes in short green pants here, we’re talking about the Irish Eyes slot.
Since its launch in 2012 this game has been one of the most popular Next Gen slots, ever, and that’s from a design house with the likes of the Foxin’ Wins Slot. But the question is why?
It’s a simple looking slot with fairly standard game-play, so it must have something to do with that good old fashioned luck of the Irish.
Let’s take a look and see what these reels are made of…
Irish Eyes Slot Game Play
Irish Eyes slot has 5 reels and 25 pay-lines, and your on screen symbols include a bunch of Irish-themed icons (you could even call ’em cliches), including; a four-leaf clover, a lovely redhead with a piercing stare (reminds me of the Blazing Goddess slot) who looks a bit like Katie Price, a cheeky little Leprechaun, a colourful rainbow and a big shiny pot of gold. Add to this your traditional cards 9, 10, A, K, J, Q that make up the low value symbols, and you’re good to get spinning.
If you like Irish music then turn the sound right UP as there’s a whole load of jigging going on here! While the reel themselves are set on background of a blue skies with a lucky rainbow and some clovers – all to get you in the mood for the spins
Wild Bonus Feature
Your Wild in the game is the plucky Leprechaun who will substitute for all symbols (except the scatter, of course). This chirpy little fella will appear on reels 1 and 5 and will trigger a Pick ’em Bonus. Behind each symbol, you’ll find coin amounts that will be added to a player’s winnings. You can win up to 100x your bet.
Clicking on any of the two Pick Me signs will reveal hidden mystery coin prizes, hurrah! If you unearth a Pick Me Again, then it’s an extra turn for you. And, if you manage to bag a ‘Win All’ symbol you’ll scoop ALL the wins behind the hidden coins in that particular Pick Me game. Grand!
Scatter and Free Spins
The redhead with the pouty lips is your Scatter symbol in Irish Eyes Slot, and 3 of these fair Gaelic maidens appearing left to right on the reels will trigger the Free Spins round. ‘Say hi’ to an 12 extra turns! She’ll give you a nice big wink if she drops in too.
Additional free spins can retriggered during the round, and all your wins are multiplied x3.
If you feel like you’re on a winning streak, then press the ‘gamble’ button to double or quadruple your win, after a successful spin.
Choose between red and black, or the correct suit of the playing card, and you’ll add to your jackpot. Guess wrong, and you’ll lose the whole lot…
We also have an Irish Eyes scratchcard (and the Foxin Win’s scratch game) by the way.
This wombat has cracked it – the reason the Irish Eyes slot is still so popular despite heaps of competition from other Irish-themed games is the unique Wild bonus round.
If you manage to trigger the pick ’em feature, you can win big, and it makes a change for the Wilds to pay out generously. All in all, this can be one lucky slot!
Wombat score: 4/5
This game is not available to UK players. Sorry about that chaps!
Why not try Irish Pot Luck from NetEnt.
How do you trigger the Big Win (10,000x)
You will need 5 leprechaun wilds on a pay-line for the top payout. It’s a big one though. 10,000x your bet, which is why this game is so popular even though it’s looking a bit dated. Everyone likes a high paying retro slot, right?