The year 2017 was a bit of a weird NetEnt slot year if you ask me. Writing numerous reviews about NetEnt slots such as Copy Cats™ and Scruffy Duck™ doesn’t make my job easier, until the moment NetEnt announces a new video slot that steals my video slot heart straight away. There were many new games that I liked in 2017 such as the new local jackpot game Divine Fortune™, the jungle-themed Jungle Spirit: Call of the Wild™, Fairytale Legends: Hansel and Gretel™, The Legend of Shangri-La™, and Blood Suckers 2™.
None of these games made my video slot heart go wild, though. It wasn’t until the last two games of 2017 I started to love writing reviews again. First when the Planet of the Apes™ slot was launched, a perfect game with lots of action on the reels bringing two video slots in one. Inspired by the two latest Planet of the Apes™ movies, the entire game is inspired by Rise and Dawn. A must for those players who prefer entertainment over high payouts.
For a while, I was afraid that this was going to be it for 2017. I wasn’t expecting anything big from a game called Finn and the Swirly Spin™ but it seems I’ll never learn. I should know by now that it’s not in the name, it’s in everything else a video slot is offering including the design, animations, game play, slot features, payout and so on. From the name Finn and the Swirly Spin™, I could have never guessed that it was going to be part of the familiar slot revolution that NetEnt, in my opinion, started years ago with the launch of Gonzo’s Quest™.
Why revolutionary? Simply because the Finn and the Swirly Spin™ slot is nothing but a standard game. Innovative slot mechanics turned this NetEnt slot into a game rather than a video slot. However, it’s the addition of video slot features that will remind players the Finn and the Swirly Spin™ slot does indeed belong to the wide range of NetEnt slots.
The video slot revolution continues
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, from the Avalanche feature to the Cluster Pays feature, and Twin Spins to the Dual feature, NetEnt again introduces a new and innovative slot mechanics. This time the Finn and the Swirly Spin™ slot is hosting the innovation in which symbols do not land in the standard way but will follow a spiral pattern starting at the outside corner and ending in the centre position.
In each of the 25 spaces, 25 separate symbols appear that are independent of those around it. Symbols involved in winning combinations will disappear and the remaining symbols will move to fill the empty spaces. Symbols will move forward following the spiral and among these symbols the Key symbol that appears in the beginning of the spiral on the first spin.
It’s the spiral pattern that will be responsible for the Free Spins Key to find the heart of the game after which you’ll enter a floating world where 4 Irish bars are located. However, if no more winning combinations occur, the Free Spins Key will be sent back to the beginning of the spiral at the outer outside of the game.
Finn and the Swirly Spin™ slot design
It’s not the first video slot enriched with influences from Emerald Isle (the poetic name for Ireland) such as the Leprechaun, a rainbow and with a bit of Irish Luck a big pot of gold as well. It’s for the first time I see a Leprechaun playing the flute and I have to say that the Celtic notes from Finn’s flute perfectly match with the rest of the game.
It’s time to meet Finn who’s having a great time in ever enchanting Emerald Isle surrounded by lots of green moved by the fresh breeze that seems to be blowing through this game. Meanwhile, you’ll be enchanted by the rainbow in the middle of what can be called a typical Irish landscape.
The Finn and the Swirly Spin™ slot will leave you dazzled from the first spiral spin thanks to an amazing design, game play, as well as the slot features involved including a Wild Symbol, Free Spins, the Free Spins Key, 4 different types of Free Spins, and a Random Feature with 4 variations.
The Finn and the Swirly Spin™ slot is one of these typical NetEnt slots that should be available for every type of player. With a minimum bet of 0.10, this NetEnt slot fits the careful players perfectly while high rollers will appreciate the maximum bet of 200.00. With this ran, e there are plenty of options available as well thanks to the 8 different coin values while 10 bet levels are available for a chance to create more winning combinations.
Finn and the Swirly Spin™ slot features
While the spiral spin mechanic brings a unique twist to the reels, the video slot features will be more familiar. The Free Spins Key will play a very important role in the Finn and the Swirly Spin™ slot, but the Wild symbol, Free Spins feature and Random features definitely bring extra excitement.
There are two types of wins in the Finn and the Swirly Spin™ slot: wins that have a Wild symbol and wins that do not have a Wild symbol. If wins contain a Wild symbol, the Wild symbol contributing to the win will explode destroying the symbols vertically and horizontally adjacent to it. Wins that don’t contain a Wild symbol create one.
There will be four Random features: Starfall Wilds, Dragon Destroy, Irish Luck, and Magic Transform.
The Starfall Wilds feature places 2-5 or more Wilds on the reels randomly. The Wilds may appear in a random pattern or in a line.
The Dragon Destroy feature can only be activated if there are no wins before the Dragon Destroy feature is activated. The Dragon Destroy feature will destroy a random number of symbols which will then activate another avalanche.
The Irish Luck feature can only be activated when there is no win present on the reels after the initial spin. A horizontal or vertical line of one type of symbol is added to the reels giving a guaranteed win. Whether the line added is horizontal or vertical is chosen at random.
The Magic Transform feature will transform all the spade and heart symbols into another higher paying symbol. The symbol that is transformed into may be different for the spade and heart symbols. There are 16 (4×4) possible transformations as each spade and heart symbol has 4 potential outcomes of what it may transform into.
The Free Spins feature will be activated as soon as the Free Spins key ends up in the heart of the game. You’ll be transferred to the floating world where you’ll be surrounded by Irish bars including Starbar, Lava Lair, Lucky Mug Bar and Golden Pot.
Along the way, bar after bar will be unlocked, but Finn will bring you to the Star Bar first with 7 Star Bars free spins being available. During these free spins you’ll be enjoying the Starfall Wilds Random feature as well to bring more action to the reels.
The more keys you manage to collect, the more choice you’ll have with the Lava Lair Bar awarding 3 Lava Lair Free Spins combined with the Dragon Destroy Random feature and a Sticky Wild.
If you have 9 keys available, you can have a look inside the Lucky Mug Bar activating 4 free spins. This time the Irish Luck Random feature will be responsible for many extra wins.
The Golden Pot Bar opens its doors for you when 16 keys are in your possession and maybe 2 Golden Pot Free Spins doesn’t sound too generous, with the Magic Transform feature involved, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this last Irish bar.