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Finn and the Swirly Spin: Slot Game Review

by Editor (editor), , January 21, 2019

The design is so well executed and original that there’s no danger of that.

When NetEnt’s Finn & the Swirly Spin first hit the online slot market in 2016, it introduced players to some of the most innovative bonus features in casino history. Granted, its Irish luck theme has been visited many times before. But awesome things like Spiral Spins, Avalanche Wins, Dragon Destroys and Starfall Wilds set this game worlds apart from the usual Vegas-style slot machines you’re used to playing.

Immerse yourself in a magical Emerald Isle

In terms of the slot’s design, it’s safe to say NetEnt have worked their magic once more. Finn and the Swirly Spin looks just as good as their previous hits like Starburst and Gonzo’s Quest.

It’s themed around a fantasy Emerald Isle, with Finn the leprechaun as the star of the show. He’s an utterly charming character, who wouldn’t look out of place in a movie made by Disney Pixar or DreamWorks Animation – that’s how impressive this slot looks.

We know what you’re thinking though. With a leprechaun taking centre stage – along with rolling green hills, pints of ale and a rainbow on show –, NetEnt could easily be accused of making yet another slot that exploits the Irish luck cliché. But luckily, the design is so well executed and original that there’s no danger of that.

Try your luck with Swirly Spins

Awesome graphics aside, no doubt the most exciting thing about Finn and the Swirly Spin is the unique Swirly Spin Mechanic. Forget how you’ve always seen slots spun before. Instead, be dazzled by symbols that appear on the reels in a unique spiralling formation. You can enjoy these funky spins for as little as 10p or as much as £200 a pop.

What’s more, each Swirly Spin benefits from something like the Avalanche Reels Feature seen before in Gonzo’s Quest. After every win, successful symbols are destroyed. Other symbols then get pushed around the spiral to fill the vacated spaces – i.e. they avalanche –, giving you a chance to find another winning combination without having to pay for another Swirly Spin.

Look out for Random Features

Everyone know bonus features are what can transform a good online slot into a great online slot.The bonus features in Finn and the Swirly Spin certainly do not disappoint.

As you play, Finn can take a break from playing on his flute to conjure up 1 of 4 Random Features. Most of these, we’re pleased to say, lead to a guaranteed win. You could be treated to:

1. Starfall Wilds.

See 2 or more Wilds get added to the spiral at random. Don’t worry if this doesn’t lead to the formation of a winning combination right away. Wilds will keep getting randomly added until you do get lucky.

2. Dragon Destroy.

Watch a magical dragon come and destroy a random number of symbols on the reels. This will cause an avalanche which is guaranteed to lead to a winning combination.

3. Irish Luck.

Find a guaranteed winning combination with a vertical or horizontal line of matching symbols that get added onto the spiral.

4. Magic Transform.

Spade and Heart symbols will be transformed into higher-paying symbols, helping you to discover bigger and better payouts.

Take your pick of the Free Spins

Lucky for you, Random Features aren’t the only bonuses to look out for.

At the start of each Swirly Spin, you’ll see a key at the beginning of the spiral. Repeated avalanches can move this key to the lock at the very centre of the spiral. When this happens, you’re granted 1 of 4 Free Spins Bonuses:

1. Star Bar Free Spins.

Get 7 Free Spins, during which the Starfall Wilds feature comes into play.

2. Lava Lair Free Spins.

Get 3 Free Spins, which each benefit from the Dragon Destroy Feature.

3. Lucky Mug Free Spins.

Get 4 Free Spins, during which the Irish Luck Feature sparks up.

4. Golden Pot Free Spins.

Get 2 Free Spins, which both benefit from the Magic Transform Feature.

Our Verdict

If you’re looking for a classic Vegas-style slot, Finn and the Swirly Spin is probably not for you. But if you’re looking for the coolest and most innovative slot out there, it’s definitely worth your time – especially if you’re hoping for frequent wins. You’ll find it available to play at right now on your PC, smartphone or tablet.

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