It’s basically the law that every slots gaming company has to have their own killer, big-budget Irish themed title, and for industry giants Microgaming, theirs is Lucky Leprechaun. Don’t expect anything out of the ordinary from this slot’s visuals, which feature just about every Irish trope and stereotype you can possibly imagine, but underneath the hood, there are a few interesting game mechanics that will make this one a serious contender for the top prize if leprechaun games are your thing.
So is this the gold at the end of the rainbow, or a flat pint of Guinness? Let’s take a look.
In keeping with the theme, this game’s visuals are jolly and colourful. The symbols are well-drawn and the music is your typical Irish reel, but don’t expect anything truly cinematic-like you might find in the latest slots. The generic 10 to A symbols make up the low-value slots, though even these are drawn in a Celtic style, while the high-value symbols are drawn from across Irish culture: Pipes, fiddles, pints of stout and the Leprechaun himself.
All of this is set against a typically Irish background of green pastures and gently rolling mountains, capped off by a bright and shining rainbow against a blue sky. This game is very generous with its free spins, and you’ll need to make the most of them to win the big bucks because the betting range is quite small, from 0.20 to 20 credits a spin. The overall RTP is 96% exactly.
This is not one of those games that will let you walk away with armfuls of cash in the main game, so it’s lucky there are plenty of bonus options to keep you going. The Wild is represented by the game logo, and as this game employs stacked wilds it means you can fill an entire reel with them, getting great bonuses and completing combos as you go.
A second symbol to watch out for is the pot of gold, which has ‘bonus’ written on it, and grants you five free spins whenever it lands. During these spins, the scatter is a four-leaf clover, which appears in green and golden form, and grants you an extra free spin when it appears. The golden version also gives you a multiplier between 2 and 5, so all in all you can often get ten free spins and a hefty multiplier with very little effort.
Also triggered by the pots of gold is the bonus mini-game, which is a snakes and ladders style trail with a real pot of gold at the end. The number of bonus pots you land determines how many dice rolls you get, and every step along the path grants you bonuses like free spins and multipliers. Crossing bridges lets you skip steps, too. At the end, players can get the pot, which contains a multiplier as large as 1000x your bet.
While it’s not the most original game on the market, Lucky Leprechaun has the advantage of being fun and unpredictable. There are few games out there as generous with their bonuses, though you’ll need to succeed with these to win the big bucks.