In many ways Lucky Leprechaun is similar to the 100’s of other ‘Luck of the Irish’ slots out there. You will find some small touches which help to set this game apart. First, the leprechaun is very talkative. He will welcome you to the game and comment on bonuses, 5-of a kinds and big wins. A relaxed folk song plays while you spin. There are some welcome details like Celtic designs on the playing card symbols too.
There are two bonus features to enjoy. The trail bonus sees you travelling a winding road in search of a pot of gold. The free spins can be extended with special clover symbols. There are also stacked wilds in the base game, which can help you hit those bigger wins.
Instead of coloured dots marking out the win-lines, this game has a fold away sign. Between winning spins, you only see the (countryside) background graphic. When you click spin, a marker pops out on either side, saying ’20 win-lines’. These cross a regular 5 by 3 grid of the reels. You can’t change the number of win-lines. Before you spin, simply set your preferred bet size.
It should come as no surprise to hear that the leprechaun is the best paying regular (non-wild) symbol. This chap will pay 40x your bet for 5 of a kind. The higher paying regular symbols are a real mix. There is a fiddle (which plays a tune when you win with it), which pays 30x your bet for 5. Next come 3 full pints of Guinness (20x) and then a wooden pipe with golden trim.
Your smaller wins will come via the playing card symbols. These have been given detailed Celtic designs. Aces down to tens are in play.
The Lucky Leprechaun logo is the wild symbol. This comes in stacks on the reels, with several consecutive symbols. If you are lucky you will find one or more entire reels get covered in wilds. This can enable several wins at once as these replace the regular symbols.
Only the bonus pot of gold symbols, and the clover / gold coin combo symbol are not replaced by these wilds.
Pot of gold symbols land with a bounce and sound effect. You need 3 of these to trigger the special trail bonus. The reels disappear, and you will see a big leprechaun on the left, and a winding road on the right – with a pot of gold saying 500x at the top. The leprechaun will introduce the game, and comment as you move along the trail.
You get 5 spins of a 5-segment wheel under the trail. You move along, with the multiplier increasing each time. Sometimes, you will be awarded an extra spin. There are rainbows connecting different parts of the trail. If you hit one of these, you can move ahead.
When you run out of spins, the multiplier you ended on is applied to your spin bet. The leprechaun will congratulate you on your win before you return to the main game again.
A special symbol showing a gold coin and 4-leaf clover only appears on the last reel. When this hits you’ll start a free spins bonus game. You begin with a low 5 spins with a 2x win multiplier. There are special clovers attached to the playing card symbols in this bonus. Green ones will increase the number of spins by 1 each time. Yellow ones will increase your multiplier by 1 each time.
Green rolling hills, blue skies and pints of Guinness will all be very familiar to fans of Irish online slots. The graphics on Lucky Leprechaun are bright and bold, though it is the small animations which help the game to stand out. I like the ‘cheers’ effect from the pints of Guinness, and the song played by the fiddle.
The talkative leprechaun does add some humour to the game. His symbol shows an impossibly white smile and pointed ears beneath a green hat. As well as the relaxed folky tune which plays all the time, you’ll get Irish style jingles for your wins.
If you are a fan of Irish themed slots, the MicroGaming’s Lucky Leprechaun is certainly worth a look. This game has charm, and a chatty host too! The stacked wilds keep the base-game interesting, while two different bonus games give some depth. The small number of free spins can easily be extended – and if you get a big multiplier to go alongside, this gives the potential for some very big wins.