A smiling leprechaun is our host in Irish Coins, a release from Novomatic that celebrates all things green. Played using a 5 reel, 20 payline game engine, it comes with a randomly triggered Irish Coin feature which can bring up to 15 extra wilds into play. Trigger the Free Game feature and you could win up to 120 free spins. Stakes range from between 20p and £100 per spin.
As usual for a Novomatic video slot, the design in Irish Coins is simply done. The reels are set against green hills and fields. There you’ll find colourful royal values as well as the usual Irish stereotypes including giant mushrooms, 4 leaf clovers, pipes and a red-haired woman. The cheeky leprechaun is the most rewarding standard symbol, offering payouts of up to 17 times your total bet per payline.
Helping to create winning combinations is the gold coin which is the wild. It can hit on all 5 reels and substitute for everything bar the scatter. Land 5 wilds on a payline and you’ll win a payout of 50 times your total bet. The game comes with 2 extras.
Irish Coins feature – this can hit at random on any spin. Up to 15 extra wilds are dropped onto the reels. A new payout follows with all the extra wilds in position.
Free Game feature – land 3, 4 or 5 of the wishing well scatter on the same spin and you’ll pocket an award of 2, 6.67 or 33.3 times your total bet. You’ll also receive 7, 10 or 20 free spins. If you landed a purple rather than a blue scatter on reel 5 on the triggering spin then the number of free spins awarded is doubled or even trebled.
Land a full 5 wishing wells including the blue scatter on reel 5 and you could end up with 40 or even 60 free spins. Re-triggers are possible too. The Irish Coins feature can trigger randomly too meaning every free spin could benefit from up to 15 wilds.
If you’ve played Novomatic’s games before then you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect here. The cartoon visuals are generic backing track aren’t the most sophisticated you find. They do the job though. The gameplay is as straightforward as the design. Both the extra wilds and free spin extras offer some decent potential. The variance is in the medium range with top payouts of 500 times your bet on each spin/free spin.
A leprechaun-themed video slot was never going to break the boundaries for innovation. The old school theme is matched by classic features. If you don’t expect any more than that then Irish Coins delivers enough to make it worth a spin. If you like the Irish theme, Playtech’s Gaelic Luck is worth a go.