“Oldie by Goldie.” – The saying certainly applies to the latest slot creation from Blueprint Gaming. Luck O’ The Irish Megaways is after the 2012 original and the 2015 Fortune Spins variant the third game in the series featuring the iconic rainbow with the pot of gold. While the original has all but disappeared into the abyss of forgotten online slots, the Fortune Spins version still ranks reasonably well on the playing lists, especially in the United Kingdom. It looks like that was enough reason for the developer to give it the Megaways treatment.
They took the Fortune Spins template with cloning mystery symbols and simply increased the pay lines from just 10 to a range between 32 and 16,807 ways to win. Connoisseurs will know that the Fortune Spins are played with four instead of one reel set, substantially increasing the chances to hit a win. Add to that the huge number of ways coming from the Megaways engine and it is easy to see how the win potential on Luck O’ The Irish Megaways peaks at 10,000 times your bet.
Luck O’ The Irish Megaways is a video slot with five reels and up to 16,807 ways to win. Using the patented BTG Megaways engine, the game will randomly select two to seven symbols on each reel for every spin, creating anything from 32 to 16,807 ways to win. Pays are then awarded for adjacent symbols from left to right only. Activating the Fortune Spins will give you four reel sets per spin, each running independently. Bet sizes range from 0.10 to 10.00 credits while the RTP of this high variance game is set at 96.76%.
Irish themed slots need little explanation about the graphics as they all appear with lush greenery (after my first visit to Ireland I said the grass there is greener than green), blue skies and the fabled rainbow that ends, well, hopefully in a pot of gold. No lucky leprechaun jumping through the screen though, which is a good thing, although he makes a brief appearance on the mystery symbols. Other than that, Blueprint kept the exact same design as on the original.
No surprises on the pay symbols either. At the low end, you’ll see the card royals from 10 through to A, followed by the usual gems in red, blue and green colours. Naturally, the top payer is a pot of gold with 5 times your bet for a single five of a kind. The mystery symbol is still the slot logo. There are no wild or scatter symbols to be found on this game.
Well, the title is actualy wrong in the sense that there are no bonus features as such on the slot. Key to hitting big wins are the Mystery Symbols. Although, due to the Megaways set-up, there is always a chance for a mega hit due to the sheer amount of win ways but the absolute majority of mega wins will happen when mystery symbols are involved. They can land on any spin and will unveil a common pay symbol once the reels have stopped.
The second part that can provide exciting moments on Luck O’ The Irish Megaways are the Fortune Spins. In default mode, you will be playing on a single reel set with up to 16,807 ways to win, a totally bare slotting experience were it not for the occasional appearance of the mystery symbols. However, activating the Fortune Spins will give you four reel sets to play with per spin. It will cost you 20 times your normal stake, giving you one spin on each of them. The number of win ways will be identical on all four reel sets. However, they will spin in consecutive order from top left to bottom right and any mystery symbols appearing on one will be cloned to the remaining sets.
For example, mystery symbols landing on the first reel set will be mirrored in the same positions on all others. If you hit more on the second, they will be mirrored to reel sets three and four and so on. Only those landing on the fourth reel set will not be cloned. Wins are evaluated once all reels have stopped.
Well, if you have been waiting for an even more bare Megaways alternative to Starquest or Queen of Riches, then here it is. Highly volatile and fast-paced, it can equally take your bankroll without mercy or become the source of your next monster win. Some caution on the bet size is therefore recommended.