It is time for another trip to the Emerald Isle on the slot from Blueprint Gaming. Wish Upon A Leprechaun Megaways is the next addition to the exclusive portfolio of Paddy Power, which has probably the largest selection of leprechaun themed games. Completely understandable, considering the Irish heritage of the bookmaker that was founded in 1988 in the city of Dublin. The game is the sequel to the 2017original Wish Upon A Leprechaun slot, which itself was a follow-up creation to Wish Upon A Jackpot from 2013.
Lucky Tam will be waiting for your arrival at his realm and reward you with reactive wins, Mystery Symbols, four random modifiers and a free spins feature where you can first gamble for more free spins and then benefit from an unlimited multiplier that can lead to wins of up to 50,000 times your bet or 250,000 credits, whichever is hit first.
Wish Upon A Leprechaun Megaways is a video slot with six reels, two to seven rows and up to 117,649 ways to win. It is using the standard Megaways engine to roll in two to seven symbols on reels one and six and two to seven symbols on reels two, three, four and five. Additionally, the horizontal reel on top of the game window will spin more symbols into view abeam reels two to five. Overall, the set-up gives you a sheer infinite amount of possible reel and row combinations that range from 324 to 117,649 ways to win.
Your encounter with the lucky leprechaun on desktop or mobile starts at just 0.10 credits and peaks at a still modest 10 credits per spin. The game has medium to high volatility with a rather low RTP of 95.50%.
The visuals and graphics are all that you can expect from an Irish-themed slot. Lush greenery with hills in the background, the leprechaun standing next to the game window, a wooden house serving as reel frame and typical lucky icons on the reels appearing on wooden planks. Not missing either are the traditional and cheerful acoustic Irish pieces played on flutes and violins. Lucky Tam will occasionally interrupt the music to cheer for your big wins or trigger the random features.
The theme continues as expected with the pay symbols. They start at the low end with clover-ornamented card royals from 9 through to A, awarding 1x to 1.5x your bet for a single five of a kind. The four premiums are horseshoes, Lucky Tam’s hat, a wishing well and the slot logo. Hit six across the reels to win 2x to 50x your stake.
An icon with the Celtic knot marked and the word itself is the wild symbol, appearing in the horizontal reel only and substituting for all regular pay symbols. A pot of gold acts as the scatter with minimum three needed to trigger the free spins while a golden 4-leaf clover is the mystery symbol.
At the start of every spin, symbols drop from the top onto the six reels based on the random selection of reel positions. In addition, the extra reel at the top of the game window spins four symbols into view abeam reels two to five adding an extra symbol position to those reels. A display in the top left corner shows the total amount of active Megaways for the spin.
Wins are paid for adjacent symbols from left to right. The symbols from a winning combination are part of a reaction which will see them explode to make room for new symbols to cascade into place. This will continue as long as a new winning combination occurs after a reaction. Wins are accumulated from all cascades and paid before the next spin starts.
There is as usual with slots from Blueprint Gaming a lot happening on the reels as the developer is known for its penchant for feature-rich games. The first that you will probably come across when you start playing is the Mystery Symbol. It can land on any spin in the base game and free spins and all in view will transform into a common symbol once the reels have stopped. That does not include wilds and scatters.
More suspenseful moments are literally guaranteed with the four random features that can trigger on any spin in the base game and free spins. Lucky Tam will jump into action and modify the reels or shift symbols.
As to be expected, the grand finale and potential to hit that maximum win of up to 50,000 times your bet is the Free Spins round. You will need to land three or more pot of gold scatters within one spin sequence to gain access to the feature as there is no Bonus Buy option on offer. Each scatter in view will reveal a random number of free spins after which Lucky Tam is inviting you to gamble them for more free spins.
He will lead you to a trail-like ladder with up to 50 free spins. You can choose to take a 50:50 gamble to advance by one step on the ladder or collect the won free spins. Losing a gamble will automatically start the feature. The good part is that you will never be completely deprived of the bonus round as any lost gamble will revert to a lower number of free spins for the round, e.g. you will drop from 10 to 8 free spins.
The bonus round is played with the well-known progressive win multiplier that starts at x1 and increases by x1 after each winning reaction, no limits. Plus, the mystery symbols as well as the four random feature can trigger on every free spin.
While there is not much new on Wish Upon A Leprechaun Megaways, it delivers the solid gameplay that we have witnessed from most other Megaways slots. The random features hit frequently enough to avoid boredom while the free spins round triggers in the usual range of 300 to 400 spins.
This might sound odd but the mystery symbol modifier was triggering too often for my liking and understandably ended repeatedly in a no-win result. A little pointless to have a feature activating three or four times within 20 spins when it never delivers even a small win. What made it even more annoying is that it would stop any Autoplay run after every trigger. But we know that the feature can lead to some huge mega wins when sufficient mystery symbols land in view.