NetEnt’s final online slot release of 2017, ‘Finn and the Swirly Spin’ sounds like just another Irish luck-themed slot. Look closer…..
Finn and the Swirly Spin is perhaps THE MOST original online slots release to appear in recent years. The innovative style of game play is totally unique and will captivate online slot players as well as fans of games based on social media like Candy Crush. Low rollers will love the game for its entertainment value. The clue to the new technology sits firmly in the game’s title.
Unique Features of Finn and the Swirly Spin
There is very little chance that this review will do Finn and the Swirly Spin the justice it deserves for its innovative design and unique features. As the game opens, a total surprise is apparent in the game window.
Finn and the Swirly Spin does not feature the usual reels, rows or paylines with symbols landing on the reels. Alternatively, as the game name suggests, the symbols follow a spiral pattern starting at the outside corner and ending in the centre position. This new spin mechanic (i.e. NetEnt’s new spin mechanic technology, ‘Avalanche’) is an innovative and exciting change and is a welcome exit from run-of-the-mill online slots. New players will probably find it easier to adjust to than veterans of online slots. The game play is swift, smooth and intuitive. Fans of social media games like Candy Crush will immediately feel at home with this stunning new design feature. It is another prime example from NetEnt (just like this month’s Mobile First Blackjack release) that they are positioning themselves to take advantage of a generation of millennial players who have grown up with mobile technology and are comfortable with, and adapting to new technologies.
How does it work? All symbols flow in a swirl, hence the name of the slot, ‘Swirly Spin’. It is something new for players and is an exciting and welcome move away from the standard play of online slot machines.
The NetEnt development team is continuing to revolutionise the way players access online slots games and the way they are beginning to play across their multiple handheld devices.
Finn and the Swirly Spin – The Essentials
The game theme is Irish luck, a tried and tested theme in the online casino environment. ‘Finn’ (from the title of this online slot) is a red-headed leprechaun who dances and plays the flute in the bottom left of screen.
Finn and the Swirly Spin is a 5-reel, 5-row video slot that features a Wild Symbol, a Free Spins Key, 4 different types of Free Spins and a Random Feature with 4 variations.
The RTP of this medium variance game is set at 96.62%, featuring a maximum win of 500 coins in game play mode. The maximum win on a single spin with consecutive avalanches can be significantly more – a maximum win of 50,000 coins or 1000x stake. Bet sizes start at CAD $0.10 and go up to CAD $100 and are easily adjustable with the familiar NetEnt buttons for coin denomination and bet levels. The game is in HTML5 format, making it available on desktop and all mobile devices in both iOS and Android formats.
There are only six pay symbols on the Finn and the Swirly Spin slot, excluding the Wild symbol. In ascending order, those symbols are spades, hearts, clovers, horseshoes, hazelnuts and red gems. The wild symbol is a cheeky and cute smiling yellow star that is initiated when winning combinations explode during a spin. There are no scatters on the reels as the bonus features are triggered when the key symbol reaches the centre of the swirl in one single spin.
Finn and the Swirly Spin Random Features
The game is complete with four random features, all of which are initiated once symbols have come to rest after a spin:
- Starfall Wilds: Minimum 2 Wilds are randomly placed on any position, other than on top of the locked key symbol. If no win occurs, more Wilds are added until a win is hit.
- Dragon Destroy: A random number of symbols are destroyed, thereby activating another avalanche.
- Irish Luck: One single vertical or horizontal line is transformed into one symbol, guaranteeing a win.
- Magic Transform: All spades and hearts symbols automatically change into a higher value symbol.
Finn and the Swirly Spin – Free Spins Features
In addition to the random features, this game offers a surprising four different Free Spins features. The bonus feature is activated when the locked key symbol arrives at the centre of the game swirl on one single spin. Each of the Free Spins features requires a specific number of collected keys;
- The Star Bar – 1 key: 7 Free Spins in the Starfall Wilds feature.
- Lava Lair – 4 keys: 3 Free Spins in the Dragon Destroy feature.
- Lucky Mug – 9 keys: 4 Free Spins in the Irish Luck feature.
- Golden Pot – 16 keys: 2 Free Spins in the Magic Transform feature.
Finn and the Swirly Spin is a great game, containing a revolutionary design and gameplay that other online slots and game developers will definitely copy in the very near future. Hats off to the NetEnt development team who have had the imagination and technical expertise to pull off this great slot and bring it to fruition.
I particularly like the way the NetEnt developers encourage you to take your time with this game through its design.
Finn and the Swirly Spin slot is not a big hit, big win game. What we have here is a lot of fun in an Irish-themed slot with outrageously ground-breaking technology. Moreover, your budget will last longer than you anticipate as you get 30x to 50x your bet wins in the frequent occurring free spins bonus game. The same multipliers hit randomly in the base game too, meaning that your budget can last a long while during gameplay.