Late 2017 saw NetEnt release their Finn and the Swirly Spin video slot, with an innovative new spin mechanic providing the framework for your entertainment. It isn’t exactly your traditional online casino title in other ways either, with several free spins rounds to explore rather than your standard single. Throw in a few random features and we think NetEnt are on to a winner!
As this slot shares substantial differences to other iGaming creations by NetEnt, it’s never a bad idea to sample Finn and the Swirly Spin using our above demo. Furthermore, we’ll go into detail about each and every aspect in the below video, ensuring that you haven’t missed a trick when you head over to play at your favourite platforms. So, let’s get you and Finn set up quickly.
Although it’s not obvious from the slot’s name, Finn and the Swirly Spin’s theme revolves around the classic Irish luck. It’s a tried and tested subject in the online casino world, with NetEnt even including an “Irish Luck” Random Feature as a bonus (see below).
Where the decision to change the spin mechanic came from we can’t be certain, but we’re delighted that NetEnt have once again cooked us up a healthy surprise.
We’ll get to the new format in just a second, but first here are a few snippets of Finn and the Swirly Spin slot information:
Payout percentage: Finn and the Swirly Spin’s RTP is set at 96.62%.
Type of casino game: Video slot.
Video slot build: The game consists of a 5x5 grid with clusters of 3 being the basis for winning combinations rather than bet lines.
Finn and the Swirly Spin’s game features: Spiral Spin Mechanic, 4 Random Features – Starfall Wilds, Dragon Destroy, Irish Luck and Magic Transform, 4 free spins rounds – Star Bar, Lava Lair, Lucky Mug and Golden Pot, and finally Wild Substitutions.
So, in case you’re unfamiliar with Finn and the Swirly Spin, let’s explain how the game’s basic functions work. Obviously, there’s only one place to start.
Symbols will appear in a spiral pattern starting from the bottom left corner and ending in the middle, with combos made when groups of 3 or more of the same symbol land either horizontally or vertically adjacent to each other.
Once this happens, the scoring group will explode and leave empty spaces for the remaining symbols to fill – with new symbols added in a similar manner to NetEnt’s Avalanche tool. The reason this occurs is due to the free spins key, which begins at the bottom left corner of every turn you play. If the free spins key manages to get all the way to the centre, it will unlock Finn and the Swirly Spin’s free spins round for maximum benefit.
Before we get to that, there may well be spins where Finn himself decides to get involved – he’s not just there for decoration, you know! It’ll be fairly obvious when one of these treats is triggered, as the reels will start to move and our helpful Irish companion will leap up to offer one of his services.
The first is very simple to explain. Starfall Wilds will place between 2 and 5 Wild symbols on the reels either in a random pattern or in a line, hopefully providing the missing link or enlarging your coin wins.
The second random feature is Dragon Destroy, and this will only occur if no wins were made on the initial spin. This is because the dragon will destroy a random number of symbols on the board for you, creating spaces in an otherwise fruitless turn.
The Irish Luck function also only appears when no prior wins have landed. To guarantee that does happen, a horizontal or vertical line populated with just one symbol will be added to the grid.
The final Finn and the Swirly Spin random feature is Magic Transform. Any spade and/or heart icons will be converted into another higher paying symbol, with 16 possible results. Fingers crossed they’re to your benefit!
Onto everyone’s favourite NetEnt bonus then. Although it’s not unheard of for NetEnt to package their slots with multiple rounds of free turns, we’re feeling quite spoilt with 4 different sections – which you can also choose between! However, aside from Star Bar which is unlocked with just one free spins key, you’ll need to collect more keys by progressing them to the centre of the board to be granted access to the following 3.
Free Spins Keys Required: 1
So, as we’ve just said, Star Bar is the first free spins round which will always be available for you to enter no matter. You’ll be given a total of 7 free turns on the house when it’s selected, with the Starfall Wilds Random Feature included in-play for each attempt.
Free Spins Keys Required: 4
Once you’re on your fourth free spins round, the Lava Lair will open up. 3 free spins will be granted alongside the Dragon Destroy function, while a Sticky Wild will always be apparent as a substitution for the free spins key symbol.
Free Spins Keys Required: 9
The Irish Luck random feature finds its way into the Lucky Mug free spins level next. Overall, 4 turns will be granted if you select this option, with wins guaranteed!
Free Spins Keys Required: 16
The final round will likely take a lot of perseverance on your part, but it’s got huge potential to reward your efforts. The Magic Transform tool partners with 2 free spins if you decide to go for it, and we don’t think you’ll be saying no.
There are no bet levels within Finn and the Swirly Spin, and the coin values range from €0.01 all the way to €2. The minimum wager per round is €0.10, with the max cap set at €200.
The most you can win from Finn and the Swirly Spin is €100,000 or 50,000 coins.
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