NetEnt are at the top of their game when it comes to innovation, proved yet again with its Irish-themed slot, Finn and the Swirly Spin online slot. What makes this game so special is its industry first spin mechanism – hence the ‘swirly spin’. Played on a 5x5 grid, symbols don’t spin on the reels, but rather land in a spiral motion across 25 positions. And instead of paylines, a winning combination is achieved whenever you marry 3-of-a-kind, either horizontally or vertically. But that’s not all! There are four different random features and a progressive free-spins round which we’ll delve into deeper below.
The lower value symbols are made up of stone spades and wooden hearts.
Acorns, clovers and horseshoes are worth a little more, and rubies are the top-earners with 5-of-a-kind paying out a whopping 500 coins multiplied by your bet.
Note that cluster pays do not apply here. You can win more for larger wins – provided it’s on the same line.
Whenever you win the icons involved will vanish from your screen and the remaining symbols will “swirl” towards the centre in a spiral fashion. New symbols start at the bottom left and move clockwise around the outside until they have made a full rotation, then proceed to travel on an inner loop back towards the centre.
The magic key symbol is essential to unlocking the free spins round which we’ll discuss in more detail in the bonus features.
The following bonus features occur randomly during the base game, as well as during free spin bonuses:
Starfall Wilds – A golden star known as the Starfall Wild is created with each normal win and it behaves as a wild to replace other symbols to help you form winning combinations. Should you get one more win involving a star wild, rather than generating another wild, the stars already in the combination will explode, and surrounding symbols will be removed. Once these effects have finished, more new symbols will appear on the screen for you to play with.
At the beginning of the game you will notice a key frozen in ice in the left-hand corner of the screen – get this to the keyhole in the centre of the screen and Finn will be magically transported to the land of Free Spins! When you first trigger this feature, you will play the default mode, but as you trigger it again, more keys are collected, and more spin modes unlocked. There are a total of four free spin modes, each behaving as follows:
Finn and the Swirly Spin promises to keep you well entertained with its engaging spiral spin mechanism, avalanche feature and wild generation that may see you pocketing multiple wins from just one spin.