Emerald Isle Slot

Software Cryptologic
Reels 5
Paylines 20
Jackpot 150,000
Bonus Rounds 1
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If you are thinking that you have reached complete saturation point with the Irish-themed online slots we have profiled already, think again. Just like the goods from Aunty Nellies traditional Irish sweet shop, there is always room for one more. This time we are talking Emerald Isle from Cryptologic, an outfit that has again managed to create a unique experience from a popular theme, this time by pairing down the trimmings to provide a no-nonsense slots offering.

Gameplay

Unusually for a leprechaun, our Emerald Isle protagonist is seemingly stern, maybe keeping a close watch over the gold we want to get our filthy little hands on. But no! Just you wait until he becomes involved in the game, for he is a wild symbol that reveals his true happy nature by dancing a wee jig along to a short Irish ditty. He waggles his eyebrows and waves his fingers, out of which spurts his special Irish magic. This is where Emerald Isle steals a march on its competitors – the little slices of music that create an ambience in contrast to the simplistic structure of the game. These moments make the game at once playable and memorable, and without them this slot would be pretty standard fare.

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Rules

Emerald Isle is played over five reels and 20 paylines. I know, incredible, right? While we scoff away over our Irish breakfast, we may just drop our potato farls into our tea when we see that the maximum prize per line is £150,000. Just like the breakfast, that is very tasty, and each is just the thing after a night on the Guinness. As ever, it is up to each player how many paylines they would like to play alongside their bet-per-line, but the importance of noting the total bet at the bottom of the screen is paramount.

Bonuses

Two of our steely leprechauns on reels one and five trigger the bonus game, a basic “match three symbols” set-up. For the feature bonus game this is slightly disappointing as, like many Guinness-induced lovers’ encounters, it seems over before it has began. The lilting Irish music is again used to good effect, but players are probably better off away from the leprechaun and triggering instead the free spins round.

Landing three rainbow symbols left-to-right across the reels will launch the free spins mode. However, unlike another Irish-themed slot that shall remain nameless, the number of free spins is set at 10, giving the player no input into how many spins are chosen. While this is a missed opportunity at an extra feature, the soundtrack to the free spins round is a tricksy Irish jig that will have you bouncing in your seat rather than ruing the lack of an extra game.

Summary

Cryptologic have devised an original Irish-themed slot in Emerald Isle by going back to basics. If you want bells and whistles then you may be better off elsewhere, but if you want a slots game that will make you dance in your seat and giggle like a leprechaun then pull up a toadstool because this is about to get heavy.

 

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