Lucky Leprechaun Slots
Every slot player in the world hopes for a little luck before they hit spin for the first time, so this game might just lend a helping hand. The central character of the game is the Leprechaun of the title, who has something of a cheeky grin, very red facial hair, large pointed ears and the trademark green outfit, complete with the golden buckle on his hat. This Leprechaun plays the fiddle, enjoys smoking a pipe and partakes in the occasional Guinness, which are all found on the reels. The highlight of the game is the ‘Trail o’ Fortune’ bonus round, while a free spins feature with added multipliers can also be enjoyed.
The background to the reels shows a meadow with hills rising in the background, while a fiddle plays throughout your time at the game – both of these adding to the Irish theme of the slot. Each of the symbols is bright and bold on the reels in a series of rich colours, although graphically the game is a little more basic than you’ll find elsewhere at other slots. The Leprechaun is the standout symbol of the game and as well as welcoming you to the game, he’ll wink at you when forming part of a win line, with his bright white teeth giving off a sparkle.
(Another slot with a similar theme and more bonus opportunities is the Barcrest / IGT slot Rainbow Riches)
How to play & real money versions
Lucky Leprechaun is a 5 reel slot with a fixed number of 20 win lines. Before hitting spin for the first time, you’ll choose your total stake by using the plus and minus buttons on the control panel – this as opposed to the more usual coin value per win line you’d usually choose. If you do get lucky, you’ll win when landing three or more consecutive symbols from left to right on a win line, with the largest of these wins coming when you manage to hit five in a row.
The Leprechaun is the top paying symbol, with 800 coins as a pay-out for the maximum 5, while the violin, the Guinness and the pipe pay out 600, 500 and 400 coins respectively. These standard symbols are completed by the playing card letters and numbers between 10 to Ace.
Stacked wilds are never a bad thing, as they offer the opportunity for a great number of wins. The wild here is represented by the title of the game and is stacked on all of the reels. This will substitute for every other symbol apart from the two bonus ones. This wild is also the highest paying symbol in the game, worth 1,000 coins for a full house of 5.
Four leaf clovers are certainly lucky when playing this slot. If this symbol appears on reel 5, you’ll enter the free spins feature. You might be a little disappointed at first when you realize you’ll have just 5 free games with a 2x multiplier, but the round is actually much better than that. During the free spins, a four leaf clover might be added to any of the playing card symbols. Every green clover gives you an additional free spin, while a golden clover adds one to the multiplier. Even better is the fact that the Leprechaun turns into an extra wild during the feature. As you’ll probably realize, your disappointment will be short lived – this is a very enjoyable free spins feature.
The bonus symbol is a pot of gold, and landing three or more of these across the reels will give you a chance of reaching the end of the rainbow. You’ll be taken to a separate screen where you’ll find a board-game style round, where you’ll progress along the board depending on the outcome of a spinner. You’ll have 4, 5 or 6 spins (depending on whether 3, 4 or 5 scatters were used to activate the feature) and as you progress along the board, your potential prize will increase. Land on a rainbow and you’ll gain a boost (much like hitting a ladder in snakes and ladders) and discover a green jewel to gain an extra spin. Go all the way and you can win a top prize of 1,000x your total bet size.
Lucky Leprechaun is one of a number of slots with a luck or fortune based theme, meaning that this MicroGaming designed slot does struggle a little to stand out. However, that isn’t to say that the game doesn’t have some charm. The Leprechaun adds character to the reels and the two features are both very playable in their own way. This slot won’t win any awards, but is ideal for the occasional quick spin!