Reels O’ Dublin Slot from WMS
Most versions of this slot that you will find in live casinos are the mechanical version – with physical reels and LCD displays for your credits and wins. There is now also a video slot version of Reels O’ Dublin, which is designed to closely resemble the popular mechanical game.
As you might have guessed from the name, this game features the popular ‘luck of the Irish’ theme. There are a lot of clichéd symbols on the reels, a harp, leprechaun and pint of Guinness all feature. The highlight of the game is a free spins bonus round, this gives you a huge 8x multiplier for wins involving wilds. There is an optional ‘hot hot jackpot’ mode, which gives you a bigger chance of hitting retriggers during the bonus game.
Reels O’ Dublin Slot Base Game Overview
This slot is based on the most common 5 reel by 3 row grid pattern. 20 win lines cross this grid. This is low by today’s standard – where 50 and 100 are common – though for an electromechanical game this would have been a large number of win-lines when it was first released. You can spin from 1c per line and up.
You’ll want to see the Reels O’ Dublin logo for several different reasons. This has the highest line payout, a generous 10,000 coins for 5 of a kind (paying all the way down to 2 from the left). It is also the wild symbol, substituting for all the regular symbols, though not the bonus pot of gold. Any wins which include at least one of these wild symbols will pay double what is listed on the pay table. This goes up during the bonus game.
The next highest symbols are the leprechaun, who is playing a violin, this is worth 100 coins for 5. A gold rung, and 3 Irish dancers come next – with an emerald, Celtic logo, Irish coffee, pints (lager and Guinness), lute and harp completing the symbols. There are no playing card symbols in this game.
Pots of gold are the bonus symbol. These will pay a multiple of your total bet, depending on how many of them you see anywhere on the reels. This is 2x for 2, 5x for 3, 20x for 4 or 100x for 5. You need at least 3 to trigger the free spins bonus game.
Free Spins Bonus Game with Multiplier and Respins
You will start with 15 free spins, and enjoy a lively Irish jig song during this bonus. The main difference from the base game comes by way of the multiplier for wins with the wild symbol. Instead of 2x on your wins, you will get 8x what is on the pay table.
It is possible to retrigger for 8 more spins with 3+ of the bonus symbols. If you chose the extra bet of the ‘Hot Hot Jackpot’ then you get a better chance of retriggering – thanks to a respin feature. This kicks in when you get 2 of the bonus symbols. The reels respin (slowly!), and if you are lucky enough to get one or more additional bonus symbols, you get 8 extra spins. With the 8x multiplier in play, these are certainly worth having.
Design of the Reels O’ Dublin Slot
Depending on whether you play the mechanical or the video slot version, you are either looking at a very advanced mechanical slot, or a fairly standard video slot!
In terms of small effects like lights on the reels, faster and slower reel movements and the impressive audio, the mechanical version of this game certainly stands out from similar age machines. The top of the cabinet features a cheerful looking leprechaun, and the displays are all the red over black LCD screens that were the norm at the time.
I like the way that the recent online slot version emulates this original. You’ll find those same displays, and reels which are designed to look curved. The online game also has a flame character which sits above the reels (with eyes) and reacts to your play – as well as a flame all around the reels when the bonus game starts.
Both the mechanical and video slot will treat you to some extremely lively Irish music while you play!
Will Reels O’ Dublin Bring You Some Irish Luck?
This is something of a classic title, and certainly features some solid and enjoyable game play. There are no filler symbols on the reels, making it all-Irish. The multiplier and 10k coin top line prize keep the base game interesting. It is the free spins bonus game which is the undoubted highlight. This gives you and 8x multiplier, and with the Hot Hot Jackpot bet, gives you a much bigger chance of hitting retriggers compared to most other slots.