Finn and the Swirly Spin
For slot lovers who can’t get enough of the Emerald Isle and all things Irish, then NetEnt’s fantastical Finn and the Swirly Spin slot is a must play game.
This game has some great innovations – it’s definitely not another “me-too” Irish game and is one of NetEnt’s most popular slots. So much so, in fact, that I am amazed that they haven’t launched more “Swirly” games.
This game is bursting with extras in the base game. Let’s see if this is a heady game of folky charm or just a bit of an Irish Stew.
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Look and Feel
If you like a game that is a bit different to the rest like the Legend of Cleopatra slot with its asymmetric reels, then you will love this game because it takes innovative design to the next level. Finn and the Swirly Spin looks good enough to eat. The graphics are high quality and themed on the magic of Leprechauns and the Celtic myths.
Finn is the cheeky Leprechaun of the game’s title and he sits on the left of the reels playing his pipe, which make up the background sounds of slot play. The reel grid is designed as a giant stone monolith and the background to this massive rock formation is an idyllic scene of green countryside with, of course, the mandatory rainbow!
Finn and the Swirly Spin is a five by five grid slot game with a cluster win mechanic of three or more matching symbols in a row. So quite a bit different to their more traditional games like the Fruit Spin slot and even Guns ‘n Roses.
The icons of this creative slot are a ruby, a golden acorn, a lucky horseshoe, a shamrock leaf and a wooden-look heart and club from the card deck.
The Wild is a golden star with blue eyes (Irish eyes are smiling after all) and this subs for all icons, except for the Free spins icon which is a Celtic key in a crystal cube.
Let it Swirl
This slot has a brilliantly creative idea at its core: the Swirly mechanins. Instead of reels that spin, here the reels move in a swirling shape, a 5 by 5 grid. To win you need to get 3 or more symbols in a row, either vertically or horizontally. I did warn you that this is something different!
If you want to go back to straight pay-lines the we suggest you head over to games like the Poltava slot machine or something similar as Finn is way out there!
Finn and the Swirly Spin also delivers another intriguing feature with “avalanches,” which is a really solid feature. When you form a winning combo, those icons which helped you to win will then disappear from the grid so that new icons can take their place.
This cascading effect means that you can potentially hit a winning streak, refreshing your chances of making more winning combos.
Base Game Boon
Apart from having some creative concepts, what attracted me to this game was its side games that all take place at random in the base game. There are four of them.
First up there’s Starfalls Wilds, where a generous two Wilds are added onto the grid. These appear at random so if they don’t help to make a win, they stick around until they start to contribute.
Then there’s Irish Luck, a side game that adds substitute icons to the reels to help bring about a win.
Dragon Destroy is also great fun; here non- winning combos are destroyed by a dragon creating a new cascade of symbols allowing a win to take place.
And last but not least, there’s Magic Transform. Here the club and heart icons are transformed into new higher value icons.
Spinning a Magical Yarn
After a win, if the special Free Spin icon (the key), is on the middle reel then the free spins feature is activated, and this means that you can get involved in one of the four original side games with free spins to boot. The first time the key is in position you will get a single free spin but as it lands again and you collect keys, you can enter the different side games this mode offers at random.
- One key gets you Star Bar Wins: a free spin and the Starfalls Wilds side game.
- With four keys you get the Lava Lair Spins, that is 3 free spins, the Dragon Destroy feature and a sticky Wild instead of the Free Spin icon.
- Nine keys will take you to the Lucky Mug game, where you get four freebie spins and the Irish Luck game.
- And with 16 bonus keys you trigger the Golden Pot, which is two spins and the Magic Transform side game.
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Pros and Cons
Innovative Swirly Mechanic
4 bonus features can trigger at random
4 features in the free spins
Good entertainment value
Modest max win
I loved the originality of the Finn and the Swirly Spin slot, but I have to admit that I found it hard to move through the different stages of collecting the keys, for 16 keys. Maybe persistence pays here.
But this is a game with oodles of fun in the base game, and lots of features that stands out from the crowd. Worth a spin.
Finn and the Swirly Spin
5×5 with Swirly Mechanic
Free Spins, Random bonuses, Sticky Wilds, Swirly Spin, Wilds, Avalanche (Cascade)
Ireland, Green, Leprechauns, Clover, Fantasy, Celtic
How fo you make up a win on the Swirly mechanic on the Finn slot?
Finn and the Swirly Spin is designed with reels shaped like a square spiral. It’s Swirly, hence the name! Wins are paid out on a Cluster Pays basis: you win when matching symbols land in groups of at least 3 across the reel set. The symbols swirl towards the middle of the spiral. Winning symbols disappear, and are replaced by new symbols, a bit like the avalanche mechanic in Gonzo’s Quest, another famous NetEnt game.
How do you Trigger the Free Spins?
To set off the free spins bonus you need to land a Key Scatter symbol square in the middle of the Swirl after all consecutive wins have finished. There are 4 free spins features, and each one is linked to one of the random explained above.