Irish Eyes 2
Who doesn’t love the joy of an upbeat slot themed by the charm of Ireland? As the title tells us, Irish Eyes 2 slot is all about the Emerald Isle and its traditions – not to mention its flame-haired beauties- the alluring girl of the game’s title. She looks like she might have spent a bit of time on the Gaelic Luck slot, let’s just hope she brings you some luck.
Many of you will have had a spin on the original game and the jury is out as to whether a second version of NextGen’s hit original was necessary. Well, why not? The Irish theme is a winner- just look at Irish luck and the Finn and the Swirly Spin slot if you don’t believe us. We’re all for more choice on the Emerald Isle front!
I wanted a whirl to find out what all the fuss is about – is it a case of a superior sibling or just window dressing?
I hopped on the reels to find out more.
Look and Feel
As you’d expect from the original, Irish Eyes 2 looks similar to the first game, but everything about the game’s appearance is improved. The graphics are definitely crisper and much better quality and the set-up is just a bit less basic in terms of the way the game feels. NextGen – the team behind games like the 1Can2Can slot and Foxin’ Wins have done their homework here.
The reels are set against a pretty rural glade with a breeze stirring the flowers and butterflies flitting around the scene. The reels are entwined in a frame of Celtic gold.
The background sounds are bird song and the chirping of insects which sets a peaceful vibe- this all changes when you spin the reels and make a win. A very perky Irish jig starts up and you hear the mutterings of a magical Leprechaun- it’s all high energy fun and feel good all the way to the bank!
Irish Eyes 2 is a 3 rows, 5 reels and 25 paylines slot game.
The high value icons of the game are a traditional Irish golden ring, a Leprechaun’s hat, a Leprechaun’s pipe and of course a lucky four leaf clover! The lower value icons are the Ace through nine of the card deck, all made to look beautifully Celtic.
Once again, the maiden at the centre of the game is the red-haired and green-eyed beauty who is this slot’s Wild. She substitutes for all icons, except for the Scatter which is a pot of Leprechaun gold and route to the feature game. If you land five Wilds then you can rake in a big 5,000 coins, but this is half the amount which was up for grabs in the original slot – that was a whopping 10,000 and some players will be disappointed by this change.
Free spins are what this game is all about, if you can land three or more of the Scatters to enter the bonus feature. 3, 4 or 5 Scatters earn you a respectable 10, 15 or 20 free spins respectively. And there’s more, all the wins you make in this feature will have a x3 multiplier- now that will get Irish eye’s smiling!
And if Lady Luck smiles on you then you can also re-trigger more spins by landing more Scatters.
For those high risk rollers there is also a Gamble feature – you can risk your winnings on the turn of a card with a x 4 or x2 multiplier up for grabs if you can guess the suit or colour of that next card. Remember this is a high risk strategy.
While Irish Eyes 2 looks a lot better than the original, it has lost the Pick Game – part of the original slot and with the lower win limit, this new game might deter some existing fans.
Make no mistake, Irish Eyes 2 is a slick addition to the already crowded Irish slot genre but I’m not convinced that this new slot is an improvement on that cheeky little sister of a game.