When you are an online slot game creator and producer you really do have your work cut out for you. It’s a sector that is growing day by day, or so it seems, and dozens of games are released at any one time.
So in order to have a game that gets played and that people are interested in, you need to do something special. Or you need to have a good track record behind you. Or you need both, which is what has happened when it comes to Lucky Irish Eyes by Nextgen Gaming.
Known for their fun and exciting games that are both easy to play and offer great prizes so that both beginner and more seasoned players can enjoy them, Nextgen’s Irish Eyes shouldn’t disappoint.
It’s a perfect example of what this developer does best, and despite the market starting to become rather crowded with different games all vying for attention, there are some definite benefits to the Irish Eyes slot game that makes it stand out above the rest, or at least some of them. Let’s go into a little more detail.
How it works
Irish Eyes has a traditional set up, so if you’ve played any kind of slots before you should recognise the five reel and 25 payline system that Irish Eyes has for you. Nothing ground breaking here, but that’s half the point – in a game like this you don’t need to go all out in order to impress. There are other elements that do that, and setting things up so that people will recognise the board and be comfortable playing is a potentially good move by Nextgen.
It looks good too, that cannot be denied. The bright reels are set against a beautiful day, the background is supposed to look like perfect Irish weather; a blue, cloudless sky, a rainbow (of course, despite the lack of rain) and plenty of four leaf clovers fluttering about. It’s a lovely idea, perhaps not one that is based in much reality, but it looks attractive nonetheless and it’s sure to pull in those who like something nice to look at while they’re playing slots.
The symbols are Irish themed, as might be expected, and it’s the red haired woman who is the scatter and the leprechaun who is the wild. Get five of those in a row and you’ll receive 10000 times your line bet. Other symbols include four leaf clovers, gold rings, and a huge green hat.
You can play Irish Eyes from 25p a spin, so it’s easy to get into this game without breaking the bank.
Not all slots have bonus features built into them, but when the gameplay is as traditional and simplified as it is with Irish Eyes then it makes sense to have something extra to ensure that players stay for longer than they might otherwise.
One of those extras is the free spins. The red haired woman we mention above is the key here, and you’ll want to see her as much as possible to get your free spins. Find three or more images of this lady across the reels and you’ll be rewarded with 12 free spins. You won’t get anything extra such as increasing multipliers – what you see is what you get in this case – but you can re-trigger the free spins as much as you like when you land additional red haired women.
You can also play the Pick Me bonus. For this you’ll need the little leprechaun wild symbol. You’ve need to find him on reels one and five in order to activate this bonus game. When you do, you’ll be transported to a new screen which will show you a variety of themed objects. Pick the ones you want and coin amounts will be revealed – you’ll win what you pick. It’s not just coins either; you might find that you win extra picks which is always fun or you might even trigger some extra spins. It’s all about luck with this game.
Then there’s the gamble feature. If you’re feeling lucky and the idea of doubling or quadrupling your last win sounds like it might be worth trying, you can click on the gamble button that sits underneath the reels after you’ve been awarded a prize (remember, if you like the idea of this, don’t choose autoplay as you won’t get the chance to click). Gambling means playing a game of predicting cards and you need to choose the right colour to win twice your bet. Pick the right suit and you’ll get that quadruple prize.
The multiples for the prizes can rise quickly and high in Irish Eyes, so you don’t need to play with a huge stake to win something substantial. It’s wise to start small and raise your stake gradually to see what happens rather than go all in at the start and run the risk of crashing out quickly. Having said that, if you want to benefit from the bonus games then you may need to wager a little more to get the most out of them.
There are many, many Irish themed slots, and one in particular (Rainbow Riches) will always come to mind when you think of them. This is a double edged sword for developers; it makes sense to make Irish themed games in order to cash in on this one game’s popularity, but the more Irish themed games there are the more diluted the market for them is going to be. So any new Irish games need to be entertaining and different enough to keep people interested beyond the shamrocks and leprechauns.
Irish Eyes manages this feat. Thanks to its bonus games, you can keep playing happily for a while without getting bored of the same reels spinning round and round.
The one issue with Irish Eyes is the look of it. Yes, it’s nice enough and attractive, but the graphics aren’t of the best quality, and the music can become extremely repetitive. It will entirely depend on how you like to play, but if you can get past these slight faults, then Irish Eyes is a fun slot with plenty going for it.