March marks the arrival of the most celebrated holiday in Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day has evolved to become a far cry from its roots as a 17th celebration to commemorate the arrival of Christianity in the country.
In the modern era, the day is now an international explosion of Irish culture where people guzzle down Guinness, put on their best green attire, and party the night away. Slots developers have seized upon the popularity of Irish-inspired content and you will find many slots featuring leprechauns, the fabled “luck of the Irish”, and cascades of four-leaf clovers or ‘shamrocks.’
Here is a selection of 6 of the best slots to get you into the winning spirit this St. Paddy’s day.
Shamrock Holmes Megaways (Microgaming / All41 Studios)
A little bit of Celtic sleuthing goes a long way in this 6 reel, 117,649 payline title with a theme that gives leprechaun mythology a detective story slant. Charming carved wooden symbols spin on simple reels against the backdrop of a magical forest.
This is the first title that Microgaming chose to bless with its freshly acquired Megaways license. The mechanic works by generating a random number of symbols to land on each spin, resulting in a different number of Megaways or paylines each time.
This works perfectly in tandem with the rolling reels feature and the Magic forest respins where you could be guaranteed the maximum number of 117, 649 Megaways and your best chance at reaching the slot’s top potential of 28,000x your stake.
Golden Shamrock (NetEnt)
The classics are the best and this 2010 NetEnt title has an enduring charm that sees it remain popular with players even after more than a decade. With 5x3 reels and 20 paylines, this slot delights the senses with an Irish jig soundtrack and reels surrounded by knotted wood that feature leprechauns, mugs of ale, and rainbows as some of the symbols.
Grab some gold with the Leprechaun wild that expands to fill entire reels or trigger free spins with the golden shamrock scatter. The pot ‘o gold is naturally the most valuable symbol. Land 5 of these on a payline to claim the game’s top potential of 4000x your stake. With a friendly RTP of 96.4% and a betting range from 0.01 to 100.00, anyone can enjoy the classic gameplay.
Celtic Goddess (2 by 2 Gaming)
The feminine face of the divine is celebrated in the medium volatility Celtic Goddess slot from 2 by 2 Gaming. The simple reels are set against the image of a stormy sky above rolling green hills with strange stone monoliths emerging from them. Swords, spears feature as symbols, emphasising the ferocity of the green-clad flame-haired deity standing to the left of the 5x3 reel, 30 payline grids. This title weighs in with an RTP of 96.02%.
The Celtic Goddess herself is the wild symbol that automatically adds a multiplier of up to 4x to your win. The Goddess feature randomly upgrades your symbols to boost your winnings and pops up in the bonus feature, activating at the end of every free spin. The maximum you can win on a single spin is 2000x your stake and you can bet anywhere from 0.30 to 30.00.
Leprechaun Goes Egypt (Play’n GO)
Unlikely scenarios and fish-out-of-water tales can make for compelling content and Play’n GO makes this point neatly with its 5x3 reel, 20 payline titles, Leprechaun Goes Egypt. All the quirkiness you could expect from such a mash-up is on display; clover-adorned card royals share the reels with scarabs and sphinxes with the dunes of the desert in the background.
Betting starts at 0.01 up to 100.00 and the game’s medium volatility means you won’t have to suffer to win decent prizes. Pyramid scatter symbols give you the chance to rescue Cleopatra by picking from 3 doors, if you find the lovely queen; a reward of 500x your stake is yours. The real winning potential weight is carried by the free spins that you trigger with 3 or more Cleopatra symbols and you get to choose from 3 free spins / multiplier combos to get you to the top prize of 1000x your stake.
Lucky Emeralds (Playtech)
The impact of Irish culture is evident when you strip away all the mythical characters and stereotypical objects and the simple sight of green and a clover shape lets you know exactly what theme you’re looking at. Playtech’s medium volatility Lucky Emeralds slot takes a minimalistic approach with a simple green background and a rainbow spectrum of gems appearing as symbols on the 5x3 reels with 10 paylines.
The slot’s RTP is 95.71% and it boasts a sole bonus feature, Clover Wilds, where 3 Clover symbols can appear in the special bar above each reel. If the clover symbol happens to land on reel 3, wild symbols will drop down onto the reels, greatly boosting your winning chances and you could even fill the entire grid with wilds. With a modest maximum winning potential of 500x and a betting range of 0.10 to 500.00, this game is for all the casual players out there who like a lot of excitement with the minimum of bells and whistles.
Finn and the Swirly Spin (NetEnt)
Unconventional gameplay can be just as impactful as a fresh theme or massive winning potential. NetEnt’s Finn and the Swirly Spin slot is a 5x5 reel title with cluster pays, low-to-medium volatility, and an average RTP of 96.2%. The slot’s title alludes to the spiral-shaped reel arrangement where symbols including shamrocks, rubies, and golden horseshoes appear as a friendly cartoon leprechaun keeps you company to the left of the reels, sitting in a breathtakingly illustrated green meadow.
This is a feature-packed game, place your bet from 0.10 to 100 and discover them all. The Starfall Wilds feature adds star-shaped wild symbols to the reels, the Dragon Destroy Random feature removes a random number of symbols from the grid, The Irish luck feature gives you a guaranteed win and the Magic Transform feature upgrades your symbols. Free spins add even more winning action with 4 modes to choose from with a variety of combinations of free spins, wilds, sticky wilds, and symbol upgrades, all in the quest to take home the slots maximum win of 50,000x your stake.