This week brings NetEnt's final game of 2017 — Finn and the Swirly Spin. We know it seems almost criminal that we won't get another game from the Swedish brand until the new year, but the good news is that Finn and the Swirly Spin looks superb. Of course, without it even having been released yet, it'd be a bit over-enthusiastic to call it their best slot of the year.
Yet, we've got a feeling it could be the one to take that title, given it's innovative design and rewarding bonus features. Finn and the Swirly Spin will go live in just three days on November 23rd. However, we've had a sneak peek at the game, so you can read on now to learn everything you can expect and to learn of which online casino to play it at come Thursday.
We first learnt of Finn and the Swirly Spin when NetEnt released their Q4 roadmap all the way back in August. However, with only the name of the slot to go off, we were a bit clueless. Many industry experts and players alike predicted that the ‘Swirly Spin' was a clue towards a new reel mechanism and we can now confirm that they were right.
Finn and the Swirly Spin is the first online slot where the reels spin in a spiral pattern. You can see the mechanism in action in the video above, but if you can't watch the clip right now, we'll do our best to explain as to how it works. In the slot, instead of symbols falling in from the top like a traditional game, symbols appear in spiral pattern, starting from the outside left hand corner and ending in the middle of the grid.
This new mechanism not only looks fantastic, but it also means that Finn and the Swirly Spin doesn't involve traditional paylines. Instead, wins are awarded when you create a horizontal or vertical line of three or more of the same symbol. Once the win has been claimed, the symbols are destroyed and the remaining symbols move around the spiral patter, thus allowing new symbols to appear in the first ‘reel.' This gives players a chance to win again and again from a single spin.
In addition to innovative gameplay, Finn and the Swirly Spin also boasts an imaginative and unique theme. Set against a backdrop of green pastures and rainbows, symbols on the reels include shamrocks, horseshoes and golden acorns. Furthermore, Finn the leprechaun stands to the left of the reels and will accompany you as you play, leaping with glee when you create a winning combination. It's a take on the classic Irish slot theme but, as NetEnt always do, the software developers have made it their own and gave it a new lease of life.
Finn and the Swirly Spin will be available across all devices and will be playable from as little as 10p, but all the way up to £100 per spin. It also has a healthy 96.61% return to player rate and we think it will be classified as a low volatility slot, as wins come fairly frequently. It does, however, also have a maximum win of 50,000 coins so it definitely has the potential to be quite lucrative.
Finn and the Swirly Spin would be entertaining enough with just a few bonus features, but we know that NetEnt never do things by halves. This is why the slot actually benefits from four different extra spins rounds, plus four randomly triggered bonus features. This gives players plenty of chances to maximise their winnings and also makes the game highly exciting and fast-paced.
The four bonus features can be triggered at any point, just once the reels have stopped spinning. The Starfall Wilds feature adds up to five extra wild symbols to your reels, with hopes of allowing you to create a winning combination. The Dragon Destroy feature will remove symbols from your reels, triggering the avalanche feature, and the Irish Luck feature will give you a complete line of the same symbols for a guaranteed win. Finally, you may also receive the Magic Transform feature, where all lower paying symbols are transformed into higher value ones.
The extra spins rounds in Finn and the Swirly Spin are triggered when the key scatter symbol is found in the middle of the grid. There are four different free spins round to unlock and you'll do so by collecting more scatters as you play. Each extra spins round comes with one of the bonus features mentioned above active and you can receive up to a maximum of seven free spins.
Where Can You Play Finn And The Swirly Spin?
Finn and the Swirly Spin will go live at all good NetEnt casinos on Thursday, the 23rd November. However, if reading this review has persuaded you that it's definitely a slot you want to play, then head over to LeoVegas, as the casino giants have the game exclusively available already.
Furthermore, new players at LeoVegas can pick up a welcome package worth up to £1,200 and 120 extra spins on a selection of NetEnt titles, including Finn and the Swirly Spin. Let's get spinning!