NetEnt Launches Final Slot of 2017: Finn and the Swirly Spin
We’re nearing the end of the year, which means that after releasing at least one slot a month all year long, NetEnt has just released its final game for 2017. While players will no doubt be sad that the fun is over they’ll be happy to learn that the game which NetEnt chose to save until last isn’t just one of the best of the year, but also one of the most innovative, creative and unique.
Not only does Finn and the Swirly Win manage to upend expectations and steer away from a Christmas theme, the game introduces a completely unique reels layout, and exclusive gamification features which players are guaranteed to love.
What’s a Swirly Spin?
So, it’s easy enough to infer from the name of this slot that Finn is a little leprechaun character who features heavily through the game. NetEnt is fond of adding these little cartoon hosts to their games – notably in games like Gonzo’s Quest and Jack and the Beanstalk – so it’s not unexpected to see them popping up in this game. The more enigmatic part of the slots name, however, is this Swirly Spin… what is that?
We, it’s a unique reel layout which we certainly haven’t seen before, and are willing to believe is unique to this game. Instead of the reels spinning from top to bottom as in normal slot games, these reels spin in a spiral configuration, from the outside in, with the centre symbol on the screen being the centre point of the spiral where the reels disappear.
Although the game’s paylines still follow a standard configuration, and the game is equally as random as other slots, this is certainly a fun quirk that adds new depths to the game.
Ok, so other than knowing about the all important Swirly Spin that give the game its name, what else is it useful to know about this game? Well first, owing to Finn being a leprechaun, you probably won’t find it all that surprising to learn that the game as a whole has a sort of Irish theme. We say ‘sort of’ because it’s actually sort of not made all that explicit by NetEnt. Sure, there are shamrocks and horseshoes, but the mildly offensive stereotypes are refreshingly downplayed.
Enough about the theme, what about the functionality? Well, the main bonus feature in the game is free spins, which might sound kinda boring, but if you consider the fact of how you claim them, you quickly realise it’s anything but. Free spins are gained when the magic key belonging to Finn makes its way to the centre of the reels. However, when you reach your free spins, you have some other treats in store too.
On claiming your free spins, you level up, journeying through the four different magic worlds of the game: Lucky Mug, Lava Lair, Starbar and Golden Pot. This unique gamification feature is lifted straight out of game styles of social games, and ensure that you never get bored, with new game features appearing as you play.