Finn and the Swirly Spin launched just over a week ago, yet it's already being touted as one of the best slots of 2017. Produced by NetEnt, it rounds off an incredible year for the brand and serves as testament to the brand's innovative and imaginative nature. This is because Finn and the Swirly Spin boasts a unique reel spinning mechanism, as well as tons of great new bonus rounds and an original and entertaining theme. Read our full review of Finn and the Swirly Spin to learn more about the slot's features, gameplay and performance.
When you first open up Finn and the Swirly Spin, you'll immediately notice that this isn't your regular slot. Played on a 5×5 grid, the game features NetEnt's brand new swirling reel mechanism which means that instead of symbols falling in from the top, like in a traditional game, they appear in a spiral pattern, starting from the outside left hand corner and ending in the middle of the grid.
While this new mechanism may just seem like a gimmick to some players, it is nice to see something a bit different and it also means that Finn and the Swirly Spin doesn't pay out on traditional paylines. Instead, wins are awarded when you create a horizontal or vertical line of three or more of the same symbol, in a similar way to a cluster pays slot. Furthermore, once a win has been created, the contributing symbols will explode and the remaining symbols will move around the spiral pattern, allowing new symbols to appear. This means that players are able to win again and again from a single spin.
In addition to creative gameplay, Finn and the Swirly Spin also boasts a unique theme, which is completed with amazing graphics. In all honesty, we wouldn't expect anything less from NetEnt, as the brand are responsible for some of the most visually appealing slots ever, but it doesn't make this new title any less impressive. The reels hang against rolling green hills and symbols on the reels include shamrocks, horseshoes and golden acorns. Finn, the leprechaun, stands to the left of the reels and comes alive when you create a winning combination. Although it could be argued that this is simply another Irish themed slot, NetEnt have managed to come up with something completely modern and fresh.
Finn and the Swirly Spin is available across all devices and is playable for as little as 10p per spin. The slot also has a healthy 96.61% RTP and although we'd classify it as a low-medium variance title, it also boasts a maximum win of 50,000 coins.
Not content with simply offering players a brand new design, NetEnt have also packed Finn and the Swirly Spin full of bonus features. In fact, there are four different extra spins rounds and four randomly triggered bonuses in the game. This not only makes for a thrilling experience, but it also gives players tons of chances to maximise their winnings.
The four bonus symbols randomly trigger bonus features at any point once the reels have stopped spinning. The first of which is a Starfall Wilds feature, which will add up to five wilds to your reels, in the hopes of creating a winning combination. The second, the Dragon Destroy feature, will remove symbols from your reels allowing new ones to ‘spiral' in, and the third, the Irish Luck feature will give you a complete line of the same symbol for a guaranteed win. Last but not least, we have the Magic Transform feature, where all lower paying symbols are replaced with higher paying ones.
The extra spins rounds in Finn and the Swirly Spin are triggered when the key scatter symbol appears in the middle of the grid. This can take some time to achieve, but it's definitely worth the wait. There are four different extra spins rounds to unlock throughout the game, and this is dependent on how many scatters you collect. Each extra spins round comes with one of the bonus features mentioned above active, and there's a maximum of seven free spins available.
It's easy to see why people are already loving Finn and the Swirly Spin. Not only does the game deliever the kind of high quality experience we've come to expect from NetEnt, but it also brings something completely new to the table. Futhermore, the game is visually stunning, lucrative and performs flawlessly across all devices – all the things you want from a slot! There is, however, a lot going on and so it can take some time to get used to. Still, once you've got going, we promise you your in for an absolute treat