Golden Leprechaun Megaways™
Red Tiger released their second Megaways™ slot on 12th September 2019, the Irish fantasy-themed slot ‘Golden Leprechaun Megaways’. Golden Leprechaun offers the maximum 117,649 Megaways™ with 6 reels each containing between 2 and 7 symbols per spin. The number of symbols per reel per spin is randomly selected. Landing 7 symbols on all 6 reels result in the maximum number of 117,649 Megaways. The game operates the cascading symbols mechanic with reaction wins in both the base game and the free spins round. This reel mechanic will be familiar to any Megaways™ fans, but for the newbies, there is an explanation a little later on in the review.
This reel mechanic combined with progressive win multipliers in the free spins will produce the biggest wins. However, Golden Leprechaun also has three random features in its armoury, so decent wins are possible at any time. Wins of over 10,000x the bet size are possible from this medium/high variance slot which has a published RTP of 95.72%. You can play from €0.10 to €10 per spin.
Design & Symbols
Red Tiger’s designers have done a good job here with excellent artwork and fine detailing the order of the day. As tends to be the way with any slot with an Irish theme, there is plenty of green on display throughout. The setting is an enchanted forest with shards of light coming through the lower branches of the trees onto the grassy forest floor. A stone-paved path passes in front of the gameboard which takes the form of the front of a Leprechauns green wooden house. The reels are designed as light wooden boards on which the symbols sit. Anyone who has played an Irish themed slot will know what to expect from the soundtrack, plenty of up-tempo fiddles and panpipes.
Low-value symbols are the standard royal card values 10-A. High-value symbols are a pint of Guinness, magical notebooks, lucky shamrocks, and winner’s ribbons. The ribbons are the highest paying symbol with 6 adjacent symbols worth 50x the bet size. The wild symbol is a purple book with ‘WILD’ written in gold across its cover. The scatter symbol is a golden square with a large, central blue gem with “LUCKY SPINS” across the front. There are also three mushroom symbols which appear to herald the random activation of a special feature.
Special Features in Golden Leprechaun Megaways™
- Cascading symbols
- Reaction wins
- Wild Stacks
- Lucky Ways
- Random Wilds
- Free Spins
- Unlimited Win Multipliers
Cascading Symbols with Reaction Wins
When a win lands, the symbols making up the win disappear and new symbols cascade into their place. A new win created by the cascade repeats the cycle which continues to repeat until no new win is created. These are known as ‘reaction wins’. Cascading symbols appear in both the base and bonus game.
Random Reel Modifiers
Every so often in base game the Leprechaun will appear beside the gameboard and work his magic. Three mushrooms appear, each containing a random reel modifier. You must pick one to reveal the special feature within. The three features available are;
- Wild Stacks – turns up to four reels wild, with win multipliers up to 7x per reel. Multiplier wild reels combine win multipliers
- Lucky Ways – awards up to six of a kind of any symbol
- Random Wilds – adds up to 5 wilds to the reels
Lucky Spins with Win Multiplier
Golden Leprechaun’s free spins are known as Lucky Spins and are triggered by landing 3 or more Lucky Spins scatter symbols. More scatters award more free spins. Before the spins begin you pick a mushroom to reveal one of the previously described reel modifiers which will then be active throughout the bonus round. Landing 3 scatters during free spins adds 5 more spins with a further 5 spins awarded for each scatter above 3.
Every winning combo landed during Lucky Spins adds a 1x win multiplier to each subsequent win. The multiplier does not reset at the end of a winning reaction but remains static until the next winning combo which will once again increase the overall win multiplier by 1x.
Our Thoughts on Golden Leprechaun Megaways™
Although there’s nothing particularly new about either the setup or the theme here, this is still a great slot from Red Tiger. The design is top-notch, the potential is great, and the features are hugely entertaining. The addition of the reel modifiers really sets this game apart from other, similar Megaways™ games, and works well both as a random feature and as a permanent fixture during the free spins round. Also, the volatility is slightly toned down a little from your average Megaways™ slot, which may widen the appeal to reach out to those players who baulk at the swings faced with higher variance games.