Leprechaun’s Magic is a March 5th slot release developed by minor developer Max Win Gaming and powered by Red Tiger. With more than 3 dozen Leprechaun slots already in circulation Max Win have settled on a well-worn yet popular theme for their first game of the new decade.
The theme is not the only well-worn aspect of this game as Leprechaun’s Magic immediately has a very familiar feel about it. It is highly volatile, is played on a 5x3 reel set with 10 paylines. It also has a max win line of 500x the bet and total max win of 5000x. Once you factor in also comes with an expanding symbols feature and a free spins round the words ‘Book Clone’ instantly springs to mind.
However, although there are many Bookish aspects to this game, there have been a few tweaks to the format to give Leprechaun’s Magic an identity of its own.
This slot comes with an RTP of 95.95% and can be played from €0.20 to €10 a spin.
Design & Symbols
The artwork is what you might expect from a slot bearing the name Leprechaun’s Magic. It’s set among glorious countryside deep in rural Ireland. The Leprechaun’s shack (which doubles as the game’s reel set) occupies the middle of the screen surrounded by lush green grass, rolling rivers and hills, ancient trees and an abundance of four-leafed clovers. The gameboard/shack has a narrow stone path leading up to its wood-framed structure, with a rickety-looking emerald green slatted roof. A gas lantern hangs either side of the shack which contains the 5 sand coloured reels filled with symbols. Above the reel set are the game’s logo and another single reel which shows all the different symbols in one row. A typical Irish penny whistle and fiddle refrain accompany the play.
Low-value symbols are the standard Royal playing card values 10-A. High-value symbols are a tobacco pipe, a Leprechaun’s green top hat, a lucky horseshoe, and the Leprechaun himself. The Leprechaun is the highest paying symbol with 5 on a payline awarding a whopping 500x the bet size. The scatter is a pot of gold and, unusually, there is no wild symbol.
- Expanding Symbols
- Magic Spins
Anyone who has played any kind of Book clone will be familiar with Expanding Symbols and how they work. However, Leprechaun’s Magic does it a little differently. Rather than the Expanding Symbol being randomly picked from the regular symbols at the start of a free spins bonus round, this game turns any winning symbol into an Expanding Symbol in both the base and bonus rounds.
When a winning combo lands, the winning symbol is lit up on the bar of symbols above the game board and becomes a ‘Golden Symbol’ for the next spin. Golden symbols landing on 3 or more reels expand to cover the entire reel and a win is paid out. Just like in regular Book clones the location of the expanded reels is irrelevant. Any 3 expanded reels pay a bunch of 3 symbol wins as if the reels were covering reels 1-3. Likewise, any 4 expanded reel wins payout as 4 consecutive reels regardless of where the expanded reels are positioned. In the base game, the Golden Symbol only remains golden for one spin.
Magic Spins are Leprechaun’s Magic’s free spins round. Three pot of gold scatters trigger Magic Spins and a trip to the Magic Wheel. The Magic Wheel segments contain numbers of free spins between 4 and 16. The segment on which the wheel comes to rest shows the number of free spins you will be awarded. Triggering Magic Spins with 4 or 5 scatters adds a further 4 or 8 free spins to your total.
Play during free spins is the same as in the base game apart from when it comes to Golden Symbols. In the bonus round, Golden Symbols remain golden for the duration of the Magic Spins, and you can keep track of your Golden Symbols on the bar above the reel set. It is also possible to retrigger Magic Spins time and again by landing 3 or more scatters.
Our Thoughts on Leprechaun’s Magic
format offer anything new. However, on the other hand, both the theme and the format have proven to be popular so it would be unwise to write this slot off prematurely. Also, although the format is extremely commonplace, there have at least been some minor tweaks which make this game a little more interesting than many of the genre. It also offers some decent potential and plenty of volatility so could be popular among the high variance crowd. To conclude, this slot may be hackneyed and predictable, but it just about passes muster and is worth a try