NetEnt are well known for their innovation in online gaming and over the years we have seen them transform the way in which we play slots and other games online.
The latest addition to the suite of titles they have produced is Finn And The Swirly Spin and this game brings with it a different way to play a video slot.
We’re all familiar with the tradition reel slots, be it three, five or more reels, but Finn and the Swirly Spin works differently.
The playing area is a 5×5 grid that contains 25 squares. The centre square is a lock and at position one, there is the key.
As the name of this NetEnt game suggests, the new spin mechanic for this game is a swirly one. Symbols don’t roll into static columns; instead they follow a spiral starting from the outside left corner to the centre of the screen.
Matching three or more symbols either horizontally or vertical means a win and those symbols are removed from the playing area and all others move to fill them up in a spiral motion thus potentially creating new wins.
This continues until no other winning combinations are on the screen.
To activate the bonus round you have to get the key to the centre and this will unlock the free spins. The more keys you collect by getting them into the middle, the better the rewards.
Star Bar (one key required) – you are awarded 7 free spins and between 2 and 5 wilds will appear with every free spin.
Lava Lair (four keys required) – there are 3 free spins with this choice and each free spin sees a random number of symbols destroyed. Where the key would usually be is a sticky wild.
Lucky Mug (nine keys required) – you will get 4 free spins and there will be a guaranteed full horizontal or vertical line of the same symbol on each spin.
Golden Pot (16 keys required) – there are just 2 free spins on this option and all space/heart symbols become a higher value symbol on each spin.
When you are playing the standard game, the following four features can be triggered randomly at any time on Finn and the Swirly Spin:
Starfall Wilds – between two and five wilds are added to the grid.
Dragon Destroy – a random number of symbols are destroyed
Irish Luck – a line either vertically or horizontally of the same symbol will be added for a guaranteed win.
Magic Transform – all heart/space symbols are transformed to higher paying symbols.
All the random features are like a small taster of what you can get if you collect enough keys for the bonus rounds.
You can get a feel for the game by watching the official trailer from NetEnt by clicking the image below: