Isle O’Plenty, IGT’s newest release and part of the Mega Jackpots series, is yet another Irish-themed slot machine. We have the usual suspects: shamrocks, leprechauns, rainbows, and the ever-present pot of gold.
The specific deal here is, well, and island. Bonus spins are triggered by landing at least two bonus symbols, which in this game are rainbow-emitting lighthouses. Trigger bonus rounds, and you’ll see a small page, seemingly out of storybook, of how you encounter a leprechaun that takes you to a magical island.
The overwhelming majority of faux-Irish themed slots have these little details to “set them apart” from the pointy-eared, green-clad herd. In Isle O’Plenty, the little detail comes across as even more unoriginal than most.
Ireland is an island, after all, so islands are hardly a new twist on the subject matter. The background music is your standard folk Irish tune, which is not that bad, actually, although it can get a little tiresome after a while.
International Game Technology is one of the oldest names in the casino industry. Founded in 1975, their traditional business was providing gambling machines for physical casinos, but they have made the transition to the new, modern virtual slots world rather well.
How to Play It
This game has a 4×3 reel set, with 40 pay lines. User interface elements are, as is typical with slot machines, at the bottom of the screen. From left to right, you have: An indicator for the amount of coins gambled on the pay lines, a control to set coin value, a total bet indicator, the regular spin button, an indicator for you winnings, a balance indicator, and the auto play button.
You can set your auto play between 10 and 50 spins, in intervals of 10 spins. There aren’t any controls or indicators that would be “new” for players familiar with the virtual slots machine world.
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The most important feature this game has is probably Wild Rush. Whenever a wild symbol (here, a heart with a crown held by two hands, reminiscing of the Sacred Heart of Catholic imagery) lands on a reel, it is more likely that the rest of the symbols on that reel will be wilds. This makes it quite possible to see whole reels filled with wilds as a common occurrence. Wild Rush also comes into play during free spins, making them extra exciting.
Free spins also get their two special features. First, you only need to land two bonus symbols to trigger them, making them a more common occurrence. Second, there’s Leprechaun Magic.
A somewhat cringe-y name, but the feature is quite good, nonetheless. During free spins, you’ll be guaranteed to have at least one Wild or Mega Jackpot symbol. Add to that the Wild Rush feature, and you realize how you can tap into multiple pay lines easily in this game.
It is worth noting that the Mega Jackpots progressive jackpot can be won during free spins. Normally, most games lock out some of the best special features during bonus rounds, essentially giving you a neutered experience in those moments. Not Isle O’Plenty, though.
The top paying combination, five-of-a-kind with the leprechaun, pays up only a thousand coins. But that’s not the main attraction here in this game; you’re here for the Mega Jackpot. Land 4 Mega Jackpot symbols in the center column (reel number 3), and you’ll land the progressive white whale.
It doesn’t matter if it’s on a regular spin or a bonus spin, you can win it either way. There is a second way of winning it, though. There is a “behind-the-scenes” draw after each game, the Second Chance. Bigger bets give you better odds of winning, don’t feel squeamish.
A decent enough game with nice features, but burdened by what is perhaps the most tired theme in gambling culture. This one is really worth it because of its access to the progressive Mega Jackpot, not much else.