Pros
  • Unique way of playing with symbols moving in a spiral
  • Several random features and several free spins bonuses
Cons
  • Not all free spins bonuses are available at the start, you need to unlock them

Finn and the Swirly Spin – Overview

Finn and the Swirly Spin was released by NetEnt in 2017.

This slot game seems to use an Irish theme with Finn as the main character and all sorts of lucky symbols like clovers and horseshoes.

And the game uses a unique way to play. The screen fills up with a total of 25 symbols in a spiral. You have a winning combination when three or more of the same symbols appear on a horizontal or vertical line, no matter where it starts. Winning symbols will be removed and all symbols spin further into the middle of the spiral and new symbols appear.

The bottom left most symbol, the end of the spiral, will always feature a key. This key will spin further into the middle, each time a win occurs. When the key reaches the middle of the spiral the free spins feature is triggered, which I will explain later.

  • Finn and the Swirly Spin comes with a minimum bet of €0,10 and a maximum bet of €100,- per spin
  • The return to player is 96,62%

Extra Wild Symbols

When you get a winning combination, two things can happen.

Wins that contain a wild symbol will explode, including the symbol horizontally and vertically adjacent to the wild symbol.

But if the win does not include a wild symbol, one of the exploded symbols will leave behind a wild symbol.

Random Features

During any normal spin 1 of 4 different random features might be triggered.

  • Starfall Wilds – 2 or more random wild symbols will be placed on the screen. If wilds are placed and no wins occur, a new wild will be added until you have a winning combination
  • Dragon Destroy – Only occurs when there is no win. It will destroy a random number of symbols and new symbols will spiral in, a win is guaranteed
  • Irish Luck – Only occurs when there is no win. A random row or column will transform into 5 of the same symbols, guaranteeing a win
  • Magic Transform – All spade and heart symbols will transform into a higher paying symbol. The spade and heart symbol may each transform into a different symbol

Free Spins Feature

Players can choose between 4 different free spins features/ But only the first bonus is available at the beginning. Each time you trigger the free spins you will collect the key. Collect enough keys to open up more free spins options, the total number of keys needed is also listed.

  • Star Bar – costs 1 key – 7 free spins with the Starfall Wilds feature
  • Lava Lair – costs 4 keys – 3 free spins with the Dragon Destroy feature – during these free spins a sticky wild symbol is placed instead of the key symbol
  • Lucky Mug – costs 9 keys – 4 free spins with the Irish Luck feature
  • Golden Pot – costs 16 keys – 2 free spins with the Magic Transform feature

Verdict

Finn and the Swirly Spin is a very fun and colorful slot game with a nice theme that most players can enjoy.

The game is a pretty unique from normal slot games, using that spiral. But when playing it all makes sense and plays very smooth.

The features also keep the game going and intesting. But I don’t like that you need to trigger the bonus several times to open up more choices of free spins features.

I think the game did well, because it also gotten a sequel, Finn’s Golden Tavern.

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