We’re off to the world of the little people, courtesy of Microgaming! In Irish folklore, a leprechaun is a kind of fairy. They are usually shown as small bearded men, wearing a coat and a hat with a buckle on the front. They are creatures who live a solitary existence, mending shoes, and they always have a pot of gold hidden at the end of the rainbow. If a human catches a leprechaun, the human often gets three wishes in exchange for giving the little man his freedom. They're known for their practical jokes and although originally they were always seen dressed in red, these days they are invariably depicted in green, the colour of Ireland.
The people who have breathed life into this particular elf, are the cutting edge gaming developers at Microgaming. They were one of the first to set up online gaming, and now have over 850 titles under their belts. This is one of their best, and it’s an upbeat, happy-making slot to play.
They boast that if you’ve never been to Ireland, this game will teach you about Irish culture. While this will have Irish patriots wincing, it’s true to say that every well known Irish symbol is in the game, including pints of what looks like Guinness, leprechaun’s pipes and shamrocks. Needless to say, the leprechaun has a four leafed clover tucked in his hatband.
Lucky Leprechaun sound and graphics
As we’ve hinted, Microgaming is not shy of presenting the tried and trusted symbols that spell out Irish folklore. Apart from the pipe, the pints and the green fella, we’ve got a fiddle, so we can all have a Ceilidh later, a pot of gold, Lucky’s green hat, a shamrock of course, and the usual playing card symbols.
The graphics aren’t subtle, although the developers have done a good job with Lucky Leprechaun himself, who looks pretty sharp and chirpy. Highly coloured and cheerful is how you’d describe this game.
Behind the play area, we’ve got a background of green fields, blue mountains, and a cloudy sky with, of course, a rainbow. The legend is that the leprechauns know where to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The big question is will the little green chap lead you to your own pot of gold? He might, as there’s a bonus pot of gold among the symbols.
A big win brings a full on hammering at the piano keys, but this soon morphs into the leprechaun saying “You’ve got me going, you’ve got me going,” and then the fiddle and the pipe start up with a jig. When the slot goes back to normal play, we’re right back with a soothing, slightly Irish tune.
There’s some funny animation as well - when the wild appears, the other symbols making up the payline jiggle about. It’s all in keeping with the light-hearted approach and theme.
How to Play
With Lucky Leprechaun, you have to stick with the 20 paylines you’ve got. Many people never bother adjusting the number of paylines, even when they’re playing a slot that allows it, and they won’t be too fussed about the fact they can’t configure the payline number here. You can customise the size of your bet, of course. You can select a wager level of between 0.2 and 20.
If you want to go straight to 20, click on the Max Bet button directly beneath the play area.
When you’ve selected a bet level, it’s displayed at the bottom of the play area of the screen, with an arrow next to it. Click on this, and you open a reel that displays all the different bets, in stages of 0.20. Just select the bet level that you want.
There’s also an Autoplay feature, so that you can set the reels running without any need to click Spin.
If you’re not on Autospin, click the Spin button to get going. As soon as the reels start moving, the Spin button becomes a Stop button that you can use to stop the reels before the spin ends. But as the spin ends, the button becomes a Spin button again, ready for the next round. That Stop button is also handy for interrupting the Autospin mode if you need to.
How to Win
Out from behind a set of big spotted mushrooms steps Lucky Leprechaun, and the cheerful music theme starts up.
Lucky Leprechaun has stacked Wilds both in the base game and in free spins mode.This means that the whole of a reel can turn wild. It’s also got jackpots and bonuses galore, so let’s take a look.
The wild is the Lucky Leprechaun sign, which substitutes for all symbols except the pot of gold and the shamrock. Five of these are worth 100 coins, four are worth 50 and even three gets you 10. Mr. Pointy Ears, Lucky Leprechaun himself, comes next. Five of him are worth 80, four are worth 25 and three get you 6. Next it’s that fiddle. Five of these are worth 60, four are worth 20 and three of them gets you 3.
Now normally, you’re the one that has to pay when you go to the bar and order that luscious dark beer with the creamy top. But in Lucky Leprechaun, the beer pays you! Five are worth 50 coins, four are worth 15 and three of them gets you 2. And by the way, it’s your round next.
Even the whiff of the leprechaun’s pipe is worth following. Five of these are worth 40 coins, four are worth 10 and three of them gets you 1.5.
Trail of Fortune Bonus
Three, four or five pots of gold trigger the Trail of Fortune bonus feature. You’ll see the screen change, and there is the winding road to the end of the rainbow, where that pot of gold is buried. Again, sparkly and colourful graphics give the whole thing a sense of fun. At this screen, we get a glimpse of Lucky Leprechaun’s stunning striped socks, well worth it just for that.
As you climb the road, you get lots of comments from the green one, including, “Aren’t you the grand traveller?” And as you win, our friend starts dancing a jig as he wishes you congratulations.
There’s a spinning dial at the bottom of the Trail of Fortune screen that tells you how many spaces you can move up the train. Three scatters (the pot of gold) in the main game entitle you to four spins on the trail, four pots give you five spins on the trail, and five pots give you six spins and a crack at the top prize of 500x your stake.
Click the Spin button at the bottom of the screen - the dial spins and you move up the number of places indicated. You’ll see a sign telling you how many times your bet you’re currently on. If you land exactly at the end of one of the rainbow segments, you can shortcut your way up the road, a bit like a game of snakes and ladders. You also sometimes uncover free spins when you land on a square on the trail.
A golden coin on reel 5 triggers free spins. You’ll see the number of free spins at the top left of the play area. At the top right, you’ll see the size of the multiplier that currently applies to your bet.
We have shamrocks flying about when free spins are won - well, why not? Gold clovers give you extra multipliers, and a green clover gives you an extra free spin. The fact that you can keep retriggering free spins is an excellent game feature.
If you have a good win with several paylines involved, a panel showing Lucky Leprechaun looking, if not happy, then at least not too annoyed, will come up. You’ll see a thunderbolt down the middle, and a sign telling you what your total win is.
The Win or Lose bonus wheel
When you enter the Win or Lose bonus game, you’ll see a wheel with a red “Lose” side and a blue ”Win” side. A headline at the top of the screen tells you the multiplier of your current bet that you could win. If the arrow lands on the win side, your winnings increase by that amount. But if the arrow lands on the lose side, that’s it, your winnings are gone and you're back to the standard game.
This bonus wheel has more going on, though. A display at the bottom of the screen tells you how many spins you’ve got left. You have the option of collecting your winnings and carrying on, if you don’t want to gamble. To do this, click the Collect button on the left hand side of the screen - you can do this at any time.
However, if you decide to gamble, you can press the + or - keys to set the odds on the next spins. The + and - keys are the gigantic pointy ears on the left and right of the wheel. Then click Gamble. If the arrow lands on the win side, you’ll win the amount of your increased gamble on the wheel. You can do this a maximum of three times. When the bonus game is over, either because you lost, or because you’ve had your three gos and won, you’ll see a little Congratulations box, and you’ll be returned to the main game.
Return to Player (RTP) and Volatility
You'll find different estimates of the Lucky Leprechaun RTP online. However, the consensus figure is around 95.5% to 96%, which is neither the best nor the worst among slot games.
The UK Gambling Commission advises players that the RTP figure is just an average. That is, it’s a number that has to be achieved over a number of spins. It doesn’t apply to a single playing session on a machine. In fact, they state that the average RTP is calculated across 10,000 games or more, when machines are operating randomly.
Lucky Leprechaun is a medium volatility game. A great feature of Slots Temple is that you can choose to play games with the volatility level you prefer. Just click on the Features option, located in the top menu, and select the style of game you want to play.
If you like Lucky Leprechaun, you’ll love these
If you like your leprechauns green, your stout black and your winnings golden, you’re in luck because there are more Irish-themed leprechaun games than you can shake your pipe at.
Leprechaun Legends from Genesis has a rainbow and wait for it - yes, a pot of gold. This game has 50 fixed paylines and bets are adjustable from the micro 0.01 per line to the maxi 500.00 per line. This slot has the same kind of Irish music sound effects as Lucky Leprechaun, and it has to be said that the graphics are even quite similar. However, Leprechaun Legends has four different leprechauns that are shown playing various musical instruments. The wild is a four leaf clover.
This slot features a Pot of Gold bonus when reel 1 shows a rainbow and reels 2 to 5 show pots of gold. You’re really off to the races at this point, with multipliers of up to 10x becoming available. There’s also a Luck of the Irish feature, which offers respins, and a Legendary Songs bonus. This is triggered when three scatters or more show up on the reels, and it awards up to 15 free spins.
The Rainbow Riches brand needs no introduction - it’s one of the best known slots there is. But have you come across Rainbow Riches Leaping Leprechauns? Never a company to be left out of a good thing, Barcrest is right on the button when it comes to a leprechaun theme.
This slot is really different. For a start, there are no reels. The leprechaun has to leap from one green cloud to another. There are hearts, magic hats, balloons and horseshoes to acquire on the way, and as part of the game, you’ll come across black cats, cracked mirrors, unlucky number 13s and even snakes. Some of these have the power to tip your poor leaping leprechaun off his cloud and end that bit of the game.
And to lower the tone further, our innocent green friend might not be as innocent as he looks, because we also have a slot entitled Leprechaun Goes to Hell. PlayNGo are the sinners responsible. It’s another mash-up, with pentagrams tangling with pots of gold, all with a nice warming hellfire in the background. That lady devil in the leather bikini and the horns looks distinctly chilly, so it’ll keep her nice and warm.
Not to be left out, Genesis Gaming is in on the act too, with Leprechaun Tales. The gameplay is set against a rainbow stretching across the screen, and once you start playing, large pots of gold are seen at the bottom of the screen. There are four different leprechaun characters which feature and the shamrock is the wild. The pot of gold is the scatter, and this slot can award 50 times your bet for these. A bit like Lucky Leprechaun, there’s a Wheel of Luck.
One of the best drawn slots is Leprechaun Hills, which has a lush pastoral setting of green hills. Symbols are horseshoes, four leaf clovers, pints of the black stuff, and pots of gold. It’s a very cute looking slot.
Leprechaun’s Luck has stand-out 3D graphics and brilliant bonuses. As usual, Ash Gaming has taken a slightly different approach. For example, to get into the bonus game, you need to light up some of the colours in the rainbow. Each time you light up a colour, you trigger a different multiplier.
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|Slot Name:||Lucky Leprechaun|
|Min Bet (all lines covered):||0.2|
|Features:||Bonus Game , Wild Symbol , Scatter Symbol , Multiplier , Free Spins , Medium volatility , 5 Reels|
|Themes:||Fairytales , Irish|