Players familiar with the original game from 2017, Finn and the Swirly Spin, will instantly recognise the spiralling spin and Avalancheâ„¢ mechanics, which make a comeback in the sequel. But that's where the similarities end, as Finn's Golden Tavern introduces new bonus features, toned-down visuals and lower volatility to the gameplay.
New bonus features in a streamlined game
Take a seat alongside Finn inside the tavern where he's resting after a long journey and partake in free spins, random coin substitutions, respins, and star multipliers that could award you wins of up to 1,000 times your amount.
Finn's Golden Tavern uses a 5Ã—5 grid, which incidentally is also the treasure map, where symbols move in a spiralling motion towards the centre. Land three or more matching symbols to receive a payout; the amount won will flash on-screen, usually along with animations.
This online slot uses NetEnt's Avalancheâ„¢ mechanic, where winning combinations immediately vanish from the grid and the remaining symbols move into the empty slots. Fresh symbols will drop into the tail-end of the spiral and the game continues until no more combinations are possible.
A magical, moving treasure chest with a plan
As befits the tavern setting of the game, the low-value slot symbols represent a variety of beverage containers, including flasks, flagons, kegs of beer, and bottles presumably full of poitÃn (or Irish moonshine).
The high-value symbols in Finn's Golden Tavern are gold coins ranging in value from 5 to 50 on the grid. Also golden are the stars wearing an eye-patch, which act wild in the game and increase the multiplier level during free spins.
The blue treasure chest is the most important symbol in the game and your goal is to get it to the centre of the map/grid, marked by a black X, to trigger the free spins round. If you're close to the centre, the chest zaps low-paying symbols and turns them into coins to help push it into place.
Besides awarding free spins, when the chest reaches the middle of the grid, it will send more zaps of magic flying across the grid to change random symbols into gold coins.
Finn's Golden Tavern has significantly fewer features than the first game. It presents a more streamlined slot gaming experience that appeals mainly to casual players, more so because of low volatility and an RTP of 96.1%. Games start from only 10p, which can be adjusted to £500 per spin.
Although the visuals in the sequel aren't as colourful as the original, this video slot is still very well-designed and features several animations that add energy to the gameplay. A great example is when Finn's hand slams the table after failing to land winning combinations, causing two random symbols to exchange places on the grid.
Finn's Golden Tavern is a worthy successor to the first game and suggests the makings of a new slot series for NetEnt headlined by the cheerful leprechaun. Although serious slot players may not fall so easily for this charming mascot, those of us looking for fun and a unique twist on traditional slots may find this game a treasure hidden in plain sight.