Prize-Winning Blarney; Irish Eyes 2 Slot
There are no prizes for guessing what themes are expressed in the Irish Eyes 2 slot title from gaming developer NextGen. Anyone who has played the Irish Eyes slot will be expecting more symbols from Irish folklore, and Irish Eyes 2’s leprechaun theme will not disappoint. The action is also accompanied by constant music on pipe and fiddle, so the atmosphere of a cheery Irish pub is enhanced.
Not that game play takes place indoors; the gold-framed reels hang against an idyllic Irish woodland scene, awash with flowers and butterflies and birdsong. Irish Eyes 2 uses five reels with three windows each, and players can play any number from 1 to 25 paylines, with bets between 0.02 and 5.00 per line in the chosen currency.
Stunning Artwork an Expected Feature
NextGen put a lot of effort into the design of their slot titles, and this philosophy is faithfully maintained in Irish Eyes 2. Even the low-value Poker symbols, 9, 10, J, Q, K and A, are drawn in old-fashioned illuminated gothic, glittering in sparkly jewel colours.
Higher-value symbols are illustrated with equal attention to detail. There is a four-leafed clover and a leprechaun’s pipe, which both win equal-value prizes, starting at matches of three of a kind. Next up in value is the leprechaun’s hat, which unlike the other two can win prizes for two of a kind or better. The gold ring, featuring a crowned heart, is the highest-value standard symbol, and like the leprechaun’s hat it pays out for two of a kind or better. Five rings on one payline win a prize of 1,500 coins; the highest win available in regular play.
Wild Redhead has Dual Function
A green-eyed Irish Colleen with flaming red hair is the Irish Eyes 2 Wild symbol, and as is the case in many NextGen slots, she has a dual function. She fulfils her normal Wild duty of substituting for any other symbol except the Scatter, to help create more wins, but she also wins prizes for Wild combinations starting at Reel 1 on the same payline. One Wild wins 2 coins, with prizes increasing to 10, 200, 1,000 and 5,000 coins for two, three, four or five Wilds, respectively.
Pot of Gold Scatter Brings Riches
In another leprechaun reference, Irish Eyes 2 uses a pot of gold as its Scatter symbol. Again following most other NextGen slots, the Scatter also has two functions. Three, four or five Scatters anywhere on the reels will trigger the bonus rounds, with 10, 15 or 20 free spins, respectively.
But two or more Scatters are all players need to trigger multiplier wins on the total bet per spin. Two, three, four or five Scatters apply respective multipliers of X2, X4, X15 and X100 to the total bet.
Gamble Function can Boost Small Wins
Like most slots games, players may need to be prepared to stick with Irish Eyes 2 for some time before they start triggering worthwhile bonuses. The Auto Play button makes long-term play easier.
Irish Eyes 2 also features a Gamble button, pretty much a standard NextGen slots feature. By guessing card colours or suits correctly, players can double or even quadruple their last win. This function can be useful in turning the small wins into something a bit more substantial, allowing players’ bankrolls to last longer.