Game Review: Finn and the Swirly Spin

by Tim | Feb 22, 2022

Game Review: Finn and the Swirly Spin

Some of the best online slots are Irish-themed, and they continue to be one of the most popular themes found in online casino games. At The Phone Casino, we love adding new and exciting games to our plethora of slots with no deposits and free spins, and Finn and the Swirly Spin is no different.

In this game review, we’re going to take a closer look at Finn and the Swirly Spin so that you know what to look out for, and whether you’re playing for real money or as part of your free daily spins.

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NetEnt is the company behind Finn and the Swirly Spin, and as you’d expect, it’s as fun and entertaining as their other titles. NetEnt went against the grain with this game and instead of being played on a traditional 5×3 grid, you’ll play Finn and the Swirly Spin on a 5×5 grid with a Cluster Pays mechanic and an RTP (return to player) of 96.62%.

You can hope for all the Irish Luck in this game from as little as 10p to £200 per spin. Look out for the Spin Mechanic, which sets off avalanches in the game and can randomly trigger four different features in the base game. 

When it comes to graphics, you’ll enjoy the mystical and magical leprechaun encounter in the Emerald Isles. Finn the leprechaun is the main character, but you can also expect to see four-leaf clovers, horseshoes, acorns, rubies and much more.


 The gameplay screen with the 5x5 grid and symbols on a woodland background.

As mentioned, you’re not going to find your traditional reels and paylines in this online slot game. Instead, you’ll be faced with a 5×5 grid on which you can win on a vertical or horizontal axis. Any three matching symbols in a row across the screen will earn you a win, no matter where they’re located. Obviously, the more matching symbols, the bigger the payout. 

The lower-value symbols are the stone spades and wooden hearts, while the clovers, acorns and horseshoes will pay a bit more in a winning combination. It’s the rubies that you really want to look out for, as landing five in a row will reward you with a 500x multiplier on your original stake.

The most exciting part of the base gameplay in this game is undoubtedly The Swirl. Every time you create a winning combination, you’ll notice that the winning symbols disappear and the remaining symbols will swirl around towards the centre of the screen. This is known as the avalanche feature and it gives you the opportunity to get winning combinations again and again – on a single spin! 

The wild star symbol and the key scatter symbol are where the real rewards lie, however, and we’re going to take a look at these special features below.

Features and jackpots

Random wild rewards

The random wild rewards screen with Finn standing in the clouds and the different options around him.

The star acts as the wild symbol and it’s an essential element when it comes to winning big in Finn and the Swirly Spin. While you can get winning combinations without the wild, if you do happen to form one with a star symbol as part of the win, it will explode and destroy the symbols in the same row or column. This leads to more symbols dropping down and forming winning combinations.

There are also four random wild features that can occur at any time during the base gameplay:

  • Starfall Wilds Random feature: Gives you 2 to 5 extra wilds on the reels.
  • Dragon Destroy Random feature: Destroys a random number of symbols on your screen which results in another avalanche.
  • Irish Luck Random feature: A line of the same type of symbol is added to give you a guaranteed winning combination.
  • Magic Transform Random feature: Transforms all space/heart symbols into higher-value symbols.

Free spins scatter feature

You’ll most likely notice that there is a key frozen in ice in the bottom left corner of your grid. While this can’t be matched with any other symbol, it’s possibly the most important of the lot. Every time a wild blows up your symbols or you get an avalanche that gets the symbols swirling towards the centre of your screen, the key moves closer to the centre position. If you’re lucky enough to get enough wins/avalanches to make this happen, then you’ll get access to certain free spins features that will get bigger as you collect more keys.

These are the free spins features and rewards according to the number of keys you get:

  • 1 Key: Star Bar Free Spins feature has 7 Star Bar free spins with 2 to 5 wilds added on every free spin.
  • 4 Keys: Lava Lair Free Spins feature has 3 Lava Lair free spins with a random number of symbols destroyed on each spin to give you a winning combination and another avalanche, as well as a sticky wild that replaces the key symbol.
  • 9 Keys: Lucky Mug Free Spins feature has 4 Lucky Mug free spins with a guaranteed winning combination of one symbol for every spin.
  • 16 Keys: Golden Pot Free Spins feature has 2 Golden Pot free spins with all space/heart symbols transforming into a higher value symbol on each free spin.

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As you can see, Finn and the Swirly Spin offers you the opportunity to get in on some of that sought-after Irish Luck. The Phone Casino is a no deposit mobile casino with exceptional online games and rewards, such as our 100 free spins that you can take advantage of every time you play. 

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