Back in the late 1900s, the casino industry experienced an unprecedented explosion in the popularity of slot machines and since then the games have developed based on various themes, some more successful than others. This increase in popularity occurred due to the advent of video slots that came with exciting and fascinating themes. When you go online or to any land-based casino to play slot machines today, one thing that jumps right at you is the availability of a massive selection of games with diverse themes. You will almost not find a slot machine without a theme. Slot providers have become experts at providing slot games based on players' interests to get their attention.
In a previous article we discussed the popularity of Nordic-themed slots and today we continue with Irish slots. Through it all, one of the most popular themes to ever grace the reels of slot machines is the Irish theme. Games designed with this theme are arguably one of the most sought-after games online. Such popularity is not surprising as the Irish culture perfectly fits the world of gambling. Ireland, also popularly called Emerald Isle, has always been famous for being associated with luck. This is evident in its many mythical traditions like the "pot of gold at the end of the rainbow”, “gold-hungry Leprechauns”, and the “luck of the Irish” sentiment. Slot providers have capitalized on this theme, and you will find tons of exciting slot titles found inspiration for its themes from the shores of the Emerald Isle.
Let’s look at some of the most popular Irish-themed slots loved not only by the 31 million Irish residents in the US but worldwide.
Let's start with the Irish game getting the highest reviews by game reviewers – the Lucky Leprechaun. This is a 5-reel and 20-payline video slot game developed by Microgaming and extremely popular since it was released in January of 2019. The game is visually captivating with its stunning graphics, colourful designs, and symbols that conform to the Irish theme. It's a fun game with many great features, and the RTP of 96.33% is the highest of the Irish games mentioned in this article but, the payout amounts are still quite average compared to slots in general. This is why Casinobonusesnow has given the Lucky Leprechaun's Loot 8 stars out of 10, and this appears to be the consensus of other reviews we've seen as well.
The game offers two bonus features, namely, Free Spins and Trail O’ Fortune bonus features, and each feature awards players with free spins but with different criteria and characteristics. Furthermore, it also features substituting wilds that can help players create winning combinations. The wild symbol can also appear stacked during both the base game and the free spins bonus feature.
The Rainbow Riches online video slot game by Barcrest is one of the most popular Irish-themed slot games you will come across online. Besides being available online, you will find the game in many land-based casinos and arcades in many places worldwide. It is a 5-reel x 3-row game equipped with 20 adjustable paylines with a wide betting range. In terms of return to player (RTP) percentage, Barcrest set this game at 95%, which is relatively lower than we would have loved, but the game makes up for this with wilds and three exciting bonus features. The three bonus features include the Wishing Well bonus feature, the Pots of Gold bonus feature, and the Roads to Riches Bonus feature, all of which can award players with some pretty exciting multipliers.
As a result of the massive success of the Rainbow Riches slot machine, Barcrest decided to create a series filled with many other versions of the Rainbow Riches slot game. They all feature the same Irish theme, but each has unique features that separate it from the others. A few of these Rainbow Riches slots include;
Rainbow Riches Pick and Mix
Rainbow Riches Leprechauns Gold
Rainbow Riches Megaways
Irish Luck is a high variance video slot game developed by Playtech, one of the biggest software providers in the market today. Playtech has always been known for developing top-of-the-line quality games, and this slot happens to be one of their best Irish slots. Naturally, this game comes with colourful graphics and designs that easily capture players’ attention, which is typical of most Irish-themed slots. The game features 30 paylines that run across a 5-reel x 3-row grid layout.
When you play the Irish Luck slot, you will come across wilds, scatters, multipliers, free spins, and a gold pots bonus game, which all contribute to help players land incredible winnings. You will also find a jackpot worth 10,000 coins that you can trigger when you land 5-of-a-kind wild symbols. One notable downside to this game is that its return to player (RTP) percentage of 94.25% is relatively low compared to many slot games.
The last slot machine on our list is the Lucky Irish slot by WGS. The RTP is 94%, which is below average but still acceptable. Some would consider online slots with an RTP of 94% or lower to be a sign of a bad game you should avoid but many of the older online slots have an RTP of around 94% and features that still make the game a good choice. This game was released in 2011 and is still played at casinos around the world which means the game definitely has something good to offer even today. Unlike what you will find in most modern video slot games, WGS took a different route and opted for a classic and vintage setup to design this slot. The game brings up a classic physical slot machine to the screen, featuring only three reels, one row, and one payline on it. Due to its classic nature, players play the game with a credit multiplier that ranges from 1 credit to 3-credits. Naturally, as you see features conforming to its vintage classic theme, you will also find graphics, designs, and symbols that reflect its Irish theme.
The only downside to this game is the lack of exciting bonus features in its gameplay, but it makes up for this by featuring some pretty generous payouts. Also, when you play with the 3-credit multiplier, you get to access even more payouts and some incredible features.
If we got you interested in Irish slots then here are a few more games you may want to check out;
Irish Eyes by NextGen
Irish Gold by Play’n GO
Rainbow Jackpots by Red Tiger
Luck O’ the Irish by Blueprint Gaming
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