Finn and the Swirly Spin was released just over a week ago, yet we’re already calling it one of NetEnt’s best slots of 2017, if not ever. Why? Because not only does the slot offer a new, innovative gameplay mechanism, but it’s also packed full of interesting bonus features and beautiful graphics. In fact, we’d go so far as saying this slot is the perfect example of everything NetEnt stands for – it’s a high quality and fun game that provides plenty of opportunities to maximise your winnings.
As you can tell, we love this game and that’s why we think it would be the perfect slot to be given the VR treatment. Whilst we’re already impressed with Finn and the Swirly Spin as a regular video slot, we can’t help but think that the game would be even more spectacular when adapted for virtual reality players. Read on to see what makes Finn and the Swirly Spin so special and what you could expect were it to be released as a VR game.
The first thing you’ll notice when you start playing Finn and the Swirly Spin is that the game isn’t played on a traditional set of reels. Instead, you’re presented with 5×5 grid and you’ll notice that the symbols appear in a spiral pattern. This means that unlike a normal slot, where symbols fall in from above, in Finn and the Swirly Spin the symbols feed in from the bottom left hand corner, ending in the centre of the grid.
The spiral mechanism is not only good fun, but it also means that the slot isn’t played with traditional paylines. Wins in this game are rewarded when you achieve a horizontal or vertical line of three or more of the same symbol, anywhere on the reels.
Moreover, once you have created a winning combination, the symbols will explode and trigger an ‘avalanche’ feature. This means that the remaining symbols will move around the spiral pattern, allowing new symbols to appear in the first reel, and giving you a chance to win over and over again from a single spin.
Finn and the Swirly Spin boasts an almost Irish theme however, given that this is a NetEnt slot, players shouldn’t expect anything too conventional. Symbols on the reels include golden acorns, horseshoes, four leaf clovers and gems whilst the game’s wild is represented by a star. The slot is available across all devices, and can be played for as little as 10p per spin.
In addition to a brand new mechanism and plenty of wilds, NetEnt have also blessed this slot with not one, but eight bonus features! Four of these are randomly triggered throughout the base game, whilst the other four are extra spins rounds which you can unlock as you play. All in all, there’s alot going on but it’s these features which make the slot stand out from the crowd.
The four randomly triggered bonus features can come into play at any point once the reels have stopped spinning. Each feature gives you more chances to win big, so let’s take a look at what’s available:
- Starfall Wilds – This bonus feature adds between 2 and 5 extra wilds to your reels, allowing you an extra chance at creating a winning combination.
- Dragon Destroy – This feature will remove a random amount of symbols from the reels, allowing new ones to ‘spiral’ in, giving you the opportunity to win again.
- Irish Luck – A complete line of the same symbol will appear for a guaranteed win.
- Magic Transform – All lower paying symbols are replaced with higher paying ones, to create bigger wins.
The extra spins rounds in Finn and the Swirly Spin are activated when the key scatter symbol appears in the centre of the grid. The more scatters you manage to get into this position throughout the game, the more extra spins rounds you’ll unlock. Each extra spins round comes with one of the bonus features mentioned above active, and there’s a maximum of 7 spins to pick up.
Finn and the Swirly Spin In Virtual Reality
As Finn and the Swirly Spin was only released on the 23rd of November, it doesn’t currently exist as a VR title. However, we do think it would be the perfect game for the brand to convert to virtual reality, and this is mostly due to the amazing quality of the graphics.
Much like Gonzo’s Quest, which is already being adapted for VR, Finn and the Swirly Spin includes an animated mascot. In the regular version of the game, Finn, a leprechaun, stands to the left of the reels as you play and leaps and dances when you create a winning combination. If this game was to be given a VR makeover, we’d assume that Finn could become a more interactive character which would really bring the slot to life.
Futhermore, Finn and the Swirly Spin’s extra spins rounds all take place in different locations. When you activate the extra spins rounds, you’re given the choice of four floating islands, and how cool would that be in VR? Imagine floating around the sky to visit new settings! Essentially, Finn and the Swirly Spin is already a great candidate for NetEnt’s next virtual reality slot, however as it’s so new we’d understand if the brand wants to see how successful it becomes before giving it extra attention.
Finn and the Swirly Spin is a great new game and we’ve really enjoyed playing it. Not only is it creative and imaginative, but the bonus features make it rewarding – which is all we ever really want from a mobile slot. We also love the bright and bold graphics, which are the perfect cure for any winter blues, and we think that whilst the spiral spin mechanism may be gimmicky, it’s definitely entertaining.
In all honesty, it’s quite unlikely that Finn and the Swirly Spin will be turned into a virtual reality game any time soon, as it’s only just launched in it’s regular state. However we do think that NetEnt should seriously consider giving this game the VR treatment in time, as we’re sure that the unique theme would convert well and offer a good base for some highly interactive gameplay features.