Leprechaun’s Magic Megaways: Slot Overview
It doesn’t feel long since we reviewed the original Leprechaun’s Magic from Red Tiger. If you missed that one, it was an Irish take on the Ra-style expanding pay anywhere symbols dynamic. Clearly, Leprechaun’s Magic struck a chord with enough players to warrant a remake. Now we have a Megaways version of the Leprechaun filled frivolity, where layout, thrills, and potential have been considerably jacked.
The gaming takes place in a wild part of Ireland, all thick overgrown grass, daisies, and gnarly old trees. It’s a little different from the rainbow-filled sky blanketing rolling green hills you usually encounter in this genre. The soundtrack is a little different too. Sure, there’s a recognisable Celtic ditty, yet it’s interspersed by what sounds like a sitar twang at points. The result is green, outdoorsy, and undoubtedly Irish.
Visually, nothing has changed from the original other than the larger reel setup. Red Tiger has replaced the 5×3 grid with a 6-reel Megaways layout. Up to 5 symbols can land on each reel, producing up to 15,625 ways to win. Red Tiger hasn’t pushed the engine to its limits, and in doing so, the effectiveness of the pay mechanic is affected. Then again, Leprechaun’s Magic might have been bigger with all 7 sevens in play, but even limited to 5, the potential is surprisingly high.
To manage the exposure such high potential could cause, Red Tiger has narrowed the bet selection. Mid to higher rollers may feel priced out by stake options ranging from 20 p/c to €/£4 per spin – playable on any device. Almost as impressive as potential, from Red Tiger at least, is a slightly above average default RTP rating of 96.02%. Not massive by Megaways standards, yet a pleasant surprise from the developer. As to volatility, Leprechaun’s Magic Megaways sits on the high range of the spectrum.
In keeping with the reduced Megaways option, there are no cascades following a win. In its place, Red Tiger has kept the expanding Golden Symbol on the following spin feature which would have been mental if cascades had been included. As to symbols, the low pays are made up of 9-A royals, decorated in swirling Celtic patterns, while on the high side, we get a pipe, a top hat, horseshoes, and the elven-eared Leprechaun. Premium values start at 3x, rising to 25x the stake for six of a kind. As well as missing cascades, there are no wild symbols during any phase of the game.
Leprechaun’s Magic Megaways: Slot Features
Leprechaun’s Magic Megaways keeps it simple when it comes to features, which you kind of expect in a Ra inspired title. As well as Expanding Symbols, there are Magic Spins boosting play.
Whenever a win occurs, the respective symbol type turns to gold for the next spin. A meter runs along the top of the reels recording which symbols are currently gold. On the next spin, when gold symbols land, they expand to cover the full reel. Gold symbols pay all ways and do not need to be adjacent to link up.
Landing 3 Magic Spin symbols activates the Magic Wheel which rotates to award 4-12 free spins. If 4, 5, or 6 bonus symbols landed to trigger the feature, then an extra 4, 8, or 12 spins are added to the total. In free spins, all winning symbols are turned gold and remain that way for the duration of the Bonus Round.
Leprechaun’s Magic Megaways: Slot Verdict
There you have it, pretty short and sweet, which is no surprise given the features. The blending of the original’s ‘book of’ style gaming with Megaways produces the type of result you would expect. Any gameplay changes are the logical outcome of ramming Big Time Gaming’s engine on there.
It’s not the most exciting slot from a purely Megaways standpoint, there aren’t many innovative extras, and Red Tiger hasn’t pushed the engine to the limit. There are no major surprises, it looks the same, sounds the same, and the core gameplay is more or less the same too. This could be a good thing for fans of the first, who can effortlessly roll over into the remake, unless Megaways is a major turn-off. A distinct possibility for some, since the first was more concerned with classic design than modern entertainment.
While Leprechaun’s Magic Megaways performs the way you would expect a Megaways makeover to go, there are draws. Restricting reels to 5 symbols rather than the full 7 hasn’t dented the max win possibilities for one. Players now spin for more than four times what was possible from Leprechaun’s Magic. In real terms, the Megaways version knocks the original out of the ballpark with wins of up to 20,084 times the stake. You might not be able to bet big on Leprechaun’s Magic Megaways, but that could be a positive indicator the stated max win is achievable. When you factor in the higher RTP (the default setting that is), the newer game will be a far more attractive option for many.
All up, Leprechaun’s Magic Megaways is a good alternative if you’re after some Celtic flavoured Megaways gaming, plus the stats are outstanding, especially coming from Red Tiger. It’ll also help if you’re into the Ra thing as well of course. So, the battle with Blueprint Gaming for supremacy of the Irish Megaways slots category rages on, and with these figures, Red Tiger has slammed down the gauntlet.
It might not stretch the capabilities of Megaways, but Leprechaun’s Magic Megaways is an enjoyable romp held up by its exquisite audio and visual design.