Stumpy McDoodles (Foxium): Overview
Is there anything more jolly than a well-crafted leprechaun slot? If there is drop us a line and let us know. Until then, we have Stumpy McDoodles from Foxium to help raise a smile. And what could be better than one leprechaun? That's right, two. Stumpy's not alone in his quest to guide players along the rainbow. He is joined by his loyal leprechaun wife Penny who makes up one of the top paying symbols. As you would expect from a leprechaun themed slot, we get the full quota of accompanying iconography such as shamrocks, beer, gold and two intriguing buy features.
Right from the get go you know you are in the heart of the Emerald Isle with Stumpy McDoodles. The playing grid is set deep in the Irish countryside, while the sun shines down on rolling green hills, and lush vegetation. Click the Foxify button (more on that later), and we are plunged into a magical twilight world framed by a rainbow. The symbols are crisp and clear, the animation pleasant yet restrained, and the result is one attractive slot.
Once you are done admiring the scenery, it is time to select a bet from 0.20 to €/£40 per spin. Maybe not enough for the highest of high rollers, but it should satisfy the majority. Hitting the Foxify button will increase the bet size, and its effects are detailed below. The business of spinning takes place on a 5 reel, 4 row grid, criss-crossed with 20 paylines. Bet levels are divided by the paylines and wins are calculated against the bet line value.
Symbols aren't overly imaginative given the theme, but they are well-drawn and full of life. The most valuable is the wild worth 20x for 5 of a kind. Next up is our main man Stumpy with 12.5x for five, followed by the joyful Penny (10x), the shamrock (7.5x), and the mug of ale (6x). Solid rates, to be sure. Making up the numbers at the lower end of the paytable are the card symbols 10 – Ace.
Stumpy McDoodles (Foxium): Features
It wouldn't be a leprechaun themed slot if there weren't a few Gaelic tricks up its sleeve. Roll on the Stumpy Random Wilds feature which is bestowed randomly with base game spin. It comes in the form of the a pot of gold brimming with treats such as a 2x-5x multiplier, and 3-8 wilds which are sprinkled over the reels.
The pot of gold coins symbol is the scatter which appears on reels 1, 3, and 5. Land three for 5 free spins or land two to launch the Rainbow Respin which gives you an extra chance to score a third scatter. Free Spins come with a bevy of extras that are tricky to describe. Suffice to say there is a juicy mix of multiplier coins, shifting wilds, and wild coins. A total of four wild coins can be collected with these effects:
- 1 wild coin = 2 shifting wilds.
- 2 wild coins = 3 additional free spins + 3 shifting wilds.
- 3 wild coins = 4 shifting wilds.
- 4 wild coins = 4 shifting wilds in the form of 2 x 2 icons + 3 more free spins.
There is also a Progressive Multiplier included which can come into play on any spin. When it does, it can reveal a multiplier coin of 1x, 2x, or 3x. Each new multiplier will be added to the current multiplier value.
If you don't feel like waiting for the bonus to drop, you can activate it by using the Buy Free Spins button. This will instantly trigger 5 free spins for a cost of 50x your total bet. Paying for the bonus feature is always a tough decision, so we will leave whether it is a good thing or not to you and your playing style.
The same goes for the Foxify feature. Click that box in the lower right-hand side of the screen to employ this intriguing option. It increases the cost of the bet by 50% while leaving symbols values the same. What it does is double the multipliers during both the free spins and the base game. Again, this can work out well, or, it might not. Make sure to factor it into your bankroll before activating.
Stumpy McDoodles (Foxium): Verdict
Apart from the Foxify button and the feature buy, Stumpy McDoodles is a total departure from Foxium's previous flagship release Boom Pirates. Where that slot reveled in complexity and huge reel setups, Stumpy is a far simpler affair. Peruse Foxium's back catalogue, and you quickly realise the depth of talent and creativity that is flowing out of this young and upcoming studio that was off to a rather slow start, but now seems to have picked up some momentum.
Foxium have a knack for creating interesting characters such as the Great Albini, Lyra and Erion, and Stumpy is no exception, nor is Penny for that matter. It shows that Foxium goes the extra mile when creating their games, and that kind of effort is appreciated. You can see the thought and care that went into Stumpy McDoodles through the symbols, graphics, and overall atmosphere. There are many titles on the leprechaun themed slot shelf, and Stumpy definitely stands out from the bunch.
Overall, we quite liked Stumpy McDoodles. It's a decent medium variance slot loaded with charm. It also comes with ok potential that, although not stated anywhere, should be able to take you above the 2000x mark with some help from the increasing multiplier and shifting wilds in the free spins round.
Combining fantastic visuals and above-average gameplay, Stumpy McDoodles is a fun and charming video slot well worth giving a go.