Wish Upon a Leprechaun Megaways: Overview
Booting up Wish Upon a Leprechaun Megaways for the first time evoked feelings of confusion and indifference more so than excitement. Confusion, because Blueprint Gaming has created so many leprechaun/Irish themed slots that we had to double-check whether we had already reviewed it or not. Indifference, because, well, they all sort of look the same, and with most Blueprint Megaways you also kind of know what to expect by now. That doesn't mean they're bad. As a matter of fact, we're big fans of Blueprint and playing Wish Upon a Leprechaun Megaways turned out to be a pleasant experience. Read on, and we'll tell you why.
Wish Upon a Leprechaun was originally released in 2017 as a 5-reel, 20-payline slot. Visually, the Megaways version looks more or less the same, but mechanically it's a different beast altogether. The most obvious difference is the use of the Megaways engine which gives you cascading symbols and a setup of 6 reels and 117,649 ways to win when fully expanded. Here you will benefit from a bundle of features that includes various reel modifiers and a free spins feature where the increasing win multiplier in combination with the modifiers can lead to staggering wins of up to 50,000 times your stake. Medium to high variance, you can play it on your computer or handheld devices from as little as 0.10 to €/£10 per spin.
As mentioned earlier, Wish Upon a Leprechaun Megaways looks almost identical to the original. Returning to the lush Irish countryside, the reels make up the front part of the leprechaun's cottage. You'll still see him standing on the same spot as before, reacting to the action on the reels. Just don't leave the game on idle for too long or he'll fall asleep - you'll even hear him snore. Taking a look at the paytable reveals no particular surprises either. The lower value symbols come in the form of 9 to A royal values while the premiums are represented by golden horseshoes, leprechaun hats, wishing wells, and the game's logo. The latter is the most rewarding, giving you 50 times your stake for six on a full payline. The Celtic knot is the wild, it appears on the horizontal reel only above reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 and substitutes for all standard symbols.
Wish Upon a Leprechaun Megaways: Features
As we've come to expect from a Blueprint slot, it's filled to the brim with features. To begin with, Wish Upon a Leprechaun Megaways uses a Cascading Reels mechanic. Any win will set in motion a chain reaction with the winning symbols removed from the reels while new ones will drop down from above to replace them. This continues until no more winning combinations appear in view and also gives you a chance to win repeatedly from a single spin.
Then we have the Mystery Symbols which can appear anywhere on the reels. When they do, all instances of them will reveal matching randomly chosen symbols for enhanced winning potential.
Moving on, there are also four different Reel Modifiers included in the game. These may trigger randomly on any spin both in the base game and in the free spins feature. This is what's on offer:
- Guaranteed Megaways - will give you a spin with a minimum number of Megaways active.
- Rainbow Respin - will turn a losing spin into a winning spin.
- Lucky StreakSpin - if the reels stop with a winning combination, the reels can respin, holding the trigger symbols in position. This will continue until the win is not improved.
- Golden Clover Spin - will add a number of mystery symbols to the reels.
Finally, there is the Free Spins feature which comes into play when you land 3 or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels - each extra bonus scatter in view awards extra free spins. Before the feature gets underway, you will get a chance to gamble your free spins. The leprechaun is seen walking along a trail - if you win a gamble, he'll move forward and collect 2 extra free spins. If you lose, he'll take a step back thus losing 2 free spins. Of course, you can also choose to collect and move on to the feature. You can also retrigger the feature with 5 or 10 extra spins if you land 3 or 4 scatter symbols in the horizontal reel during the round.
Once underway, it's the usual deal with the win multiplier increasing by 1 after every cascade - with no limits. Moreover, the reel modifiers are in play here as well which, together with the win multiplier, can combine to great effect.
Wish Upon a Leprechaun Megaways: Verdict
In large part, Wish Upon a Leprechaun Megaways is a typical Blueprint offering. If you've played their slots in the past, you'll know exactly what to expect. In spite of the lack of freshness, it's ridiculously fun to play thanks to the intense gameplay, appealing visual production, enjoyable features and, not the least, the massive 50,000x potential that'll be sure to keep any player on the edge of their seats.
The only complaint we have is that the 95.5% RTP is somewhat lower than most of their other Megaways titles. If you can see past that and if you're a fan of Blueprint's Megaways series, Wish Upon a Leprechaun Megaways is worth a go. If not, just stick to proven hits such as Gods of Olympus Megaways, Tiki Treasures Megaways, or Return of Kong Megaways.
Improved gameplay structure makes for a significantly better, and more entertaining, second visit to Leprechaun land.