Welcome to the Emerald Isle, full of mystical creatures, pots of gold, and leprechauns. Journey through the fields of Ireland with NextGen Gaming’s newest release, and with the aid of your red-bearded friend, follow the rainbow to its satisfying end, where you might hear a few coins clinking, waiting for an enterprising adventurous type to grab them.
With five reels and twenty paylines, this slot offers amazing specials mixed with a whimsical theme that lures you in with promises of glory and riches. So pack your bags and let us discover the secrets that the Emerald Isle hides!
Play Emerald Isle
The game splits its symbols into two tiers. Lower paying icons are gambling symbols – 9, 10, J, Q, K and A. Higher tier symbols include a pot of gold, a rainbow, and a red-haired woman, which can be quite a welcome sight due to the fact she usually brings triple what other icons do.
Every other symbol except the Wild, that is, which is the highest paying icon in the entire slot. NextGen did not go overboard in making their Wilds too different – they can replace any symbol save for Scatters, and they are the highest paying icon in the entire game.
Scatters look nice, but their only function is to activate the bonus round. Drawn as a rainbow, a slight difference from ordinary Scatters is that you need to have three in a row to trigger the free spins, making it more difficult than most other slots.
How to Play
The light green backdrop does look rather inviting, and we’d love to see more of it. The small stream in the background, the lively, lush forests, and a promise of a wide, open field just beyond the sight, hidden by the reels, all work alongside the relaxing music to immerse you in the experience.
The twenty paylines in Emerald Isle are fixed, but you are able to adjust your coin value. This means you are able to play for as little as $0.20 up to $200, a wide range of wagers that will accommodate both high rollers and more casual players looking for fun.
There are two special features in NextGen Gaming’s release. The first one, activated by three Scatters in a row, awards the player ten free spins. More Scatters can retrigger the bonus round, and all winnings are tripled while it remains active.
Strategy and Tips
The game also has another bonus with Wilds. If you have a Wild on reel one and on reel five, it launches the bonus round. The screen fills with treasure chests, and within are cash prizes and multipliers. You can get up to an x5 multiplier, and you need to match two cash prizes from the boxes to get the prize hidden within. At the end of the day, it is all down to luck, but winning it feels amazing.
The myriad of bonuses help keep Emerald Isle from feeling stale. The slot feels best when played at a medium value, and with a 96% return to player, it does not feel like a slog to complete.
In our experiences, the triple Scatter is easier to get compared to the Wild bonuses, so if you are gunning for large wins, you have better odds getting the free spins with tripled winnings.
NextGen Gaming’s mobile port of this game feels competently done. The user interface has been well adjusted for phone and tablet screens, and while we can find some minor nitpicks, they are nothing worth mentioning.
It runs smoothly, and the gameplay is functionally the same. Regardless of your platform of choice, we recommend giving it a try.