There are myriad themes and inspirations used to create digital slots games, and there are also scenarios that are re-invented so often that they become clichés. Developer Play’n GO has found an interesting way to refresh the over-used Egyptian and Irish Leprechaun treasure-hunt themes, by mashing them both together in Leprechaun Goes Egypt.
What this means, in practice, is a generally Egyptian setting, combined with leprechaun touches in the décor and animations, often with amusing results. The Leprechaun Goes Egypt opening backdrop is an Egyptian tomb strewn with gold coins and ornaments, including the leprechaun’s traditional pot of gold.
Gaily Gaelic Poker Symbols
Players can play from 1 to 20 lines on Leprechaun Goes Egypt, with a bet per line ranging from 1 to 500 coins. The low-value poker symbols, 10, J, Q, K and A, are the most Irish-looking of the icons. They are wrought in a colourful patterned, illuminated Gaelic script reminiscent of the Book of Kells, adorned with shamrocks. 10 and J win equal-value prizes for the same combinations, as do K and A. Five matching Ks or As on a pay line win 150X the line bet.
There are only four high-value symbols; a scarab beetle, a mummy, a sphinx and a Tutankhamun mask. The sphinx and mask start paying prizes for two matches, and five masks win a top prize for these symbols: 750X the line bet.
Three Special Symbols Give Varied Bonus Options
Leprechaun Goes Egypt boasts three different symbols with special functions. A traditional, cigar-smoking leprechaun is the Wild, who doubles any wins in which he substitutes for other icons. Multiple Wilds in succession from Reel 1 on a pay line also win their own prizes, for combos of two, three, four or five. These prizes are 10X, 100X, 1,000X and 3,000X the line bet, respectively.
The Cleopatra Scatter pays a multiplier of the total bet per spin for two, three, four or five appearances anywhere on the reels: X2, X3, X15 and X150, respectively. Three or more Scatters will also transform Cleopatra into a buxom Irish barmaid, and trigger a variable round of free spins with a rainbow added to the backdrop. Players can choose 5, 10 or 15 free spins, with an additional multiplier of X6, X3 or X2, respectively, on all wins. The Wild still doubles wins during free spins; coupled with the additional multiplier, this can be very profitable.
More than Free Spins as Extras
The Bonus icon, the third special symbol, is a rainbow-decked pyramid in green fields, that appears only on reels 1, 3 and 5. When a player score three at once, a bonus game on a new screen is triggered. Inside the tomb, the player must guide the leprechaun through a series of doors, winning a succession of cash prizes either until they free Cleopatra from her sarcophagus for the top bonus of 12,000 coins, or until they open a door on the mummy, which ends the round.
During play at online gambling casinos, the reels hang against a pyramid in the desert, and whenever the predominantly Egyptian game symbols are part of winning combinations, they animate with sudden Irish touches like red beards, green paint or sudden pints of Guinness. Extra shamrocks are also always an option.