A Lively Irish Themed Pokie Featuring a Leprechaun Rock Band
Irish themed pokies are common. They come in many types, with mystical and comedy style games dominating. Shamrockers Eire to Rock is the first rock-star Irish pokie I have come across. The main symbols are 4 musicians. While each has a unique character, they are all unmistakably leprechauns. You might be able to spot some characteristics shared with real world rock stars while you spin!
For the most part this is a lively, yet straightforward pokie. You’ll line up symbols over 20 win-lines with the help of wilds. The single free spins game involves getting tickets to the concert. The main question then becomes; how many encores will the band get?
Summary of that to expect from this fun Irish themed game:
On the reels of the base game, you’ll see the leprechaun band members individually. When you trigger the bonus with 3 ticket symbols on the middle reels – you get a view of them on stage together before the bonus spins start.
Initially, you will get only 4 free spins. The smaller number is made up for by the potential for big wins – plus the potential to retrigger the entire bonus multiple times.
For each of your spins, a different leprechaun will become super stacked – replacing all the other band members on the reels. This starts with the guy with the huge beard, and ends with the highest paying symbol, the leprechaun with the big quiff and microphone.
There is an extra wild in play for every spin. This shows a golden ticket with ‘VIP’ on it. During the first 3 spins, it simply acts as a wild, replacing other symbols for extra winning combinations. You’ll want to see this appearing on the final spin. When that happens, you go through the entire bonus again. This sequence can repeat, with your biggest bonus features coming those times you are lucky enough to get 3+ repeats.
Note that regular wilds are in play for the feature (they replace everything except the VIP ticket), though the standard bonus symbols on the middle reels are not.
Shamrockers is a simple enough game, played over 20 (non-adjustable) win-lines and a 5-reel, 3 row grid. You’ll notice all the symbols are stacked, which makes it possible to cover all 15 positions on the reels with the same one on some spins. This is far more likely in the free spins, where the 4 different leprechauns are replaced by one for each spin.
Wild symbols look like the club symbol from playing card suits. This is in a distinctive light green. It will substitute for everything except the bonus symbols.
Singers get all the attention in bands, and the leprechaun singer is no exception – having the single biggest line prize of 500 coins for 5. This is followed by a guitarist who reminds me of Slash from Guns N Roses, a female drummer and a bald leprechaun with a long red beard.
Smaller wins come from playing card symbols.
Those familiar rolling Irish hills are visible behind the reels, with a rainbow fuzzily visible overhead. The reels are set on a stage in front of this scene. Ambient sounds including birds twittering play between spins, with strange effects like a knife being sharpened kicking in when you press spin.
It is when you win with the band members that things come to life. Rock riffs, with a distinctive traditional Irish feel, kick in. They are even more prominent in the free spins bonus game.
Winning with main symbols sees them merge into bigger animations. You’ll see each leprechaun rocking if you play for a while.
Irish pokies are popular, and I’m sure that combining this theme with rock music will work for IGT. With only a single bonus round, this poker machine is more about the solid game-play than multiple features. The animations are excellent, with each leprechaun rock star having a lot of character. When you get the (short) free spins bonus, you can easily trigger huge wins. Each band member takes turns to be the predominant feature on the reels. If you are lucky enough to get an encore or two, you could be rocking right along with the leprechauns!