Coin Values: 0,01 up to 1
Jackpot: 1000 x Coins
Free Spins: Yes
Nektan might just be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, or it will be if you play the winlines of Shamrock ‘n’ Roll. This play on words title has a vivid Irish theme, decorated with many colours and cutesy imagery; it’s by no means unique in style, but it provides aesthetics that we recognise. You’ll be seeing gold when you’re asleep once you’ve spun the reels of this pokie, but it’s not just the spinning we’re interested in, it’s the returns and features as well. As this comes from a fairly new brand, we’re expecting some contemporary extras to come our way, though only time will tell if Nektan are as modern as they present themselves to be. It’s time to rock ‘n’ roll with some leprechauns of old!
Shamrock ‘n’ Roll has a lot of charm to it, some might even say Lucky Charms, due to how wonderfully vibrant it is. For saying that this is a generic theme seen time and again, Nektan have managed to create their own spin on this fantastical Irish realm of magical creatures. What is more, they’ve arranged their interface so that the focus of the game is all on the paytable symbols and the winlines, rather than on an unsightly control panel. Added to this, the border of the 5 reels has been simplified down to a couple of curved gold sides, therefore giving the illusion that the reels spin on forever. Not to mention it declutters the whole game even further.
Even though we, mostly, like what we see, we wish that Nektan would step away from the timeworn card value symbols and have all the icons decorated in the corresponding theme. This is because of the fact that, even though the K, Q, J, 10 and A are gold in their appearance, they don’t really enhance the remaining symbols upon the matrix. Moreover, given how board the Irish theme is, it seems more than easy enough to think of more than seven individualised tiles. We consider this to be one of the limiting areas of the graphics, particularly once you compare this activity to ones from other labels. However, as it conveys the genre in a recognisable and accessible way, we can’t complain too much at the lack dynamic creativity.
In regards to the action upon the 25 paylines, gamers have 13 symbols to play for, two of which are special in their features, though we’ll comment on that later. For now, we’re going to take a look at the monetary range that the standard symbols offer. All but the spins and wild offer real cash payouts, with the returns starting at as little as x10 and all the way up to x1,000. These two figures, and all the others attached to the paytable, remain the same regardless of how you navigate the betting threshold. Customers can wager between 0.25 coins and 25 credits, with the maximum bet able to be decreased if you lower the number of winlines.
Once you’ve tackled the setting adjustments, and figured out whether you want to play the demo version or the play for real one, you’ll be able to select the spin toggle. Every time you do this, a jolly Irish soundtrack will start playing. Bells will ring whenever you form a winning combination, with five being the maximum number of tiles needed. All of the above then comes with a return to player percentage of 96.3%, which is actually higher than the average RTP of 95%. Granted, it isn’t by much, but it’s enough to reduce the volatility of the game from high to medium.
In order to get the most piles of gold you possibly can, you’ll want to aim for three or five spin icons upon any of the paylines. By doing this you’ll be granted access to one of the most basic but satisfying mini games there is: free games. Sadly, we’re unable to comment on the number of waves you’ll be gifted, as the paytable is scarce on that information, and we never accessed the feature. That being said, it’s likely it’ll roll for several rounds, giving you maximum chances to win free prizes. This is just enough to create a lucky streak of fun to have us customers forever looking for the end of that rainbow.
When it comes to our final thoughts, we’d say that Shamrock ‘n’ Rock is a simple yet adaptable slot machine. Furthermore, it’ll sprinkle some much needed happiness into your day or evening, even if you’re on the move, thanks to its mobile capabilities. If you want to test drive other one armed bandits whilst on the move, Nektan is one of the brands that can make this happen. Not forgetting that all their titles will be similar in design and features to Shamrock ‘n’ Roll. What more could you want.