Top leprechaun online slots to celebrate St Patrick’s Day
If there is one day of celebration that truly transcends politics, borders, cultures, and beliefs it must be St Paddy’s Day. This iconic day brings out the Irish in anyone around the world. From Micronesia to Miami, from Cape Town to Copenhagen, you can find a pub or an area or even entire cities that are made over in the green of the Emerald Isle and will willingly tap a keg of Guinness.
While the origins of St Patrick’s Day are very much rooted in Christian lore, the unbridled joy of the Irish people has ensured that this day becomes a celebration of coming together, of enjoying a pint of the goldest of dark stouts, of joining in pub singalongs, and of bringing the craic (the legendary Irish spirit of hospitality and pure fun) to life – wherever you may be in the world.
This St Patrick’s Day – 17 March – looks to be a truly spectacular one as countries around the world relax their COVID-enforced rules on gatherings and travel. Not only will it celebrate the Irish feast day, it will also be a celebration of – almost – going back to normal for many of us.
And we can’t wait.
But while we’re waiting, the Online Casino Review team are getting into the Irish spirit by spinning through some of our favourite Irish-themed online slots. And sharing them with you, our fellow avid South African online casino game fans.
Not all that is green is Irish
Ireland is an incredibly vibrant country, rich in culture and history, with some of the most amazing and friendly people on the planet. Which is why it’s almost a disappointment when you find stereotypes dominating the cultural arena.
Why do we say this? Because, and we are hanging our heads saying this, for all the great poets, writers, and musicians that have come from Eire, for all the greenest landscape you can find anywhere, for all the history and the people of the Republic, the online slots world is by far centred on … the leprechaun!
Nevertheless, we do understand that the Irish imp has a huge part to play in how people see and celebrate St Paddy’s Day so, along with all the shamrocks and the ‘Kiss Me I’m Irish’ t-shirts that are on display, we are willing to overlook it. And, yes, we do understand that the leprechaun with his po o’ gold, the shamrocks, and all the rest are important symbols of wealth and luck. Chinese people must feel the same when they see the maneki-neko all over the place.
What’s important is that this celebration is a feel-good when we most need it. And the slots games we’ve chosen on not just everyday slots with a leprechaun and shamrock stuck on, they are really good games at any time.
So, luck of the Irish to you, and enjoy these top slots for St Patrick’s Day.
Leprechaun Goes Egypt – Play’n GO
It seems apt that a feast day so quintessentially Irish but that is celebrated around the world should have a unique mash-up of cultures in our first choice: Leprechaun Goes Egypt.
Leprechaun Goes Egypt from Play’n GO is a genuinely fun online slot to play. While it doesn’t have a plethora of bonus features, it is incredibly well put together. The graphics are crisp, the gameplay is fast, and the theme is superbly unique with its mix of Egyptian lore with a leprechaun hero.
All the usual Egypt symbolism is on show: the Sphinx, King Tut’s burial mask, scarabs, bandage wrapped mummies, pyramids, and Cleopatra – but then you get the Irish twist. The soundtrack is far more Irish jig than Egyptian mystery, and all the 10 to A symbols have a distinct Gaelic design to them.
But it’s when you hit the winning combo’s that the true Irish comes out as the symbols get a very fun makeover. The Sphinx gets painted green, King Tut’s mask becomes a bearded Irishman, the mummy is surprised with a pint of Guinness, the scarab is squished by a pot of gold, and Cleo herself transforms from the Egyptian queen into a pint carrying Irish lass!
Fun graphics aside, Leprechaun Goes Egypt is a 5×3 slot with medium volatility and a 96% RTP. It features Wilds, Scatters, and Free Spins as well as two bonus games for those lucky enough to unlock them. Land 3x Cleo’s to unlock Free Spins with bonus win multipliers (and turn the deserts of Egypt into the green fields of Erin with a rainbow background. Land 3x pyramid symbols and unlock a pick and win game where you navigate through the maze of the pyramid to unlock wins and avoid the mummy.
A surprisingly fun and engaging slot for South African fans this St Paddy’s Day.
Slots O’Gold Megaways – Blueprint GamingSlots O’Gold Megaways from Blueprint Gaming combines both the Megaways™ mechanic and the Jackpot King bonus play for players looking for racking up huge wins. With up to 15,625 ways to win, and a progressive jackpot pot thrown in, players can be forgiven for thinking that their lucky ship has landed. But beware, this is a medium volatility game with an RTP of 96.45% but those wins are notoriously hard to land – and especially on a slots game that is as fast as this one. Slots O’Gold Megaways does not mess around when it comes to gameplay – those reels spin super fast even without turbo engaged. But added to the bright graphics and excellent artwork, and the fast-paced music as you spin (which, weirdly, is very different to the more laid-back Irish music playing in the background) and you have a game that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Irish symbols abound in lucky horseshoes, harps, pots of gold, and the titular leprechaun, all with an idyllic forest background. With a 6-reel layout and the changing number of rows as per the Megaways mechanic, you are always kept guessing as to where your symbols will land – which is part of the charm. Slots O’Gold doesn’t have a lot of bonus features but the Wilds, Respins, and Expanding Wilds should keep slots fans happy – and, of course, the chance to go for those progressive jackpots is enough to keep us spinning for a while.
Rainbow Riches: Leprechaun’s Gold – Barcrest
Rainbow Riches: Leprechaun’s Gold from Barcrest and SG Digital may be a little rougher around the edges (especially in terms of graphics) than the other choices on our list, but it makes up for it with a batch of big features.
The style is far more ‘cartoonish’ than some modern players like but while it eschews the glitzy graphics and animation, it does have a whack of wicked features.
Our leprechaun here is more the malevolent trickster than the fun or the friendly leprechaun of other tales and he is definitely the standout symbol on the 6-reel, 5-row, 50-payline slots game. Alongside him are basic low paying suit symbols and a host of Irish harps, shamrocks, rainbows, horseshoes, and so on. With the fields of green in the background and the fiddle-heavy soundtrack players definitely know they’re playing an Irish theme.
What makes the game special is the bonus features. This 97.75% RTP, medium volatility slot will have you dancing the leprechaun jig when you land the leprechaun bonus symbol and unlock the Rainbow Ring feature, the Free Spins, or the Wishing Well.
Landing 3 or more leprechaun bonus symbols will trigger the Rainbow Ring bonus feature where players get to spin a bonus wheel. Winnings can be extra bonus symbols, between 8 and 25 free spins, or the Wild Rover which pays our random Wilds.
If you win Free Spins, you may also get the Wishing Well bonus. After the Free spins have ended, players get to choose one of three coins to throw into the Wishing Well and reveal extra prizes like more Free Spins or bonus multipliers.
Rainbow Riches: Leprechauns Gold is a fun slots game without too many complications but with great features.
Luck of the Irish to you
There are many more leprechaun themed online slots games out there, from basic 3-reels to more animated and fancier ones but we really think you will enjoy playing these ones. For online South African gamblers who are often restricted from playing certain online casino games, we can still get into the craic spirit and celebrate this awesome St Paddy’s Day with some great online slots games.
We hope you enjoy and remember, play responsibly.