An Evening at the Pub
Patrick’s Pub has a rather explicit title. The Booongo developers are simply taking the players to a virtual Irish pub. The shelves behind the bar are stacked with every kind of liquor you can think of, and the taps are overflowing with ale. The entire place is lit up in a green haze, with the reels in the middle and the usual command buttons right underneath them.
Despite a very classic theme, Patrick’s Pub manages to give off a fresh vibe thanks to very polished background graphics. Every little detail makes sense and nothing is superfluous. Patrick’s Pub is also relatively free of the usual Irish cliches – even though the game is still very much influenced by the whole pot of gold at the end of the rainbow image.
Order Your Favourite Brew
Patrick’s Pub has a fairly regular basic layout, with 5 reels and 20 paylines available. You can bet from 0.20 to just 100 credits per spin, which is a little less than we would have imagined at first. The paylines are fixed, but the arrow buttons under the reels are here to let you adjust your wager precisely. Apart from the bet max and autoplay shortcuts, Patrick’s Pub also features a turbo mode to force the reels to spin faster.
As mentioned before, Patrick’s Pub has a lower volatility than the average slot game on the market. We could feel it right away when we started playing, with frequent small wins lining up across the reels. This feature is interesting if you are willing to play all-in regularly. Otherwise, the paytable is a list of predictable symbols: card icons, beer pints, shamrocks, pipes, top hats and green shows worth at most 750 times your line bet.
Extra Gold Coins
The last two symbols that you can find on the reels of Patrick’s Pub are a little special. The pot of gold that we were all expecting is the wild card of the game. Wherever it lands, it has the power to take the place of other icons. Moreover, wild combinations can be worth up to x1500 on their own, and you get to trigger a free respin if pots of gold show up on reels 1 and 5 at the same time.
The tiny leprechaun is dressed in bright green and plays the part of the scatter or Patrick’s Pub. It can only appear on reels 2 to 4, and not as frequently as we would have liked, to be honest. Finding 3 of them at the same time unlocks 10 free spins instantly. If you find more scatter combinations in the meantime, you will be able to retrigger that very same bonus over and over again.
Classic Setup Deep Down
As a matter of fact, Patrick’s Pub is mostly based on very classic features. If you dig around a little bit on the market, you should be able to find plenty of similar slots. Take Hunter’s Dice from EGT or Find The Gems by Join Gaming. Both of them have the same basic setup and bonus round, a similar volatility and overall behave in the same way as Patrick’s Pub, despite their different universes.
If you like Irish slot games, you are in luck: this is one of the most popular themes for both developers and players. The possibilities are almost endless, and if you need just one title then check out Luck O’ The Irish by Blueprint. This game has gained almost cult status thanks to its large, 40-payline setup and colourful universe.
A Decent Slot Game, but Nothing Exceptional
Patrick’s Pub might not be a revolutionary slot game in any way, but we had a great time trying it out nonetheless. As mentioned before, Irish slots are extremely common and Patrick’s Pub isn’t really bringing anything new to this particular category of games. We still liked the relatively sober atmosphere, the dim lights of the pub and the very decent payouts available.
A separate bonus game that could have taken players out of the bar and chasing after gold in the Irish countryside would have been a nice addition to the gameplay, in our opinion. A larger betting range would have also attracted more experienced players, who are always willing to take a few extra risks.