The Luck of the Irish
Jumpin’ Pot is a 5-reel slot that mines all the things that Ireland’s famous for – mythical Ireland at least. You won’t find any pints of Guinness or talk of ‘the craic’ round here; just four-leaf clovers, pots of gold and all the other fictional symbols that characterise the Emerald Isle.
Jumpin’ Pot is a very green slot, and we’re not just talking about one shade of green either. The game is replete with every shade of the green rainbow along with every shade of the conventional rainbow, one of which can be made out above the reels, arching over a lush green valley. Did we mention that there’s a lot of green in this game?
There are 25 paylines to Jumpin’ Pot and a line bet that can be set between 0.01 and 0.5. This means that the most you’ll expend per spin is 12.50. It’s not a lot, but this is the format that GameArt have chosen to go with on many of their slots. Don’t let the relatively low line bet deter you – there are still some tidy sums to to be won in this games. Autoplay can be set as high as 500 spins, which means that this is the sort of slot you can set and forget.
The playing card symbols have been stylised so as to give them a Celtic feel; think swirling patterns and lots of green. The themed symbols include a wishing well, red-haired Irish beauty and the obligatory four leaf clover. The clover is the game’s scatter and three of them in view will trigger 10 free spins. Here the wild symbols, which are a pot of gold, will prove extremely helpful.
Going for Gold
In test play, we landed three scatters very quickly and then proceeded to win a whopping 962 in the ensuing free spins. It’s just a shame the slot was being played in demo version and not for real money! When your free spins are activated, one or more pots of gold will turn into wilds and will move one position to the left or right after each spin.
Every time another win appears, you’ll be treated to animations that include a flurry of gold coins leaping off the screen and the rainbow above the reels directing its beam into one of the pots of gold. It’s all very exciting and it’s also very lucrative. Suffice to say that free spins are where the money’s at, though in the base game a gamble feature will also give you a chance to boost your winnings.
Irish-themed slots remain perennially popular and god knows there is no shortage of options out there. If you’d like to try a similar game, take a look at Play ‘N Go’s Irish Gold. It’s got more rainbows in it, of course, although no free spins alas. There’s also Irish Eyes and its stunningly originally named follow up, Irish Eyes 2. It’s a 25 payline slot from Nextgen in which you can win up to 12 free spins.
Jumpin’ for Joy
Don’t let the Irish clichés deter you – Jumpin’ Pot is a simple but extremely enjoyable game. The graphics are nice (the audio less so) and the animations are also well implemented. Best of all though is the free spins feature, which will make all your toil worthwhile as it rains gold and your pot runneth over with shimmering coins. Talk about the luck of the Irish.