Spud O’Reilly Crops of Gold Slot Review
Released: May 2016
Coin Values: 0.01 up to 100
There are some themes in slot games that never go out of fashion, with one of the most common being Irish Luck and farming. This title happens to be from Playtech, though there are plenty of others out there should this give you the Irish Luck bug.
First and foremost, the visuals of this game have a very stereotypical Irish context which will delight or annoy players depending on how they feel about this sort of thing. Putting that aside, the graphics are brightly coloured with a selection of fun symbols of interactive kissing sheep, a plump happy woman, a pair of pants, Spud himself and a tractor. All of which are obviously your higher value icons, with the lesser ones being the generic J, K and Q with a token ‘Irish symbol’ planted on the tile (think wellies and potatoes).
What each of the special tiles do will come into play more when we get onto talking about the Bonus Rounds, so for now let’s look at the dynamics of the title. Spud O’Reilly Crops of Gold has a 20 paylines and five reels layout, with a buy in starting from as little as 20p, though you can bet up to £2,000, though this feels a little over the top. That being said, when there’s a 10,000 coin jackpot on the line, it’s unsurprising that some people would like to place a substantial bet.
Spud is the Wild here, and is extremely valuable should you land five of him. But if you miss out on that don’t worry as there’s the Sheep Shearing Bonus that can act as a pick me up. As the name suggests it’s all about sheep here; get three or more of the kissing sheep and you go to a round where you pick sheep from a group of them, which Spud then shears. Each of them has a figure hidden underneath all that fur, with some higher than others; more sheep can be selected if you uncovered more Bonus icons on the reels.
Next there is the Free Game Bonus which you unlock if you find three or more of the Four Leaf Clover icons. Doing this will lend you ten extra spins, alongside a 3x multiplier. These spins can be retriggered throughout your play, which obviously means your rewards go up, but don’t get too disheartened if you don’t activate them again.
This game is pretty fun when all is said and done, even if you don’t exactly relish the Irish theme that Playtech has adopted here. There are plenty of ways to get your hands on that large jackpot, all of which feel very unique and individual to the title itself, something that can be hard to come by when you consider how many titles are churned out. We wouldn’t exactly say this is our favourite game, especially when there is still room for improvement here and there, but it’s definitely one of the better ones we’ve played. If you like this there are plenty of other Playtech activities you can try your hand at.