Take a virtual trip across the Irish Sea and celebrate all things green in Emerald Isle, a 5 reel, 20 payline slot powered by NextGen Gaming. This Irish themed game is superbly designed and comes with a pick me feature as well as free spins feature where all payouts are boosted by a 3x multiplier and trebled. Stakes range from between 20p and £40 per spin.

Emerald Isle is a very classy affair as far as design is concerned as the visuals are top notch. Set against a woodland backdrop, the reels include Celtic-style playing cards from A to 9, a four leaf clover, a pot of gold and a beautiful red-haired woman.

They’re joined by the bearded leprechaun who is the game’s wild, substituting for all other symbols apart from the rainbow scatter. 5 leprechauns on a payline will get you a bumper haul of 6,000 coins. The leprechaun is also instrumental in triggering 1 of the game’s 2 bonus features.

When it hits on reels 1 and 5 on the same spin, you’ll trigger the Bonus feature. Pick from the selection of treasure chests – land 2 of the same amount and that’s the prize you will. Get lucky here and prizes of up to 500 times your stake can be won.

Land 3, 4 or 5 scatters anywhere on the reels and you’ll pocket five, 10 or 100 times your total stake. Perhaps more importantly, you’ll also trigger Emerald Isle’s second feature, the Free Games feature. Once active, you can look forward to 10 free spins with all payouts receiving and 3x multiplier and trebled. It’s possible to re-trigger more free spins here too if you hit 3 or more rainbows again giving you 20 free spins in total.

NextGen Gaming has created a fine looking slot here – the visuals are super sharp with the action playing out to a tranquil soundtrack, punctuated by something far jauntier to herald a winning spin and in the bonus features. It all stays just the right side of cliché.

The features stack up pretty strongly too, especially the free spins where the trebling multiplier can quickly get things moving in the right direction. The Irish theme is a popular one with slots developers. Emerald Isle is a pretty good stab at a classic genre offering a nice blend of quality design, features and gameplay. If you want to benefit from the luck of the Irish, there are plenty of slots about – Rainbow Riches Pick ‘n’ Mix by Barcrest is recommended.