The third game from Gameburger Studios, a Microgaming partner studio, 9 Pots of Gold, has been released. Their latest slot, 9 Masks of Fire, was so popular with punters that they decided to build an exact copy of it with all the same features and numbers. 9 Pots of Gold used that perennial favorite, the cheerful Irish / Leprechaun theme, whereas 9 Masks of Fire had a tribal, African vibe. The release date, around St. Patrick’s Day, is also quite convenient. Leprechauns already have a lot of character, but the name given to the main character in 9 Pots adds even more dimension. The hoodlum in sunglasses, Lucky Lad Flynn, has become known as the “richest in the land.” Is there any chance he’ll give some of his fortune away?
Where 9 Masks went with a red and gold colour scheme, 9 Pots goes all-out Irish with green and gold and a rain of shamrocks. Most of the screen is taken up by the 5 reel, 3 row, 20 payline grid, but to the left of it, players will notice escalating scatter prizes. To do so entails establishing stakes, which start at 20 p/c and reach as high as $/€60 a spin. The game’s mathematical model yields the same data in this clone. This equates to a return of 96.24 percent and a volatility level somewhere in the middle. The comparatively high hit rate of 39.75% that was one of 9 Masks’ selling points has carried over to 9 Pots of Gold as well.
All of the icons are tired cliches from other vintage slot games. A BAR, a shamrock, a leprechaun’s cap, and a Celtic harp are displayed in ascending order. Three ‘7s’ follow; one, two, and three 7s, respectively. Triple 7s are the most lucrative combination, paying out 37.5 times the wager, but getting any combination of 7s is a prize as well. Two double 7s and a triple 7 on a payline, for instance, would result in a reward. The payout icons are styled in a relaxing green, and the wild is a colorful mushroom. It can stand in for any icon besides the free spins and pot ones. Five wilds pay out 125 times the wager, which is more than the payout for three 7s.
Slot Machine Featured: 9 Pots of Gold
Two extras are included in 9 Pots of Gold. Let’s start with the Free Spins bonus game that activates with three or more scatter symbols (they appear on reels 2, 3, and 4 and trigger a spin of the Free Spin Wheel). The Free Spin Wheel is separated into segments which have 10, 12, 15, 20, 25, or 30 free spins on them. Each segment comes with an x2 multiplier, save the 25 and 30 free spin segments which offer an x3 multiplier. During the bonus round, Scatters can and do appear, and a new round of free spins is triggered by landing three more.
The Pot Pays scatter win feature is another selling element for 9 Pots of Gold. If you get three or more of the pot scatter symbols, you win the pot prize. When 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9 pot symbols appear, players can win 1x, 5x, 15x, 40x, 100x, 500x, or 2,000x their wager, respectively. Remember that the multiplier does not apply to free spins wins that involve the pot symbol.
Conclusion for the 9 Pots of Gold Slot
What you thought of the original applies equally to the sequel, as is the case with most clones. In the same way that Gameburger’s 9 Masks of Fire slot machine did well, so too has its Celtic clone, and both have many of the same advantages. To begin with, it has an appetizing and welcoming aesthetic thanks to its use of vivid colors and cultural allusions. After the initial “getting to know you” period, there are a few factors that can keep players interested. Its high hit rate ensures regular payouts, and the jackpot prize of 2,000x for 9 scatters is enticing. In the event that the jackpot is not won, players can still win smaller amounts from scatter symbols.
In a nutshell, its mathematical approach is tailored to retain a specific type of player. Despite the Pot Pays jackpot, serious gamblers worry that this slot machine isn’t particularly generous. Because of its moderate volatility, it is not particularly thrilling either. Truth be told, though, 9 Pots doesn’t aim for that. It doesn’t mind at all if you play in a more relaxed, casual fashion. In that regards there is no reason why 9 Pots won’t be as popular as the initial slot was.
There’s a chance that 9 Pots will not be as exciting as 9 Masks. This is owed partly to the massive throng of Irish themed slots out there. Overabundance of something diminishes its value. 9 Pots may be even more well-liked than it already is because so many players embrace the Irish/Leprechaun stereotype. The stakes and excitement level in 9 Pots of Gold just aren’t high enough. But it has everything necessary to become as well-known as 9 Masks of Fire. Many gamblers are likely to be intrigued by 9 Pots of Gold despite the fact that it is not a very unpredictable roller coaster.