Published: tue 4 feb 2020 | Updated: tue 4 feb 2020
Time to Party with Stumpy
If you’re a fan of Irish-themed slot games and you thought you’d already seen them all, you probably hadn’t counted on the arrival of Stumpy McDoodles. This is a fantastic new title which has been created exclusively for Microgamingby Estonia-based development studio Foxium. That’s the same company which has already given us games like Boom Pirates and The Great Albini, so we had high hopes for Stumpy McDoodles and we’re happy to report that we weren’t disappointed!
Introducing Stumpy and Penny
Having a leprechaun character at the heart of an Irish-themed game is nothing new, but this title boasts two of them. The first is Stumpy McDoodles himself, who is the storybook definition of a leprechaun, with a taste for good ale, a great sense of humour and the obligatory green uniform. The other leprechaun you will come to know and love is Stumpy’s wife, the red-haired Penny.
The McDoodles are a great couple to spend time with, and their five-reel slot is played against a cartoon-style background which portrays a suitably idealised vision of the Irish countryside. The game has four rows and twenty pay lines, and the symbols include the usual 10, J, Q, K and A playing card ranks as well as a mug of ale, a lucky shamrock, Penny McDoodles, Stumpy McDoodles and a wild. A pot of gold symbol acts as a scatter, and appears on the first, third and fifth reels.
When you get down to actually playing this game, you will quickly discover that it is one of the best Irish-themed slots currently available. The reel-spinning animation is silky smooth, the symbols are bold and vibrant, the soundtrack has the wonderfully upbeat flavour of an Irish jig and audio effects have a magical quality that will soon have you believing in pots of gold at the end of rainbows.
Stumpy Random Wilds with Multipliers
As you play the main game you could be in for a pleasant surprise at any time thanks to a Stumpy Random Wilds with Multipliers feature. This is triggered at random, and will assign a multiplier value of up to x5 before adding up to eight wild symbols to the reels. Any wins that you enjoy as a result of this glorious moment of generosity will be increased by the multiplier value given.
Bet 50% more to activate a Foxify feature and you will enjoy double multiplier values in both the main game and in the Free Spins feature, which will be described shortly.
Stumpy McDoodles Rainbow Respin
A second feature to watch out for is the Rainbow Respin. This is awarded when you get two pot of gold scatter symbol reels at the same time, and it basically gives you a free chance to get the third pot of gold required for the main Free Spins feature by respinning the first, third or fifth reel which doesn’t yet show one.
Stumpy McDoodles Free Spins
This is the biggest feature of all, and is triggered by getting three pot of gold symbols on the reels at the same time. You will be awarded five free spins, and a multiplier meter shown at the top left of the first reel will begin with a value of x1. You will also be given one Shifting Wild, which is a wild symbol that remains on the reels throughout the feature, but which shifts position between spins.
As you play the Free Spins round, you will also enjoy the ability to collect special coins to unlock extra Shifting Wild symbols, increase the value shown on the progressive multiplier meter and even gain additional free spins.
Multiplier Coins appear randomly, and can increase the multiplier value by up to x3 at a time. The maximum value that the multiplier meter can reach is a whopping x34, so you can expect the coins to come thick and fast when the luck of the Irish is on your side.
Wild Coins also appear randomly, and these are collected on a meter shown below the multiplier meter. You will get a different reward for collecting one, two, three or four coins, as follows:
One Wild Coin will add two Shifting Wild symbols to the reels
Two Wild Coins will add three Shifting Wilds to the reels and award you three more free spins
Three Wild Coins will add four Shifting Wild symbols to the reels
Four Wild Coins will add four Shifting Wilds to the reels as a block measuring 2x2 and award you three more free spins
As you can see, this is a superb special feature, and even more enjoyable than this bare-bones description can properly convey. Should you ever want to trigger it without waiting for three pots of gold, you can do so by pressing the Buy Free Spins button and paying 50 times your total stake.
Stumpy McDoodles Stands Out from the Crowd
‘At Foxium we believe in making every concept and every story our own, which is why Stumpy McDoodles stands out from the crowd of other Irish-themed games,’ said Åke André, who is CEO at Foxium. ‘As well as being another opportunity to deploy our game-changing Foxify feature, Stumpy McDoodles is also the latest showcase for the strong creative design, characterisation and gameplay that make Foxium’s slots so sought-after by players in a range of different markets. Packed with features and fuelled by a thigh-slapping soundtrack, Stumpy McDoodles is the party that never has to end.’
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