In the slot game world, developers often consider putting out a second instalment with the idea of turning it into a game series when one release does well. You see it with other forms of entertainment such as movies, and video slots are no different.
It’s precisely the case with the game we’re writing this review about, Stumpy McDoodles 2. Stumpy McDoodles 2, as you will gather from the slot’s title, is the second instalment in a hit series from expert developers Foxium. And, after playing the first release, we’re pleased to see there’s a sequel.
Stumpy McDoodles as a game series is all about the luck of the Irish, but we think you’ll have known that already. And it’s a common theme for a video slot. There’s no getting away from that. But, this is where Foxium’s work really shines, in our opinion, because of how they make the game stand out from others in the category.
What Foxium have done is create a character in Stumpy McDoodles. So, this isn’t a generic Irish-themed slot game where you just spin the reels and hope to win a prize or two. Instead, players have a sort of storyline that they can buy into and a protagonist.
In many ways, it gives the slot more appeal because it’s more in line with what you expect from a video game, where there’s more going on than just the gameplay. And, who doesn’t love a fun leprechaun, right?
However, there’s much more to like than this in Stumpy McDoodles 2. For example, there are forty paylines above the industry standard of twenty. And there are some good-sized wins to pick up in the base game and features, with prizes worth over 11,000x the stake.
It’s rare, especially where slots with an Irish theme are concerned, for there not to be playing card symbols included on the reels. But, unlike most others, there are only four – J, Q, K and A. While royal icons are common, the inclusion of just a few works well here, as other symbols will really bring the theme to life.
The icons that tie in with the game’s Irish-luck theme include Stumpy himself, Penny, clovers, harps and all that good stuff. In slots like this, it’s the icons on the reels and the backdrop, which of course, bring the whole idea to life.
And, to add to the fun, special symbols such as the wild will act as a replacement for regular icons on the reels. There is also a scatter, which will be the route to the free spins feature.
As mentioned above, wild icons are useful as if there is a chance to form a winning combination, they can step into the breach as a substitute to make it happen.
There is also a wild feature called Stumpy Random Wild. It triggers at random, and there can be up to twelve wilds added to the reels. If one random feature wasn’t enough, what about Stumpy Treasure, which can deliver prizes worth up to 100x?
Scatters in Stumpy McDoodles 2 work in a couple of ways. First, if a player lands two on the reels, they will be added to a meter to boost how many free spins can be played. Three or more will give punters up to twenty-five free games.
And, as the reels turn in the free spins mode, there will be a sticky walking wild, which switches positions. It can increase its size to a maximum of 5x5.
If you played Stumpy McDoodles, we’re pleased to report that the sequel is an improvement and, therefore, worth checking out. It’s a slot with an Irish theme, but it doesn’t fall into the generic category, which is a massive plus. Stumpy himself is also a great character to be the star of the show.