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Lucky Irish Review

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Overall impression

Graphics - 60%
Gameplay - 75%
Bonuses - 75%
Value - 70%
Summary:

This game manages to simplify the brick and mortar scratchcard experience. There's very little design work put into the making of this game - only three icons, play button unrelated, win message also.

70%
Game Information
Name: Lucky Irish
Software: Bally Wulff
Game Type: Scratchcard
Scratch: 9
Progressive: No
match: 3
Whats hot: Whats not so hot:
Has an ok scratch animation No game settings
High cost to win ratio Game elements seem completely unrelated
Background sound is unbearable

Everyone wishes they had the luck of the Irish, at least when it comes to pots of gold and four leaf clovers and the like. With Lucky Irish, a game by development company Bally Wulff, you can see if you do have the luck of the Irish with this fun scratch card game with an Irish theme. In this review, we’ll talk about the good and the bad of Lucky Irish, but before you read about that, you’ll get an introduction to the gameplay.

Gameplay

Lucky Irish is an extremely straightforward scratch card game. It offers nine total scratch areas in your standard 3×3 configuration. Like other Bally Wulff games, you reveal the hidden symbols by mimicking the motion of scratching a scratch card. If you don’t want to take the time to do that, you can just hit the “Scratch All” button to reveal all of the hidden symbols at one time. This way you’ll know if you won as quickly as possible. In this scratch card, that’s about all there is to talk about in terms of the gameplay, which we’ll discuss further in a second, but before we do that, I’m going to talk about what makes the game good.

The Good

This is a bare bones scratch card game. If literally all you’re looking for is the ability to scratch a card and see if you’ve won something, then this is the game for you. This is no-frills gaming.

Probably the best thing that this game has going for it is the mechanics of scratching off the material covering the hidden symbols. To me, that is more fun than just clicking on icons, so I continue to support Bally Wulff’s habit of putting that mechanic in the game. The slow reveal of the symbols, along with the scratching sound effect reminds me of playing scratch card games in real life, which is neat. As far as good things go for this game, that’s about it though. Let’s talk about the bad stuff now.

The Bad

Certainly, some effort was put into the graphic design of this game. This is to say that “some” is a quantity at least marginally greater than “none”, otherwise the game would not exist. However, the makers of this game really put the bare minimum of effort into the graphic design of this game. For instance, look at the pay-table. There are exactly three different graphics to denote 9 different “symbols” that you have to match. I put “symbols” in quotes because the only difference between the symbols is that it lists the number value corresponding to the symbol beneath it.

There’s no auto-play feature, so hopefully you’re really into the concept of scratching the tickets yourself or clicking the “Scratch All” button, because you’ll be doing that a lot if you want to play this game for any length of time. The lack of an auto-play feature means that if you’ve only got a limited amount of time to spend playing scratch card games, you won’t get nearly as many repetitions in as you would if there were an auto-play feature.

Lastly and perhaps most importantly, the game doesn’t offer the player a way to change the amount they are betting. This is a fairly standard feature of online scratch card games, yet it is completely absent from Lucky Irish. Because of this lack of an ability to change the wager, you’re not able to go in for more money when you are feeling lucky, nor are you able to back off if you feel like you don’t have the luck of the Irish. You’re stuck playing the same game, with no variation, over and over again.

Lucky Irish offers a straightforward scratch card game with a decent scratch animation and some jaunty Irish music playing in the background. It’s up to you whether the background music belongs in the good or bad section of this review. All told, if you’re just looking for a scratch card game, this could be a good game for you, otherwise you should perhaps look somewhere else.

Mobile support

As with other recent and leading games from Bally Wulff’s studio, Lucky Irish scratchcard is compatible with mobile devices as it is created in a modern platform – HTML5. Experience while playing on a small screen of a mobile device – phone and tablet – is good. The game supports gestures that helps in creating a real life scratching feeling. You uncover the winning symbols by “scratching” the screen with your finger.

Conclusion

Bally Wulff’s Lucky Irish scratchcard might attract some players who will find the quick round, due to lack of animation, and close to kiosk card design attractive, but would disappoint most as the game feel as if it was put together in a rush and from unrelated game elements, and the unpleasant background noise. It’s a very simple game that doesn’t hold water in comparison to any more modern scratchcard games.

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