After about a dozen Rainbow Riches slots being released since 2009, it was time for Barcrest to jump on the Megaways train. Picking their most popular slot title must have been a no-brainer as the entire series has proven immensely popular with players on casino floors and online. Rainbow Riches Megaways comes with a mystery feature, a free spins round, an array of Bonus Buy options and most importantly a win potential that can reach 50,000 times your bet or 250,000 credits, whichever is hit first. At maximum bet that correlates to 12,500 times the stake, still plenty to play for.
Rainbow Riches is a video slot with 6 reels and up to seven rows as well as 324 to 117,649 ways to win. Meet the lucky leprechaun on desktop, mobile and tablet from 0.20 to 30 credits per spin. The game has medium to high volatility and an RTP of 96%.
Anyone who played a slot from the Rainbow Riches series will feel instantly at home when opening the Megaways game. The lush green, the blue sky, the pot with gold coins and the rainbow, all is included as usual in the background of the Barcrest-typical rudimentary game window. New is only the extra horizontal reel that the team at Barcrest slapped on top of the standard reel set.
With that said, the pay symbols start with the usual card royals from 9 through to A at the low end, awarding wins of 0.8x to 1.75x your stake for a single five of a kind. They are complemented by five differently coloured gemstones – blue, green, purple, orange and diamond – at the other end. Bonanza anyone? The payouts for the gem combinations are also comparable, ranging from 1.75x to 50x your bet for a single five of kind. In line with the Irish theme, a horseshoe represents the wild symbol doing the usual substitution duties while pots of gold act as scatter. Last but not least, you will have rainbow-coloured Super Gem symbols appearing in the horizontal reel, which will trigger one of the features.
The number of ways is randomly determined for every spin with the Megaways game engine selecting between two and seven pay symbols for reels one and six as well as two to six pay symbols for reels two to five. Additionally, the game has an extra horizontal reel at the top of the game window with four positions, extending from reel two to five, where more symbols appear on every spin.
At the start of a spin sequence, symbols will cascade onto the reels according to the random selection of reel positions. Wins are then paid for adjacent matching symbols from left to right only. The symbols from a winning combination are part of a reaction that will see them explode to make room for new symbols to drop into place. This continues as long as a new winning combination occurs after a fresh cascade.
Barcrest tried their best to differentiate themselves at least somewhat from other Megaways games and included a modifier feature, a free spins round and an array of bonus buy options.
The Super Gem feature triggers in the base game and free spins when a Super Gem symbol lands in the horizontal reel. All gems, irrespective of colour, will change into a common gem symbol. I can see this modifier leading occasionally to some serious wins.
Hit four scatters anywhere on the main reels in one spin sequence to trigger 12 free spins. Any further landing on the triggering spin will award +5 free spins. During the feature, you can have scatters symbols landing on the horizontal reels which will be marked with +1, +2 or +3, awarding the respective extra number of free spins, no limits.
The main attraction though in the free spins is the unlimited multiplier. It will increase by x1 after every winning reaction. Plus, the Super Gem symbol can appear on the horizontal during the free spins, providing more chances for wins with high-value symbols.
Too impatient to wait for an organic trigger? Then use the Buy Pass to get instant access to the free spins round. It will cost you a one-time bet of 100x your standard stake. If that is too much, then activate the “Take A Chance” feature, which will allow you one spin on a wheel which is divided into a green and a red part. Staking from 25x to 75x your bet will gradually increase the green part and your chance to land on it.
Plus, you can reduce the cost of buying the feature by activating the Bonus Bank, which will present you with two options to lower the standard Buy Pass amount. Please not though that adding wins to the Bonus Bank means that they are not added to your playing balance.
Well, with Barcrest we have now the third Scientific Games subsidiary releasing their first Megaways slot. Just like NextGen with Medusa Megaways and WMS with Raging Rhino Megaways, they have chosen their most popular game to receive the special treatment. And they’ve done a rather stellar job by keeping the flair of the original and adding their own twists to the gameplay. The question remains, which of the other six SG studios and what slot will be next.