A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO RAINBOW RICHES POTS OF GOLD
Rainbow Riches manufactured by Barcrest Games ( now SG Gaming ) is without doubt one of the most popular 5 reel slots in the UK, it can still be found in every AGC, Bingo Hall and Motorway service station around the country, so it comes as no surprise that this legendary slot is available to play at online casinos.
The Irish based theme and quirky music and sounds make it a great game to play for first timers, offering a possible 20 paylines if selected and also 3 feature games. If you have played this game before in a land based arcade then there are some slight differences to the version you are used to playing, these will be explained further into the Rainbow Riches slot review.
Firstly I'll start with the two versions of Rainbow Riches that are available to play, having played both I'd suggest steering away from the older version of this game. It doesn't seem to run as smoothly as the new version and if you get the leprechaun feature it can give you just one spin of the wheel before landing on collect, which for this game is nothing like the land based arcade version.
NEW ONLINE VERSION OF RAINBOW RICHES
OLD ONLINE VERSION OF RAINBOW RICHES
STAKES, PAYLINES & SYMBOLS
PAYTABLE FOR RAINBOW RICHES POTS OF GOLD ON €1 STAKE
PAYTABLE FOR RAINBOW RICHES POTS OF GOLD ON €1 STAKE
You can select your bet line and also the amount of lines that you would like to play on Rainbow Riches, so this means you can spin the reels for as little as €0.01, whilst the maximum bet is a staggering €400 a spin. There are a huge amount of staking options that you can choose to play at between these bet sizes, so you are sure to find one that is proportionate to your bankroll.
This brings me on to a major difference to this slot from the land based arcade version. Online if you bet €1 a spin the base game wins are only what you would receive for playing at a €0.50 stake on the land based version, so if for example playing online at €1 a spin you got a winline of jacks, it would only pay €5 instead of the €10 it would give you on the land based version, this is slightly annoying but a price worth paying to play the game in the comfort of your home.
To get the jackpot you will need to get all 20 winlines of the wild symbol, this is again another difference from the land based slot, as you will notice that the rainbow riches symbol is only worth half the value of the wild symbol for a full line.
rainbow riches bonus features
RAINBOW RICHES WISHING WELL BONUS
During your gameplay there are 3 possible bonus rounds for you to play.
The Wishing Well bonus is initiated by an 3 or more well symbols landing anywhere in view, this doesn't have to be on a payline and you can get this bonus on any stake. There is a hidden multiplier behind each one of the wells and you get to choose one, the more well symbols you get the higher the multiplier will be.
3 wells = Maximum multiplier available x 25 your stake
4 wells = maximum multiplier available x 100 your stake
5 wells = maximum multiplier available x 500 your stake
LEPRECHAUN ROAD TO RICHES BONUS
The Leprechaun road to riches bonus is initiated by 3 or more leprechauns landing anywhere in view, again this doesn't have to be on a payline and can be triggered playing at any stake. This feature takes you to a separate screen where you make your way along a path of multipliers toward the pot of gold. As with the well bonus the more leprechauns you have in view the higher the value of the multipliers.
3 leprechauns = maximum multiplier available x 200 your stake
4 leprechauns = maximum multiplier available x 400 your stake
5 leprechauns = maximum multiplier available x 500 your stake
RAINBOW RICHES POTS OF GOLD BONUS
The pots of gold bonus is the one you really want to hit, this is initiated by the pots of gold symbols landing anywhere in view on reels 2, 3 and 4. As with both previous features this can be obtained on any amount of paylines and playing at any stake.
When activated the feature will take you to a separate screen when a number of pots appear all with a different amount of multipliers on them. As they move around the screen they slow down to stop at the feet of the dancing leprechaun, the amount it stops at is your win.
The maximum multiplier available is x500 your stake.
RAINBOW RICHES SLOT cheats and hints
Although you might not necessarily call them cheats, there are a few things about Rainbow Riches that I've noticed over the years playing it online.
If you play 10 winlines, then you can increase your stake to double the amount you are currently playing, this won't give you a bigger win if you land a feature but it will however increase the size of your wins on the base game and potentially give you longer playing time.
After you've landed one of the features, lets say the wells for example, for the next spin it's worth increasing your bet size slightly, but only for that one spin. So many times I've had consecutive features on Rainbow Riches, whether it be wells and then leprechauns, or leprechauns and then pots, I started increasing the stake after one landed and it can still give you another feature at the higher stake.
The wells dropping in always give themselves away, keep an eye out for how fast the first reel drops in, once you've noticed it you will always know when they are coming in.
On the leprechaun feature you are always guaranteed to get to x12, or whatever is in that position if you get 4 or 5 leprechauns. This only accounts for the newer version, if you play the older version it can give you one spin of the wheel and then the next spin can be collect. Brutal!
I've had a lot of spins through this game online and it can be very streaky, if you're experiencing a dry run of not many wins and your balance is going down quickly, you would be wise to leave it and play something else, Rainbow Riches can destroy a balance in no time when it goes on a baron spell.
rainbow riches slot review final verdict
Arguably SG Gaming's greatest ever creation and one that has certainly stood the test of time. This is a slot that I'll always come back to play as I find it entertaining, and having the 3 features to potentially trigger is something a little different to most slots.
For anyone that has played this slot before they will know that the sound of hearing the 3 pots land is music to your ears, and then a bit of tension to see where the leprechaun stops. Outstanding slot, even if it does differ to the original that we all know.
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