Rainbow Riches of Gold Basic Information:
Some of us are after more than mere gold. Why would settle for one single colour of wealth while there is an entire rainbow of riches out there to claim? As one of the few pokies which really seems to have a grasp on this concept, Rain Riches Reels of Gold brings us away that we might satiate our rampant gold lust. I might be overselling our greed here, but stick with me. Are these riches worth chasing the rainbow for, or are they simply painted fools gold? Keep reading our review to find out…
This pokie was created by the developers at Barcrest. These guys have been a huge name in the world of gambling for decades now. Since 1968 these guys have been working in the physical industry, and now they have moved into the world of software gambling. This game was released on the 5th of October, 2016.
The Barcrest system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from Barcrest.
Rainbow Riches comes with a total of 100 paylines over 5 reels in a 5×4+5×12 layout.
- The minimum coins bet are static.
- The maximum coins bet are static.
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 10.00
- The return to player offered by this game is 96%, which is around average.
Rainbow Riches is a game built around simplicity, and because of this the game has a notable lack of options. Rather than the traditional option screen, Rainbow Riches has the majority of its options available from the main game screen.
- Betting Quantity Buttons
These simple increase or decrease the bet per line. Increasing the bet in this game also increases the amount of active paylines, when the 1.00 threshold has been passed.
- Audio Button
The only option available from the settings menu. This is found by clicking the small gear button to the left of the page. This then brings the player to a screen with a single option to mute all sound from the game when toggled.
- i Button
This is used to open the main game information screen when clicked. This section includes helpful information on symbols, game rules and payouts.
- Big Bet
When this button is clicked the player is brought to the Big Bet screen. This can be found when clicking the green tab to the right side of the main game screen. From here the player can choose to increase their bet in order to offer various bonuses. These bets consist of 5 linked spins of the reels. All of the wins here are cumulative and are paid out at the end of the last spin. It is possible to trigger free spins during bet bet games.
There really is nothing to write about here, as Rainbow Riches is a unique creation from the team at Barcrest. The theme appears to include some variation on the idea of leprechauns, a word which I did not know how to spell off the top of my head.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in Rainbow Riches comes in the form of one of these four possible wild icons. These can substitute for any symbol except for the bonus.
The bonus spins symbol in Rainbow Riches appears as a group of balloons. These can appear only on reels 1,3 and 5 over both set of reels. Gaining 3 or more of these in a single spin gives the player access to the free spins pick me bonus game.
Big Bet Bonuses
Whenever the big bet feature is used the player will be given a total of 5 linked spins. Depending on which of the 4 tiers of big bet are selected, the player can different rules. These will generate higher payouts as the tier increases.
- Tier1 – costs 10 and comes with the mega expanding wilds feature
- Tier2 – costs 15 and comes with the mega expanding wilds feature, the free spins trail and a bonus pick me.
- Tier3 – costs 20 and comes with the mega expanding wilds feature, the super free spins trail and a super bonus pick me.
- Tier4 – costs 25 and comes with the mega expanding wilds feature, the mega free spins trail and a mega bonus pick me.
When the mega expanding wilds feature is active one or more of the wild symbols will expand to fill the main reels band, then transfer over to the corresponding colossal reel.
The free spins trail determines how many bonus symbols need to be won to activate free spins within big bets.
- Free spins trail required 7
- Super free spins trail requires 6
- Mega free spins trail requires 5
The pick me bonuses give out additional picks when entering the pick me bonus spins section. The quantity in which these are given out, relative to the corresponding pick me bonuses is not listed.
The fairy bonus of this game can be activated randomly at any time during a reel spin. When this occurs the fairy will fly onto the screen and may award a bonus. This is available during both normal spins and the free spins bonus game. There are 7 possible outcomes to this fairy bonus, listed as follows:
When the magic wilds feature activates blocks of wilds will appear on some of the reels. The magic wild blocks will then move up and down until they come to a stop.
When the wild burst feature is active a number of butterflies will appear from the fairy's want and float onto random reel positions. These butterflies will then change into wilds.
When the magic symbols feature is active and card symbols in view will change into wishing wells. The wishing wells will then change to reveal all of the same symbol.
When the reel win multipliers are activated any reel wins achieved during this spins will be multiplied by the revealed value. There are three multipliers that can be awarded, 2x, 3x and 5x.
When the super wild stacks are activated blocks of wild symbols will expand vertically to fill the main reel bands then transfer to the corresponding colossal reel. This bonus is only available in the standard game.
When the balloon bonus is won two balloon symbols spin into view. The fairy then could add extra symbols to the reel that will start the free spins pick me game.
The final of these is the reel win shuffle. When this is won the fairy will shuffle the reels up and down before stopping in a position to complete a reel win.
The free spins pick me bonus game in Rainbow Riches is won when the player manages to at least 3 bonus symbols in a single spin. When this game starts the user will be brought to a screen where they are able to click on a number of different balloons. The player then clicks on these balloons to reveal different amounts which will be added to the free spins quantity tally.
If the player has entered the free spins game with stake of at least 0.50 they then gain access to the gamble feature. This feature is accessed before entering the free spins. Here the player will be brought to a page with 5 different circles. Each of these act as a roulette, with the red ‘miss' zone getting larger with each consecutive circle. Winning here will add free spins to the free spin amounts, but missing a single spin will cost the player all of their free spins for this round, and exit the game. The maximum free spin quantity is set at 100.
How to Play:
Basic play for Rainbow Riches is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.
Alternatively the player can use the big bet button to access the big bets feature.
Overall Design and Usability:
If you've played games from Barcrest before you probably already know what you're in for when it comes to the look of this game. Barcrest is a company which appears far more concerned with the game than the looks, and this seems to be another such case. That is not to say that the design here is bad, as it is very functional, it is just quite simple, and without much flair. The general look is some sort of combination of rainbow and gold, in a way that is more gaudy than pretty.
When it comes to usability, Rainbow Riches suffers from issues common to Barcrest games. This is the general lack of options and customisability. The only real option in this game is the ability to toggle the audio. This can be especially disappointing to users on older or less powerful hardware who wish to get in on the action. That said, the game itself runs quite well. Everything here responds quickly, and we saw no problems with reliability during our testing process..
Where to find it:
Barcrest may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the Barcrest framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!
Rainbow Riches Reels of Gold is, most simply put, a pokie which concerns itself with gameplay over looks. The bonus structure here is among one of the best we have ever seen. There is a huge amount of variety on offer here from Barcrest, who yet again show their commitment to quality. This is not a game which we feel we could properly recommend for anyone looking for an especially beautiful game, but for those who want something fun and broad to try – do not miss this game.
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