The Rift

The Rift main game screen

The Rift Basic Information:

There is a saying in my family: don't go into any portals you find in filthy backalleys. Whether or not this was literal, the words have always stuck with me. So, then, what I am I to do with a game called The Rift, which deals with just that? Fear not! I will stand by to deliver as best I can. Is this pokie an adventure worth taking, or is this likely to result in a beating or a mysterious rash? Read our review to find out…

This pokie was created by the developers at ThunderKick. Based out of Sweden, Thunderkick are one of the newcomers to the world of online gambling. Starting in 2012, Thunderkick have made it their goal to create games which enhance the the overall player experience of online casinos.These developers claim a focus on quantity, and claim they easily have the skill and vision to match their goals. This game was released on the 4th of May, 2016.

The ThunderKick 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 ThunderKick.

The Rift main game screen

The Rift comes with a total of 17 paylines over 5 reels in a 5×3 formation

  • The minimum coins bet are 0.10
  • The maximum coins bet are 100.00
  • Minimum coin size is static.
  • Maximum coins size is static.
  • The return to player offered by this game is 96.3%, which is around average.


The Rift is typical of a ThunderKick game in that it does not offer a separate options screen. Instead, nearly everything within this game can be done from the main game screen. The different buttons and their purposes on this screen are as follows:

  • Sound

When toggled this option simply turns on or mutes all game sound.

  • Information

This option is the 3×3 dot formation button which is located on the lower left of the main game screen. Clicking on this brings up a tab with a cup and a page symbol. Clicking the page will bring the player to a simple list of game rules. By clicking on the cup players will enter a page which details the different symbols, paylines and bonuses.

  • Bet

Clicking on this button brings up a screen where the player can select their bet from a list of 14 different amounts. This is also accomplished by clicking on the ‘1' chip on the play bar.

  • Spin

The button used to spin.

Also on offer from The Epic Journey is the autoplay function. This is accessed by clicking on the smaller spin button the left of the main spin button. When this is clicked the player will be brought to a new screen. On this screen the player is able to select from 10 different autospin quantities. The player can also toggle an option which, when active, stops the autoplays when a feature is won.


The Rift does not appear to based off of any pre-existing property. The story given here is that a mysterious rift has appeared in a murky back alley of a town. This rift feeds on the energy of the all of the world's magical artefacts. Can you, as the player, collect all of these items before they are sucked through the rift?

Other Features and Bonuses


The Rift wild symbol

The sticky wild scatter symbol in this game comes in the form of the above icon. This can substitute for any symbol except for the bonus. These can also appear in both the main game and within the two bonus games.

The Rift bonus symbol

The bonus symbol in The Rift comes in the form of the above rift icon. Gaining a minimum of 3 of these in a single spin gives the player access to the free spins bonus game. These payout in the following quantities:

  • 2 bonus symbols give 1 rift spins when gathered
  • 3 bonus symbols give 10 free spins when gathered
  • 4 bonus symbols give 15 free spins when gathered
  • 5 bonus symbols give 20 free spins when gathered


Bonus Games

The free spins bonus game in The Rift is accessed when the player gains at least 3 bonus symbol in a single spin.

The Rift wheel

The above image represents the rift seal which appears in the bonus game. This seal will fill a single circle for each bonus symbol which appears in the bonus game. Every third step in this game will grant the player an additional 2 free spins and a 1 more sticky wild to every remaining spin of the current bonus game.

When a rift spin is triggered, any wild not appearing on a winning payline will become a stick wild. In addition, 1-3 more sticky wilds will be random placed on the reels.

How to Play:

Basic play for The Rift is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.

Alternatively the player can click on the autoplay button toward the bottom right of the main game page in order to enter the autoplay section. When in this section the player can set an amount of spins to played out automatically. They can also set ending rule which can be used to stop these free spins.

Overall Design and Usability:

The design for The Rift is a little bit of an odd one. This is a game which effectively ties together both simplicity and detail in an a single pokie. What I mean by this is that while the symbols and background of this game are highly detailed, the layout itself is quite simple. This works better than it has any right to, effectively demonstrating the level of work which ThunderKick can bring to their creations. This includes use of animations for both the symbols and the background. The animations of these symbols, and their colour, work very well set against the dark background of the alley in with this pokie takes place.

In terms of usability, this is a pokie which covers most of the bases which we have grown to expect. The game itself runs very well, and we had no problems with response or reliability arise during our testing process. The only problem here is a common one, which is the lack of graphical options. While The Rift is not strictly very new, it is quite pretty. This means that players on older or less powerful devices might have a little bit of trouble getting in on the action.

Where to find it:

ThunderKick 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 ThunderKick framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!


Another game which illustrates just why ThunderKick have made such a strong name for themselves. This is not a game which aims to be a game changer, it only aims to be a great quality but ultimately simple effort, and in that it succeeds completely. The Rift is the type of pokie we can absolutely recommend for newer to intermediate players, or those interested in the colourful and unique. This isn't the type of pokie which will hold a player's attention for a long time, but the time you do spend will likely be time enjoyed.

4.1/5 Stars

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Author: Steve Jackson

Pokie reviewer, casino reviewer, article writer and all around hilarious and humble Steve Jackson is one of the main writers here at With an interest in writing and games, Steve has worked for years as a freelance writer covering a wide variety of topics. From video-games to umbrella sales - the experience he has gained in his career, combined with his degree in psychology, help him cover what people want, and what they didn't know was important to them. Now together with, Steve and the rest of the staff work together to bring the reader a website which covers a wide range of gambling relating reviews and topics. From the standard pokie and casino reviews to tutorials on casino games and even fun stories on gambling relating topics, Steve has been first on the ground, helping shape the website into what it is, and what it will one day be. Despite knowing a great deal about gambling he has not yet won any major prize pools. If he did you could bet he would be bragging about them here.

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