Somewhere over the rainbow… is, apparently a world of Irish stereotypes! Or something like that. Rainbow Riches slot is yet another in a long line of Leprechaun-themed games based around the supposed little people of the island of Ireland. I’m not Irish so I have no idea how the average modern Irish person views this sort of stuff, but the idea of the “lucky Irish” has been floating around the slots world forever. Here, the well-worn theme hides a pretty straight-forward classic slot from the Barcrest stable with three bonus games to lively up a traditional base game.
The look and feel of Rainbow Riches slot game are pretty old-fashioned. We’ve mentioned the Irish theming, and it’s well reflected in the design of the whole machine.
A big rainbow floats in the background with a Celtic weave making the boundary between that and the five reels, which are squared off and white. There’s a Celtic feel to the design of the symbols too, down to the cartoon leprechaun in his green suit.
The buttons run along the bottom of the screen, under a single information window.
This game has been around since May 2009, so it’s quite a veteran. You will almost certainly have played games by its developer, Barcrest, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2018. They are a fully licensed and trusted company who has produced some of the most famous games in the history of slots.
Scientific Gaming is the brand under which Rainbow Riches appear, and a lot of Barcrest online games are badged this way. As well as slots, Barcrest produces online casino games. They specialise in high-roller slots, branded in the UK as £500 slots.
Among their titles are the rest of the Rainbow Riches family of game, Himalayas Roof of the World, Soldier of Rome, and The Legend of Big Foot.
You’ll feel very at home with this game, which uses a lot of themes and features that are well-worn favourites in the online slots world.
That starts with a super-trad layout: five-by-three with 20 pay-lines. That set-up delivers a theoretical return to player of 95%, so a little below the best on offer at the moment, on betting from 0.1 to 400 coins and a maximum payout of 250,000 coins. (Always check the betting and pay-out details at the site where you are playing a game.)
The paytable opens with a single click from the main screen and reads like this. The traditional card symbols are the lower-paying symbols.
The 10, Jack, and Queen all pay 5-times stake for three, 10-times for four, and 100-times for a full house. Kings pay 10-times, 50-times, and 150-times, as do Aces.
There are also four special symbols that relate to bonus games.
Pots of gold, which can only appear on reels two, three, or four. Wishing Wells, Roads to Riches, and Wilds also appear. Wilds substitute for everything except the other special symbols.
Wilds also pay out their own rewards: two pay two-times stake, three pay 60-times, four pays 200-times, and five pays 500-times stake.
The Rainbow Riches slot game logo also pays out: two pay double your stake, three pay 50-times, four is worth 150-times, and five pays 250-times your stake.
Those bonus symbols are Scatters. Three of one of those will trigger the bonus features of the same name.
The Road to Riches bonus is a cash path feature with set prizes along a road that reaches a final destination of 500-times your stake or finishes via a “collect” on the lucky wheel.
Wishing Wells is a picking feature with three wishing wells hiding prize multipliers that can get as high as 500-times your stake.
The Pots of Gold feature triggers via that scatter on reels two, three, or four. This is a random gift feature, again with a top prize of 500-times your stake.
This game is easy to play as any game on the market.
At the bottom of the screen, you’ll find the controls. A three-bar menu button at the far left of the screen. This opens up the pay-table of three pages. To the right is an auto-play button that opens up a sub-window with quite a sophisticated function that allows you to set a stop after losing or winning a certain amount or hitting a jackpot.
In the centre of the control panel are the betting controls. First is the pay-line selector that allows you to select up to 20 bet-ways, which show up on the reels as you select them. Then is the bet—per-line button, which goes up an uneven scale to a maximum of 25 coins per line (check maximum permitted bets on the site where you are playing), which produces a total bet that shows up in the next window. Then is the window where your wins show up, and finally on the right is a green spin button.
As you can see it’s all very simple and easy to find your way around.
One issue is that the balance is shown in very small print at the top of the screen next to a mute button and more helpful advice. Now, why would a gambling company want you not to see your balance clearly? We wonder.
On its face, the Rainbow Riches slot machine is a very simple game. Despite that simplicity, it has become one of the most popular games in the slot world, appearing at thousands of casino sites around the world. In fact, perhaps that simplicity helps sell this game.
Underneath the simple façade lies a decent amount of variability in the gameplay, with great bonus games that offer the promise of some real gold at the end of your Irish rainbow.
If you need lots of visual effects and animations to enjoy a game then Rainbow Riches slot machine is maybe not the game for you, if you love classic games, great gameplay and big wins then you might want to try this one out at your favourite online casino now.