At the end of this rainbow is a five-reel classic slot from Barcrest. If it looks a little familiar it’s not just because Rainbow Riches Pick n Mix slot comes from the rather tired school of Lucky Irish games – hello Mr Ginger-Haired Leprechaun again – but because it’s related to the Rainbow Riches game, and is, in fact, part of a whole family of titles.
So Barcrest must be doing something right if they’re getting enough customers for these titles, which are very classic. The big selling point for this game, which has a massive 98% RTP in some rounds, is the five bonus games.
This is quite a simple-looking slot that’s out of the classic slot genre. Barcrest has done something to refresh the graphics, mainly through the way the controls are shown and ordered.
The backdrop is a cartoon landscape with a road heading off towards the end of the fictional end of the rainbow. The reels are big and squared off with Irish-style fonts for the card fronts and cartoon pictures for the symbolic icons.
There’s quite a lot going on-screen in terms of windows, buttons and options.
The soundtrack is always going to be a matter of taste, but it had me searching for the mute button as fast as Connor McGregor.
Barcrest Games have been around for a very long time. They’ve now moved into the online world. Lots of their games are produced under the SG Gaming (scientific gaming) brand which is a partnership with Barcrest and The Global Draw.
They produce games in the real-world and many many online casinos. Among their games are: the rest of the Rainbow Riches series, Soldier of Rome, and The Legend of Big Foot.
So we’ve given you the standout number already. That 98% is really very generous, with most machines coming out around the 96% mark. RTP is an inexact measure for individuals though, as it relates to the game’s entire history. It’s also worth noting that this 98% figure is only available when you stake for the Big Bet Game. When you bet under 1.00 coins, the RTP is 94%, over 1.00 coins it’s 96%.
The other numbers are five reels by three rows. A big old 12,500 coins are the reported top possible win (please be sure you’re aware of bet limits, coin amounts and so on at the site where you play). The Rainbow Riches Pick n Mix slot game is rated as being of “medium” variance. The game has 20 pay-lines, and you can bet between 0.01 coins and 25 coins on each line (check this on your own casino site).
The reels are filled with card symbols that pay: 10x for three, 20x for four, and 200x for five. That pay-out pattern is replicated for the Jack and Queen too. Kings and Aces pay x20, x100, and x400. The Rainbow Riches Pick n Mix slot logo pays 100x, 400x, and 500x. The wild is a gold coin with a leprechaun motif, and it stands in for everything except for the five bonus symbols.
The bonus symbols are Scatters. As well as tripping the bonus features they also pay-out 500x bet if five of them appear on the reels.
The game is built around five bonus games. As you start the game you are offered a choice of bonuses and invited to pick one that will appear more often. (You can always go back to this by clicking the “bonus reset” button.)
The Big Bet game can be played at any time. It is a lucky wheel game that allows you to trigger your chosen bonuses.
The main bonuses are “Road to Riches”, which is triggered by the leprechaun, with four symbols triggering a super bonus. The game is a win ladder that ends with a collect. The super version simply increases the multiplier.
Pots of Gold Bonus (again, with a Super version) is a random prize game with only high prizes in the super game.
The Free Spins game offers 10, 20 or 30 free spins and can be retriggered.
The Cash Crop bonus – another little fella symbol with another super version – is a prize ladder with a gamble up to three levels with increasing multipliers up the stages.
The Magic Toadstool Bonuses (and super version) is a pick-a-prize game with a three-out-of-24 chance with multipliers.
Got all that?
While the screen is quite busy you shouldn’t struggle to understand playing the game for too long.
Down the left-hand side of the screen from top to bottom is the stake/line window and controls. Underneath that is a three-bar menu icon that opens the settings (that only include a sound on or off button). Then you’ll see the pay-lines that are active and underneath that the total stake.
Along the bottom of the screen are, from left to right, the balance window, a central area in which the symbols of the up-to-three selected bonuses are shown, with a win total window on the right.
Up the right-hand side of the window are the main controls, from bottom up, the green spin button, the purple “Big Bet” button, the “I” information button and the “reset bonus” button.
There’s a lot to like about this game. It plays really nicely and has that super-generous RTP in one of its many bonus games. With as many as six extra features, some of them super generous, players should have plenty of reasons to keep clicking back to check out this classic title.
The letdowns are all in the design. There’s a bit of a tired feel to the look and feel of things, and the layout looks poor by modern standards.
This is also a game which has a lot to understand. All the help and information options are good, but not every player wants to have to read a long screed to get their head around a game.
A little over-complicated and dated, but with some excellent prize potential and good player experience, we reckon this is an Irish trip you might want to make at your favourite casino site now.