Rainbow Riches is something of a legendary game in the online casino world. Not only has this Barcrest developed slot spawned countless sequels, it is highly regarded as one of the definitive Irish luck-themed slots on the net. Rainbow Riches features all your customary Irish luck symbols, so expect to find plenty of leprechauns, lucky coins, wishing wells, rainbows and pots of gold on the reels of this slot (many of which have their own bonus rounds) as well as the generic high-playing card symbols we’ve come to expect in any major video slot.
Although there are many spin-offs from this slot (as we’ve said), few of them can quite capitalise on the success of the original game, with its wacky surplus of bonus features, its uncanny ability to dish out big cash prizes, and its cheap and simplistic wagering structure. If you haven’t played it yet, trying your hand at Rainbow Riches is a must.
What you see is very much what you get with Rainbow Riches. There are 20 paylines spanning 5 reels in this slot, and players are going to have total control over how they set up their bets. The Celtic and ornate wagering menu will permit players to select coin sizes which range from 1p up to £25. Given that the paylines are flexible, the wagering range is considerable in this slot and should suffice all players’ needs. At its cheapest, players can expect to be able to spin the reels of Rainbow Riches for a pithily 1p per line per spin, or 20p per spin if you wish to play with all 20 lines active. The maximum stake will be ideal for high-rollers and will set players back roughly £500 per spin. The non-progressive prizes are fixed to your stake, so whether you place large or small bets, you can always win 500x your total stake. If you hit the jackpot.
There aren’t too many symbols which crop up in this slot. That might sound rather disappointing, but it’s actually good news. The fewer symbols there are on the reels, the more chance you have of winning. The only symbols to deliver pay-outs are the high-playing card icons and the Rainbow Riches logo, and payouts for these symbols are minimal for 10s through Queens, whilst Kings and Aces are worth a little bit more. Rainbow Riches logos are the best-paying icons in the game.
Although the leprechaun, wishing well, pot of gold and gold coin symbols don’t contribute winnings, but they do contribute special features, which is where most of the big wins in Rainbow Riches are to be had. If you’re interested in the non-progressive jackpot, it is worth roughly 500x your total bet and can be won via a number of those special features or by landing 5 Rainbow Riches symbols on any active payline in the slot machine.
Rainbow Riches Special Features
Wild symbols: Appearing as golden coins, wild symbols are frequently present on the reels of this slot. Wild symbols can naturally replace all other standard paying symbols in the game (not special symbols). Wilds offer no cash prizes of their own in this game and act solely as replacement symbols for other icons.
Scatter/bonus symbols: There are two true scatters in this slot and one bonus symbol. Pots of Gold aren’t true scatters in that you need to land them on specific reels to trigger their bonus. However, the wishing well and leprechaun icons most certainly are, given that they count no matter where they happen to fall on the reels. Players do not pocket scattered cash prizes with these symbols, though.
Pots of Gold bonus: There are three special features in this game. The first of these is the Pots of Hold bonus, and as you may have guessed, it is triggered by landing pots of gold symbols on the second, third and fourth reels of the slot. In the feature, players will spot a leprechaun and 12 pots of gold. You will pocket a prize from whichever pot of hold happens to be above your arrow. The cash prize is a multiplier against your total bet and one which could be worth up to 500x.
Road to Riches bonus: The second bonus to appear in Rainbow Riches is a trail-based game. It is activated when 3 of the leprechaun scatter icons appear in any position on the reels. To begin the bonus, players will use a spinner which will send the little leprechaun on the Road to Riches. Players can pocket cash prize multipliers as they move along the trail until they land the “collect” section of the spinner, which effectively pays out your winnings and ends the bonus round. At most, you can hope to win up to 500x your total bet with this feature.
Wishing Well bonus: The third and final feature of this game is the Wishing Well bonus. Once more, players are going to need to land 3 scatters on the reels. This time, they will need 3 wishing well symbols to crop up on the screen. Once the bonus begins, players must select 1 of the 3 wishing wells to pocket an instant cash prize multiplier. Once again, the top prize with this feature is worth 500x your total bet.
Final thoughts on this famous IGT Casino Slot
Are players going to be a bit bummed out that there is no free spin bonus round in Rainbow Riches? Of course. However, Barcrest have compensated for that by adding a trio of tantalising bonus rounds. Given that all three bonus rounds offer the same cash prize (in theory), players won’t really have a favourite, and you have just as good a chance of landing a non-progressive prize in any of them. Throw in the fact that Rainbow Riches is simple to play, is as cheap as chips to wager on (if you want it to be) and can be found across the net; it is little wonder that Rainbow Riches continues to be the benchmark by which all other Irish luck-themed slots are judged.