While the release of Rainbow Riches Pick ‘n’ Mix has forced the original game to take a bit of a back seat in recent months, don’t let that detract from the fact that this is where the legend first began.
A five-reel, 20-adjustable payline title from Barcrest, Rainbow Riches first introduced everyone’s favourite slot leprechaun and quickly established a cult following thanks to its hugely rewarding trio of bonus features. As good today as it was on its release, players re-visiting the slot will find there’s still an almighty pot of gold waiting for them at the end of this particular rainbow.
Rainbow Riches was the original Irish luck-themed slot in the franchise and first introduced many of the symbols that have gone on to become mainstays throughout the series. The game takes place on a purple background with a rainbow hanging over its five reels, while coins, leprechauns, wishing wells and pots of gold are used to denote the various bonus rounds. Each of these features boasts its own graphics and sounds, making the slot a consistently engaging experience for players.
The reason for Rainbow Riches’ popularity is the scope of the bonus features on offer. In total, there are three that can be accessed from the base game, with each bonus being activated whenever three or more of its trigger symbols appear. The Road To Riches bonus sees players spin a wheel and advance along a prize board until they reach the end or land on “collect”, while the Wishing Well feature is a simple pick-and-click game that requires them to choose a from a series of wells to reveal a cash prize. The most rewarding game, however, is the Pots of Gold feature, which awards a random prize multiplier that can be worth up to 500x your total stake.
The first Rainbow Riches game is far simpler than its successors due to the absence of Barcrest’s “Big Bet” mode. This means players only need to worry about choosing the number of active paylines each spin from 1-20 and their bet per line amount from £0.01-£10.00. These two numbers are then multiplied together to give you your total bet, which is displayed to the left of the “spin” button.
While many players will say that Rainbow Riches’ sequels have taken an already great game and improved it further, there can be no denying that the original still retains all of its iconic charm. The bonus features still feel fresh and varied and the winning potential of each one can significantly enhance your base game earnings, making it a smart choice for players who are new to the series.
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