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The Rainbow Riches slot machine is one of the most popular Irish themed slots. This game centers around the life of an Irish leprechaun. This friendly character looks really happy in green on his own symbol, while also appearing on a gold coin as the wild. This Barcrest slot is feature filled, with three games outside the base game to improve your fortunes.
There have been a number of new slots based on Rainbow Riches. These are covered in their own section below. This review is focused on the original game – which in many ways set the standard for the 100’s of different ‘lucky Irish’ themed slots you’ll find today.
Setup: How the Rainbow Riches Slots Work
This Irish themed game plays out on the popular 5×3 reel set up. The game starts with the default number of 20 win-lines in play, and these can be changed to any number between 1 and 20.
The highest paying symbol in the game is the gold coin featuring the face of the leprechaun. Line up the coin five times in a row on the win line and you pick up a 500-coin win. The gold coin also acts as the wild symbol and will substitute for all of the standard symbols (not the various different bonus symbols). The title / logo symbol is next on the pay table and is worth 250 coins for the maximum five.
At the low end of the pay table are the playing card symbols 10, J, Q, K and A. These pay between 100 and 150 coins when lining the maximum five in a row.
Three Rainbow Riches Bonus Features
The Rainbow Riches slot game is all about the bonus features, with three distinct games to enjoy. Here is a look at each of the three in turn:
Road to Riches Feature
To activate this first feature you need to land three or more of the Road to Riches scatter symbols that feature the smiling leprechaun anywhere on the reels. You are now taken to a second screen showing the leprechaun standing at the start of a long winding path (this looks a little like the yellow brick road in ‘The Wizard of Oz’). Along the path are ever-increasing multipliers, all the way to the end that features the large pot of gold.
To start on your journey, the leprechaun will spin a wheel that decides how many steps you will take along the path – with numbers between 1 and 6 all featuring. You need to avoid the two ‘collect’ signs on the wheel, as if you land them, the feature is over. Make it all the way to the pot of gold and you will win a 200x bet multiplier.
Wishing Well Feature
Of the three bonus features this is the most straightforward. To activate the feature, you simply need to land three or more wishing well symbols anywhere on the five reels. You now get to click on one of the 3, 4 or 5 symbols in view. Having made your pick, a multiplier will be displayed, which will be applied to your total stake. Like any good pick-me feature, you then see the other prizes displayed, so you will know if you made the right choice.
Pot of Gold Feature
To activate this final feature, you need to hit the pot of gold scatter symbol on reels 2, 3 and 4. This is the fun feature of the game as you are presented with a screen showing the leprechaun dancing on a rock. Around him are a ring of pots of gold spinning around him, each displaying a different multiplier. Eventually the spinning will stop, and you will win the multiplier on the pot of gold which lines up with the golden arrow at the bottom of the screen. You can win up to 500x your total bet in this feature.
Where to Play Rainbow Riches Slots in the USA?
As of right now, Rainbow Riches slot machines are not available online other than the demo slots games. With regulation making its way across the country, this game could come online.
New Versions of Rainbow Riches Slots
The original game does look dated these days. Luckily for the leprechaun, he stars in many new real money slots based on the original game. These keep the theme, adding new reel setups, bonus games and in some cases progressive jackpots. Here are some of the new versions of Rainbow Riches you can try:
- Rainbow Riches Drops of Gold
- Rainbow Riches Fortune Favours
- Rainbow Riches Free Spins
- Rainbow Riches Home Sweet Home
- Rainbow Riches Leapin’ Leprechauns
- Rainbow Riches Leprechaun’s Gold
- Rainbow Riches Megaways
- Rainbow Riches Pick and Mix
- Rainbow Riches Reels of Gold
Irish Eyes are Smiling – Rainbow Riches Design
Appropriately, there is a large rainbow in the backdrop of this Barcrest slot, spreading across the purple sky. The reels are housed within a golden frame with a Gaelic design, while the reels themselves have a white backing.
The leprechaun is the standout symbol, his smile lighting up the game. Splashes of color are added by the playing card symbols, each designed with slightly cracked paint, to add a weathering effect. The accompanying soundtrack has a magical feel, with highlights met with appropriate jingles.
The Rainbow Riches slots machine is the perfect game for those who like variety of bonus features. Each of the three features plays out very differently. The Road to Riches feature has a board game feel, the Wishing Well is a simple pick me game, while the Pot of Gold feature is a wheel of fortune type game. With this range of features, the original Rainbow Riches is still enjoyable – despite the dated graphics.