With St Patrick's Day coming up later this week we thought we'd take a look at a slot game with an Irish theme. Well, we say Irish theme it has leprechauns in it. Rainbow Riches is one of the most well known slot games and it features at the likes of Sky Vegas, Betfred, bgo.com and Paddy Power. Note that you may have to look under 'games' to locate it on some sites.
Rainbow Riches is a 20 line 5 reel slot from Barcrest Games. It features the usual Ace, King, Jack and Queen icons alongside leprechauns, wishing wells and pots of gold. You can choose to play from 1 to 20 lines as well various coin sizes per line. You can play from 1p to £20 a line!
As with all slots the aim is to get a big win line or to hit the bonus rounds. There are three bonus rounds for Rainbow Riches - the Road to Riches Bonus, the Wishing Well Bonus and Pots of Gold Bonus. During our road testing we only managed to pick up the Road to Riches bonus and the Wishing Well.
The Road to Riches is a pathway scattered with multipliers - you spin the dial and head along the path until you 'collect'. The bonus is the your stake times by the multiplier value. Interestingly we hit this bonus three times and each time never got past the x14 mark. The end of the rainbow x200 bonus was a long long way away!
The Wishing Well bonus was even less exciting. When this feature comes you are asked to choose from 3, 4 or 5 wells. You receive your stake times by the multiplier you reveal. The only thing we liked about this was that you get to see the other values you missed out on. Unfortunately the Pots of Gold bonus eluded us!
Whilst this game may be 'lengendary' (according to the blurb on Betfred) we found it to be a little disappointing. It's nice to look at graphically but it soon lost any gloss - perhaps that's because the wins and bonus features were quite limited. We don't expect gold at the end of the rainbow or every spin but the occasional decent win (more than 50p) would have been nice. Overall it was good fun whilst it lasted but we'll be spinning for our riches elsewhere.