Are you wearing green? If not, you might just get a pinch from Malcolm and Lucky. That’s right; it’s time to get your Irish up! There is no shortage of Celtic themed slots to play, but the most well-known by far is the Rainbow Riches, so Malcolm and Lucky thought that they’d rank them all for you.
So, without further ado, here is Malcolm and Lucky’s Irish slots.
Rainbow Riches Slots Ranked
M: Top of the morning Lucky me boyo!
L: Alright mate, what’s with the greeting?
M: It’s almost March, and that means we are gearing up for St Patricks Day. I see you’re not wearing any green. You know what that means…
L: I’m a dog. I don’t wear clothes.
M: Alright, I’ll let you off this time. It’s probably for the best too, I’m going to need you for today’s blog!
L: And what might we be covering today.
M: Well, I thought we’d do a deep dive of one of the most popular Irish slot series of all time; Rainbow Riches!
L: Hang on, I think we’ve done something like this before.
M: These games are a regular in our top slots list Lucky. But Rainbow Riches has a wealth of sequels and spinoffs, each boasting unique bonuses and features. They are, simply put, the pinnacle of online gaming so I thought we’d have a look at each one and rate them.
L: Ooh, pitting brother against brother, so to speak. Savage!
M: Aye mate, we’ll give them a score out of ten rainbows. In the end, we’ll compile them, and see which emerges as the overall winner. I should preface this by saying that all the games on this list are great in their own right, we’re just ranking them in terms of our personal preferences. The best bit about this slot series is that they’re all in the elite class, so whichever you play you’re likely to have a fun time!
M: The game that started it all. The original Rainbow Riches, but is it the best?
L: You gotta love the original.
M: You and most of our players mate! It might be a bit older than the others, but it is by far the most popular.
L: I love that guy Malc, he’s a right laugh. What made the game so successful though?
L: It’s got some tasty features as well right?
M: Aye, three of them to be exact. The first is the Road to Riches Bonus, which you can trigger by landing the scatter symbol three times. This will take you to a minigame where a wheel will be placed next to a number of multipliers. You’ll have to spin it first, then wait for it land on either a number between 1-6 or ‘collect’. If it’s a number, you will move that number of spaces forward while the collect sign will end the feature. The multiplier you finish with will then be applied to your stake.
L: Smashing Malc, what about the other two?
M: Right, we’ve got the Wishing Well and Pots of Gold bonuses. The former is trigger by landing three or more of the wishing wells and will grant a multiplier which will then be applied to your stake. The Pots of Gold bonus can be activated by landing three of the corresponding symbols on reels two, three and four. You will be taken to a screen where a leprechaun stands in a field surrounded by twelve pots with differing values. These will spin for a while before stopping on a certain multiplier, which will then be applied to your stake.
L: The first one really likes those multipliers right?
M: Yes, and this might be a good time to explain how the series works in terms of bonuses. While some of the games might have similar features, for the most part, each game focuses on a different aspect of online slots for its features. So, while this game focuses on multipliers, others will have an emphasis on different features like giant symbols or free spins.
L: Nice one, what score are we going to give the original then?
M: Considering that it’s the title that started, and that it’s actually a really good game on its own, I’m going to give the first Rainbow Riches a solid eight Rainbows out of ten. While some of the other games on this list have improved features and cleaner graphics, this is the game that established the winning formula and deserves a high score as a result.
Rainbow Riches Drops of Gold
M: The first sequel we’ll be looking at is Drops of Gold, a game that shares the style of the first if not the features. You can expect to find free spins, added wilds and an interesting wagering mechanic that could increase the paylines to one or even two hundred. The visuals aren’t exactly the same, but they share a thematic quality, with symbols represented by things like mushrooms, a fiddle, a harp and a silver horseshoe.
L: Lovely stuff, let’s have a look at those bonuses though.
M: Like the last one, this game has three bonuses for you to take advantage of; Drops of Gold, Free Spins and the big bet option. The first is triggered when a Drops of Gold symbol falls anywhere on reel five. After this gold and silver pots will descend onto the reels and serve as wilds, which will substitute for all other symbols apart from the bonus symbol. Those are important for the free spins mode as landing three anywhere in view will grant you at least eight spins, plus four more for any others on the reels. This feature can also be re-triggered, so if you’re lucky, it can be a very generous feature indeed.
L: Nice one, what’s this about a big bet option though?
M: This is a feature that lets you buy three spins with reel modifiers applied. There are three different levels of the Big Bet, with each getting better as the wager amount increases. For £20, the Drops of Gold symbol on reel 5 will double in size, taking up two-reel positions, and there will be more pots in the rainbow. £30 will get you the same bonuses and will also remove all the low-value symbols from the reels. The final amount, £50, will do all of the above as well as increasing the number of paylines to 100 in the base game and 200 in the Free spins mode.
L: Mega mate, anything else we should know.
M: There is actually; the Big Bet bonus has become a vital part of the series now and is used to improve the unique bonuses of each game. We’ll be covering it again as we go on, the principle of the bonus stays the same, but the effects are different.
L: Okey dokey pal, what score are you going to give this one.
M: The two main bonus features can be very generous, even more so when you add the Big bet option into the mix. Because of that, there is some serious potential for big wins and as such, earns a respectable seven from us.
Rainbow Riches Fortune Favours
L: We’re getting right stuck in now Malc.
M: That we are pal, and this next one is a cracker!
L: Give us the deets.
M: Fortune Favour the bold, but don’t need any heroic bravery to play this slot. There are only two bonus features in this slot; the Magic Fairy bonus and the return of the Big Bet option. The first one will see a Magic Fairy appear on the reels and turn into a symbol. She can change into anyone, so there’s a chance that she could create a new winning combination.
L: Nice! And what does the Big Bet option do in this game?
M: Using this feature will grant you one additional spin with one of a variety of reel modifiers applied depending on how much you wager. For £10 the magic fairy will trigger, £20 will see the same, but it will also travel between the reel sets. £30 will do all of this and also add an extra wild to the board. £40 will see the wild and Fairy bonus active and they will both transfer across reel sets. The final amount you can stake is £50 which will give you all the previous benefits and also remove the low-value symbols from play.
L: You’re getting pretty efficient at this, you know.
M: Practise makes perfect. With this slot, the Big Bet option really makes the game. While this is good for the more invested player, those looking for a more casual experience might want to go for another game n the list. For that reason, I’m going to award this game a score of six.
Rainbow Riches Free Spins
M: Right Lucky, remember when I said each Rainbow Riches game tends to favour a certain slot feature?
M: Well, this game takes that to the extreme, it’s literally in the name! Rainbow Riches Free Spins is the next on our list, and it only has on bonus feature which is, unsurprisingly, a free spins mode!
L: Nothing is ever completely free…..
M: True, but to trigger the bonus, you’ll have to land three or more of the Free Spins symbol on reels one, three and five and the number of spins you receive depends on how many bonus symbols you land. Three will get you 10 free spins, four will award 15 free spins, and five will grant 20 free spins. The extra symbols must be on reel one, though you can repeat this feature up to 999 times.
L: Beautiful, what score are we giving this one then?
M: While the Free Spins mode can be a great help to your payout, the fact that it’s the only bonus feature puts it at a big disadvantage when compared with the other titles on this list. For that reason, I’m going to give a score of 6 out of 10 rainbows.
L: Understandable. Don’t beat yourself up about it.
M: Aye, we’re halfway through now! Let’s have a look at the next game.
Rainbow Riches Home Sweet Home
L: There really are a lot of Rainbow Riches games aren’t there?
M: Yes but by now, we’ve firmly established the theme of the game so let’s jump straight into the bonus features. As per, there are three to speak of; The Knock-Knock Bonus, a free spins mode and the Big Bet option. The first is possibly the most interesting, and it relates to the actual design of the slot. Above the reels, there are four doors. If you land the stacked leprechaun symbol fully in view on reel one, he will become animated and open up to four of the doors. A symbol will be revealed behind each of the opened doors which will then stay as wild for that spin. If you’re lucky enough to find the fairy behind one of them, up to five positions on the reels will turn wild.
L: That’s a smashing bonus, but I want more. Tell me more.
M: For the free spins mode, you’ll have to land three of the bonus symbols on reels one, three and five. You will initially receive eight free spins, plus the Knock-Knock bonus will be in effect on reel one. More spins can be awarded y repeating the trigger criteria. Finally, the Big bet option lets you get five spins with modifiers on for differing stakes. For £20, the bonus on reel one will be nudged in to view, triggering the Knock-Knock bonus. £30 will do the same and also removes all the low-value symbols from play. Finally, £50 will grant you both the effects of the previous tiers, plus the leprechaun on reel one will stand five positions tall and open at least two doors with the Knock-Knock bonus.
L: Beautiful Malc, what're your feelings on this one then?
M: The bonus isn’t just good for your winnings, it’s nicely designed and adds a little novelty to the slot. The big bet option is always a nice addition as well, so Home Sweet Home get’s a pretty sweet seven.
Rainbow Riches Reels of Gold
M: We’re on the home stretch now.
L: BRING IT ON.
M: Reels of Gold obviously has the same Irish theme as the rest of the games, but there’s extra oomph about the bonuses offered here. To start, there are two reel sets here that you’re playing which instantly makes it stand out from the rest of the catalogue. Technically, there are three but one of the unlockable features can actually offer a wealth of benefits; the Fairy Bonus, Free Spins and the Big Bet option.
L: Talk to me…..
M: We’ll tackle the Fairy Bonus first because it’s right big. This can happen randomly during any point of your gameplay. A purple fairy will descend onto the reels and bestow one of seven bonuses. Magic Wilds, which will see stacks of wilds appear on the reels before a new total is calculated. After that, we have Wild Burst, where butterflies will focus on certain symbols turning them wild. Then there’s the Magic Symbols bonus which will turn any low-value symbols into matching ones, potentially making new winning combinations. Next up we have Reel Win Multipliers, which will multiply any wins by 2x, 3x or 5x. Super Wild Stacks will see any wilds expand to fill the entire reel and also transfer to the colossal reel. The Balloon Bonus will give an extra bonus symbol of there are two in paly to trigger the game’s free spins round. Finally, there is the Reel Win Shuffle which will shuffle the reels to make a win.
L: Blimey Malc, that is a heck of a lot of bonuses to get through, I don’t know if I can even handle any more!
L: No, that’s a lie, I really want to hear about the others.
M: The two left are the free Spins mode and the Big Bet bonus. The former is triggered by landing the balloon scatter symbol three times on either reel sets. Depending on how many symbols you landed, you will receive one to four picks in the minigame. Each one will reveal a number of free spins, and if your total stake is over £0.50, you can gamble the spins to try and win even more. You could win up to 100 spins, but be careful as you could also lose them all.
L: Noted Malc, how does the Big Bet affect this one then.
M: As always, there are a few options you can pick, with the benefits for the five spins getting better the higher your wager is. The first level will make wild symbols expand and transfer to the colossal reel set. The second will do the same plus it will add a Bonus Pick Me and collect bonus symbols during the spins, which makes the Free Spins feature easier to trigger. The third will grant all those benefits with a Super Bonus Pick me, while the fourth will do all of that and add a Mega Bonus Pick Me.
L: I sense this one is going score big.
M: You’re right in your assertion Lucky. There’s a ridiculous number of bonuses to be won here, and each can be hugely beneficial to your gameplay. Unlike some of the other games on this list, the Big Bet option isn’t the make or break for big wins. For me, this game is nigh on perfect, and a receives a well earned nine as a result.
Rainbow Riches Pick N Mix
M: You know the saying ‘save the best for last’ Lucky?
L: They do say that, don’t they though?
M: So Rainbow Riches Pick N Mix is the most jam-packed, slick and shiny slot in the entire series!
L: You had my curiosity Malc, but now you’ve got my attention. Give us the details.
M: For starters, the game has very little in the way of base game symbols, with just the standard playing cards 10, J, Q, K and A and the Rainbow Riches logo to speak of. There are multiple bonus symbols which we’ll cover in just a second and a wild which is displayed as a giant gold coin and will substitute for everything other than the special symbols.
L: It sounds like there are a fair few bonuses to unlock.
M: This is where it gets interesting Lucky. When the game starts, you’ll be given the option to select up to three of the five possible bonuses on offer. The less you pick, the greater the chance you have of triggering the ones you do. If you’re unhappy with your selection, press the ‘reset’ button to choose again at any point. Each bonus has their own corresponding symbol, and you can trigger them by landing three or four of them. The only exception to this rule is the Free Spins mode, which is triggered by landing five. If you manage to land five of any of the others though, this will net you a tasty 500x multiplier on your line stake.
L: We’ve not even got to the features yet, and I’m excited.
M: You don’t have to wait, long pal, I’ll cover them now. You may recognise a few of these features as they’ve been used in previous games. The first is the Road To Riches bonus, which will take you to a wheel mini-game where you can add multipliers until you hit the ‘collect’ button. After that, we have the Pots of Gold bonus which will award a random ‘pot’ to you that contains a multiplier. Then there’s the free spins bonus, which will award 10, 20 or 30 free spins for three, four or five of the symbols respectively. These symbols will then stack and serve as wild for the duration of the spins and more can be re-triggered. The penultimate bonus is the Cash Crop, which will take you to a mini-game where 50 coins float spin around the screen. These will eventually stop to reveal cash prizes and multipliers, and giant coin with ‘Go On’ on one side and ‘Collect’ on the other will then spin. If it lands on ‘Collect’ the round will end but ‘Go On’ will let you continue up to three times and give you a chance to win even better prizes. The last one is the Magic Toadstool bonus, which will take you to a screen with twenty-four toadstools. You will get three picks, each of which will award a multiplier of a fairy who can award more prizes.
L: Bleeding heck Malc there really is a lot of bonuses! Now all that’s left to do is rate it.
M: That’s right Lucky and, with the plethora of features on display here, it’s only right that this one gets a high rating. Considering that many of the bonuses here are just the best of the previous games, it seems only fitting that Pick n Mix should receive our highest score, a perfect ten out of ten.
L: Wow, what a note to end on mate. Anything else to add?
M: Only that all these games are available to play right here at Kerching. If you’re a new member, don’t forget to take advantage of our welcome offer, which is available on our promotions page as well as all our current specials.
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