Rainbow Riches Home Sweet Home Slot
Rainbow Riches Home Sweet Home is the latest in the ever popular Rainbow Riches series of slots from Barcrest and was released on 24th October 2018. Once again the Lucky Leprechaun from the Emerald Isle returns to hopefully share his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
The layout is a 5x5 reel set and this medium variance game comes with 50 fixed pay lines, an RTP of between 94%-97.75% (more of which later), and can be played from €0.10 up to €500 per spin. As well as a ‘Knock-Knock’ bonus and free spin round to be played for, Rainbow Riches Home Sweet Home also has a “Big Bet” feature.
Design and Symbols
Anyone familiar with the Rainbow Riches series will know what to expect visually; set in a lush meadow with the cheeky, green attired Leprechaun playing a part in proceedings. In Home Sweet Home there are four wooden gates housed within bushes behind the game board which form part of the Knock-Knock feature. There are also a fair few familiar Rainbow Riches symbols used within the base game and a recognisable Irish ditty accompanies game-play.
The low-value symbols are J, Q, K, and A, followed by the harp and the horseshoe, the violin, the cross, the mushroom, and the highest value regular symbol, the Rainbow Riches logo which pays 5x the bet size for 5 across a pay line. The scatter symbol is the Leprechaun himself who only appears on reels 1, 3, and 5. On reel 1 the Leprechaun appears 3 symbols high and all Leprechaun symbols also count as wilds.
Rainbow Riches Home Sweet Home benefits from the Knock-Knock bonus in the base game and also a free spin round. Furthermore, as with other Barcrest games, you have the opportunity to pay 10x, 15x, or 25x a set stake size for 5 free spins with an increased chance of winning. This is known as the ‘Big Bet’ feature.
If you fully land the Leprechaun symbol on reel 1 then you will trigger the Knock-Knock round whereby the Leprechaun idly leaning against a tree above the game board will open between 1 and 4 of the wooden doors nestled in the bushes, with each open door revealing a symbol from the main game. These symbols will then become wild on the game board below which can produce some big wins. If you’re lucky, one of the open doors will reveal a fairy who will zap between 2-5 random symbols wild.
To earn free spins you must land, fully visible, Leprechauns on reels 1, 3, and 5. Do this and you’ll receive 8 free spins. As you will already have triggered the Knock-Knock bonus by landing a full Leprechaun on reel 1, the wilds which have been earned from the Knock-Knock feature will remain in place for all 8 spins. Free spins can be retriggered once for a combined total of 16 possible free spins, all with wilds held in place throughout.
Big Bet Feature
Using a pay scale based on €2 a spin you can pay €20, €30, or €50 which will grant you 5 linked spins with certain advantages which are:
- Pay €20 and if any part of the Leprechaun appears on reel one it will shift fully into view to activate the Knock-Knock bonus.
- Pay €30 and you will get the same as above but also the lower value symbols will be removed from the reels.
- Pay €50 and you will receive all the advantages from the €30 game but also the 1st reel Leprechaun will increase in height to cover the entire reel and you will also be guaranteed that at least 2 doors will open during the Knock-Knock round.
In all instances, the RTP of the game will be increased to 97.75%.
Our Thoughts on Rainbow Riches Home Sweet Home
Being a fan of the Rainbow Riches games I was looking forward to another take on the franchise and I was fairly happy with what Rainbow Riches Home Sweet Home had to offer. The Knock-Knock feature appeared fairly regularly, and while it can leave you with nothing, it also has great potential to create some memorable wins. The free spins are where you really start earning coin, however. Although very tricky to land, if you manage to open a few gates during the preceding Knock-Knock round then you can end up with spin after spin of big, big wins.
There are some drawbacks though. If you’re a low-stakes grinder then this might be one to avoid because play for anything less than €2 a spin and you’re only getting a relatively paltry 94% RTP which seems a little unfair considering if you play for €2 or above that figure shoots up to 96%. The highest RTP of 97.75%, however, goes to the Big Bet option but whether you want to risk that amount of money for 5 slightly advantageous €2 a go spins is another matter. Having played all 3 Big Bet options multiple times, very rarely did I actually make my money back let alone make a profit. I’m not disputing the RTP, but it would appear that the volatility increases considerably in the Big Bet Rounds so if you are a Big Bet junkie then be prepared to shell out some cash before hitting pay dirt. Personally, I felt more comfortable at the €2 level where I got a decent 96% RTP with slightly less volatility and still hit the Knock-Knock bonus with some regularity.
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