Rainbow Riches Megaways Slot
The Rainbow Riches Megaways slot is the 2nd game from WMS with the Megaways™-mechanic and was released on July 23rd, 2019.
Their first release was Raging Rhino Megaways. Both the Rainbow- and the Rainbow game stems from the WMS portfolio of classic slots, given new life with the Megaways upgrade.
The jolly leprechaun is back with his Uilleann pipes, emerald green attire, and rolling Irish fields, only this time he offers you up to 117,649 ways-to-pay using the patented Megaways™ engine. Big wins tend to come from the scatter activated free spins bonus with unlimited win multipliers. The game also features cascading reels, a Super Gem bonus, and has several buy-a-bonus options. The maximum win available is 12,500x the stake or €250,000.
With an RTP of 96% and medium/high variance, you can play the Rainbow Riches Megaways slot from €0.20 to €20 a spin.
Design & Symbols
WMS has kept true to the original design, always a smart move when upgrading a classic slot. The cartoonish backdrop is of lush, rolling Irish fields with picket fences leading down to a forest, with mountains visible behind and blue skies above. In the distance, you can see a stone farmhouse and outbuilding to the left. To the right is a large sparkling pot of gold coins from which a rainbow is cast right across the fields. The gameboard is a gilt-edged affair and comes with the familiar Megaways™ 6 vertical reel set up with a horizontal ‘bonus’ reel with 4 symbols situated above reels 2-5. Each reel contains between 2-7 symbols on each spin offering a potential maximum of 117,649 ways to win.
Low-value symbols are the standard royals 10, J, Q, K, and A. High-value symbols are represented by different coloured gems. In order of value from lowest to highest they are blue, green, purple, orange, and diamond. Six adjacent diamonds earn 50x the stake. The wild is a lucky horseshoe and the scatter symbol is a pot of gold. There is also a multi-coloured Super Gem which only appears on the horizontal reel and also +1, +2, and +3 symbols which only appear during free spins. The gameplay is accompanied by a familiar Irish pipe led ditty.
Special features include cascading reels in both the base and bonus games, a Super Gem reel modifying feature, free spins with win multipliers, and some buy-a-bonus options.
After a win lands, the winning symbols disappear to be replaced by symbols cascading from above. Any new win created by this process allows the cycle to repeat. This continues until no new win is created at which point a new spin will begin.
A multi-coloured Super Gem appearing on the top horizontal reel causes all gems on the board to transform into the same random gem.
Free Spins with Unlimited Win Multipliers
4 bonus symbols in one spin trigger the free spins bonus round and award 12 free spins. Any further bonus symbols landed add 5 free spins each to the total number of spins. The cascading reels also play out during the bonus round only this time with each wins a win multiplier is added. The multiplier remains even when the cascading win streak ends. Each subsequent win adds to the win multiplier until the free spins are complete. During the bonus, round symbols marked +1, +2, and +3 may appear on the horizontal row which adds either 1, 2, or 3 free spins to the total whenever they land.
Buy a Bonus Options
There are three ways to enter the bonus round without having to land the scatters during gameplay;
- Buy Pass. For a price of 100x the bet size gain immediate access to the free spins
- Take a Chance. You can opt to pay only 25x, 50x, or 75x the bet size to get into the free spins bonus round. However, your chances are reduced accordingly (i.e. you’ll have a 25%, 50%, or 75% chance on gaining access)
- Bonus Bank. This option reduces the price of the bonus in line with how you choose to bank your wins. 'Bank Off Wins' adds all your wins to your main balance, 'Bank All Wins' adds all of your wins to the 'Bonus Bank', and 'Bank Small Wins' will only add wins of 3x your bet size or less to the 'Bonus Bank'.
Our Thoughts on Rainbow Riches Megaways
Rainbow Riches is WMS most popular franchise which has already spawned half a dozen different variations, so it seemed natural that it be among the first the provider treated to a Megaways™ makeover. The look and feel are totally in keeping with the original which should delight Rainbow and Megaways fans alike.
It’s fair to say that in terms of gameplay and features, there’s not much we haven’t seen before many times. However, this doesn’t detract from it being a great game with awesome potential. In fact, there is some originality with the buy a bonus option, and the Super Gem feature is a nice innovation (if a little similar to the mystery symbol you might have come across in other Megaways incarnations).