This Wombat is a big fan of the Rainbow Riches slot, one the most popular games around from Light and Wonder and Barcrest.
There are multiple versions of this game now. Put your lucky green pants on, Wombat Fans, and let’s have a look!
So what makes this game tick? This classic is a five-reel, three-row online slot game from Barcrest and SG Digital. This Irish-themed game is one of the most famous slots around, especially in the UK, and comes with a 500x max jackpot.
It’s a medium volatility game with twenty paylines and features include a Bonus Game, Multipliers, Scatters and a Wild. The Road to Riches feature is probably the most famous along with the “Pot of Gold” picking game. There’s always one at the end of a rainbow!
Rainbow Riches was launched in May 2009 and has a Return to Player (RTP) of 95%. You can expect to see a win on just over 27% of the spins (on average): medium volatility play to put it another way. These will be spread between the base game and the three features. It ticks over nicely.
There are plenty of folk tales with a leprechaun and a rainbow, it’s the perfect slot theme in our opinion! One thing that all of these legends have in common is that there is always a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow with all of the leprechaun’s treasure: hence the slot’s name!
Look and Feel
OK, let’s be honest here. The design is not as slick as some of our other games – but then again, it’s not trying to be. This is a classic slot! And it looks great on a mobile.
You’ll hear some lively Irish music in the background with some brightly coloured reels framed by Celtic designs and a big rainbow in the background.
‘Luck of the Irish’ is a phrase that nearly every Wombat Fan has uttered in his or her life at one time or another. The term surfaced during the silver and gold rushes in 19th century North America when several Irish Americans got lucky and struck it rich. Hopefully, some of this magic dust will settle on you.
If you hadn’t guessed, this is an Irish-themed slot. We’ve all played one or two of these before, but how does it match up to other games like Irish Eyes and Lucky Leprechaun? Let’s take a spin and see.
Spoiler alert: this is the game that probably defined the category.
Rainbow Riches Slot Game Play
Your symbols on the Irish reels are made up of a cheeky winking leprechaun, a stone wishing well (see left) and a pot of gold under a magical rainbow, (your high-paying standard symbols).
Your low-paying symbols are the usual 10, J, Q, K & Ace playing cards. There’s also the game’s Wild which is the chunky gold coin and the game’s logo.
You can play from 0.20 a spin to 500.00 a spin, so there is something for everyone, from cautious slot spinners to high rollers.
About the Developer
The Rainbow Riches slot was created by Barcrest who are now owned by Light and Wonder. This team also designed the Raging Rhino slot, another classic game.
These designers are based in Las Vegas and have been in the online slot business since the very beginning which means they know how to make Wombat-friendly games.
There are no free spins in the original game. You will find some in the later variants, but not in the original game.
But what you do have is different bonus rounds filled with multipliers and potentially lucrative pick ’em games.
Here is a rundown of the bonus features on offer in Rainbow Riches:
Pots of Gold Bonus
This is the hardest bonus to land, but when you do, it is worth the wait! You trigger the Pots of Gold bonus by landing three or more Pots of Gold Scatters on the middle three reels.
Next, that cheeky Leprechaun will pop up on a second screen with several spinning pots around him, each with a multiplier number on it.
When the spinning stops, an arrow will point at a pot, and your multiplier prize will be revealed. The maximum on offer is 500 times your bet, which can be a nice little earner!
Road to Riches Bonus
The lucky ginger fella in this slot packs more bonuses than most other games including the Flux slot machine. And here’s another one for you – the famous Road to Riches bonus!
Land the Little Fellas
This is set off by landing three or more of the Leprechaun symbols anywhere on the reels. Press ‘Start’ to spin the wheel of fortune which will determine the number of steps up the ‘Road to Riches’ that you will take.
Keep on advancing up the road until your luck runs out and you land ‘Collect’ on the wheel, or you reach the end of the path.
You can potentially achieve a 500-times-your-stake win if you do manage to get to the end, but this does not happen very often, and it’s a hard nut to crack even for a savvy Wombat. It’s worth a shot though.
Wishing Well Bonus
The Wishing Well bonus is a simple pick ’em type feature, which will crop up on your reels more regularly than the other two features. Set off this little extra by landing three or more of the Wishing Well symbols anywhere on the reels.
You must choose one out of the three wishing wells on offer – this will reveal a hidden multiplier value. You can get 20x your stake if you pick the highest one.
There is no progressive jackpot in this Rainbow slot, but the good news is that you can hit the big time if you land five of the Gold Leprechaun Wild icons. Manage this and you’ll scoop 500 coins!
Rainbow Riches Slot Variations
As a much-loved and very popular slot, there are now fourteen other variations (including a Slingo version) of the original game. Here are a few of the variants we stock. If you sign up at Wombat Casino, you can test them for free, we have demo versions of all of them. Check them out below:
Rainbow Riches Megaways
If you feel like upping the ante with your spins – have a ‘craic’ at the Megaways version! It comes with six reels and a random number of symbols per reel on each spin that gives you a cracking 117,649 ways to win. Very tasty, I must say.
This slot mechanism also comes with cascading reels, a Super Gem Bonus feature that turns all visible gems into matching symbols, and a Free Spins round with an unlimited win multiplier.
Pick ‘n’ Mix
This fruity-sounding favourite could also be an option for you Wombat fans. Here, all of the bonus features that you know and love in the original game have come together, including the Cash Drop bonus, the Road to Riches, Pots of Gold, and more.
All you need to do in Rainbow Riches Pick ‘n’ Mix is select which bonuses you wish to activate when you start the game up – then get spinning! Pick three out of five before the game starts. You can always change them later if you want to mix things up a bit.
Another addition to the series takes the ‘Luck of the Irish’ to the next level with an expanding grid mechanic and more features than you can shake a leprechaun’s stick at.
Straight away, you’ll see that this version is pretty different to its rainbow-coloured predecessor, as it is played using a cluster pays game engine. This means you’ll need to land a cluster of five or more matching icons vertically or horizontally to get a win, and there are no pay lines or reels.
8×8 Grid – Instead, the Rainbow Riches Cluster Magic slot is played out on an 8×8 grid in the bonus round, but to begin with, only a 4×4 block in the centre of the grid will be unlocked.
Cascading Reels – Land a winning cluster and your symbols will explode and are removed – a new cascade of icons drops down from above to replace them.
Free Spins – Hit six consecutive winning cascades in a row and it’s free spins time!
And you’ll need to hold on to your hats Wombat fans, because next you must spin a bonus wheel to determine which of the following cool extras you’ll receive along with your eight Free Spins.
This Wombat is a big fan of the Cluster Magic reboot! The graphics have been given a nice upgrade and the gameplay is bang up-to-date, too. Well done Scientific Games.
Back in the Golden days of slots, this fruit machine was one of the most played games in the UK, and its ‘Road to Riches’ bonus is still one of the most iconic slot bonus features out there to this day.
The original game was available in arcades, bingo halls and bookies shops across the UK before being turned into a slot classic in 2006 – making it a bona fide vintage release. This Barcrest game is still as popular today as when it was first released, if not more so!
This is a classic Irish-themed slot and one of the biggest out there. The Rainbow Riches slot is hugely popular with its enduring theme, colourful graphics and fun bonuses.
You’ll notice that there are many imitations of this slot from different game makers (and some of which are pretty decent games themselves), but Rainbow Riches is the original and still the best.
The theoretical pay out percentage of the slot is 95-96%, depending on the variant you are playing and the game’s bigger wins tend to come from the Pots of Gold Bonus feature which is this wombat’s personal favourite (but is also the hardest to trigger of the three extra games).
Fans of Irish slots: this is a must-play! And for the rest of you, dip into a bit of slot history while playing this outstanding slot.
Wombat score: 4.8/5
How many Rainbow Riches games do you stock at Wombat Casino?
We have six versions of the game. The original remains the most popular, but you can also play Rainbow Riches Cluster Magic, a Free Spins version, Megaways, Midnight Magic and Rainbow Riches PicknMix.
What is the main difference between the variants?
– The original game has a 5×3 layout, three bonus games (no free spins) and a maximum win of 500 times your stake.
– Cluster Magic has an 8×8 layout and a Cluster mechanic (think Tetris without the spinning icons).
– The Free Spins game has a spins bonus feature instead of the three bonus rounds you will find on the original Rainbow Riches game.
– Rainbow Riches Megaways has six reels and a free spins round with an “unlimited” progressive multiplier.
– The Pick ‘n Mix lets you choose three out of five available bonus features.
Can I play this game for Free?
Yes. You just need to sign up at Wombat Casino and you will have access to all of our demo games. We need to do this step to check that players are over 18 years of age.
When was Rainbow Riches launched? How did it become so popular?
This game started its life as an out and out fruit machine available in pubs and clubs across the UK. The game evolved into a Fixed Odds Betting Terminal game (or FOBT) that became popular in high street bookies (sports betting shops).
The simplicity of the game is probably what made it so popular. The original game’s jackpot was 500.00 – pretty attractive in pubs at the time.
What is the Best Rainbow Riches game? Which one is the most popular?
We used to say that this was the original, but Pick ‘n Mix has become very popular with players- probably because you can choose between five different bonus rounds. We also like the Cluster Pays game, just because of the variety of features it has.