Among the most popular online slot themes are those set in Ancient Egypt or some other mysterious and forgotten place with a daring treasure hunter taking the starring role. One of the most played is River of Riches, a five-reel 25-payline video slot by Microgaming provider affiliate, Rabcat.
The maximum five-of-a-kind jackpot that can be reeled in from the River of Riches is set at 8 000 coins but there is far more to be won thanks to the game’s numerous additional offerings. River of Riches is packed with bonus features, including free spins, sticky wilds, and a gamble feature.
Sights and Sounds on the River of Riches
The detail of the River of Riches game play is well matched by the amount of attention that has been devoted to its theme. Legend has it that, somewhere in Egypt, buried deep beneath the lost tomb of a once-powerful pharaoh, there flows a River of Riches that runs with liquid gold – at least according to Rabcat.
Thus, the reels appear against the backdrop of the banks of the River of Riches, flanked by dimly lit walls covered in hieroglyphics. The River of Riches buttons are set in crumbling statues and broken rocks and symbols include playing cards, a sarcophagus, pyramid, scarab, sphynx and an ankh as well as the ruby of Isis and the Indiana-Jones-lookalike hero of the tale.
The finishing touches are added to the River of Riches theme in the form of its intense and foreboding soundtrack and ambient noise, with dramatic visual effects to match. The crackling of flames can be heard as players watch them burning up the edges of the screen, which erupts into a furious fire and glowing molten gold flows between the reels at key moments.
Free Spins with Isis’s Red Jewel
The scatter symbol in River of Riches is the ruby-coloured jewel of the Egyptian bird goddess, Isis, and pays out regardless of where it appears on the reels – as long as there are two or more of them. For every River of Riches scatter that appears, the payout increases.
In addition, the ruby scatter unlocks the River of Riches free spins bonus, with 10 free spins being awarded as a stream of sparks hails down the reels.
Two Different Wild Symbols
An unusual element of River of Riches is that it features not one but two wild symbols – one for standard play and one that is only active during free spins. The base game wild symbol takes the form of the rugged seeker of the River of Riches. As is the standard, the River of Riches can stand in for any other symbol except the scatter to complete winning combinations.
The River of Riches free spins wild appears as the letters “WILD”, lit up in flames. What makes this wild particularly special is the fact that it is sticky, which means that they remain stuck in place as the other reels spin, thus greatly increasing the possibility of wins. As many as four River of Riches free spins wilds can land on Reels 2 and 4 during these rounds.
But, in order to access these free spins rounds, players who enjoy online, they need scatter symbols…
Flip-a-Card to Quadruple Winnings
A potential treasure trove in River of Riches is its flip-a-card gamble feature, if players are willing to take a risk, of course. The River of Riches gamble option allows players to double or even quadruple their winnings by correctly guessing the colour or suit of a face-down playing card… but they lose it all if their guess is wrong.