In the red corner, Big Time Gaming and the innovation of Megaways; a transformative online slot format offering 117,649 ways to win with every spin. Today, the BTG system would be described as ‘disruptive’. In the middle, Light and Wonder: the world’s most powerful iGaming entity and a conglomerate powerhouse of design, development, and creativity.

Put them all together and what do you get? The answer: Rainbow Riches Megaways. Is it good? Of course it is – and here’s why…

Rainbow Riches Megaways Look and Feel

Once upon a time, in the late 1960s, a business called Barcrest was one of the leading manufacturers of traditional bingo games and old-fashioned fruit machines (aka slots!). If you were spinning reels down at the local pub, you were probably enjoying a little action on a Barcrest fruit machine.

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Rainbow Riches Megaways Slot

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In 1998, Barcrest was bought by casino technology behemoths IGT. In the following years, online casinos blossomed and Barcrest boomed. In 2006, Rainbow Riches was born – one of a new breed of computer slots, appearing in every trendy bar in town; the beginning of the end of the analogue machines. In 2008, the Rainbow Riches went online. To date, it remains one of the world’s most popular titles, with more than 20 spin-offs. There are very few online casinos that don’t have a little Rainbow Riches action in reserve.

"Rainbow Riches Megaways is a beautiful thing; that moment in time when two worlds collide and create something truly spectacular."

Rainbow Riches Megaways opens with a vibrant vista; a sweeping view of a beautiful meadow. The various features of the game fade into view, appearing in sequence. It’s the menu for the main event. Click the screen and a slots grid appears, comprising of six vertical reels of varying size. Across the top, there is a single horizontal line. It’s this combination of 6 + 1 random reels that creates the Megaways magic. In the background a rainbow explodes from a cauldron overflowing with golden coins. It’s time to play.

The sound track is spot on. Between spins, all you hear is gentle countryside ambience; tweeting birds and chirping crickets. As soon as you hit spin, the band starts to play and the fiddler hits his/her/their groove. When you pause, the band gradually fades away. You don’t have to endure an endless Cèilidh between plays – definitely a bonus.

This is a cascading, avalanche, style game, with collapsing symbols. If you hit a winning combination, the relevant icons disappear and are immediately replaced; this can often lead to multiple wins from a single spin.

How To Play Rainbow Riches Megaways

Rainbow Riches Megaways is pretty straightforward, when it comes to game play. With anything between 324 and 117,649 potential paylines, there is obviously no option to play individual paylines.

Instead, you simple vary your total wager, from £0.20 to £20 per spin. To win, all you have to do is line up at least three matching symbols on adjacent reels. It’s an avalanche style game which means winning symbols are replaced; good news and more win with every spin.

Rainbow Riches Megaways also comes with an auto play feature. You simply select how many spins you want, as well as the total amount of loss/win needed to pause the game, click play and off you go.

Rainbow Riches Megaways Symbols

Rainbow Riches Megaways Symbols
Rainbow Riches Megaways Symbols

If you were expecting lyres, shamrocks, and leprechauns, let’s hope you kept the receipt. Rainbow Riches Megaways eschews all these Gaelic tropes for a box of crystals and a pack of cards.

The low win icons are the generic online slot card rankings, from 10 to ace. Next in the pecking order are five crystals. If you want the game’s jackpot, white diamonds are the goal. Line up six of these sparkling gems and you pocket 50x your total stake. That’s right: the multiplier applies to your total stake.

There is also a wild symbol to watch out for. This little beauty appears only on the horizontal top reel. Also appearing on the top reel is the Super Gem symbol. This transforms all on-screen gems into the same colour (fingers crossed for white).

The final symbol to look out for is the Bonus: a golden cauldron, filled with coins. You need to hit four or more of these to activate the Rainbow Riches Megaways Free Spins Bonus.

Rainbow Riches Megaways Bonuses

Rainbow Riches Megaways is everything you would expect when you combine an iconic game with a world-class development house. It’s fast, slick, and fun to play. It also really suits the Megaways format.

For fans of quirky, Irish-themed, online slots, this game is the craic. At the end of the day, it’s been around for nearly two decades. It is clearly doing something right. The only criticism: that Free Spins Bonus is a rare thing. But… when it hits… get ready to jig.

Bonus Name Bonus Explanation
Cascading Wins Feature

Get a winning combination and before you know it, the winning symbols disappear and are replaced by new ones. This gives you the chance to win again and again.

Super Gem Bonus

Hit a Super Gem symbol, in any position, on the top reel and you trigger the Rainbow Riches Megaways Super Gem Bonus.

Every gem symbol, on screen, regardless of colour, is instantly transformed into one uniform colour. Expect big wins.

Free Spins

Rainbow Riches Megaways may have kept the overworked Irish iconography to a bare minimum, but it couldn’t resist slipping in a golden cauldron of coins. No worries: this animated icon is good news. You need to hit four pots of gold to unlock the Free Spins Bonus. The base bonus is worth 12 spins. Every extra golden pot adds five more spins.

During the Free Spins Bonus, you can win extra spins on the top reel. There is also a multiplier. This starts at 1x but increases by one, after every winning cascade. Multiple wins get multiplied. It’s all good in the leprechaun’s hood.

Rainbow Riches Megaways FAQs

Yes. All you need to do is take advantage of the free demo. This will enable you to play without using any cash, enabling you to get a feel for the game.

Yes, there are other Rainbow Riches games to explore such as Rainbow Riches Pick ‘n’ Mix, Rainbow Riches Midnight Magic and Rainbow Riches Cluster Magic.

The RTP is 96%.

Yes, you can access many other Barcrest slots at Casino Kings such as Slots O Gold and Shamans Dream Slot.

About the Author


Paul Cullen

Paul Cullen is an online gambling industry veteran, with more than 25 years in the sector. After an early career in journalism, Cullen took a marketing role at the world’s first online sportsbook: Since then, he has worked at dozens of online gaming businesses, been held at gunpoint, seen his boss arrested, and was witness to the Absolute Poker cheating scandal.

Reviewer since April, 2023

Rainbow Riches Megaways Details

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324 - 117,649
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