Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness is perhaps the most innovative and thrilling slot in the Rich Wilde series to date. Play ‘N Go’s poster boy has appeared in numerous slots outings for the developer, including Rich Wilde and the Shield of Athena and Rich Wilde Aztec Idols. Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness is the first in the series to use a Cluster Pays system, though, and the first to be truly spooky.

You need to find four adjacent symbols in the game’s 5×5 grid to earn a winning combination, with each win destroying the symbols and allowing more symbols to appear in their place. Rich Wilde joins us the whole time, holding a magical spell book that sends symbol-destroying spells onto the reels to help us in our cause as we seek to open a mystical portal and release the ancient beast, Cthulhu, reported to drive people insane.

Pros & Cons

  • Modifier-adding Portal elevates the gameplay.
  • Cluster Pays switches up the Rich Wilde franchise.
  • Call of Cthulhu feature offers big Wild win potential.
  • Have to fill the Portal twice to launch the Call of Cthulhu feature.
  • Rich Wilde Wilds don’t appear as often as in other games.
  • No guaranteed big wins from the bonus game.

How to Play

As Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness is a Cluster Pays game you need to land matching symbols in the 5×5 game grid in clusters of four or more. The more symbols you land in a cluster, the higher the payout. As with other Play ‘N Go slots the bet toggle sits beneath the reels. Click left and right to adjust your bet level accordingly, and once you are happy you can press the green spin button to the bottom right of the game grid.

When you match four or more symbols they pop in eerily satisfying purple explosions to allow more symbols to drop from above. If more symbols match, they create winning combos and allow more symbols to fall. With each winning combo the Portal Meter to the left of the reels fills with bright blue energy to trigger the game’s bonus features.

Symbols

In a magical, mythical adventure such as this you would expect potions and runes. That is precisely what you get with Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness. The higher-paying symbols here are Mask, Ring, Dagger and Amulet, the latter of which offers an alluring x100 your stake for landing 10 or more in a cluster.

The lower-paying symbols are Crystals of red, blue, orange and green. In this way Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness is similar to Viking Runecraft, another Play ‘N Go Cluster Pays release from 2017. But this title succeeds over that earlier game in the game play, overall atmosphere and, above all, the bonuses which are thematically excellent as much as they are lucrative (see bonuses section below). Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness also features two base game Wild symbols, Rich Wilde himself (who doubles all wins he completes) and the Special Wild, which sends symbol-destroying modifiers onto the game board to allow cascades and wins to continue.

Bonuses

The Portal to the left of the reels is the key to the bonus features here, with our ultimate aim a showdown with the ancient beast, Cthulhu.

Bonus Name Bonus Explanation
Portal feature

Each cluster win sends magical flames into the Portal on the left of the reels. At the four main compass points of the Portal, bolts of magic are sent onto the reels to create Special Wilds.

They then send Void or Abyss modifiers onto the reels, destroying symbols and creating new paths for new symbols to fall.

 

Other World Free Round

When you fill the Portal (by winning on 42 symbols) you trigger the Other World Free Round. You are granted a series of modifiers, up to 7. These send Special Wilds onto the reels to complete wins and add the Void and Abyss modifiers.

Once no more wins land the feature ends, but if you fill the Portal again you call Cthulhu, the Mega Wild!

Cthulhu Free Round

Cthulhu is an ancient tentacled beast rumoured to send people insane. In this slot he appears once you fill the Portal a second time, and appears somewhere across the game grid at the top.

His body takes up four symbol spaces, while his many tentacles touch additional spaces around him. Everything he touches is wild, completing multiple epic wins of minimum five symbols. Once wins are completed he moves down a space, to complete more wins. The feature ends once he reaches the bottom of the grid.

Rich Wilde and the Tome Of Madness Slot Details

Developer Paylines Reels Min Bet Max Bet Min Coins Max Coins RTP(%) Jackpot Released
blank 20 5 0.10 100 0.01 100 96.53% 1000,000 2019