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The Rift Slot Review

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There might not be monster wins, but there’s monster fun to be found in this Thunderkick slot

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  • Min Bet: 0.10
  • Reels: 5
  • Paylines: 17
  • Free Games: Yes

The Rift slot is perhaps one of the most thematic casino games out there. However, we didn’t really expect anything less from Thunderkick.

But how does the rest of the game hold up, though?

This is a gorgeous slot machine. Like many ‘fantasy-themed’ slots nowadays, it has clear roots in Lovecraft lore.

So, expect something that looks like Cthulhu, and a bit of mystique about the game. It is evident that this game studio provider have put a lot of effort into ensuring that this game looks good. Their designers must have been working overtime here.

The Rift mobile slot works really well

One thing that we really do want to point out is that despite this casino game being very heavy on the graphics and animations, it is a dream to play as a mobile and tablet slot game.

Sure, you will have that initial loading screen (which actually isn’t very long), but once you are into the game it plays as smooth as butter.

The one issue that we do have with the theme of The Rift is the random animations. Every so often, there is a random senseless animation on the screen. It does get irritating after a while because it will always be the same animations.

Thunderkick should have either removed them or at least varied them a little bit, so you feel less like you are in a time loop.

Just two scatters will trigger free spins

Yep. That is all it takes.

Just two scatters to start your free spins. Granted, it is more a respin than a free spin, but it tends to pay out well. When you get two scatters, any wilds will remain as sticky wilds – a little bit like in Vikings Go To Hell by Yggdrasil Gaming.

The game will then give you between one and three extra wilds on the reels. This normally delivers a win.

We actually love this slot feature. You are probably the same as us; you experience a huge wave of disappointment when you get just two scatters on the five reels, because they never really give you anything good.

At least this way, you know you have a high chance of getting some cash. We actually admire the trend from slot developers towards developing features tied to two scatters. Now, if only they could start developing bonus features for a single scatter and we would be happy as a clam!

Game Stats & Details

  • No Reels: 5
  • Paylines: 17
  • Min Bet: 0.10
  • Max Bet: 100
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • Wilds: 4
  • Volatility: low/medium
  • Software: Thunderkick
  • Slot Type: Video
  • Theoretical RTP: 96.3%
  • Mobile: Yes
  • Online: Yes

The real fun starts when you get three scatters

Of course, there is an actual free spins round in this game, but you will need at least three scatters to trigger it.

This is a feature which triggers surprisingly often (maybe once every 75 to 100 spins) – certainly more than in their volatile Birds on a Wire slot.

  • Three scatters will give 10 free spins
  • Four scatters will give 15 free spins
  • Five scatters will give 20 free spins

This is where the fun really begins. For every three scatters that you get on the reels, you will be awarded 2 additional free spins, and a sticky wild on the reels.

You do not need to get all these scatters at the same time. It is not uncommon to earn at least 4 extra free spins (and 2 sticky wilds) on the reels.

Wilds stay sticky until you get a win

If that wasn’t enough, any wild that appears on the slot reels that do not form part of a winning combination will become a sticky wild until it is used in a win.

This means that you can have a lot of wilds on the reels at once, delivering you some huge wins once all the right symbols come together.

Granted, you won’t win much more than about 500 times your bet on this feature, but still enough to bring a smile to your face.

Should you play on The Rift online slot?

We love the theme of The Rift online slot, but even when you put this to one side, you have an enjoyable gambling machine to play.

With a low to medium volatility, it will deliver regular wins, and we love what the game does with all those scatters and re-spins.

This is a nice easy Thunderkick slot game for beginners to get into slot machines with 17 paylines and a low minimum bet of 0.10 a spin.

It is not quite a five-star game, It would need more than just free spins to reach those dizzying heights, but it is still worth playing.

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By TrueNorthSlots | Updated: Jul 26th 2018 | Rating 4
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