Unlock your inner sorcerer, dust off your spell book and prepare to explore The Rift, Thunderkick’s latest online slot. Released in May of 2016, The Rift offers an RTP of 96,3% and a maximum payout of £81,500 on a £100 bet (up to 815x the bet). Like other slots in Thunderkick’s growing portfolio, this slot is defined by a simple, effective gameplay design, uncomplicated betting features and engaging graphics. The win frequency is 26,9% ensuring that players will win cash relatively often which is brilliant. This online video slot is playable from any desktop or mobile device, provided there is an internet connection, for greater convenience of gameplay.
A Dark Force Rises among online slots
The Rift is set in a dark alley with a gaping rift splitting the street wide open. From the rift escapes an eerie purple light. The surroundings, symbols and mysterious music give the slot an atmosphere of dark magic. The Rift’s symbols follow the mystical theme and are set in 3-row, 5- reel fashion blended perfectly into the background (the sort of nice touch we’ve come to expect from Thunderkick slots). There are 17-fixed paylines that pay from left to right only allowing for 17 ways to win. Spin 3-5 matching symbols that begin with reel 1 for a win.
Click the poker chip to select 1 of 14 betting options ranging from 10p-£100 at Vera&John. The Rift’s game design is straightforward making it easy for players to keep track of cash flow during gameplay with Total Cash Balance, Total Win and Cash Bet values side by side along the bottom of the screen.
The Rift’s 10 symbols are sorcerous. 3 of them are special symbols: Wild, Rift Bonus Scatter and Sticky Wild. The Wild is a purple pentagram that can replace any symbol. It completes winning combos, but if a spin yields a Wild combo of 5, the symbol value equals the highest value slot symbol – the Spell Book. The Rift Bonus Scatter symbol triggers the Rift Spin bonus feature and the Bonus Game. The Sticky Wild is the Wild symbol lashed with chains, and it only shows during the Bonus Features. Regular symbols, listed from highest value to lowest value, include a Spell Book, Compass, Octopus, Vial, Gold Coin, Silver Coin, Bright Copper Coin and Dark Copper Coin.
The highest value symbol is the Spell Book with a value of (3.000, 900, 300). That gives the base game the potential to win up to 30x the base bet. Click the Trophy button to view the paytable. Symbol values vary as the Bet is adjusted, though the multiplier remains constant.
This online slot features a simply designed Auto play. Click the Auto play button just left of Spin to choose from 8 options that range from 5-5,000 consecutive spins. Click “Stop on feature won” to set Auto play to automatically stop when a bonus feature is won.
Once a spin is in play, press the Spin button again to stop the reels faster.
Switch sound on/off via the speaker button just left of the Cash Balance at the bottom of the screen.
The Rift Bonus Features
Sticky Wilds: The Rift Sticky Wild special symbols only appear in the Rift Spin and Bonus Game Features. These Wilds lock in place until either a win occurs or the round ends. In the Bonus Game, any Wild can become a Sticky Wild if not already part of a win.
The Rift Spin: 2+ Rift Bonus Scatter symbols trigger a Rift Spin (essentially, a Re-spin). Wilds, not already part of a win, stay in place while the reels spin again. 1-3 Sticky Wilds are awarded increasing the chances for a winning combo.
The Rift Bonus Game: Spin 3+ Rift Bonus Scatter symbols to receive several Free Spins. Spin 3 Rift Scatters for 10 Free Spins, 4 for 15 and 5 for 20 Free Spins. Any Rift Scatters that show up during Free Spins add 5 more Free Spins to the total. Each Bonus Scatter Rift symbol that shows up goes toward filling steps of The Rift Seal. Every 3rd step gives an extra 2 Free Spins and gives 1 extra Sticky Wild to every remaining Free Spin.
Summary table The Rift
|Supported on mobile devices||Yes|
|Release date||May 2016|
|Payout Percentage RTP (?)||96,3%|
|Volatility / variance (?)||Low|
|Features (?)||Sticky Wilds, Re-spins, Bonus Game and Free Spins|
|Roles / pay-lines (?)||5 / 17|
|Min. / Max. bet||10p up to £100|
Will you Dare to Explore The Rift?
The Rift give us more of that “less is more” simplicity of game design employed by other Thunkerkick slots. As per usual, the overall effect serves as a recipe for success. With a 1 in 4 chance to win per spin and an RTP that promises the chance of a big win along the way, this online slot promises to satisfy slot enthusiasts who enjoy slots that pay relatively often (though, most of those wins will be on the lower end of the pay scale). Fans of Thunderkick’s game design style will also enjoy slots such as 1429 Uncharted Seas, Esqueleto Explosivo and Toki Time among others. Unfortunately, players who enjoy more complex bonus features will find this slot lacking when compared to a slot like NetEnt’s Jimi Hendrix which is loaded with seamlessly incorporated, multiple bonus features. So, you have to ask yourself – do I dare to explore The Rift for cash?
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