Win Big Shindig Slots
Barcrest made like slots for many years before coming online, and the original Rainbow Riches was one of their most popular titles. This slot is based on the luck of the Irish – a competitive and crowded niche for slot makers. Rainbow Riches: Win Big Shindig manages to stand out from the crowd by having solid game-play, the chance of winning a 25,000 coin top prize and by having the right balance of entertaining bonus games without interrupting the main game too often.
Graphically this game looks a little dated compared to the latest slots out there. I would still recommend you take it for a spin.
Standard wins kick in for 3 or more matching symbols on one of the 20 pay lines from the left hand side. The single biggest payout is for 5 of the logo symbols – this is a healthy 25,000 coins or 1250x your total bet assuming all 20 lines are played.
The other winning symbols are playing cards. There is quite a jump down to the next highest win of 250 coins for 5 (for the aces). What you will find from this game is that several wins often come grouped together – increasing your payouts. There are two factors involved here; first the wild symbols (the gold coin with the leprechaun stamped on it) and second the fact that symbols will often appear stacked – sometimes covering multiple reels with the same type of symbol on a particular spin.
Green top hats is the final symbol, this only appears on reels 1, 3 and 5 – and will trigger the ‘pick me’ bonus game when you get all 3.
The bonus game has two parts. First you get to choose one of the 3 hats. Here you can either win a cash prize (revealed underneath the hat) or, if you hit the ‘bonus’ symbol you will move to the break out bonus feature. You will get to see what was under the hats you did not choose too.
If you are familiar with the original Rainbow Riches slot, then the bonus games will be familiar to you. This is a wheel of fortune setup, though it does not look like any wheel you will have seen in a casino anywhere before. The setup is a rock, which is surrounded by pots (as in pots of gold at the end of a rainbow pots). There is a pointer at the bottom of the screen, which will show your win once you spin the wheel. Clicking spin is the only action you are required to take. Some of the prizes on this bonus game are on the large side, though most are in the 200 to 1000 coins range.
One more note for those who recall the original Rainbow Riches slot – the bonus game based on the wishing well is not included in this newer version. With the graphics and game-play updated, it is a shame to lose this extra bonus round.
How The Big Shindig Works
Underneath the Celtic decorations, grinning leprechauns and gold you will find a standard 5 reel video slot game with 20 win lines and 3 rows of symbols on each reel. The spin amount will vary from casino to casino, though the minimum spins start at just 20c. You can choose the auto-play function to save having to click spin every single time.
Design wise, this slot does show its age a little. The plain white background to the symbols on the reels has long since been replaced by transparent backgrounds in more modern slots. The playing card symbols are made to look quirky and unique, which is a plus. The ‘pots of luck’ bonus is much better, having a 3D effect for the wheel of pots, and a nice mountain scape in the background. You will be entertained by a leprechaun dancing in the middle of the reels while you spin.
List of Barcrest Slot Games
- 7's to Burn
- Action Bank
- Arabian Charms
- Call of Fruity
- Crown Gems
- Elvis Top 20
- Hercules High & Mighty
- Jackpot Jewels
- Legends of the Pharaohs
- Lucky 5 Reeler
- Mad Martians
- Merry Money
- Monopoly Big Event
- Moon Shadow
- Ooh Aah Dracula
- Sheik Yer Money
- Thai Flower
- Wild Knights
- Wild Times
- Win Big Shindig
The Win Big Shindig – Conclusion
I am really in 2 minds as to whether this new version of the Rainbow Riches classic is an improvement, or whether the original is still the better game to choose. The graphics are more up to date in the Big Shindig, though they are still old-school in a way. The bonus game is more visually attractive in the new game, though on the other hand the entertaining wishing well bonus is gone.
Overall there is probably not much in it – and those players who enjoyed the original, whether in live casinos or online, should certainly check out this new version.