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The Rift Review

Software: Thunderkick Bonus Game: Yes Scatter Symbol: Yes
Reels: 5 Progressive Jackpots: No Wild Symbol: Yes
PayLines: 17 Min Bet: $0.10 Bonus Symbol: No
Free Spins: Yes Max Bet: $100 Overall Rating:

The Rift

Theme

Mystic, horror and tension are guaranteed feelings you will experience as you spin the reels on The Rift, one of the latest releases by Thunderkick software.

The overall dark theme, packed with superb visual effects, seem very luring and can leave you spinning for hours in search of that big win to appear on the reels. Seeing a video pokie game like The Rift is a great change compared to most colorful pokie games from other software providers.

 Developers

Thunderkick has a small collection of video pokie games, but still holds a fair share of the online gambling market.

They managed to produce a few games which were different than anything seen before and you need specific taste in order to become a fan of this software provider. Most of their games have unusual theme, pay lines and incredible bonus rounds. The Rift is no exception to this general rule.

How to Play

Like in many other games from this software provider The Rift has 17 fixed pay lines and their number can’t be altered. The bet size level can go from just $0.10 up to $100 depending on how aggressive you like to play.

The auto play option is a very good solution for playing this game, because here long sessions are more than possible.

Special Features

The overall game concept is very interesting and we expected nothing less from Thunderkick. There is a standard wild and scatter symbol like in most other video pokie games. The scatters don’t have any payout attached and the wild only substitutes in a winning combination without any extra features.

There are two bonus features which depend on the number of scatters that land on the reels. If you get two scatters you will trigger the Rift Re-Spin feature. Here you have a chance to win 1 to 3 extra wilds in the re-spin and all wild symbols in the involved spin and re-spin are held in place. One downside here is that in each bonus round the wilds stay in place as long as they don’t contribute in a winning combination.

Once they substitute for some symbol they leave the reels for the next spin. The second bonus round is triggered when you get 3, 4 or 5 scatters on the reels. Here you are awarded with 10, 15 or 20 free spins depending on the number of scatters. There is no multiplier added to the wins from the free spins, but there is an extra feature called the Rift Seal. It has 3 levels which are activated with every 3 scatter symbols collected.

Each of the levels adds one extra wild symbol in each spin so if you unlock the last level each spin will come with 3 extra wilds on the reels. Also with each level unlock you will receive 2 extra free spins. The free spins can’t be re-triggered but needless to say they can provide some great wins if you reach the last level on the Rift Seal Feature.

Maximums Payout

If you take a look at the pay table of this game, you will see that the highest paying symbols are the Book and the Wild with a maximum payout of 30 x bet for 5 of them on a winning pay line. This doesn’t seem like much but is still enough for some great wins in the free spins bonus round.

Summary

Our opinions about this game are divided. The pay table is not too impressive and we expected to see higher payouts of at least 50 x bet for the highest paying symbols and at least 100 x bet for 5 wilds on a pay line. The bonus round doesn’t have a multiplier attached which deducts a lot from the payout potential, so at first look The Rift doesn’t seem like a very good game to play.

But we gave it a try for real play and we can say it turned out as a very decent video pokie. Winnings during base game are small to medium but come often so it’s great for bonus wagering. The bonus rounds rarely pay over 100 x bet but we didn’t manage to unlock the final stage of the Rift Seal.

With a little luck and the last level unlocked you can end up with a big number of wilds on the reels and we are sure that wins of about 300 x bet are quite possible here. We believe this is possible only if you trigger the free spins with 4 or 5 scatters, because that way you have the biggest chance of unlocking the Rift Seal fast and still have a big number of spins left with the maximum extra wilds possible.

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