A rift has opened in the back alleys of your city. What dark Lovecraftian creature lurks beneath? Will these tentacle beings bring trouble, or riches?
We love it when a slot game provider really think about the theme of a machine, something that Thunderkick certainly has done with The Rift mobile slot.
The purple rift at the bottom of these dark streets setting is swallowing magical artefacts, the slot symbols, from mystic runes to ancient textbooks.
There also appears to be the purple octopus child of Cthulhu popping in every once in a while, because why not?
What we are trying to say is that this mobile video slot has a hint of mysticism, and a whole load of special geek references that perhaps only a few internet devotees will truly appreciate.
That said, even if you’re not into inter-dimensional mysteries, you can still be into a slot machine that provides a whole load of free spins.
There are two types of free spins.
The first occurs with just two scatters – you get one free re-spin with anything from 1 to 3 extra wilds on screens. Any wilds already on these 5 reels from the previous spin will also stick around.
It’s by far the most common feature, and you’ll rarely go 50 spins without seeing it – which is good as you need multiple 4 or 5 of a kind wins to get your budget back up.
The wins during the base game of The Rift slot game are rarely impressive without those wilds showing up.
Thank-fully they show up often enough that they’ve brought us back from the brink of the abyss, and back into the land of the living.
It’s the free spins feature where things take a really interesting turn, as every time a scatter shows up during the free spins of The Rift video slot, you add a token to a wheel. Every 3 scatters gives you an extra sticky wild on screen.
Better yet, all wilds that show up stay sticky unless they are part of a winning combination.
When we first saw the concept, we thought we’d get about 4 or 5 wilds on screen at some point. But we’ve hit that, and more, far more often than we expected.
It’s frustrating when you don’t, and perhaps the sounds don’t do the excitement justice when they do, but there is a little thrill to be had here and there.
Perhaps not the long term thrills of a game like the Fruit Warp slot, but if you only have time for 10 minutes of play on your mobile or tablet, at least you know you can get some quick action from The Rift.
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|Mobile Slot released||May 2016|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 17 Paylines|
|Min/Max bet||0.10 / 100|
|Free spins||From 1 to 20 to begin with, with more added / Sticky wilds|
|Bonus rounds||Re-spins, Extra Wilds, Sticky Wilds, Free Spins, Scatters|
Wild Symbol: The purple Star with 'wild' on the front is the wild symbol and replaces all other symbols except scatter.
The Rift Re-spin: The Rift slot logo is scatter - get two on screen and you trigger one free re-spin. Here, any wild on show will remain sticky on screen, and the game will randomly assign you anything from 1 to 3 extra wilds for the re-spin.
How often do you get 3? Often enough actually. We were pleasantly surprised ourselves. That said, as this free re-spin comes around fairly often, it would have been very obvious if they are stingy with their wilds every single time.
The most we've won with this feature is about 40x our bet; though a good average is probably half that.
The Rift Free Spins: Get 3, 4 or 5 scatters and you'll trigger 10, 15, or 20 free spins spin.
The 'seal' on the back of the wall will be activated.
Every time a scatter shows up during the free spins, you go up a step on the seal. Every 3 scatters, you get +2 free spins and guaranteed sticky wild:
And that's not counting the fact that any wild you spin on screen, which isn't used in a winning combination, will remain sticky until it is.
How often do you get to nine scatters? Not very often, unless you trigger 15 or 20 free spins, to be honest. But we've gotten to six scatters fairly regularly, and more importantly, with all wilds staying sticky until they are used, you almost sit there hoping not to catch a win, but more wilds.
Until finally, with 8/10 wilds on screen, you get some blazing 5 of a kind wins.
It's not usual to get there, but with only 17 paylines, you can keep the wilds up there long enough to give you hope of a bigger win.
We suspect The Rift mobile slot is a love it or hate it kinda game; you are either down with the theme, and the slightly unusual bonus features, or you find the whole thing too 'out there' for long term play.
The good news is that you don't need a huge budget, or a long time, to quickly experience all the features available within this mobile slot machine.
You never know, you might end up with a screen full of wilds, and happily praising Cthulhu for his generosity.
Or you might decide to try out some of the other Thunderkick slots, who says what you want, are rarely boring in how they crate their games.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 1, 2018 - Rating