New Year Riches: Slot Overview
Make sure you’ve got a resolution or two set before firing up New Year Riches from developer Play’n GO. It doesn’t really matter if you stick to them, who does? As they say, it’s the thought that counts. Though they also say the road to ruin is paved in good intentions. Whatever, we are probably overthinking what is meant to be a carefree time of the year where the planet all comes together to celebrate the turn of the New Year. Play’n GO has pulled in a wide mix of iconic landmarks from around the world and mixed them with a round of free spins that uses a progressive multiplier.
On the whole, New Year Riches is a rather simple game, starting with a 5x3, 20-payline game area designed in a 1920s Art Deco type style. The reels are transparent, so we see a bird’s eye view of a city at night, its lights stretching out into the distance, mirrored in the heavens by a sea of stars. There’s a very man-imitates-nature thing going on here, whether it’s intentional or not is hard to tell. As is the city. It could be anywhere really, although it kind of gives you the feeling of looking out the window at the bustling life below from a New York sky-bar restaurant.
Playable from 20 p/c to £/€100 per spin on any device, the math model is tuned down from what we are used to seeing from these guys, where volatility has been rated 6 out of 10, or medium. On the other hand, the RTP is higher than normal from Play’n GO, with a respectable figure of 96.48%. As always this is the default setting so it always pays to check the one you are playing as the RTP can be shifted significantly lower.
Like we said, New Year Riches is an uncomplicated game, so wins occur when three to five matching symbols land adjacently on a payline. Nine symbols make up the regular pays, four low, five high. The low pays are quite clever. Play’n GO has designed handheld balloons in the shape of the four card suits - hearts, spades, diamonds, and clubs. The premiums are where we get all cosmopolitan. Here you’ll find the Taj Mahal, a Japanese temple, Big Ben, and the Statue of Liberty. Should you land five of these symbols on a line, you will pick up a win of 10 to 50 times your wager. Players who like the odd tipple to celebrate New Year’s will appreciate the wild symbol displaying a bottle of champers and a flute. Wilds replace any regular pay symbol to make a win, and they are also worth up to 250x the bet for five of a kind themselves.
New Year Riches: Slot Features
New Year Riches makes do with just one feature which might sound a little stingy, but it is quite a good one. What you need to gain access is the midnight clock symbol which is the scatter - 3 scatters on the reels trigger the New Year Free Spins feature, initially starting with 10 free spins.
The round starts with an x2 win multiplier, increasing by +2 on every subsequent spin reaching x20 on the tenth one. The round can be protracted if more scatters land, where, 1, 2, or 3 at once award 2, 4, or 6 extra free spins.
New Year Riches: Slot Verdict
Well that was one of the shortest feature sections we’ve written for a while. New Year Riches could be just the answer for players looking for a break from all the big reel, huge win way, feature-rich extravaganzas floating around. With just one extra, New Year Riches is the very definition of straight forward gaming. It’s quite a contrast to real-life New Year celebrations where party-goers famously blow the budget in an attempt to pull out all the stops and have a massive night out. Players will either be all over the uncomplicated base game or be bored to tears waiting for free spins to hit. When they do, it’s like finally popping the cork to get the night going.
You don’t need anyone to tell you New Year Riches is all about its bonus game. Much like Win Spins found in slots like Pimped, Blinged and That's Rich , the guaranteed progressive multiplier is a tempting prospect indeed. Knowing you’re going to get x20 on the final spin, not to mention solid multipliers on the previous spins, is an exhilarating feeling. Of course, it doesn’t mean massive wins are guaranteed to come with those multipliers, but you just never know what will happen. Theoretically, the potential could have been higher, yet Play’n GO has whacked a 5,000x win cap on there to prevent New Year Riches from really going mental.
For a Play’n GO release New Year Riches isn’t their finest looking slot, or the most interesting. If, however, you’re want to see the four corners of the globe (with a healthy dose of imagination) while spinning something to ring in the New Year that isn’t hyper volatile, New Year Riches could be an alright choice.
New Year Riches’ basic presentation and limited replay value keep it from becoming anything other than a shelf-filler.