Rally 4 Riches: Overview
The word 'insane' is often tossed around in a slot review to describe something so impressive it defies belief. If you've ever physically witnessed a rally car fly past on a dangerous gravel track, precariously balanced between spinning off and drifting to glory, there really is no other word for it. The confidence in their driving ability, matched by the skills these guys display, is nothing short of insane. This is the spirit Swedish team Play’n GO attempts to tap into with their racing filled slot Rally 4 Riches.
Players don't see too many cars when the game loads up though. The 3x3 grid is located by the gate, where players get a first-person perspective of the starting line. Bets are selected by hitting the +/- buttons below the reels from 10 p/c to £/€100 per spin - totally optional if you want to make some car noises while you do so. If not, that's fine too since players can sit back and enjoy the inspiring scenery if they prefer. Play’n GO has set the game somewhere alpine, full of mountains, forests, and greenery. There's no snow, so it can't be winter, though you can almost imagine the crisp, clean air blowing down off the hills as you play.
Put your foot on the gas, or just hit spin, to set the game in motion where the goal is to land combinations of three of a kind. There are just 5 paylines in play, which might suggest a simple game, but there are loads of features going on to get your motor running. Before seeing what they are, we'll pore over the paytable as part of the crucial getting to know you phase.
This includes inspecting the math model's vital statistics. RTP may vary depending on the operators setting, so make sure to check before revving up. The one you want is the default configuration of 96.25%, which is nicely on the side of average. Play’n GO have toned down the volatility, slightly, to give the game a rating of 8/10. Still quite high, though players might not feel like they've been slammed by a runaway rally car compared to Play’n GO's more highly volatile slots.
When it comes to the symbols involved, there is no getting around the odd juxtaposition of fruit and cars. Fruits are used for the low pays such as classic lemons, watermelons, cherries, and grapes. Four automobiles make up the high pays, in various colours, from various eras.
Quick diversion, but if you used to play the epic Sega Rally games, then prepare for some delightful flashbacks. The blue one that looks like a Subaru Impreza WRX is the most valuable at 25 times the stake, down to 0.5x for the cherries on the lower end of the table. The final symbol to check out here is the 1x3 wild which substitute for any pay symbol and can cover a full reel
Rally 4 Riches: Features
Like a real-life rally car, Rally 4 Riches comes with plenty of mods. Features start with the Bonus Reel which sits beside the regular reels and is active on every spin. On it, players can land multipliers, nudge wilds, or bonus symbols.
If a multiplier lands at the same time as a win, the value is multiplied by x2, x3, x4, x5, or x10. If no winning combinations land in conjunction with a multiplier, the Main Reel Respin feature may be triggered at random. When it is, the bonus reel is held in place while the other 3 reels respin.
Any nudge wilds that land trigger the Nudge Wild feature. Here, any wilds partially visible are nudged to cover a reel. There is a chance of also getting a Bonus Reel Respin which guarantees a multiplier on the bonus reel.
Land the bonus symbol to kick off the Championship Race Bonus. The game shifts to a race board with 25 spaces offering various rewards. Players move up to 6 spaces per turn and can land on a multiplier which pays out a cash prize, or a nitro boost moving them further along the board. At the end of the race, the player’s position results in a different prize:
- 4th position prize - the feature ends, and players are awarded the winnings they collected during the Championship Race Bonus.
- 3rd poisition prize - 4 free spins are awarded with nudge wilds active on every spin, and only multipliers appear on the bonus reel.
- 2nd poisition prize - 4 win spins are awarded. A winning combination is guaranteed on each spin as well as a guaranteed multiplier on the bonus reel. Nudge wilds are active on every spin.
- 1st position - an entry to the Jackpot Podium game.
The Jackpot Podium game consists of a five-tiered pyramid with a light that moves between spaces before landing on one. If the space reveals a bet multiplier, a prize ranging from x7 - x1,000 is awarded, and the feature ends. If the space reveals an up arrow, the light moves to the next tier where bigger prizes are on offer. On the second to last tier players can collect, or gamble, to win the top prize of 1,000 times the stake.
Rally 4 Riches: Verdict
Play’n GO has produced another solid slot, this time offering classic 3x3 gaming at its core, while revamping the feature to freshen it up. Some might find the use of fruit symbols as low pays a tad unnecessary, and it might have been better if they’d been rally related in some way.
Not that they are a deal-breaker in any way; they just stick out like a sore thumb against the natural scenery and the rallying imagery. On the subject of imagery, Rally 4 Riches scores a bonus point or two for the original theme since there are very few other rally related slots out there.
Now, on to the ‘riches’ part of the title. Regular single spin values aren't amazing, at 125x for a full grid of the premium symbol. Yet, there are plenty of multipliers in the mix, so tack an x10 on and you are looking at a cool 1,250x.
Play’n GO has recorded max potential in the region of 5,000 times the stake so decent wins are certainly possible, although as usually is the case, max wins are not realistic numbers to aim for. Sure, there's always a chance as they say, but in this case the chance is less than 1 in a million according to stats from official sources.
Overall, Rally 4 Riches is another solid effort from the Play’n GO team who prove once again they can turn a high-quality slot out like it's nothing. For car enthusiasts, or fans of classic slots with modern features, it's worth dropping a gear or two while holding on tight.
Rally 4 Riches is a rather unusual rally themed fruit slot with all the intensity and mayhem you’d expect to find in a game like this.