Treasure Rain (NetEnt): Overview
It is time to chalk up another NetEnt entry into the Asian themed slot market. And if you’ve seen the screenshots, yes, this is another Gonzo’s Quest styled reskin. The last one we reviewed, Magic Maid Café, was a bizarre anime-styled Japanese affair full of cartoon maids and cupcakes. Treasure Rain moves the action a bit further east to give it an additional Chinese flavour. It’s also a bit more conventional that Magic Maid Café was. Alright, it’s more than conventional, it flirts with being one of the most clichéd Asian themed slots around.
Surrounding the gird is a lot of red and gold styling with a couple of lanterns and bamboo screens to lay the scene. As symbols tumble into the 5×3 grid, clouds and cliffs bathed in golden light can be seen in the background. The user interface is handily laid out along the bottom of the screen where players can select a bet level from 1-5, and coin levels from 0.01 to 0.5. Fiddling with these settings provides total stakes worth 20 p/c to £/€50 per spin. From the total stake, bets are spread out over 20 fixed paylines to calculate wins.
The paytable consists of 7 main game symbols. Four are card icons, J, Q, K and Ace, while the remaining three are bonsai trees, frogs, and Caishen symbols. Different parts of China refer to Caishen as the God of Wealth, or money, or valuables, treasures, luck, profitability, or gambling. No wonder this guy is so popular in the slots world. Given his reputation, he is obviously the most valuable symbol in Treasure Rain and the one you want to fall.
There is also a wild symbol on hand to help out by substituting for any of the base game pay symbols. Hit frequency is steady at around 4.1/10, and with its medium/high volatility, juicy wins are possible, though Treasure Rain is not a slot with huge potential. RTP sits at 95.97% like its parent slot, and the game’s extra features have remained basically the same. So far, so Gonzo.
Treasure Rain (NetEnt): Features
Wins form when three or more of the same symbols land on a payline. When a winning combination lands it triggers the Avalanche feature. For new players, it means that the symbols that made up the winner are removed from the grid to let new ones tumble into place. If more winning combinations land, as a result, this process continues, and will keep going until no more winners appear. The kicker is not just producing consecutive combos on one spin. But each win causes the multiplier above the reels to increase from x1 to x2, x3, and max out at x5.
Along with Avalanche wins there is one extra feature. If three scatter symbols land, they award 10 Free Falls (free spins essentially). These free spins can be retriggered again to provide players with up to 20 spins in total. Free spin rounds are played using the same rules as the base game with one significant difference. Each initial win comes with a x3 multiplier rather than x1, and with Avalanche wins it moves up to x6, x9, and x15 at the most. As you can see, all wins are worth three times as much during free spins as in the main game.
Treasure Rain (NetEnt): Verdict
Strip away Gonzo’s graphics, fill in the gaps with some Asian clichés, and you have nailed Treasure Rain. This mean that players who liked Gonzo’s Quest and are partial to Asian themed games will be in slots heaven. Most other players will struggle to get too excited about Treasure Rain. There is nothing here that we haven’t seen before. That will either be music to your ears or cause steam to come pouring out of them. The 7 base game symbols are tried and true classics of the genre, some might say boring. As is the uninspired red and gold trim around the grid, and the background imagery. That’s not to say the gameplay is dull; it’s no fluke that Gonzo’s Quest was and is so popular. It’s simple, relentless, and can open up satisfying wins when the multipliers are factored in.
At the end of the day this slot is for either hardcore Asian theme fans who are compelled to try them all or curious Gonzo diehards. If we invoke a self-induced memory blank for a moment and treat it as a standalone slot it is enjoyable, if you’re into this sort of thing. The gameplay is fun, well-paced and has a good hit rate. Potential isn’t amazing, but it has its moments. A full payline of Caishen symbols, will get you 125 times the total stake; add in the maximum x15 multiplier and you are looking at 1,875 times the stake on a single free spin.
Yet, we can’t delude ourselves in that manner for long. As far as reskinning their back catalogue for the Asian market is going, Treasure Rain ranks as one of NetEnt’s most uninspired yet. Symbols and imagery lack imagination, to say the least, and the gameplay is good but we’ve seen it all before. Overall, Treasure Rain is a mildly entertaining, yet completely forgettable experience.
Gonzo’s Quest receives yet another reskin, this time with Chinese flair that rolls out the clichés.