Like in all of their video pokie games, Thunderkick incorporated high level of details along with superb animations creating a dark, murky video pokie game that can have you spinning for very long sessions. With a minimum bet of only $0.10 and a maximum of $100, The Rift is a game suitable for all levels of bankroll.
What We love
Dark themed video pokies are one of our favorites so thumbs up for the theme. Visually the game looks great and can be compared to many top pokie games from other software providers. The bonus round is also great. It would be interesting to see the top 5 scatters on the reels and the maximum 20 free spins.
The best feature of the game are the sticky wilds of course. Despite the fact they go away when they complete a win, it’s great that the rest stay on the reels and can contribute to future combinations. Also getting 2 extra free spins and an extra wild for every 3 scatters collected seems like a fair deal. In general we like the overall game concept with a few minor details.
What we Do not Like
First thing we don’t like is the pay table. Landing 5 wild symbols on a pay line and getting only a 30 x bet win is not something we are used to when it comes to this symbol.
Also there is no multiplier added to the free spins bonus round. Another detail we noticed is that getting to the final level in the Seal feature, even with 1 free spin left, seems very hard to trigger.
After testing the game for real play and looking at the overall concept our opinions are divided. We put in a big number of spins and only got small to medium wins. The Rift seems like a mid to high variance pokie awarding small and medium wins, but certainly has the potential to pay big.
The bonus round seems very easy to trigger but like we said getting to the last level with the 3 extra wilds seems impossible. The scatter symbols just don’t land so often to go all the way. Still this is only with the minimum 10 free spins. We didn’t manage to trigger a feature starting with 15 or 20 free spins.
If this happens we believe it is imminent that you will unlock the last level of the Seal feature and will get a big win on your screen. Our biggest win was about 100 x bet, which is nothing too impressive. Still, considering the big number of spins and the high bet level, we were down in balance for only about 20% which is great if you are playing with a bonus and need help in wagering.
Whether the game will continue to pay this way remains to be seen, but we hope to witness a full screen of wilds and an ultra big win on our screen soon.