I’ve been waiting for soooo long, but finally we get it: a brand new game from Thunderkick – The Rift. Currently available only in the fun mode, the game will be released for real-money mode in May, but I had to check it one way or another, even simply for fun.
The Rift has 5 reels and 17 (strange number, don’t you think?) paylines. The action of the game takes place on the murky road where one day a strange rift appears, “feeding on all the world’s magical artifacts”. The players’ task is to collect them before they are sucked through, to the mysterious “other side”. I just love that theme! So gloomy, mysterious and horror-like atmosphere, I am sure Thunderkick did their best to think the theme through! And most importantly, there are no fruit and diamond symbols on the reels – I’m so grateful! Instead, the reels offer such symbols as strange coins, magic books, shining watches and a mysterious octopuses. All this placed on the dark background and equipped with eye-catching animations. Can you ask for more? For me, it was an instant love!
There are also some interesting special features such as wilds, scatters and free spins.
The Wild symbol substitutes for all other icons, if wild symbol combined with at least one more symbol it substitutes for form a winning pay line.
The logo of the game is a Bonus symbol. When you catch 2 of them on the reels, you win a Rift Spin. If you stop the reels with 3 or more bonus symbols, you win the bonus game. Any additional bonus symbol adds 5 more free spins. The initial number of free spins in the bonus game depends on the number of bonus symbol. So, you get 20 free spins for 5 bonus symbols, 15 for 4, 10 for 3 and 1 for 2. Once a Rift Spin is triggered, any wild not appearing on a winning payline becomes a sticky wild. 1-3 more sticky wilds can be placed randomly on the reels. Sticky wilds occur in the Rift spin round in the bonus game. The sticky symbols lock onto their positions and stay sticky for the rest of the game round or until they for a winning combination.
All Bonus symbols that occur on the reels activate 1 step on the Rift seal until the seal is full. Every third step grants 2 more free spins and add 1 more sticky wild to every remaining spin of the bonus game.
What I saw while playing the fun mode of the game made me feel certain that I would try it in the real-money mode later on. I like the theme and bonuses available in the Rift slot, so I am sure I will enjoy it.