The Rift Pokie Review
Lurking from a misty back alley in a small town, Thunderkick brings us The Rift, an online pokie with a dark theme but with a very interesting game play. The designers really put in much effort with the visual effects so The Rift has some great animations which make it very attractive at first sight. The background music reminds us of some scene in a horror movie, so there is a lot of tension in the air present as you spin the reels.
This pokie is designed by Thunderkick software. They are a well-known software provider in the industry, even though they don’t have a big number of online pokies. Still the games coming from this software provider have a very interesting design and unique bonus rounds. This is why there are a big number of players that want to try out the pokie games coming from Thunderkick.
How to Play
This online pokie has only 17 active pay lines and their number can’t be altered. Players can only manipulate the bet size which goes from as low as 10 cents up to $100. This way each player can try The Rift for real play no matter what his bankroll and ambitions are. If you are a fan of long playing sessions then the auto play button will come in handy, as you sit back and relax to watch the show.
About The Game
Coins Range:0.01 to 2.00
Fee Spins/Multiplier Better:25/No
Like in all pokies the main symbols here are the wild and the scatter. There are two bonus features and both of them are triggered by the scatter symbol. If you get 2 of them anywhere on the reels you will trigger the Re-Spin feature. Here you get one re-spin with 1-3 extra wilds on the reels depending on which level is filled in The Rift Seal.
If you have any wilds on the reels in the triggering spin they will be held in place for the re-spin, if they don’t contribute in any winning combination. This is the main feature of the wild symbol in the bonus rounds.
They are held in place until they substitute in a winning combination. Once they do, they spin away from the reels for the following spin. The second bonus feature is a classic free spins bonus. It is triggered if you get 3, 4 or 5 scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. This awards 10, 15 or 20 free spins accordingly.
In the free spins feature the Rift Seal is active and you have to collect scatter symbols in order to unlock the Seal awards. There are 3 levels in total and each is unlocked after you collect 3 scatter symbols and each awards extra 2 free spins.
Each level also unlocks extra wild symbols starting from 1 to 3 for the last level. This means that with each unlocked level you get extra wild symbols for every spin and all unused wilds from the previous spin are transferred to the next. This makes the bonus round very interesting and with a big potential for some great payouts.
We don’t have any information what is the maximum possible payout from this pokie, so we have to rely on the pay table and the bonus features to find out. The pay table is a bit weak. The highest paying symbol is the book and the wild, both have a 30 x bet payout for 5 of them on a winning pay line. This could be higher, but the bonus round has the potential for big wins over 1,000 x bet especially if you trigger it with 4 or 5 scatters on the reels.
The Rift seems like an interesting pokie with the potential to pay big. Still the pay table is weak considering the 30 x bet for 5 of the highest paying symbols. We had to put this game to the test and the results were that The Rift seems like a mid to high variance game. Winnings are often and small to medium so our bankroll was even for a big number of spins.
This means it is great for wagering some big bonus amount, while we didn’t get any big wins in the bonus round. There were a few 100 x bet wins, but the last level of The Rift Seal seems impossible to unlock. It seems that this is only possible if you trigger the bonus with 15 or 20 free spins. This way you have the biggest chance to unlock all levels in The Rift Seal and have a few spins left with 3 extra wilds added in every spin.