Rat Riches, which was released on July 31, 2020 by Hacksaw Gaming is, a plain online scratch card game adaptation of the zodiacal rat. Relax Gaming supplies it. Eleven other animals are synonymous with the Chinese zodiac, wherein years 2021 and 2021 are associated with the fortunate and energetic rat. Therefore, the themes are: Feng Shui ideology, horoscope, Chinese philosophy, and the Chinese cosmological principle called yang.
Apt for low rollers but with a discouraging RTP rate, Rat Riches is one of the 40+ scratch card games in the developer’s portfolio. Shave the Sheep (July 2020) is another Chinese zodiac-inspired scratch card game from Hacksaw Gaming, which also owns three Feng Shui-based scratch games titled Gold Coins (March 2020), Frogs Scratch (April 2020), and Koi Cash (January 2020).
The rival games of Rat Riches include Dog ‘n’ Roll (June 2015) from Cozy, 7 Piggies Scratchcard (June 2020) from Pragmatic Play, and Friends Scratch Card Game (April 2017) from CR Games. Players are required to scratch and expose three similar numbers.
Rat Riches Game Characteristics
Rat Riches has a frameless and non-partitioned cream 3X3 grid that is hidden under a black-and-gray photomontage comprising of nine rats. The merged rats’ outlines form an irregular grid that is set on a teal background.
Unfortunately, there is one lowly bet amount—the $2.00 bet is displayed at bottom left. Luckily, there are twelve numbers—and also their own payouts—that should be matched: $0.50 (lowest payout), $1.00, $5.00, $10.00, $25.00, $50.00, $100.00, $1000.00, $5000.00, $10000.00, $50000.00, and $100000.00.
When the Rat Riches game loads, it prompts a player to choose their preferred playing procedure—physically or automated scratching. The player manually scratches the virtual card by repeatedly circling a finger over the black-and-gray photomontage until the entire creamy content is revealed. Alternatively, players can click the adjacent green-and-white “scratch all” button to automate the scratching process.
Players purchase new scratch cards—except during the automated spins—after every non-automated game round by pressing the green-and-white “buy” button. Consequently, the nearby green-and-white “A” button has seven batches of autoplay rounds—10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 500, and 100. The autoplay’s loss limits are 5X bet, 20X bet, X50 bet, “no limit”, or any preset amount; the win limits are X10 bet, X20 bet, X75 bet, “no limit”, or a present amount.
Rat Riches’ non-progressive jackpot is $100000.00, which is emblazoned atop the unscratched photomontage. Rat Riches has a simple software with few features. There are prompts like “match 3 to win”, “start scratching”, “play again!”, “you won…congratulations”, “place your bets!”, and “good luck!” It lacks ambient background music. Sound effects: screaking, jingling, scratchy sound, and chinking.
The slot title’s Hanzi logographic font is a pointer to its Chinese connection. The 2D graphics are not animated, apart from the scratch-off ink that has a falling down effect.
Luck in Rat Riches
A game of chance, Rat Riches is a turn-off because of its extremely low return to player rate of 52.66%. Its house edge is 47.34%.