River of Riches is among the five slot games—together with Ariana, Adventure Palace, Big Chef, and Penguin Splash—that Microgaming released on May 6, 2015. River of Riches, which bears “A Rabcat production” marking, is among the over ten Riches-branded slot games in Microgaming Quickfire’s portfolio; the others include Roman Riches (March 2000), Humpty Dumpty Wild Riches (October 2017), Riviera Riches (June 2011), Life of Riches (January 2017), and Jewel Quest Riches (August 2017).
The River of Riches’ official synopsis on Rabcat’s website credits an ancient Egyptians’ myth for its inspiration, wherein explorers venture into a famed and mysterious underground river that is literally known as the River of Riches. Does the river, which is reportedly overflowing with molten gold instead of water, even exist? In the wake of the numerous greedy prospectors who have mysteriously died before reporting about its existence, courageous River of Riches players embark on risky fact-finding missions, and, in their sojourn, match two, three, four, or five symbols whose winnings can be gambled.
River of Riches Game Characteristics
Exclusive to desktop players, River of Riches’ 5X3 grid supports twenty-five adjustable pay lines. The eleven River of Riches symbols are: 10, J, Q, K, a pyramid against sunset, a jet-black skin beetle, the ankh sign (hooped cross), a pharaoh in a Nemes headdress, a (scatter and a ten free spins-triggering symbol) ruby crystal ball atop a golden idol, a “Wild” neo-modern explorer, and a “fixed Wild” molten gold-colored symbol.
The River of Riches’ pay lines and bet values are set at 25 and $0.01, respectively, by default; but the players can lessen the lines to as low as one line, and the bet values can be upped to as high as $2.00. The complete listing of bet values has $0.01, $0.02, $0.05, $0.10, $0.20, $0.25, $0.50, $1.00, and $2.00. Thus, River of Riches’ minimum total bet is $0.01 and, based on pressing the “maxbet” icon, its maximum total bet is $50.00.
The “i” icon at the bottom right corner of the interface shows a dynamic pay table whose respective rates—such as for the $50.00 maximum bet—for two, three, four, and five matching symbols, are: Symbol “10” pays $4.00, $8.00, $20.00, and $40.00; J offers $4.00, $8.00, $40.00, and $100.00; Q offers $0.00, $10.00, $40.00, and $200.00; K gives $0.00, $20.00, $40.00, and $400.00; the pyramid give $0.00, $20.00, $100.00, and $500.00; the skin beetle offers $0.00, $20.00, $150.00, and $500.00; the ankh cross gives $0.00, $30.00, $200.00, and $1000.00; and the pharaoh offers $4.00, $50.00, $200.00, and $2000.00.
Of course, the ruby crystal ball has the highest payouts for two, three, four, and five matching symbols as its payouts (based on a $50.00 bet) are $100.00, $200.00, $500.00, and—a non-progressive jackpot amounting to—$2500.00.
With a good software, the River of Riches’ sound effects makes a player re-imagine the recreated myth, thanks to the sandy riverbank between the river’s two vents, the eroded ancient sculptures, and the molten golden “waterfall”. The 3D realistic graphics integrate well the modern era and the ancient time-frames, particularly due to the contrasting fashionably dressed explorer and hieroglyphics.
Luck in River of Riches
A game of chance, River of Riches’s RTP rate and house edge are 96.00% and 4.00%.