Life of Riches pokie review

Life of Riches pokie review

We’ve all spent far too long day dreaming about what we’d buy if we won big on the pokies. Now Microgaming want to show you what the wealthy enjoy on its Life of Riches pokie. The theme isn’t original – NetEnt offers a similar theme on the progressive Mega Fortune, which Aussies can no longer play – but the features make for a refreshing change.

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As with most Microgaming slots releases these days, you can play the title on your desktop or mobile device.

Life of Riches format

Format of Microgaming's Life of Riches
Click AutoPlay so you don’t have to keep pressing spin.

Microgaming aren’t one for detailed backdrops to set the scene. Instead they keep it simple with the graphical appeal won by the reels. The backdrop features a red pattern, and it does tie into the theme due to the luxurious feel.

The 5 reels, featuring 30 paylines, are bright with the function buttons placed below as usual. You can adjust the coin size from 0.01 to 0.25 and choose between one to 10 coins to play per line. The 30 paylines aren’t fixed so you can adjust these too – though it is a good idea to play them all for your best chances at winning.

The minimum bet for Life of Riches is $0.01 with one payline, one coin and the coin size set at 0.01, while the maximum bet is $75 with all 30 paylines, all 10 coins in play and the coin size set at 0.25. Play around with these buttons until you get your desired bet and then press spin to start gambling.

Microgaming has also included AutoPlay here where you can pick up to 100x spins to spin automatically or customise it to stop on a certain win amount or when you click stop.

Life of Riches symbols

Symbols on Life of Riches
Wilds are the star of the show of Life of Riches.

This is where Microgaming rubs it in your face about all the things you don’t have in life. From private planes to the chance to go out to the golf course every day, the luxuries are represented on the reels. But if you manage to win the 2,400,000 coins here you may be able to one day.

Finally the low paying symbols in this real money slots game aren’t represented by the traditional 10-A symbols – our guess is the wealthy wouldn’t stand for such peasantry. Instead they are represented by the travel essentials (passport, sunnies and watch), the suitcases, the yacht, the fancy car and the private plane.

The middle paying symbols are represented by five animated girls – which we are guessing would be quite attractive in reality – offering drinks, golf sticks, driving the car, welcoming you on board, and holding casino chips.

Both the low and medium paying symbols require at least three of a kind for a payout.

The high paying symbols includes the Wild, which is the logo of the pokie, and the Scatter which is the plane with the world surrounding it. You only need two of a kind of these symbols to get a payout. They also each perform a function.

The Wild substitutes for all symbols except the Scatter and will see a 2x multiplier applied if it appears on a winning payline. It also appears Stacked during the Free Spins feature with a 4x multiplier applied when appearing on a winning payline.

The Scatter can appear Stacked in both the base game and the Free Spins feature and at least three triggers 10 Free Spins with a 2x multiplier.

Features triggered on Life of Riches

Features on Life of Riches
Win 10 free spins with up to a 4x multiplier.

Microgaming knows what its players like and that’s free spins. The title includes these and while it is the only bonus feature which can be triggered Stacked Wilds improve the wins.

Spin at least three Scatter symbols to trigger the Free Spins feature where the backdrop transforms into a purple colour scheme and 10 Free spins with a 2x multiplier will be awarded.

The Wild is important here as every time is substitutes for another symbol and completes a winning payline a 4x multiplier is applied instead of a 2x multiplier, offering big wins. The Wild can appear Stacked too for bigger payouts.

The Free Spins feature can also be re-triggered.

Audio and graphics on Life of Riches

Graphics on Life of Riches
The state-of-the-art graphics on Life of Riches by Microgaming.

Microgaming know how to develop good looking graphics and the fact there’s no 10-A symbols to interrupt the theme makes this a fun title to look at. The graphics are a bit much – the wealthy getting everything done for them by an attractive woman is a bit outdated – but if you can look past this, or even enjoy this, you will appreciate the visuals.

The audio is a bit unique – it almost sounds like an electronic dance soundtrack which in no way makes any sense to the theme. It might get you in the mood for a big win though as it is quite suspenseful. Mute it in the top right hand corner if you aren’t a fan.

Our final thoughts

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We triggered the Free Spins feature easily but we noticed Wilds were scarce despite the fact they appear Stacked and see a 4x multiplier applied. We won a lot regardless – over 2000 coins – but it would’ve been better with the 4x multiplier attached.

We went back to the base game and played a few more rounds, triggering the free spins and while the Wilds appeared, they didn’t always complete a winning payline which was a bit annoying. They did a few times and we received an alright payout, but interestingly not as good as the first.

This title is your classic Microgaming game, but if you want some inspiration and the chance to win big give it a spin at Royal Vegas Casino.