Imperial Riches Slot Machine
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You know that NetEnt pays a lot of attention on the visual representation in its slots. Well, its newest Imperial Riches slot is really something when it comes to graphics. It is a visual masterpiece, enhanced with the Avalanche game engine, two fixed and three progressive jackpots! All in one, right?
Central to the gameplay is the Avalanche mechanics, used in many other slots by NetEnt. This means that all symbols that form part of a winning combo are removed from the reels to make room for other symbols to fall in their place, which can lead to further new wins. The Gong is the Wild in the slot, which only appears on the middle reels, and can help you out greatly in the creation of these wins.
Now, the Lantern is the Scatter which helps you trigger the bonus game. Land 3, 4 or 5 of them to get 10, 15 or 20 Free Spins, respectively, in the Free Falls feature. During this feature, you need to collect Jewels, and that’s your only responsibility. The Jewels appear after every winning combo you make, so make sure to make as many combos as you can to collect those Jewels.
You’ll need the Jewels for the next feature, the Lucky Pond bonus game. Just as the Free Falls finishes, the Lucky Pond starts. Now, the Jewels that you accumulate drop down into the pond which can be eaten by either the bonus or the coin fish. If the bonus fish gobbles three Jewels, you go straight to the star jackpot game. If the coin fish eats a Jewel, you get a cash prize of up to 1x.
If you’re lucky enough to see the bonus fish eat the necessary number of Jewels, you get access to the Jackpot Game. Here, a massive pond of five different jackpot fishes and coin fish appears. There are 50 fixed Jewels at the beginning, which are dropped and eaten by the fishes. Again, if a coin fish eats a Jewel, you get anything between 1.33x and 2.66x the stake. If the jackpot fishes eat Jewels, the indicator will show you the amount of jackpot you receive, depending on how many Jewels the corresponding jackpot fish has eaten.
The two fixed jackpots are the Rapid $100.00 and the Mini $500.00. The three local progressive jackpots, however, can deliver staggering wins, depending on the online casino where the game is hosted. You’ll be at the edge of your seat with excitement seeing the Jewels drop down and waiting for the Mega Jackpot fish to eat them!
Theme & Design
The theme in Imperial Riches is an obvious one, revolving around the Asian culture. You will see all the symbolism on the reels and the background, all familiar symbols that are present in many Chinese-themed slots. But you will also notice that the different backgrounds are designed to perfection, the pond, the lanterns, the Koi fish and the Chinese temples. Even the 96.88% RTP has the 88 number which presents a symbol of fortune in the Chinese culture!
The lowest-paying symbols that you will see on the reels are the playing card Royals. The higher-paying ones are the gold coins, bamboo plants and ingots. The most valuable symbol is the Golden Fish, giving you 100x the stake for a 5-of-a-kind combo.
Wagering & Paylines
There are 15 paylines in Imperial Riches, where you can place bets that start from $0.15 and go no more than $30.00. The Chinese-inspired RTP of 96.88% is more than rewarding, so in terms of wagering and Return to Play percentage, the game is incredible.
As far as payouts go, you will get 100x the stake for the best combo with the highest-paying Golden Fish symbol. This means that you could get $3,000.00 from a single combo with the Golden Fish. Now, the maximum you can get in terms of payouts from the game is 1,500x the stake, which translates to $45,000.00. But should you get to the Jackpot Game, payouts of over $125,000.00 could be yours, depending on how big the jackpot pot is at the moment when you’re playing.
Bottom line, Imperial Riches does justice to its theme from the very beginning up to the very end. The symbolism is inevitable, and we loved the fact that even the RTP is related to the theme. On the other hand, the base game payout of 1,500x the stake is not at all attractive. However, should you get one of the progressive jackpots, the game will be more than rewarding. So, the best thing you can do is try it out and see for yourself. The max bet is pretty decent, $30.00, so give it a try.