A cheeky leprechaun who runs his own brewery is our host in Rainbrew, a 5 reel, 243 ways to win video slot from Just For The Win and Microgaming. Land special wilds to activate the horizontally spinning reels above and below the main set which offer 576 and 1,125 ways to win. Rainbrew also comes with a bonus round that awards 6 or 10 free spins on the 1,125 ways to win machine. Boosting your chances here are expanding wilds. Play on all devices from between 10p and £100 per spin.
The design here is simple but good enough – the reels are set within a brewery so you’ll see plenty of pipes and barrels. On those reels you’ll see lower value Celtic-style symbols as well as tankards, beer kegs and an elf. The lucky leprechaun is the most rewarding symbol. Land 3, 4 or 5 on adjacent reels and you’ll pocket an award of 2, 5 or 8 times your bet.
In addition to the standard rainbow wild are 2 other wilds. Appearing on reel 2 only is the blue Top Wild while on reel 4 is the green Bottom Wild. These extra wilds are the key to unlocking 1 of Rainbrew’s main extras.
Sidewinder feature – when the blue Top Wild lands, it opens up the top horizontal reel above the main reels. The green Bottom Wild does the same for the horizontal reel below the main set. With 1 of the horizontal reels active, the number of ways to win increases to 576. With both in play, you’ll spin in a 1,125 ways to win machine.
Rainbrew also comes with a Free Spins feature – landing 3 or 4 Rainbrew symbols on the same spin will get you 6 or 10 free spins. These are played out on the fully expanded 1,125 ways to win machine with both of the horizontally spinning reels active.
If you land a wild in the same position on the top and bottom horizontal reels on the same free spin, they will combine to create a stacked wild reel. Hope to see the Rainbrew symbol land on the horizontal reels as 1 extra free spin is added to your total whenever they do. You can get up to 3 stacked wilds in total which can dish out wins of up to 2,720 times your bet on each free spin.
The visuals are pretty typical for a leprechaun-themed video slot. The gameplay offers something a little bit different though courtesy of the expanding game engine and the horizontal reels. This isn’t usually one of our favourites theme. Rainbrew doesn’t overload the clichés though which is certainly a positive. The features aren’t bad either. If you’re after a fresh take on this popular theme, then Rainbrew offers just that. Alternatively, Barcrest’s Rainbow Riches is the original favourite.