When is a slot machine not a slot machine? Perhaps when it’s Playtech’s new Rubik’s Riches online slot machine. In real life the Rubik’s Cube has been making something of a comeback in recent years but it’s heyday was back in the 1980s. Were you one of those talented kids who could complete the thing one-handed in twenty-three seconds? We certainly weren’t but we quickly found out how to pull it apart and put it back together, sometimes without losing any bits.
Rubik’s Riches is an interesting concept for a slot machine; the usual five slots are dispensed with altogether and replaced a big Rubik’s Cube in the centre of the screen. Pressing the ‘spin’ button will perform a random shuffle of the cube and when the dust has settled any lines or faces that are all one colour will win you some money. If you complete correctly coloured faces enough times you will win 5x, 20x or 1000x your stake respectively. 18 lines wins you the jackpot of 4000x your stake.
The nature of the cube means that symbols do not come into play in this game but that doesn’t mean there’s not a bit more to it than just matching colours. The bonus game is triggered when you manage to light all six letters of the word ‘Rubik’s’ at the top of the screen. You are then presented with the opportunity to peel off a sticker (remember doing that?) and this will reveal whether you get free spins or extra cubes. Keep peeling the stickers until you reveal one that says ‘start’.
It’s now possible to have up to nine cubes spinning in front of you and hence nine more chances to win money; the cubes will now begin to spin automatically for the number of free spins you won. If you manage to light up the ‘Ribik’s’ letters again you’ll get some more cubes or free spins added.
Betting amounts are pretty simple in this game and there’s only one bet level. You just decide what stake you want to wager and the amounts vary from 0.20 coins to 500 coins. The jackpot is 4000x your stake.