Stacks of Riches gameplay
It would take longer to describe what you won't find in Stacks of Riches, than to outline what features it has got. You're not going to find animation, games within games, quests, sticky or expanding reels, fancy themes, splitting symbols or any other sophisticated features. In other words, Stacks of Riches is simple. In fact, it's so simple that it's pretty much a vintage fruit machine game. It offers five reels and three rows, as well as ten paylines - you can't adjust the number of paylines.
However, it does have some differences from the newer video slots. In Stacks of Riches, the winning combinations can be from right to left as well as left to right.
Maybe we were being a bit unfair in emphasising the lack of fancy features in Stacks of Riches. It does have a duplicating reels feature which can deliver a very nice payout.
It also looks good. The old physical fruit machines just had flat graphics, lit up in an attempt to make them more exciting. Stacks of Riches does as much as you can do with the traditional symbols, in terms of glowing 3D, and brightly coloured graphics. All the symbols are shown at an angle which gives them a somewhat chirpy air. And there's lashings of gold. You wouldn't say the grapes look good enough to eat but they certainly look good enough to take down to the gold dealer. Relax Gaming was based in Estonia, so maybe that's what the grapes look like over there.
Symbol payouts in Stacks of Riches
The purple reels have a choice selection of traditional slot machine fruit - cherries, grapes and plums, along with lemons and melons. There are lucky red "7" symbols too. There are no fancy payout schemes, so let's look at what you can actually win. Bear in mind that the bet can be anything between 10p and £100 per spin. Although you don't have to sweat it out, because no matter what level of bet you choose, you're playing for free!!!
The lowest of the low in the fruit kingdom turn out to be the grapes and the plums. Land three plums or three grapes and you'll get 0.5 times your wager. Land four plums or four grapes and you'll get one times your wager. Five plums or five grapes rewards you with 2.5 times your bet.
Moving up our hierarchy of fruit, you get a better class of payout with the lemon and the melon. Land three lemons or three melons and you'll get 0.6 times your wager. Better than the cherries but nothing to write home about, let's face it. Land four lemons or four melons and you'll get 1.5 times your wager. Five lemons or five melons rewards you with four times your bet - now we're talking, this is much more worthwhile.
Have we got our five a day yet? Nearly, but not quite - we forgot the vintage cherries, best paying of all the fruit. Land five cherries and you'll get 0.8 times your stake. Four cherries pay out at a level of twice your stake. And taking the pip are five cherries, paying out at five times your stake. That's us done with the fruit - any more and we'll be full up!
But there's one more traditional fruit machine symbol, and that's the famous bell, seen on every vintage machine from Acapulco to Zabrze (it's a city in Poland, before you ask). Three bells get you once your bet, four bells pay 2.5 times your bet and five bells pay six times your bet.
The symbol that will make you happier than any fruit bowl, is the lucky 7. This red beauty pays 2.5 for three 7s, 7.5 for four 7s and a brilliant 12.5 for five 7s.
The highest paying symbol though, is the diamond. Three of these will get you five times your stake. And we're not messing about here - four diamonds bring you in 20 times your stake. And five of these sparklers will get you 30 times your stake. Definitely a girl's best friend in this game. And a boy's too!
Features in Stacks of Riches
Um yes - well there aren't any really. Not unless you count the Duplicate Stack feature - go on then, we don't want to be unfair, and the game is called "Stacks of Riches", so let's take a look. This feature involves reels 1 and 3 or reels 3 and 5 - you'll see why in a minute.
If you can get a stack of the same symbol on reels 1 and 3 or on 3 and 5, it triggers the feature. When 1 and 3 trigger the feature, reel 2 is where the action happens. When reels 3 and 5 trigger the feature, reel 4 is where the action is. The symbols on the reel between change into the same symbol as the reels on either side of it. That creates bigger winning combinations.
And in terms of features, that's it. Did we mention it was simple? Possibly. It's a blast from the past really - it seems to come from an age when people were a lot more easily amused. It does have a jackpot, of 250, but there are no free spins or multipliers.
Maybe this is the type of slot Einstein would have enjoyed after he'd spent the day wrestling with relativity theory. "Enough of all that physics," we can hear him saying, "I need to unwind, bring me my mobile and tablet, and I'll have a few rounds of Stacks of Riches using that great Relax Gaming HTML5 app".
Or maybe not.
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Vintage fruit machine slots like Stacks of Riches
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If it's riches that really attract you (come on, be honest, you're among friends), then the Mega Fortune play free slot is definitely worth a visit. It's from the alchemists at NetEnt, so have they managed to create gold out of the mundane of our daily lives? Possibly they have. Enter the world of the limo, the gold watch, the designer cufflinks, the yacht and the game of roulette - you've arrived!
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Ever had too much champagne and felt the room spinning? Well in Mega Fortune, the champagne bottles do exactly the same thing - they create spins, free ones in this case! And there's a huge plus - you don't have a hangover afterwards.
To sum up
Stacks of Riches pays homage to the great tradition of fruit machines, beloved of people all over the world. People say that the internet has created constant change, but it's amazing how even in a fast moving industry like online gaming, some things endure. For all fans of the vintage pub fruities, Stacks of Riches is a must.
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