Happy Riches

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Overview of Happy Riches

Happy Riches is the latest release from the development team at NetEnt, however this is not a new slot per se as NetEnt have used their reskinning skills and reinvented this slot for the Asian market. NetEnt have used Flowers, a cheerful title (2013) from their back catalogue to be reborn.

The slot has had the aesthetics stripped bare, but they have kept the mechanics and features and they have added lots of Asian imagery to give the game a real face lift. This style of slot must be a formula for success and revenue as there are many of this style of slot filtering onto the market. Obviously, it is far easier and quicker to reskin a slot rather than creating it from scratch and whilst it is easy to be cynical when this type of recreation happens often but I would rather leave the judgements until the end to see how this slot fares.

Theme and Symbols

When it comes to visual appeal Happy Riches is far less original than the predecessor and it does lack the charm of the Flowers’ game symbols. The symbols in Flowers displayed emotion such as a frown or a smile which gave the slot personality. Happy Riches sees the pay table start with the usual royal playing card symbols Jack through to Ace and they are completed with some Eastern style. The higher paying symbols make things more interesting as they can land singularly or in pairs. They are both the same 1x1 in size, however if a tile holds two of the same symbols it counts as two symbols. In the higher paying symbols, you can expect to come across oranges, cymbals, koi fish, lanterns, and a lucky cat, you know the one that sits there and waves at you.

Game Play and Theme

This simple slot plays over 5-reels and three rows, with reels that are a blue, purple mix in colour and are framed by a Chinese pagoda structure, the background is made up of fluffy clouds and this is finished off nicely with a soundtrack that is well suited. The original slot (Flowers) had the pay line numbers next to the reels, whilst Happy Riches has a sign which just says, “30 lines” on both pillars flanking the reels. Apart from this small detail you will get the same menu bar located at the bottom of the screen, which is a good way to pay respect to the past.

Betting and RTP

When it comes to the placing your bets you can choose levels from 1 to 5, and use coins that are valued from just 0.01 up to 0.50 and the combinations that are available will provide you with bets that total 30p per spin up to a total of £75 per spin. Whilst this may not be that attractive to the high rollers it should fare well and amass a good following.
The statistics that have been deduced from the math is interesting. To begin with, there is a solid return to player of 96.32% and the slot is classed as medium to high volatility. There is no doubt though that the slot will be immensely popular as it provides a steady stream of wins at 44.96%.

How to Win

The aim of the game is to land three or more matching symbols on a pay line to activate a win, however, due to the double symbols, and this means that you can land combinations of up to 10 different wins on a single pay line. The most valuable win comes from the waving cat which is worth 66x your stake if you land all ten.

The pay table is completed by the wild which is represented by a gold dragon and the wild can substitute for all the symbols to create winning combinations apart from the scatter. The wild is also the most valuable symbol paying a massive 166x your stake when you land just five and it also has extra ability in the features which we can look at later.

Game Features

The key element that runs along with the double symbols is a round of free spins. The free spins symbol is the scatter and when you land three you will be rewarded with a pay out of between 2x to 10x your bet. If you get lucky and land four or more the free spins are triggered. The scatter can land singularly or doubly which means that landing 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 scatters will reward you with 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 free spins, respectively.

Whilst you are playing the free spins, two things can happen that will help to boost your returns and win rate. The first is that you can land the wild in stacks of 2 or 3 which means that they can cover the entire reel/s. The coin wins that you amass in the spins will have a x3 multiplier added to them. Scatter symbols can appear in the free spins and the feature will be extended if you manage to land four or more in view.

Conclusion

Happy Riches is all that you could expect from a reskin/remake. The visuals are good even though the slot is basic, and the features are rewarding when they go your way. I found the slot entertaining and it will entertain players that are looking for an Asian light-hearted slot with easy gameplay. The original slot was incredibly popular first time around and remains one of the most popular NetEnt games still today, so there is little chance of anything going wrong with this remake.

The potential could be what attracts some players however this may not be what it first seems, as the correct math would show that landing a whole screen of wilds on a single free spin would pay out approximately 15,000x your stake. However, you do need to keep in mind that during millions of spins the game only paid out about 2,000x the stake tops. Therefore, my advice would be to use the realistic numbers to base your decisions on, and due to this Happy Riches may lose some of the appeal it may have.
The high hit rate when combined with the double symbols may hold huge appeal with the players that are also big fans of this genre, otherwise it is a cheap, generic and cheerful Asian clone that has little in terms of excitement to offer.

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