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Batman and The Riddler Riches Review

  • 24 Aug 2023
  • David
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“We’ve come a long way from the Prime Minister’s exploding cake. Or have we?”

 

Batman And The Riddler Riches is a 3 rows, 5 reels game in which you play all 243 ways.  The theme for the game is the old Batman television show.  The symbol animations are only done when you win a large amount, or when you win during the free spins bonus, and then, only the major symbols animate.  The minor symbols just swing when you get a winning combination.  The game offers 2 different types of free games and a picking bonus.  During my session, I only got to see the picking bonus and the multiplier free games.  I never got to see the sticky wild free games.  The game is a ways game that also offers tumbling reels when you get a winning combination.  I personally find the old Batman television show to be super cheesy, and I cannot sit down to watch a single episode to its conclusion, but if you are nostalgic for the old Batman show, perhaps you will find this game aesthetically pleasing.

 

Personal judgments about the old show aside, this game does have its appeal.  You are always eligible to win 1 of 4 progressive jackpots.  The wins aren’t very big, but they are frequent, so if you are looking to prolong your time on device, this game seems to deliver.  I liked the picking bonus.  I like pick bonuses where you pick until you match an award.  My reason for liking these bonuses is because I get something to do as the player, as opposed to watching reels spin again, and again.  I am not sure how much luck had to do with the number of bonus triggers I saw, but I got 4 triggers, and from each trigger, I got very high awards.  Finally, although I spent the vast majority of my session on the negative side of the return, my session ended well positive.  The help screens are concise, and complete.

 

The game is rather boring to look at.¬† The background is a checkerboard with question marks (Riddler theme).¬† It is not easy to decipher how much your bet multiplier is.¬† You always play 243 ways, and the unit bet is 25 cents.¬† I was betting a Euro on each game, so my multiplier was 4.¬† Meaning that if I won a combination that paid 10 times my bet multiplier, I would get 40 cents.¬† In the old show, Robin used to always exclaim to¬†Batman: ‚ÄúHoly such, and such,¬†Batman‚Ķ‚ÄĚ On the top of the game board, from time to time you will see a phrase like: ‚ÄúHoly Jackpots,¬†Batman‚ÄĚ which just caused me to roll my eyes.¬†There was one particular idiosyncracie that I did not like.¬† I never got bonus symbols after a tumble, which leads me to believe that after combinations are evaluated, the replenishing pool is different from the pool that originally fills the board.¬† To further strengthen my belief, I noticed that if there was any win at all, and the original board contained bonus symbols, the bonus symbols would always be removed alongside the winning symbols, unless there was a bonus trigger, in which case they remained on the board until the rest of the wins ran out, then I‚Äôd get the bonus.

 
 

 

‚Ķfrom time to time you will see a phrase like: ‚ÄúHoly Jackpots, Batman‚ÄĚ which just caused me to roll my eyes

During the Multiplier Free games, reel tumbles are called ‚Äúwaves‚ÄĚ.¬† During the first wave, you have a 1x multiplier.¬† If you get past the first wave (By winning something), then you get a 2x multiplier.¬† On the third wave you get a 3x multiplier, and if you win on the third wave, the multiplier goes to 5x, and stays there, until your winning waves stop, then the multiplier goes back down to 1 for the next spin. I never got to see the sticky wilds free games, which is a shame.¬† The description of the bonus seems clear enough, which leaves me with a bone to pick.¬† The wilds land on the board and stick for 3 waves.¬† I am guessing that if the symbol below a wild is involved in a winning combination, the wild sitting on top of the symbol will drop after the below symbol disappears.¬† My complaint is that after the third wave, all sticky wilds are removed.¬† In other words, even if the wild is not in a winning combination after the third wave, you lose the wild.

 
 
 

As with so many licence¬†tie-ins, it never really feels like the design team¬†did anything other than producing another production line video slot and apply the Batman¬†paint to¬†it. With¬†source material so strong and varied you¬†could have really gone to¬†town here and built some really nice thematic¬†bonuses with progressive pick elements‚ĶAfter-all you¬†step into the shoes of the caped crusader and you have a wealth of villain¬†material to utilise. I was hoping that was a slot to test the¬†water before the subsequent titles came through, but looking at those they seem very¬†much ‚Äėrun of the mill‚Äô offerings. In conclusion, the game is not very visually appealing which is a shame given the licence. The bonuses are nothing new but I do think frequency and high pays¬†help to make up for the lack of creativity here. As you can see from my play session, the maths is such that it makes your money last a decent amount of time and you can play a long time in this slot, especially if you don‚Äôt commit a large amount on each game; the only question is, do you want to?

6

MEDIOCRE

  • presentation : 5
  • accessibility : 7
  • features : 8
  • uniqueness : 3
  • enjoyment : 7

GOOD

  • Straightforward design, easy to follow
  • Flashbacks to classical fruit games
  • Energetic music and soundtrack

BAD

  • Theme is very basic
  • Not very original

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