A Mystic Mess
Before we lay into Mystic Riches some more, let’s dispense faint credit where credit’s due: the background, comprising an ancient mountaintop temple at twilight, is nicely rendered – or at least what you can make out of it is. Ancient Incas, while not quite up there with Ancient Egyptians, Greeks or Chinese, are still an extremely popular theme, and there are dozens of games out there that mine this rich source of plunder.
Mystic Riches is a 10-payline slot with a minimum total bet of 0.10 and a 5.00 maximum. That’s not a huge range, but if you’re the kind of player who is perhaps a little tentative, then this could be a good start. There’s an autoplay function that can be set between 10 and 500 spins and there’s the ability to disable both the music and the gamble feature – in the case of the former, you’d be well advised to.
From a design perspective, nothing about Mystic Riches looks right. The bright green Spin button and green side columns clash with the rest of the colour scheme, while the playing card symbols look like something out of ClipArt. The remaining symbols look slightly better, even if they’re an inharmonious bunch. Five leopards or stone statues are worth 125, and five feather headdress-wearing women are worth 375, as are five headdress-wearing skulls.
That just leaves the special symbols: wild, which is played by an Incan pyramid and is worth a respectable 4,500 for five, and two scatters. The primary scatter, which appears as a sun god symbol, will award 10 free spins and a 10x multiplier for 3-5 in view. Then there are a pair of red and blue bonus scatter symbols which will appears on reels 3-5 to award a 2x multiplier and to activate the Bonus Idol feature.
Steal From Your Idols
If you want to claim the big money in Mystic Riches, don’t be idle – roll those reels till you get to the Idol Bonus. Here you’ll get to choose from 10 hidden idols. They’ll shift to reveal the prizes that are hidden underneath. Don’t feel compelled to grab at the first one you see (unless it’s a corker) – keep turning the idols until you’re forced to collect a prize. Whatever you’ve won will be multiplied by your total bet, just to add to the fun.
Odds are you don’t want to play a game that’s too similar to Mystic Riches – which right-minded individual would do such a thing? – but you may find that you’d like to play a better slot on a similar tip. If that’s the case you could try Microgaming’s Inca Gold. Alternatively, there’s Incan Goddess, 2×2’s Lost City of Incas and finally Spirit of the Inca. All have better graphics than Mystic Riches, which isn’t hard admittedly.
The use of dual scatters in this game is a nice touch and other elements such as wilds are well integrated into the game. That’s where the highlights of playing this slot end however. There are way better looking games out there, even from GameArt. Go play one of them and you’ll be far more satisfied.