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Everyone knows what’s reputed to lie over the rainbow. You don’t need to have been raised on a diet of Irish-themed slots to appreciate that much. It would be fair to say then that Over the Rainbow doesn’t break any new ground, but that was never its intention. This slot is a deliberate throwback to simpler times, when 3 reels and 1 payline were all it took to have a barrel of laughs.

Despite its unashamedly old-fashioned styling, this 3-reel slot is designed to work on mobile and tablet devices as well as on desktop. It’s fashionable for developers of old school slots to design their faux retro games housed within a virtual games cabinet. That way it actually feels as if you’re playing an old school slot. That’s how it’s done in Over the Rainbow and, while like all things fruit machine related this notion has been done to death, it’s one that’s well executed here.

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Gotta Get That Gold

Graphically, Over the Rainbow is a strange beast. On the one hand, this is a 3-reel slot housed within an old-fashioned style games cabinet. But at the same time, the graphics deployed here look distinctly modern. Sure, there are BAR symbols everywhere, but they look like a modern design rather than one from the era they’re supposedly emulating. There’s nothing wrong with this of course, but it creates a curious dynamic, forming a game that has one foot in the present and one in the past.

Over the Rainbow is a single payline slot with a line bet that can be set between 0.25 and 100. While the traditional symbols, including different coloured BARs and 7s whizz past on the reels, a countryside scene depicts a kingfisher and a dragonfly alongside bull rushes. This rainbow is about to break over the riverbank it would appear.

Over or Under?

The jackpot symbol in the game depicts a pot of gold and a brightly coloured rainbow; one of these on a win line will grant you a 2x multiplier. This rises to 4x for two symbols on a line and then to 2,000x for three. The sums to be won from the remaining symbols aren’t quite as impressive, but there’s some respectable amounts nonetheless. In the hierarchy of BARs, greens are the most valuable, at 40x your bet. In comparison blue BARs can muster just 30x and reds 10x.

There are cherries too but they don’t fetch much – cherries rarely do. 10x your bet is the best you’ll get for three on a line. In keeping with old school slots, it’s also possible to score a win from mixed BARs on a payline. At 95.86%, the RTP for Over the Rainbow is about average. With no feature game or free spins, because that’s not how retro slots roll, you’ll need to take care of business on the reels.

You Might Enjoy Triple Crown Too

If you’ve enjoyed this simple 3-reel slot from Realistic Games, you might like to try something like Triple Crown by Betsoft which also has only 3 reels and plays very similarly. The same can be said of The Cash Inn, a 3-reel game by Parlay or Sports Crazy which is again a 3-reel slot.

When you start to look, you discover just how prevalent 3-reel slots are. Other games that fall into this category are Monster Carlo by Openbet, Lucky Cherry by Cryptologic and Golden 777s Jackpot by Gamesys which actually has 5 reels but plays and looks just like all the rest. One final option to consider is Ash Gaming’s Black or White which has 3 reels, simple graphics and dispenses simple pleasures.

Fun, But Could be Better

Realistic Games like their retro slots, of that there can be no doubt. They’ve put out a few such games, but Over the Rainbow isn’t their best effort it must be said. Jackpot Cherries is a better example of what this developer are capable of when it comes to fruit machines. Over the Rainbow is still fun, but doesn’t quite hit the same heights as its fruitier sibling. Still, for 5 minutes of fun, Over the Rainbow does just fine.