In the early 1900s, alcohol was made illegal in the United States, and this spawned a huge surge of organized crime to produce alcohol and funnel it into nightclubs. The Moonshine Riches slot, available at Net Entertainment casinos, embodies this era with a fun nightclub theme on the reels and in the background. The gameplay and symbol set center more around the crime aspect of things, and this creates a fun synergy that drives the overall experience. We like what NetEnt has done with this combination here, and the resulting high-action gameplay is tempered by its low-medium volatility to create a fun time for players.
Things aren't quite as hectic on the reels as they were during the prohibition of alcohol, and you'll find that the nine paylines this game offers across five reels and three rows of symbols keeps the action moving along without it getting out of hand. You can wager as much as ten coins on each of those lines for a betting range of nine to 90 coins per turn, and with coin values that go from $0.01 to $0.50 each, you're looking at a super-low minimum wager of $0.09 per turn with a maximum of $45 per spin.
We also want to point out that this game pays both left-to-right and right-to-left.
There are two wild symbols in this game, and you'll want to know where each appears and how they work because they help to trigger features. The golden wild symbol normally only appears in the middle three reels, but the MB logo symbol (which is also wild) shows up on the first and last reels. However, during the Territory Takeover spins feature, you'll only see the golden wilds on all five reels with no MB symbol in sight. In short, you'll always have wilds on all reels, but the wilds on the first and fifth reels during the regular gameplay are also bonus symbols.
You can get wild payouts in this game, and they are the same as the top-paying non-wild symbol. You can get these with mixed combinations of the golden wilds and MB symbols as well. Five of a kind pays out 350x, and you can earn 100x for four of a kind as well. Just three wilds on a payline gets you 30x. These are pretty reasonable pays, especially considering you can get them in both directions.
Ricochet Reward Bonus
Get two of the MB symbols on the game board at the same time but on different rows to activate the Ricochet Reward feature. After any payouts are awarded normally, one of the two MB symbols will shoot across the reels to turn all of the symbols on that line into a randomly chosen symbol, but they'll all match. Available wins on the game board after these matching symbols are added are then awarded, which will always include at least one five-of-a-kind payout.
Territory Takeover Spins
A special kind of free spins feature happens in this game that's different than what we can remember ever seeing before. The reels collapse to leave just one row of symbols, and you'll get five spins in this mode when activated by getting the MB symbols on the reels at the same time. They stay put on the first and last spots, leaving just three symbols in the middle to spin.
During this feature, any wild that lands on the reels is sticky until it's over. You'll also start with a 1x multiplier, and it will increase by a factor of one for each spin, which leads to chances for serious pays.
Important Prizes and Combinations
The man in red earns 350x for five, and five of a kind goes to the lady in pink. You can also pick up 180x for the hitman in green, and the man with the purple background and hat gets players 150x. A win of 120x is yours for the man without the jacket on the blue background with blond hair.
Three other related symbols make up the bottom tier. You can get 90x for five of the keg, and a win of 70x is yours for five of a kind combinations of the bottle. Finally, a glass of alcohol gets players 45x for five on a payline.
Note that all of the five-of-a-kind wins are effectively doubled since they get paid both ways.
Net Entertainment did a great job with this title. You can clearly see that going with an animated, 2D style was just fine for this title and fits the overall theme pretty well. The gameplay and feature set are also excellent, and they fit into a generally solid play style with a reasonable volatility.