Rubik`s Riches

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The 3-dimensional combination puzzle known as “Rubik’s Cube” was created by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernö Rubik in 1974. It quickly became a worldwide sensation after it was licensed to the Ideal Toy Company in 1980. By January 2009, some 350 million cubes had been sold, making it the world’s top-selling puzzle game and perhaps the most popular toy in history.

In the classic Rubik’s Cube, each of the toy’s six faces is covered by nine squares in one of six solid colours: Blue, Green, Orange, Red, White and Yellow. Inside the cube is a pivot mechanism that allows each face to turn independently, thereby mixing up the colours. In order to solve the puzzle, each face must be returned to its original position consisting of a single colour.

In July of 2009, software developer Ash Gaming met the challenge of turning the toy into an action packed casino arcade game by introducing “Rubik’s Riches.” Central to the game is the traditional multi-coloured cube displayed as a spinning, twisting and turning 3-D graphic in the very middle of the game screen. It has three faces showing, with 9 “squares” and 6 possible “paylines” of three positions each. Fortunately, there is no need to manipulate the cube’s faces manually—that’s taken care of by the computer and its random number generator technology.

To begin a game, the player must first choose the amount to wager by using the “Stake Down” and “Stake Up” buttons at the bottom of the screen. Available amounts range from €0.10 to €10.00. The total amount wagered shows in the “Stake” indicator just above the “Play” button at the lower right corner of the control panel. An additional Stake indicator also appears at the top right corner of the screen below the “Balance” indicator.

The game starts when the player clicks on “Play.” The colourful cube will appear to move away from the player as it twists, turns and rotates before returning to its original position with all of the squares/colours rearranged. For each line of three matching colours, a cash prize is awarded. Fewer than three paylines filled with matching colours results in a net loss. Exactly three paylines is worth even money. More winning paylines will result in even higher multipliers, such as 2X for six lines, 5X for nine lines and 10X for eleven lines, up to all 18 lines, which wins the game’s Jackpot.

Apart from winning paylines, there are two other ways to earn payouts when playing Rubik’s Riches. One of them is to obtain an entire face of nine squares in a single colour, which is worth a bonus of five times the stake. Catching two faces full of solid colours pays a bonus of 20X and all three faces wins 1000X. Those awards are in addition to the standard payline values.

The third way to win is with “Bonus FreePlays,” which are awarded randomly. During each game, from 0 to 6 letters of the “RUBIK’S” icon at the top of the screen may be illuminated. Whenever all six letters illuminate, the Bonus Round will automatically begin after the current game. The player is instructed to “peel off stickers” from the faces of the cube to reveal awards such as Free Plays or Extra Cubes. The player keeps peeling stickers off the cube until one reveals “Start.” At that point, how many ever cubes are in play will begin rotating and awarding payline wins, just like in the normal game. The Bonus FreePlays can be retriggered, too, anytime the six letters of the logo illuminate.

Additional options available on Rubik’s Riches include a button for “Turbo Mode” to speed play and one for “Change Audio” to select alternative background sounds. There is also an “Auto Play” button for selecting 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 games played automatically at the same stake each time.

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