2x2 have been around for a while but have yet to produce a game that has really captured my imagination, so I was keen to see what they had come up with this time. The huge size of the reels in Giant Riches grab your attention immediately and when you press spin for the first time you can see that there's even more going on than an unusual 5 by 6 symbol grid - the last three reels are actually split into two sections for a total of eight seperate reels.
I couldn't really see any advantage from this layout to begin with, and the 60 paylines are arranged in unusual patterns to accomodate the strange design which makes it harder than usual to see how good a win you might of hit immediately after each spin. I got used to it quite quickly though and you could always take a look at the paytable to get an idea of where the lines are if you wanted to as well, but I think there's far too many to try and remember them myself!
An advantage did reveal itself within my first fifty spins or so, and that is the fact it is possible to hit up to eight scatter symbols on a single spin which the game rewards with up to a maximum of 50 free spins with a 2x multiplier and there's a hefty payoff for wins featuring 6 scatters or more. Often games with more than 5 unique reels will require you to hit more than three scatters to trigger the bonus but in Giant Riches you'll still receive 8 free spins for this.
All of the games highest paying symbols are stacked on all reels and it quickly becomes obvious this is a very high variance game. The eight reel layout increases the odds of hitting a full screen of matching symbols, but the game rewards such rare hits accordingly and I found the game got very addictive very quickly! This is definitely my sort of game and proves that 2x2 are a name to watch right now.