The new six-reel Arctic Valor slot boasts an incredible 4096 Ways to Win
The Marvel cinematic universe has produced many superhero films over the years but Thor Ragnarok was a nice change of pace from the usual. The humour of the film made it a smash hit success and one of the scene stealers was Tessa Thompson's character, Valkyrie. Now her sisters are back in the brand new slot from Crazy Tooth Studio exclusively for Microgaming, Arctic Valor.
This six-reel slot boasts a change of pace for Microgaming and it boasts an incredible 4096 ways to win across the reels. Furthermore, you don't have to land those wins on the leftmost reel, you can put together wins anywhere across the reel sets, which makes the slot pay out more often and which means that despite the large number of symbols in the game, you still only get medium variance when playing.
Spins start at a very cheap 0.15 per spin and the max bet is 15.00 per spin, which puts this slot firmly in the realm of the low to middle rollers. The jackpot is a sizeable 366,840 coins, which if you play for the max bet, is a massive sum of money to be won and even on the minimum bet still represents a massive return on your wager.
So how does Crazy Tooth Studio's first slot for Microgaming shape up? Previewed at the ICE 2019 event just a few days before its release, Arctic Valor seems to have plenty going for it, including the massive support of Microgaming. So let's see how it all shapes up and whether it is a victorious return for the Vikings or whether it leaves you feeling somewhat cold.
- Game: Arctic Valor
- Developer: Crazy Tooth Studio (for Microgaming)
- Reels: 6
- Pay Lines: 4096 Ways to Win
- Minimum Bet: 0.15
- Maximum Bet: 15.00
- Jackpot: 366,840 coins
- Free Spins Bonus: Yes
- Other Bonuses: Yes
- Progressive: No
- Volatility: Medium
I always think how a slot is presented displays the attention to detail and love that has gone into producing a slot game. Some slots are just thrown together, but games like Arctic Valor are all bangs whistles and spectacular graphics to get you into the game, together with a stirring soundtrack. It is all rather a spectacle when the game starts and when you finally get to spin the reels, you are eagerly anticipating what is about to happen.
The six reels are neatly done and the graphics and sound in the game itself don't quite match the quality of the initial animations, but are still very nicely done. Keep an eye on the icicles dangling from the roof at the top of the reels, they play a key role in one of the main bonus features of the game. All in all, it is clear that Crazy Tooth Studio have put a huge amount of effort into how the slot looks and plays and they should be commended for that as the results are excellent.
What is on the reels?
There are a fair few different symbols on the reels. The lower value symbols are the snowflake symbols which are three different colours and designs, purple, blue and red and these pay out between 1 coin and 8 coins for three or more adjacent anywhere across the reels.
The four weapon symbols, the shield, the Valkyrie helmet, the bow and arrow and the crossed swords offer slightly higher pay out for between 3 and 6 adjacent across the reels and the higher paying symbols are the four Valkyries who again offer slightly higher value wins once again.
Although the value of a single line of symbols is a relatively small amount (10.00 for six Valkyries seems a very small single line win) all the symbols are stacked on the reels (and you can also get stacked Wilds too) and this means you can often land wins across multiple lines and this can significantly increase the value of your win.
The Wild symbol is very easy to spot as it is simply the word Wild and this can appear stacked on any line on any spin and substitutes for all paying symbols but not the scatter symbol. There is no extra prize for landing successive Wilds across the reels, but by landing Wilds you can increase the number of winning lines you land on any spin and they are an important part of achieving value when playing the Arctic Valor slot.
Free Spins features
The Free Spins bonus game is triggered when you land three of the Bonus symbols (or Scatter symbol if you prefer) anywhere across the reels on any spin. Regardless of how many Scatters you land, you win 7 Free Spins and on every bonus spin you will trigger the Icicle Feature. The icicles will randomly grow on certain spins as you play increasing in number until they eventually drop.
The Icicle Feature is also active in the base game and is a randomly triggered bonus where any of the icicles you can see frozen in place above the slots, can drop down and embed themselves onto the reels either one, two, three or even four symbols high.
When they land you click on the icicles (in the base game version) and they reveal one of two things, either an immediate cash prize for each space they fill on the reel, or they turn into Wild symbols and offer you the chance of a win across the available lines on the slot. Obviously the more icicles you land on the feature, the better your chances of a higher value prize.
In the Free Spins version, the icicles automatically reveal themselves but they can still produce cash bonuses or Wild symbols across the reels and of course, they trigger on every spin which can lead to some sizeable wins in the game.
Another nice touch is that Arctic Valor records each of your wins and ticks them off on the paytable, so you can see which wins you have 'collected' as you play and which wins you are yet to trigger.
Best feature of the Arctic Valor slot
There's no doubt that the Free Spins game is the biggest way to win cash in the Arctic Valor slot but I think the icicle feature that spans both Free Spins and the base game is the best feature of the slot. This can produce a lovely mix of low and higher value wins throughout any session on the slot and it triggers frequently enough for it to be an easily achievable bonus feature. The way the icicles grow and fall can be a little frustrating at times (as each is random) but when they do trigger, it can produce some very pleasing wins in the base game and especially during Free Spins.
There is a lot to like about the Arctic Valor slot, it is presented beautifully and has some really unusual features including six reels, 4096 ways to win and of course, the Icicle bonus feature. The game is a slower paced game than most other slots as the presentation makes it that way and that can be frustrating if you want to get through your spins (though you can double click on the Spin button to make the game run considerably faster). This is a hugely impressive debut for Crazy Tooth Studios partnership with Microgaming and bodes well for any future collaborations between the two.
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