|Game Type:||Video slot|
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|High visual fidelity||Falls flat after extended play|
|Wilds spice up base game play|
Where to play?
Microgaming hasn’t been covering itself in glory with its past few releases, hopefully its next medium variance video slot titled Arctic Valor in collaboration with Crazy Tooth Studio will do a better job. We snooped around a bit to see if we could find anything substantial about Crazy Tooth Studio (http://www.crazytoothstudio.com/).
What we can tell you is that it’s a Nevada-based slots developer that’s been rolling out quality slot machines since 2011. Which also explains the ‘valor’ bit as opposed to ‘valour’ since Microgaming focuses exclusively on the European and UK online casino gaming market. Beats us as to why Microgaming keeps on teaming up with lessor known slots houses maybe it’s trying to piggyback on the success of smaller companies or trying to safe some money.
Artic Valor has an interesting mechanic with 6 reels and 4,096 ways (no traditional lines) it comes with a Free Spins bonus triggered by 3 or more scatters offering 7 free falls and an Icicle feature. The top cash prize up for grabs on a single spin (non-progressive) is 2,700x your stake ($400,000). The theoretical return to player percentage (RTP) is 96.7% (House Edge 3.3%) while the betting range be it on mobile phones or PCs is £0.15 to £150. The theme of the slots introduces us to an Arctic adventure which is similar to Yggdrasil’s Vikings Go Bezerk.
Symbols on the reels are the wild, the circular jewel (scatter), 4 Valkyrie warriors (high value), shields, winged helms, swords, crossbows, pink, blue and snow crystals. The premium symbols are the Valkyrie warriors (all have the same value), 5 of them on a payline at the max bet pays around 0.66x your stake. Winning combinations occur when three or more identical symbols pitch be it in a row or adjacent paylines.
The the wild symbol is the one with the word ‘WILD’, winning combinations occur when it substitutes symbols adjacent to it bar the scatter.
The Icicle bonus is initiated when one or more icicles pop up on the reels whether it’s on one, two or three symbols positions. Cash prizes or wilds are revealed when you click on an icile or when you hit the ‘Stop’ button.
7 Free spins is awarded when 3 plus scatters appear any position on the reel set. The Icicle feature can also be triggered during the free falls if you land a full stack the icicle amount can be up to three positions. The Wild symbol boosts free spin wins too.
We haven’t played the game for real cash so it’s difficult to give a proper assessment, however, despite all its pomp and flair it still comes up short. The visuals tend to be blurry at times or maybe it’s just us. Despite advertising two features it’s basically a ”juiced” free spins feature along with an Icicle bonus that fails to deliver the goods.
The bigger wins are reserved for the Free Spins but don’t expect your money bag to be filled by it. Regrettably Arctic Valor fails to deliver the goods, we do compliment Crazy Tooth Studio for its innovative design maybe it would have been better if the vendor flew solo on this one instead of latching onto the Microgaming name tag. This is one of those catch and release slots…not a keeper we’re afraid.
Arctic Valor slots FAQ
Which bonus round offers the biggest wins?
The free spins feature triggered by 3+ scatters is the cash cow here. Plus, the Icicle feature is tagged to the free spins feature along with a bunch of wilds, hit all of them in unison it sets you up for a big win of 2,700x your stake on a single spin.
Are the payouts during the main game good?
Because base game wins are disappointingly low this is not the type of slots that sets you up with enough cash to trigger the Free Spins. Even if you trigger the feature you’re not guaranteed a decent win. Even though we see a lot of top symbols during the free spins they’re nothing but hot air.
Do online casinos offer bonuses to play their games?
Yes they do as a matter of fact the casino/deposit bonus is their main comp which they use as ‘bait’ to lure players in.
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