Microgaming slot Arctic Valor (developed in conjunction with the comparatively small, independent Crazy Tooth Studio in Nevada, which has previously created some impressive products) presents six reels across four rows, with a hefty 4,096 ways of winning.
The game takes you on an Arctic fantasy adventure incorporating elements of Norse mythology, and it’s set in a kind of celestial temple. Expect a backdrop of falling snowflakes and the Northern Lights against the background of a rich purple sky.
How to play
Play from 15p to £150 a spin across all devices; Arctic Valor is fully optimised to play on the move.
Symbols on the reels incorporate the low-value crystals in colours including blue and pink, alongside the mid-value shields, crossbows, helmets and swords. Meanwhile, at the top end of the scale, you’ll find the four Valkyrie warriors, all worth the same reward of 0.66x stake should you scoop six across a single Payline.
Place your bets in the standard way, setting Autoplay if you wish, and you’re all ready to play Arctic Valor.
The Wild here fulfils its standard role of replacing all symbols bar the Scatter, which is a snowflake tinged with pink and blue.
This can kick in at random on any base-game whirl. It’s one that activates with pleasing regularity, although you can go fairly lengthy periods without triggering it at all.
The perk sees at least one icicle trickle down on to the reels, which can then display up to a trio of symbols in height on every reel. Next, you’ll need to click on them to claim Wilds or cash rewards.
(One reviewer has remarked that the manual clicking makes the Autoplay function redundant here, and they could have a point.)
Arctic Valor bonus
Land at least three snowflake Scatters wherever you like on the reels to initiate this feature. There are seven wager-free whirls up for grabs. During this round, the Icicle feature kicks in with each spin, so that you’re in line for some Wilds as well.
And should you scoop a full stack of any of the Valkyrie symbols which also come into play here, the icicles expand further across more reels, putting you in line for more cash prizes or more Wilds.
While there’s no progressive jackpot in Arctic Valor, there is a maximum win of 2,700x stake if your screen is filled with a top-paying icon.
Return to Player (RTP)
RTP or Return to Player is pretty generous at 96.7% as an average over time. You should find variance lies somewhere in the middle of the scale.
Industry reaction to this game has been a mixed bag. One or two reviewers have found the design of Arctic Valor somewhat dated, with the payouts on the low side, while others found the game highly enjoyable, and the visuals incredible.
That said, you should nonetheless find this game has plenty to offer, and we reckon the slot could still be well worth taking for a spin. Give it a whirl in demo mode, without spending any actual money, and tell us what you thought.