Offering a conventional five reels but just nine Paylines, the hugely popular Northern Sky Slot from Swedish operator Quickspin takes the snow-filled landscapes of the gaming studio’s native Scandinavia as its inspiration.
The Northern Lights can be seen in the distance, against a purple and pink backdrop pinned with stars, alongside pine forests, a fjord and mountains at twilight.
Expect the stunning design that comes as standard with Quickspin’s games, including dramatic skies shining with polar light. Meanwhile, the clear reels on this 2018 release are filled with animal-shaped crystals.
And with the chance to bag more than 3,000x stake on every spin, it could just be a nice little earner to boot.
How to play
Adjust your betting range in the usual way, selecting Autoplay if you so desire, otherwise simply hit Spin to get the reels moving.
You can play Northern Sky Slot from just 10p a pop, or for up to £100 a go if you’re feeling lucky, on any device you wish.
The symbols you’ll see on the reels include diamond-shaped crystals in different colours – red, blue and green. You’ll also find some more lucrative icons shaped like animals (wolves, owls, stags and bears) which are made of crystals, and which illuminate the sky. Icons come in basic colours here, designed to suit the background.
The stag, covered in gold, pays out more than any other symbol.
Northern Sky Slot special features
A picture of a mountain is the Scatter symbol, which triggers the free spins round, as discussed below.
Activate this any time you bag a winning combo during the base game. It means that all symbols involved in the win stay locked in situ, while the non-winning ones are whisked away to be replaced by fresh icons.
The whole thing happens again if you’re able to roll another winning combo during the feature, for as long as you keep landing those wins.
Free spins bonus
As mentioned, you play this once three Scatters land at the same time on a base-game spin. Your reward is to enjoy 10 free whirls.
The feature plays out with all the lower-paying crystal icons whipped away from the reels, leaving just the animal ones to remain in play.
And because the value of these is greater, you should boost your winning potential. Respins can be triggered during this round, making it last longer than you’d perhaps expect.
Return to Player (RTP)
Return to Player or RTP here is a decent 96.57%, and this is an unusually high-variance offering from Quickspin.
There’s no progressive jackpot in Northern Sky Slot so focus instead on potentially winning 3,111x your stake.
With two cracking bonus features, a great theme and some genuinely incredible visuals, plus the soothing, immersive backing track, you should really enjoy playing Northern Sky, a game which showcases Quickspin’s creative talents in all their glory.
We reckon it’s the design above all that will draw you to this game – although it’s not just a pretty face!
Its simplicity also means that this slot is well suited to less experienced players. So it’s definitely worth checking out – try it in free demo mode first.