Fast-paced Winterberries Slot from Yggdrasil Gaming plays out on 25 set-in-stone (or maybe ice) Paylines, and there’s a Christmas card feel to the design, with snow, the Northern Lights cascading in the background and lakes all in view.
With Frozen, Game of Thrones (‘winter is coming’) and the Northern Lights TV adaptation all huge hits in recent years, this game takes advantage of the popularity of all things wintry and northern.
How to play
Play Winterberries Slot on your device of choice, although try and view it on a bigger screen at least once to make the most of those amazing graphics. Set your bets in the usual way and prepare to spin.
The game only has seven symbols, all berries in bright blasts of colour, including loganberries, redcurrants, blueberries and so on, and you can enjoy it from 25p a spin, all the way up to £50 a pop. Set up Autoplay for a particularly speedy game.
The berries look fit to burst with fruity goodness, but more than that they’re your ticket to juicy wins. The biggest payer is the yellow fruit, shelling out 500 coins for five on a Payline.
As usual, win by landing at least three similar symbols on a Payline. (Winning symbols become a frozen ice block.)
Winterberries Slot special features
While you won’t find any Wilds or Scatters in this slot, in fact, that doesn’t seem to matter much given the bonus features described below.
Equally, there’s no free spins round as such here. Instead, you can enjoy the following:
After every winning spin, the three (or more) icons which contributed to the winning combo will stay frozen where they are, as the reels spin one more time to boost your chances of a payout. And the good news is that this keeps happening while you continue to land more of the same symbol.
This is the second of the goodies on offer, and it’s an exciting bonus. Fill in reels from the left and enjoy a multiplier which rises in value. Each column filled sees your multiplier increase by a factor of one, until you have filled all five for a tidy 5x multiplier.
What’s more, the frozen symbols will really help you with this.
The maximum win in Winterberries Slot is 62,500 coins or €125,000.
Return to Player (RTP)
The RTP or Return to Player is decent here, at 96.7%. But because this is a high-variance game, you will need to manage your bankroll accordingly and may need some patience to get through the dry spells. The hit frequency is admittedly pretty meagre here, at just 12.7%.
As ever, the more you stake, the greater your potential prize.
Compulsively playable, Winterberries Slot incorporates some great sound effects to go with the atmospheric graphics: apparently the music is a form of Finnish polka. It even manages to be addictive without being annoying. (You’ll also hear the wind howling away in the background for added effect.)
This game is incredibly simple and doesn’t come with a plethora of bonus features. But you’ll love it if you’re a fan of volatile action, and have the experience to ride out the dry spells. Try it for free in the first instance and see if Winterberries works for you – or leaves you cold.