We don’t often head up to the Arctic in slot games unless it’s Christmas, but Microgaming have gone all-in on their chilly Norse-inspired theme in Arctic Valor by newbie micro-developer Crazy Tooth Studios. This is more of a mystical, techno-influenced version of the Norse gods than you might be used to, but along with some interesting mechanics and some great prizes, it all combines to make a unique, well designed little slot game.
So is this the ice-cool slot you’ve been waiting for, or will you feel out in the cold? Let’s take a look in our Arctic Valor review!
Industry giants Microgaming are known for their big-budget blockbuster slots, and while this might not be quite up on their top tier it’s still clearly had a lot of money and time thrown at it. The frozen north is a theme that runs throughout this game, with all the symbols frozen in blocks of ice, while ethereal purple-tinged icicles hang from the top of the screen in front of the inky blackness behind. A variety of cold and Norse inspired symbols make up both the high and low paying icons, from crossed swords to winged helmets and brightly coloured snowflakes to bows and arrows and the Valkyries themselves. All of the symbols look great thanks to good design and top-notch graphics, while the crystal and metal effects on them will give you a psychedelic alien vibe you don’t often get from Viking slot games. Snowflakes fall from the sky, ominous-looking icicles grow and wobble at the top of the screen and the northern lights dance and sway in the background. Arctic Valor is a truly magical looking slot that really captures the magic and mystery of the Norse legends.
The excellent visuals are matched by some great mechanics, beginning with the excellent 4096 ways to win feature, enabling you to win when symbols are on adjacent reels regardless of where they fall. With betting limits ranging from £/€/$0.1 to £/€/$150 per spin, that means some potentially massive wins, indicated by the generous RTP of 96.07% The icicle bonus in the main game is also worth a mention: They sometimes come crashing down onto the reels, at which point breaking them by clicking or tapping them will reveal a new high-value symbol underneath such as a wild or Valkyrie. They also seem to deliberately target existing high-value symbols to fall on, making them even better.
The scatter symbol in the Arctic Valor slot game is a glowing, metallic shield icon which can appear anywhere on the reels, and landing three of them will grant you seven free spins. That’s not a huge number, but a couple of bonuses come into play which makes up for it: Firstly, any icicles which land in this game are stuck in place, so the bonus symbols they reveal are present during all your spins. Second, icicles fall after each spin, so you get lots more extra bonuses. Third, the Valkyries in this round are special triple-height symbols, giving you extra chances to make big wins.
With a maximum payout of 6,031x your stake, this may not be the most generous of games, but it certainly looks and plays distinctively and differently enough to be a lot of fun. There’s no chance you can accuse this weird looking title of being a clone, and from the glorious visuals to the engaging little details like the icicles and the special Valkyrie symbols, there’s enough novel content for it to be worth a try for any gamer.