The game itself offers up a standard video slot layout, presenting players with five reels and a total of three rows alongside. This is obviously a familiar layout to spin the reels on, and the icons included on such incorporate various pieces of imagery from the polar lands. Therefore, you’ll find symbols of Arctic hares, hedgehogs, snowy owls, and one or two other animals that aren’t quite so distinguishable. In addition, the regular A, J, K, Q, 9 and 10 icons make an appearance, as well as a shot of the Arctic fox itself, and an image of the cold lands being illuminated by the Aurora Borealis. Each of these icons is immaculately animated whenever included a winning combination.
Aside from these details, you’ll find that Novomatic have also taken it upon themselves to include a total of nine different pay lines into the game. These can be customised to suit your own preferences, with all players being able to choose from having a single line active, through to three, five, seven and the full nine. The game’s coin value can also be switched around, ranging from $0.50 up to $2, and furthermore, the amount of coins that you wager per round is also able to be switched up. This begins from wagering a minimum of a single coin, and will then increase up to its maximum of 100 coins, thereby presenting a maximum overall wager of $900 per spin.
All Creatures Great and Small
As was noted earlier, the polar fox is what this game is centred around, and with that being the case, the icon of it is the wild in this one. As such, it will substitute for all other icons on the reels, except for scatters, in order to craft a winning combination together. Not only that, but if it ever is included in a win, it will also double the pay out alongside.
In addition to this, there is also a scatter symbol included on the reels. This is represented by the scenic image of the polar lands, and it will pay out regardless of where it appears on the interface. Furthermore, should you spin three or more of these at any time, you’ll be provided with a total of 15 freespins, which is automatically started with a multiplier of times three.
As a final addition to the game, Novomatic have taken it upon themselves to incorporate their gamble feature. This is present in most of their other games as well, and gives players the chance to increase their winnings. After every successful spin in the main game, you can opt to play a side game in order to do this. If you do, you’ll be taken to a new screen with a deck of face down playing card on it. You need to guess what colour you think the next card to be turned over will be, either red of black. Correct guesses will see your winnings doubled.
Not so Chilly
While the polar lands may be cold and wintry, this game brings along some sense of fun and warmth to the theme. It still has Novomatic’s awful arcade music integrated into it, which is their most common failing when it comes to their products, but on the whole, it leaves a lasting impression. Gamers will no doubt find that the sparkling graphics and animation, as well as the acceptable special features will be enticing enough.