Game Review: Icy Wilds

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BetMGM Nov 14, 2022, 3:09 AM

Icy Wilds is a casino slot game with an alluring theme and several bonus features to keep you entertained and spinning the reels for a chance at the top prize of 500x your stake. Read our review for all the details.

Game overview

Snow-capped pine trees against the Northern Lights.

Whether you’re a seasoned online slots enthusiast or you’ve been enjoying other online casino games and are looking for a fresh angle, this title – set against a backdrop of the Arctic wilderness, with an ice queen and exotic animals – is sure to delight.

Developed by IGT, the online slot has a 5×4 layout, with 50 paylines and two bonuses. You can expect medium-volatility gameplay (which means there’s a generous range of betting options to suit every budget,) with a 500x-your-stake top prize and an RTP (return to player) of between 92.1% and 96.1%.

Icy Winds is compatible with most Android- and iOS-supported mobile devices and thanks to HTML5 technology, the game can be accessed directly from a web browser without having to download a slot machine app.

How to play

Playing the Icy Wilds online slot for real money is simple, but we recommend spending a bit of time checking out the paytable and paylines. So get on top of the rules of the game by clicking on the paytable button to the left of Total Bet.

Start by deciding on a line bet. Icy Wilds’ intuitive interface allows you to choose a single-line bet that you can play across all 50 paylines. Simply click on the Total Bet box under the reels to make your coin bet for each spin.

Now you’re ready to click on the spin button below the reels to play this game!

While the slot’s title alludes to the Arctic wild theme, it also hints at the role wilds play in the game. The wild, which can stand in for all other symbols (except for the bonus scatter,) is represented by the princess symbol, which is particularly important for increasing the chance of a win when trying to land at least three matching symbols across 50 paylines and five reels.

Graphics

The graphics quality of online casino slots is more impressive than ever, thanks to technological advances and the inventiveness of those involved in developing modern games. Icy Wilds’ graphics don’t disappoint. The game’s backdrop is a starry winter sky in the frozen North, with a hint of the Northern Lights on either side of the reels. Snow-topped trees and ice form a perfect frame for the symbols filling the reels, including sparkling jewels that glint against the midnight backdrop, exotic animals that stalk the reels, and the beautiful, ethereal ice queen who rules over all, of course.

Playing cards represent low-paying symbols ace, king, queen, jack and 10 – and each element has a frosty sprinkle to add to the icy ambiance. Animal symbols (ermine, snow owl and snow leopard) represent the higher-value symbols, while the ice queen’s jewels (the ring, crown and pendant) are the highest in value.

Features

When you play slots online, you will have access to some incredible features. This title offers players two bonus features, including wilds and free spins.

Wild symbol

As we mentioned, the ice queen is the wild symbol, which increases the chances of winning whenever it appears by standing in for all other symbols (except the polar bear bonus symbol) to create winning combinations. When the pendant, crown, ermine, snow leopard or snow owl appear stacked, the following reel becomes fully wild. Landing three or more of these symbols will result in a payout!

Free spins

To trigger the free spins bonus feature, players have to successfully land the scatter (the polar bear symbol) on at least three reels. Keep in mind that the scatters can cover an entire reel when they drop, so 20 scatters could appear in just one spin. And needless to say, the more scatters you manage to land, the more free spins you’ll get.

Bonuses and jackpots

The following symbols – when landed – will award players with a win in Icy Wilds.

  • Ermine, snow owl and snow leopard: five symbols trigger payouts of 100x your stake or more.
  • Diamond ring and heart-shaped jewel: five symbols trigger payouts of 120x your stake.
  • Crowns: five symbols in a row trigger 125x your stake.
  • Royal playing cards: three, four or five symbols trigger 2x, 10x and 25x your stake respectively on activated paylines.
  • Ice queen:  two, three, four or five symbols trigger 5x, 20x, 100x and 500x (the jackpot) of your stake respectively.
  • Polar bears (the scatter): trigger a maximum of 45 free spins.

Similar games

A man plays online slots on a laptop at night.

If you enjoy playing Icy Wilds, you may want to give these titles a spin. 

  • Siberian Storm, also developed by IGT, has a Siberian tiger at its heart. This title will delight slot fans with a “Dual Play” variant, which features two sets of reels!
  • Cool as Ice will put a smile on your face with an array of fun characters that include a walrus in a Hawaiian shirt… and a rather hip polar bear in sunglasses.
  • Frozen Diamonds’ symbols appear to burst onto the reels amid shattered ice (a variation on the tumbling-reels mechanic) and offer a chance at big payouts when a chain of wins is triggered.
  • Ice Cave is a gorgeous depiction of Ancient Viking life and offers interesting bonus gameplay involving multiplying hammer wilds and sticky ice wilds.
  •  With icy graphics by Playtech and plenty of special features, including wild symbols and bonus games, Wolves! Wolves! Wolves! has no shortage of chills and thrills.

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