Arctic Empress Review
Created and released by Novomatic (earlier known as Greentube), this snow-capped slot game is quite beautiful to look at. But the look of the theme isn’t the only aim of Arctic Empress. The bonus features tell a story of ravaging wild wolves and reels expanding in the blizzard. When the snowstorm comes during the bonus round, the reels can also turn into ice, boosting your wins with multipliers. You’ll start playing with a 5×3 reel and 30 payline setup but on more than one occasion, you’ll have a chance to transform the format into a 5×9 reel layout with up to 90 paylines to improve your winning chances.
|SLOT FEATURES||Expanding Reels, Stacked Wolf Wilds, Free Spins, Ice Reels|
|RELEASE DATE||17 December 2020|
|GAME PROVIDER||Novomatic (Greentube)|
|SLOT TYPE||Video Slot|
|REELS, ROWS, PAYLINES||5 Reels, 5-9 Rows, 30-90 Paylines|
|BET LEVELS||£0.20 – £40|
|MAXIMUM WIN||900x Your Stake|
|RETURN TO PLAYER||95.12%|
Arctic Empress Bonus Features
Out of all the bonus features in this game, let’s talk expanding reels first. They add plenty of drama but most importantly, extra rows to the game’s layout and aim to raise your win potential per spin.
Every now and then, during the base game and in the free spins round, your screen will shake as a warning of an upcoming avalanche of extra symbols about to be added to the initial 3×5 grid. Your reels will then increase by a random number of rows and you’ll also gain an additional 10 paylines for each row. This means that, if you’re lucky, you could end up playing a game on a massive 3×9 grid with up 90 paylines. Here’s what happens next.
Prepare for the arrival of howling wolf wilds in Arctic Empress. They come disguised as regular 1×1 symbols when substituting for all paying symbols but can expand unexpectedly. On any given spin during the base game, you might feel the snowstorm coming. But if you also hear a howl of a wolf in the stormy night, know that the wolf wilds are near, approaching to improve your winning possibilities. The reels can then expand to a max of 9 symbols high with wolf wilds stacked high on multiple reels.
Less frightful are the game’s scatters, appearing as snowflakes in both base game and the bonus round. Landing 3 or more of them will grant you entrance into the snow queen’s free spins chamber.
Catch 3 snowflakes on the base reels 2, 3 and 4 to unlock the free spins round with 5 free spins added to your play balance. Reels carry on expanding during the free spins round and more snowflakes can be seen fluttering about, awarding an extra free spin up to 17 per scatter throughout the round.
Also during the free spins round, you’ll see reels turn into ice and award their own multipliers of 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x and 10x for 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 frozen reels respectively.
Arctic Empress Jackpot
Any sign of a jackpot has been frozen out by the ice princess here and replaced with wins earned from the bonus rounds which are capped at 900x your stake.
RTP and Volatility
Based on the key stats, Arctic Empress is not as icy cold as she appears to be. In reality, it’s only a medium volatility slot with an RTP of 95.12%, which is slightly on the lower side for our liking.
Where to Play Slot Arctic Empress
Arctic Empress on Mobile
Arctic Empress is a mobile-optimised slot which you can enjoy on the move, whenever you’re in the mood for some wintry gameplay. It works on all mobile devices that feature Android and iOS operating systems.