Ice Cave FROM Playtech
Playtech invites you to venture back in time to the age of fearsome Vikings and visit the Scandinavian polar caverns inhabited by Norse deities and other supernatural creatures that are sure to send chills down your spine. The icy slot machine uses 5 reels and 20 paylines and features even two Wild symbols, including the Sticky Wilds that will probably attract many punters, given the great winning potential they could provide. Unfortunately, unlike the majority of other modern titles, this one doesn’t include the Free Spins feature, which seems a bit surprising. Nevertheless, rewarding Bonus rounds, multiplier wins and the top jackpot worth 250x your line stake partly make up for that lack. Moreover, the high-quality graphics and smooth animations will further immerse you in the super cool game.
HOW TO PLAY
If truth be told, Ice Cave can hardly contend with some other more advanced and visually rich slots, however, we must admit that the whole cave-like design paired with typical Nordic symbols, and the matching soundtrack are well balanced and nicely complement one another. The backround noise could be less pronounced and tedious, but you can easily switch it off so, that should not be much of a problem. As the title suggests, the reels are also set in a freezing cave, although, unlike in some other Playtech releases, the backdrop is not so vibrant and meticulous as we would expect. Gameplay wise, the two Wild symbols are paramount to triggering more substantial payouts, if you manage to land them on the third and fourth reels each. Also, the great news is – the Ice Wilds do appear on a regular basis, just enough to keep you entertained but, more importantly, victorious, even without the Free Spins feature!
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BETTING OPTIONS AND PAYOUTS
Ice Cave features the non-progressive jackpot worth 250x your line bet which doesn’t seem very promising obviously, but it appears that the game relies on the power of two Wilds, Hammer and Ice Wilds instead. Those come equipped with 3x multipliers that could at least partly boost your winning potential, or else, provide smaller, but more regular winnings. The slot is playable from $0.20 per spin, while the maximum wager can go up to $20.00. Additionally, Feature Bet, an interesting feature, is at your disposal. You will have to pay extra 1.5x per spin for the feature to be triggered in the first place. In such a way, you will set the Ice Wilds in motion and they will appear on the fifth reel and raise the multiplier by 5 instead of 3x. Needless to say, this is optional and it is up to you whether you will make use of it or not. An average return to player (RTP) amounts to 95.4%, while the game falls into the medium variance category.
SYMBOLS AND EXTRA FEATURES
The slot machine features the theme-related symbols like Nordic gods Jarl and Valkyrie, but also the totem animals like wolves and ravens, the typical paradigms of bravery and the macabre respectively. Other symbols populating the reels fall into low-paying category and include five different letters carved in stone, so-called runes. Speaking of special Bonus features, there is nothing much to be said, we must admit. Two Wild symbols, Ice Wilds and Hammer Wilds, are paramount to triggering any significant win.
If you are lucky enough to land the Ice Wild popping up only on the third and fourth reel, that feature alone will multiply your winnings by 3. Moreover, it will remain frozen while the other symbols keep spinning. Furthermore, if you wish to get the Ice Wild to land on the fifth reel as well, you will need to hit the Feature Bet button and pay extra for it. Just like its counterpart, the Hammer Wild symbol substitutes for any other icon on the reels and comes with a 3x multiplier. It can only land on the reel 2 and, once it appears, the Ice Wilds will vanish from the reels.
Given the amazing software developer responsible for releasing the 2017 title, we did come with high expectations. However, we must admit that Playtech did not quite live up to them. The Free Spins feature and a more rewarding paytable are what we expected, to say the least. On the other hand, the game does look pleasing enough to the eye, but nothing remarkable either, in all honesty. Finally, the regular occurrence of Ice Wilds can make up for these shortcomings, up to a certain extent. To sum it up, the slot is worth checking out by all means, at least for the sake of entertainment that the slot doubtlessly prides itself on.