Free Ice Wolf slot
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Ice Wolf slot by Elk Studios has a wintry theme with frozen reels and a background of snowy mountains, the domain of our wolf. The Swedish developers love these arctic themes with Play'n Go's excellent Wild North a good example, as is Microgaming's Girls With Guns Frozen Dawn and we cannot ignore a game from when IGT were good, Dungeons and Dragons Treasures of Icewind Dale. It's clear from the first look that some of this slot needs defrosting, so how much heat will it take from our bankroll?
On The Reels...
We have 6 reels and 7 rows but only 3 rows initially and this means Ice Wolf slot begins with 729-ways in play. There is a frozen 3 rows above this and one single row of 6 right at the top. The 6-of-a-kind pays for the stacked and single symbols are Dragon 5x, Elk 4x, Eagle 3x, Axe 0.9x, Hammer 0.8x, Shield 0.7x with just three card vaues paying 0.6 down to 0.25x. There is a Wolf Wild which will expand from its position upwards and clear the ice away too, but no scatters as there is no free spins bonus!
Any win will produce a respin and all winning tiles will remove ice from the column above, one tile per winning symbol. Wolf Wilds will clear ice all the way to the top row which has special symbols. Your respin doesn't hold the winning symbols in position, but will have more ways due to the freed-up positions above. Wilds can appear on all reels bar the first and when fully opened up to the full 7 rows the game will play at 74,088 ways. Respins continue until no win occurs.
Top Special Row
You get the top row spinning special tiles but mainly blanks and need to clear 4 frozen positions above any reel to utilise the special tile that actually does land on the top row. These tiles will remain sticky until the respins end and offer you 2, 3, 5, 10 or 50x multipliers, an extra respin used when you lose, or a Wild. The 50x multiplier will be rare, these multipliers are additive and apply to all wins even if they don't use that column where the special tile is positioned. To reiterate, they only come into play when you melt 4 symbols in their column first.
Ice Wolf slot has a RTP of 96.10% and due to the fact several wins gather on one play, means you get a low win frequency and long bouts of tedious base game play. That's somewhat alleviated by the nice graphics, sounds and animations but even so I found the game frustrating very quickly. There is no doubt some potential here but remember it's a high-volatility maths model and soon saps your balance. I think I'll leave this wolf to the ice lest I get frozen out again by this cold, cold game...