Now it is not very often that we get to cover a slot that adopts a Scandinavian theme. Ok, Play’n Go gave us the intense Scandinavian Babes slot and the equally obscene Scandinavian Hunks slot and there has been a plethora of Viking-themed slots but this title from established developer NetEnt taps into the scenic side of Scandinavia. But now I get another rare chance with the NetEnt slot – Glow.
On the Reels…
Glow is a 5 reel, 15 payline slot that has its reels set against the backdrop of the Nordic landscape with the Aurora Borealis (aka the Northern Lights) lighting up the night sky in all of its serene majesty. On the visual front, you could not ask for any better inspiration for slots graphics.
The symbols on the reels consist of different icons of wild animals that are native to Scandinavia and appear to have been drawn by the same animation team behind the classic 1978 British animated movie Watership Down. There is a moose, wolf, fox, owl, rabbit, and the regular 10-through-to-Ace symbols.
Earn 5 Free Spins with the Animal Symbols
In a fascinating twist, these ordinary symbols hold more power than usual with each one possessing the ability to earn you free spins. If you hit three or more of any of the animal symbols then you will earn up to 5 free spins. The moose symbol offers a little compensation by rewarding 1 free spin if you hit two moose symbols on the reels.
Win Extra Spins with Any Combination of Symbols
It is also possible to trigger additional free spins during any free spins bonus round you trigger with the moose, wolf, fox, owl, or rabbit symbols. 2 or more moose symbols will see you add up to 5 more free spins to your total. A combination of three or more of any of the wolf, fox, owl, rabbit, Ace, King, Queen, Jack, or 10 symbols will see up to 5 free spins added.
The Wild Bear Pays 2x Multipliers
There is also a Wild symbol that is represented by a bear. Not only does this symbol substitute for all other symbols to help complete any potential winning combinations across the reels but a multiplier value of 2x will also be added to any winnings the Wilds are a part of.
Glow plays a lot like NetEnt’s quirky Fruit Shop slot. I was never the biggest fan of that slot because it was a bit too colourful and joyous for me. It also flattered to deceive on the rewards front which left me emotionally tarnished. However, my experiences on Glow are slightly more positive. I love the fact that the free spins can come through so many symbols but then the fact that any combination of regular symbols can reward extra spins is also a great feature.