Go on a quest to climb the infamous Ice Wolf peak on the slot from Elk Studios. A treacherous journey through the Arctic region with chilling winds and eternal snowstorms awaits those brave enough to enter the territory of the beastly creature with ice blue eyes. Reach the base to of the mountain and start the challenging climb to the top where abundant rewards will warm your soul with wins of up to 2,500 times your bet.
An expanding game window on consecutive wins and a random Wolfpack feature will shatter the locked reel positions to free the final row with sticky wilds, extra spins and win multipliers of up to x50. Keep going on the full game window with 74,088 ways to win until your luck is running out.
Ice Wolf is a video slot with 6 reels, 3 rows and 729 ways to win in default mode. Scoring consecutive wins will gradually expand the game grid up to 7 rows with 74,088 ways. Pays are awarded for three to six matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right only. Dare to enter the territory of the Arctic beast on desktop or mobile from 0.20 to 100 credits per spin. The game has medium to high volatility (8/10) with an RTP of 96.10%.
Slots creations from Elk Studios are mostly a feast for the eyes. All parts of the design, no matter how small the detail, come together in a coherent way to convey the storyline of the theme. They intertwine to give the gameplay the needed authenticity that together with a fitting soundtrack is at the core of suspenseful and entertaining slotting sessions. On Ice Wolf, it starts with the rays of the sun on a cold winter day in the Arctic projecting rainbow colours onto snow-capped mountains. Two wolf statues are flanking the expanded game window that in itself is held in an iceblock and partially covered by an ice sheet.
All pay symbols can appear stacked at any time, starting at the low end with the card royals Q, K and A, awarding 0.25x to 0.60x your bet for a single six of a kind. They are complemented by six beautifully crafted premium symbols – shields, hammers, axes, eagle, elks and wolves. Hit six across the reels to win 0.7x to 5x your stake.
The ice wolf is a scatter symbol that will trigger the Wolfpack feature which in itself will leave a trail of wilds in its wake. The wild symbol is an intricate tile with tribal carvings, substituting for all pay symbols. It can appear on all three reel sections. Two symbols for extra spins and multipliers will appear in the top row only.
The Ice Wolf reels are divided into three independently spinning sections – top, middle and bottom. The top and middle sections come into play once their ice is cleared away. A win with three symbols is enough to start the ice shattering on the middle reel section bringing additional positions into play and awarding a free respin. The more symbols included in the win combination, the more symbols will be cleared from ice on the reel sections above.
For example, a three of a kind on reels one to three will remove the ice from the corresponding number of positions on row four. Any further winning combos landing on the respin will clear the next row until the entire reel has been opened up. The win evaluation of each spin will include the uncovered symbols. The process continues until there is no further win after a respin. The reels will then reset before the next spin.
Shattering the ice all the way to the top will bring the much-desired seventh row into play. The reels in this section are intermittently filled with a number of extras that can have a significant impact on your potential winnings. Two are sticky for the duration of the respin sequence while one will only stay until it is used.
An Ice Wolf symbol may appear randomly anywhere on the reels in any spin or respin. It will trigger the whole Wolfpack to run on the triggering reel towards the top. Shards of ice fly in every direction as the dreaded predators cross the spinning reel and leave a trail of wilds behind. They will clear the ice from the entire reel, bringing the full height including the seventh row into play. The created wilds are not sticky. The Ice Wolf will always award a respin in case it appears on a non-winning spin.
Fans of Elk Studios will most probably have played any of the three slots from their Gold series where the extending reel set is at the core of the gameplay as it increases the number of win ways. The mechanic on Ice Wolf is similar, although in a toned-down version of just 74,088 instead of a maximum of 262,144 ways. While it does not have a huge impact on the entertainment factor, it is partially responsible for the equally toned-down win potential which peaks on Ice Wolf at 2,500 times your bet.
Overall, the game is yet again a marvel of slot design showcasing the creative capabilities of the Elk Studios team. The gameplay with the gradual expansion is engaging and suspenseful, although we did miss some sort of bonus or free spins feature. That would have crowned the Ice Wolf to be a top candidate for a new player favourite.