Delve into Greek mythology on the slot from STHLM Gaming, powered by Relax Gaming, as their protagonist Ricky Riches is taking flight on Icarus Wilds. In his neverending pursuit of reel treasures, he is ascending to the sky with a set of feathered wings and moving across the screen as roaming, multiplier or temporarily locked Flying Wilds. Trigger the bonus round and you’ll get to play unlimited free spins on an expanded game window as long as a Ricky symbol is on the reels where you can win up to 16,800 times your bet.
Icarus Wilds is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 243 ways to win. This increases to four rows and 1,024 ways during the free spins feature. Pays are awarded for three to five matching symbols on adjacent reels, starting from the left only. You can join Ricky on his reel flight from 0.25 to 50 credits per spin. The game has high volatility with a generous RTP of 96.54%.
A lofty birdseye view of the Greek island is opening up when you load the game. Presumably, it must be Crete as that is the island Daedalus and his son were planning to escape from by using the wings built from feathers and wax. The connection to the tale of the father-son couple is further emphasized with Greek-style royals a variety of related symbols. Ricky Riches slipped into the persona of Icarus and is seen flying across the screen as a roaming wild. An ancient-sounding acoustic tune provides the fitting audio to the gameplay.
The pay symbols start at the low end with the card royals from 10 through to A, awarding 1.2x to 8x your stake for a single five of a kind. They are followed by a set of tools, an Amphora, a set of wings, a golden wreath and a golden warrior helmet. Hit five on a line to win 16x to 200x your bet.
Ricky Riches aka Icarus is the wild symbol, appearing in three varieties on reels two to five and performing the usual substitution duties (more to the wilds in a short while). An ancient Greek golden coin acts as the scatter with minimum three needed to trigger the main feature.
After sending him back in time by a few decades to the Golden Age of gambling in Las Vegas on Casino on the House and further to the Roaring Twenties on Ricky Riches: Booster Reel, the Swedish game studio is sending their intrepid slotting hero now back to ancient times for a mythological Greek reel adventure. For what’s it worth, Icarus was the son of Daedalus who built some wings from feathers and wax to help them escape from the island of Crete. Before taking flight, Daedalus exclaims “don’t fly too close to the sun”, yet Icarus does exactly that and falls into the sea after the wax holding the wing wings together is melting. The moral of the story is a saying that is used until today.
STHLM has made Icarus the focus of the game by letting him (or better said Ricky, his modern version) appear as a Flying Wild that can land anywhere on reels two to five in the main game and free spins. When he does he will take on one of three forms – standard Flying Wild, Multiplier Wild with x2, x3 or x4 attached or Locking Wild, staying in place for up to 4 spins. Worth noting is that only wins he is part of will benefit from any multiplier.
He will nudge up by one row on the next spin from the position he landed. The spins, while the wild is nudging upwards, are not free. Seeing him hit on the bottom row will mean he stays on screen for three spins. However, the feature is bet sensitive, hence, changing the stake will remove him from the reels but he will return when you go back to the triggering bet size.
Three or more coin scatters landing anywhere on the reels in one spin will trigger the Icarus Free Spins. Before the feature starts, the game window increases to a 5×4 format with 1,024 ways to win. One of the three Flying Wilds is placed on the bottom row of a random reel from two to five. More can land during the feature. The round has no set number of free spins and will only end once there is no more Flying Wild in view. This gives you a minimum of four free spins with no limit at the upper end.
Gotta give STHLM credit for their efforts as they focus each of their slots on a specific theme and execute it really well. The graphics are to the point and the animations flawless, while a fitting soundtrack rounds off the gameplay. Icarus Wilds has an added bonus for the highest win potential of any slot coming from the Swedish studio. At 16,800 times bet it is certainly worth taking flight, but beware the game has high volatility, hence, it will be advisable to heed the saying “don’t fly too close to the sun”.