Icy World Slot Machine
Icy World is a 5 reel, 25 pay line slot machine from 777igt that was created for online casinos.
As the name suggests, this is a winter themed slot that takes you into a world of polar bears and penguins.
While there are dozens of online slots dealing with winter, Icy World differs because it isn't just about building snowmen and having snowball fights. Instead, it takes you on a journey to the Arctic Circle.
Covering parts of Alaska, Canada, Finland, Greenland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden, the Arctic Circle is famous for Aurora Borealis sightings, ice caps, and being home to polar bears.
Is it worth taking this trip to the freezing lands of the Arctic Circle through Icy World slot?
Find out as we look at this game's atmosphere, music, animations, pay table, graphics, bonus features, betting options, and game rules. We'll also compare Icy World to two other winter themed slot machines to see where it stands.
Icy World Slot Machine Overview
The background is set on frozen water, which overlooks snowcapped mountains and trees. The mountains, trees, and water all feature strong detail, making this background a pleasure to look at.
The reels, jackpot markets, and betting options are covered in a thin layer of snow, which completes the wintry atmosphere.
One more good aspect of the background includes snowflakes falling while you're playing. Although not the first slot to use this effect, we like how large and realistic Icy World's snowflakes look.
Our only complaint is that the reels are transparent, making some of the symbols hard to distinguish from the background. But this is a small complaint about what's otherwise a really good background.
The music is a happy guitar tune that sounds like a mix of wilderness and holidays. We can't say that the music is a perfect match for Icey World, but it creates a pleasant feeling.
As for sound effects, our favorite occurs when coins drop into your Credits section because it sounds like the Nintendo game Super Mario Bros.
Other sound effects are the generic variety that you'll find in any slot machine. These include: a dreamy sound during wins, clicking when reels start and stop, and a movie project sound while the reels are spinning.
We aren't thrilled about the sound effects, but the coin sound helps save Icy World in this department.
As described before, the best animation is the snowflakes falling, which keeps Icy World from being a run of the mill winter slot.
Other animations include: winning symbols moving closer to the reels, coins hopping into your Credits section, the snow fox blinking, penguin swaying from side to side, winning letters/numbers forming together, the polar bear moving towards the reels, the popsicle disappearing as it's eaten, and the snowman bobbing up and down.
Icy World Pay Table and Graphics
Icy World features 15 symbols, with only half of these actually dealing with winter. We'll discuss the mismatching symbols later, but first, here's a look at the symbols and payouts:
A gold crown that looks fit for Elsa from Disney's Frozen, this symbol triggers the Mega Jackpot when landing 5 times in a pay line.
This ruby pays the Minor Jackpot when appearing 5 times in an active line.
The emerald ring triggers the Mini Jackpot when landing 5 times in a pay line.
With one leg up in the air and arms outstretched, this cute penguin substitutes for everything except jackpot, bonus, and scatter symbols to form wins. The penguin also pays 150 coins when forming its own 5 symbol payout.
Halfway submerged in frozen waters with its arms on an ice cap, this bear offers 200 coins for 5 symbols, 40 for 4, and 12 for 3.
The snow fox offers 150 coins for 5 symbols, 40 for 4, and 12 for 3.
Giving the camera a close up of its face, this white seal pays 120 coins for 5 symbols, 30 for 4, and 12 for 3.
One of five purple letters/numbers, the A pays 100 coins for 5 symbols, 30 for 4, and 10 for 3.
The K delivers 80 coins for 5 symbols, 25 for 4, and 10 for 3.
The Q pays 60 coins for 5 symbols, 25 for 4, and 10 for 3.
These two symbols pay 50 coins for 5 symbols, 20 for 4, and 10 for 3.
The snowman offers scatter payouts that are multiplied by your total bet. Scatter prizes include: 100x your bet for 5 symbols, 30x for 4, and 5x for 3.
The popsicle delivers free spins when appearing 3 or more times anywhere on the reels.
This wooly mammoth triggers the bonus when landing 3 times on the reels.
Staying true to 777igt slots, Icy World offers outstanding symbol graphics that include both cartoon and realistic styles.
The fox, mammoth, seal, penguin, and polar bear symbols offer realistic depictions of these animals. The snowman and popsicle feature cartoonish graphics that also look good.
While we're fans of Icy World's symbols, we do think that the following points are odd:
- Why does this game have emeralds, rubies, and sapphires? We get that these are found in many slot machines, but they're too general in Icy World.
- Why is a popsicle in this game? While popsicles are common frozen treats, they, like the gemstones, don't fit in with the Arctic Circle theme.
- Where does the wooly mammoth come into play? Mammoths went extinct over 10,000 years ago, and it's weird to include them in this slot.
Icy World Slot Bonus Features
Icy World features several features, including free games, a second screen bonus, and three progressive jackpots. Below you can see the details on all of these features.
When you trigger free spins with popsicles, a voice announces them and the reels begin spinning automatically. We don't like how the reels automatically spin because it's sometimes nice to take a break before free games begin.
Another problem is that you don't get any multipliers, special symbols, new background, or fresh music. These are just basic spins - the only difference is that you don't have to pay to play.
The one good thing is how often Icy World gives you free games. Playing all 25 lines, we triggered this bonus around once every 25 spins.
The bonus round keeps you on the frozen waters, where you'll see a 5x3 grid of ice blocks in the middle of the screen.
You're given a pickaxe and asked to break up blocks to reveal prizes. You get two choices, after which the bonus ends and you collect your winnings.
Although an enjoyable second screen bonus, the one thing we hate is that it sometimes malfunctions. The first time we played, we didn't even get to break up any blocks because the instructions stayed on the screen, and the bonus automatically ended.
While we still collected a bonus prize, the fact that the game didn't let us pick blocks is annoying. The bonus worked the rest of the times and, barring any malfunctions, it's a fun game to play.
One interesting side note is that Olaf and Sven from Frozen stand off to the right during the bonus. We're not sure if 777igt actually licensed these Disney characters just for this purpose, especially since their appearances are so random.
This game offers Mega, Minor, and Mini Jackpots - all of which are huge.
At the time of this review, the Mega Jackpot is worth $1,315,497, the Minor Jackpot sits at $662,748, and the Mini Jackpot is worth $438,499.
The thing we love about these progressive jackpots is that they all offer a life changing amount. But the catch is that with such big prizes, even your chances of winning the Mini Jackpot are slim.
Nevertheless, we still enjoy having the opportunity to play for huge jackpots.
You can use 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 pay lines, and adjust your bet per line from $0.01 to $2.00. This makes the minimum bet $0.05 and the max worth $50.00.
Unlike some 777igt games we've played, which use tiny plus/minus symbols to adjust payouts, this game features big buttons that are easy to click.
You can use Auto spin to automatically spin the reels for between 10 and infinity turns. We found the infinity option unnecessary for our purposes, but it's still nice to have if you want to hunt for the jackpots.
Volume can be adjusted with the speaker button in the upper right hand corner. The speaker offers a sliding bar for precise control over the volume.
After playing Icy World for about 300 spins, we found the win frequency to be above average for a 25 pay line slot.
The penguin wild helped us from a lot of wins with the letters, seal, and fox. Of course, some of these wins are net losses when you're playing all 25 lines.
The good thing is that you can recoup your losses through the frequent scatter payouts, free spins, and bonus rounds.
Thanks to how many times we triggered the bonuses, we ended up with a $0.50 profit on the session.
Icy World features standard rules for a 5 reel slot machine, which you can see below:
- Payouts are made from left to right, starting with the leftmost reel.
- The exception is scatter and bonus symbols, which trigger rewards from anywhere on the reels.
- Wins are multiplied by your bet per line to determine payouts i.e. betting $1 and winning 10 coins = $10 payout.
- Free spins are played at the trigger number of pay lines and bet per line.
Comparison to Other Winter Themed Slot Machines
For the sake of comparisons, let's look at how Icy World fares against Arrow's Edge's Board Babe and Rival Gaming's Ice Picks. The reason we've chosen these games is because they offer a non-Christmas winter angle.
This 5 reel, 9 pay line game takes you onto the slopes for some snowboarding action.
Immediate aspects to like about this game include its symbol graphics and background.
Regarding the latter, you'll see snowcapped houses, mountains, and trees below, indicating that you're on top of a slope. The babe stands to the right, dressed in her snowsuit and ready to board down the slopes.
The symbol graphics feature high quality cartoons that are reminiscent of the snowman and popsicle in Icy World. Board Babe's symbols include: the Board Babe wild, snowflake scatter, dog, snow globe, goggles, snowman, and letters / numbers.
Features include free games and scatter payouts, which don't measure up to the offerings of Icy World.
The problem with Board Babe is that, beyond its quality background and symbols, this game is a basic 5 reel slot. Compare this to Icy World, which features falling snowflakes, a second screen bonus, and three progressive jackpots.
This 5 reel, 20 pay line game opens with an introduction that shows a man standing in a helicopter as snowy mountains pass by. He then jumps out the helicopter, snow boards down a mountain, and travels to a cave.
This James Bond like intro sets you up for a perilous, treasure hunting adventure into an icy cave.
Symbols include frozen gold idols, frozen skulls, frozen gold bracelets, caveman hammers, climbing spikes, goggles, a helmet, icepick, jewels jackpot, crate wild, and a treasure map bonus.
The bonus round is almost identical to Icy World's since you select ice blocks to reveal treasures. The main difference is that Ice Picks' bonus takes place in a cave.
Overall, we like Ice Picks' introduction video, theme, and symbols. But this is an older slot, so its symbol and background graphics don't compare to what Icy World offers.
We were immediately impressed upon opening Icy World and seeing the arctic background and falling snowflakes. The symbols also help in the visual area because they offer a mix of high quality cartoons and realistic icons.
Unlike other 777igt slot machines, Icy World also offers unique animations. While these aren't anything special in relation to the slots world, the animations do make Icy World stand out from other 777igt games.
Another thing to appreciate about this slot is its features, including three progressive jackpots, free games, and a bonus round. While the bonus round malfunctioned on our first attempt, it worked every time thereafter and proved to be fun.
Downsides to Icy World include its generic sound effects and oddly placed symbols. Regarding the latter, we don't like how jewels and popsicles are included in this game.
But overall, these small drawbacks don't hinder what's one of the best winter themed slots that we've played.