If you’re a big fan of winter and want to play some video slots inspired by the coldest but most magical time of the year, we’ve got you covered.
Wrap up warm and give some of these wintry video slots a try – they capture the essence of the season and offer lots of exciting gameplay features, not to mention immersive graphics that place you in some pretty chilly places. Whether it’s your favorite time of the year or not, there’s no denying winter-themed slots have inspired many a decent game.
Here’s our list of some of the best you can spin right now.
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It’s set in a particularly snowy environment, with symbols featuring a rabbit, a squirrel and of course the snow leopard itself, as well as a woman brandishing a sword and dressed in furs – this last symbol is actually twice the height of a standard symbol, enabling it to connect to more paylines at once.
The slot has a rather uncommon set-up of four rows and six reels, with no fewer than 100 paylines. Symbols with a close-up of a leopard’s face act as stacked wilds and symbols with paw prints act as scatters.
Land a minimum of three scatters to activate the free spins feature, during which the wild reel remains locked, more free spins can be earned and additional reels can be turned into stacked wilds.
One of the more unique winter-themed slots out there is Winterberries by Yggdrasil Gaming. It has a snowy landscape as its background and various berries as its symbols, including cranberries, blueberries and blackcurrants.
What makes this video slot particularly interesting is the fact that it does away with free spins, wild and scatter symbols. There is, however, a respins feature. Whenever you hit a winning combination, the berry symbols that formed that combination become frozen over and remain in place while the reels are respun. You receive a respin every time you land extra berry symbols the same as the frozen ones; respins stop if there are no symbols matching the frozen berries on the reels.
There’s also a column multiplier feature where if all of the symbols in at least two of the columns are the same, you’ll receive a multiplier. The value of this multiplier is equal to the number of columns with matching symbols.
It has five reels, three rows and 25 paylines with an RTP of 96.7%.
Winter Berries can be played at Guts and many other reputable online casinos.
Wild Gambler: Arctic Adventure
This exciting video slot by Ash Gaming features various cartoon-style Arctic animals as symbols and has a snowy landscape as its backdrop.
It has five reels, three rows and 20 paylines in total, with an RTP of 95.99%. Many players may already be familiar with the original Wild Gambler video slot, which was set in the African savannah; this is the sequel and offers just as many thrills and great gameplay features, albeit with a much colder setting.
The polar bear symbol is the wild and if you land five of these, you’ll earn the slot’s maximum payout of 1,000 coins.
Just like the original Wild Gambler video slot, this one has a feature that lets you lock wilds in place. Land wilds on top of locked ones to have multipliers increased by 1x for a maximum value of 5x.
There’s also a free spins round triggered by landing a minimum of three free spins symbols; during this feature, all multipliers and locked wilds remain in place and any additional wilds that land on the reels also stay in place on the reels.
The slot looks a little dated now, but the gameplay is still slick.
Paddy Power is one of many online casinos where you can play this wintry video slot.
Developed by Push Gaming, Ice Breaker has you setting out on a freezing cold fishing expedition in the Arctic. The main symbols are various colourful fish trapped in blocks of ice, as well as card values.
A clam serves as the wild symbol and can substitute for all others except the hammer, which is the scatter symbol.
If you land three scatters on reels one, three or five, you’ll activate the free spins feature. You’ll receive six free spins and can earn more by landing more hammer symbols; while free spins are active, card value symbols won’t appear on the reels. If at least two fish of the same colour land on the same reel, the collapsing reels feature will be triggered.
All matching symbols will collapse into one and spaces left empty are filled with new symbols; in addition to this, you receive a multiplier whose value is equal to the number of collapsed symbols.
Ice Breaker can be played at Mr Green Casino amongst others and has five reels, three rows and 243 paylines, as well as an RTP of 96.79%.
A cool and sleek video slot, Frozen Diamonds takes the popular jewel/diamond theme and sets it up against a wintry background. It’s developed by Rabcat and has the classic set-up of five reels, three rows and 20 paylines.
What makes it different is that reels don’t spin, instead ice blocks containing symbols simply fall from above.
Symbols include card values and various colored gems, with a multicolored one with the ‘Wild’ logo serving as the wild symbol.
The cascading reels feature sees all symbols that are part of a winning combination fall off the reels to be replaced by new symbols that fall from above. Since there are no scatter symbols in this game, the free spins feature is instead activated by landing three consecutive winning combinations.
During free spins, you’ll benefit from wild symbols and multipliers, as well as the chance to win more free spins.
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