Icy Wonders from developer NetEnt is one of those slots that takes the icebergs, deep blue seas and drifting floes of the frigid polar oceans as its background. It could well be the Arctic, although that makes the penguin Bonus icon a very unexpected bonus indeed. Nevertheless, with no particular storyline, Icy Wonders mixes amusing graphics and animations, cute characters, a walrus barking to herald wins, and a few bonus features to offer some worthwhile slot rewards.
Icy Wonders is a five-reel slot, with 30 pay lines meandering through the three icons displayed on each reel. By adjusting both coin denominations and the number of coins played per line, players can vary the bet between 1 and 200 coins per line per spin. However, the two Icy Wonders jackpots pay better if the player has engaged the maximum of 4 coins per line, so it is better to play on this setting, even if that means settling for a lower coin denomination.
A Selection of Whimsical Characters
Icy Wonders uses only four of the all-too-familiar poker symbols for low-value wins. The J, Q, K and A are all rendered as colourful letters encased in ice blocks. The biggest prize possible among this selection is 125 credits for five As on one pay line.
The four higher-value Icy Wonders symbols are all familiar sights from the pack ice around the North Pole: a welcoming igloo, a cheerful walrus, a friendly husky and a happy polar bear with his fish dinner. Like the poker symbols, these icons require three matches or more to win prizes. Five polar bears wins the biggest prize in this section: 1,000 credits.
A toothless and very amiable shark plays the role of the Icy Wonders Wild, capable as usual of standing in for any of the ordinary symbols to complete winning combos. For matches of two or more running in sequence on a pay line from Reel 1, the Wild also wins prizes of its own: 5, 200, 2,000 or 7,500 credits.
Brights gold stars, which are not part of normal play but can show up at random, are the triggers for the two Icy Wonders jackpots; the Wonder Jackpot and the Mega Wonder Jackpot, which can be 20X the size of the Wonder Jackpot. The player requires a sequence of four stars to trigger the Wonder Jackpot, and five stars to win the Mega Wonder Jackpot.
Both Free Spins and Bonus Game Available
The two other special symbols in Icy Wonders are the Scatter icon, an Eskimo woman wrapped up in her fur parka, and the Bonus icon. The Bonus symbol is the aforementioned penguin, a long way from his southern-hemisphere home.
If three or more penguins come up, the player is taken to a second screen with 12 different penguins ranged across various ice floe levels. The player must pick penguins, and as each one is chosen, it pulls a fish from behind its back. Different fish reveal different prize amounts. When a penguin reveals a fish skeleton, the prizes are totalled and the round ends.
As in some other casino slots available in Canada here, two, three, four or five Scatter symbols will pay the player an immediate prize multiplier of the total bet on the spin: X2, X4, X50 or X400. For three or more Scatters, the player also receives 10, 20 or 30 free spins. All wins are doubled during the free spins round.