North Storm represents a severe snowstorm with Vikings. Cascading wins and a progressive multiplier make the play more thrilling and rewarding. You will see stone symbols on the 15 positions. The main features are the Bonus Falls, Free Spins and the increasing multiplier.
Rabcat in collaboration with Microgaming are due to release North Storm. It is a Nordic slot with a cascading feature and multipliers at all stages of the game. The slot has stone blocks with Celtic runes for symbols and a Viking statue.
North Storm has similar features and gameplay to Gonzo’s Quest and Jungle Jim. These two have probably been used as inspiration. The game has 5 reels, 3 rows, and 25 ways to win. Players can choose wagers between 25p and £50 per spin. To score a win you have to land 3 to 5 matching symbols on any of the 25 pay-lines from left to right, starting from reel 1.
The slot has a Bonus Fall feature which is a cascading one. Each winning cascade activates the increase of the multiplier. The latter is active at all stages of the gameplay. In the base mode, it increases by x1 in steps of x1, x2, x3 and x4 while in free spins it starts with x2 and increments by x2. The maximum that it can reach during free spins is x8.
North Storm doesn’t have a progressive jackpot. But the larges sum you can win is from a full screen of the top-paying symbol or the wild. This results in 20,000 times your stake thanks to the highest x8 multiplier boost. It is a medium volatility slot with an RTP of 96.13%.
The action is set in the middle of a massive snowstorm in the north with a statue of a large Viking god on the left. You will see 15 stone blocks falling from above on the rugged stone platform. From behind a marvellous view of mountain ranges uncovers. A flock of birds will be flying occasionally from the right. The main menu is at the bottom of the playing window.
The symbols include the playing cards from 10 to A. There are bronze, silver and gold Celtic runes. There is a glowing-eyed mask symbol which is the scatter and a dire wolf symbol as the wild. The soundtrack is dramatic and suitable for the theme.
You will hear a tribal tune playing that will merge you into the freezing and epic atmosphere of the game. On the top are displayed the 4 multiplier values from x1 to x4 in the base game and from x2 to x8 in free spins. The graphics and music are superb and unique.
To score a win you need 3 to 5 identical symbols to land on a pay-line from reel one to the right. The low-value symbols are the cards from 10 to A and they reward from 1x to 3x your stake for 5 of a kind. Next in value is the bronze Celtic pattern and it returns 20x stake for 5 of a kind combinations. The silver Celtic pattern gives you a 40x stake for 5 symbols in a combination.
The gold Celtic pattern and the dire wolf, which is the wild, pay the most – 100 times your stake for 5 on a pay-line. The difference is that the wild pays for 5 symbols only. As usual, it substitutes all regular missing symbols.
There is a cascading feature called Bonus Falls. Every time you score a win you trigger a cascade or a Bonus Fall. The winning symbols crash and vanish from the screen. The remaining symbols fall to take the free spaces. Also, new symbols fall from above to fill all missing positions. This process repeats every time you score a win.
Moreover, there is an increasing multiplier active at all times. Each Bonus Fall increases it by x1 in the base game and by x2 in free spins. The main game multipliers are x1, x2, x3 and x4. On the first Bonus Fall, your win will be multiplied by x2. On the second – by x3, etc. Failing to score a win resets the multiplier back to x1. So, the key to getting higher wins is scoring consecutive wins. These increase the multiplier value.
The scary mask with the glowing eyes is the scatter. Land 3 of it on a pay-line on reels 1 to 3 during a Bonus Fall or Initial Fall to activate the Free Spins feature. You will receive 8 free spins. You can add more free rounds during free spins by landing 3 more scatters in one Bonus Fall. If you succeed, you will add 2 more rounds. This way, you can grab up to 20 Free spins in total.
As mentioned, the multiplier during free spins starts at x2 and increases by to x2 after each Bonus Fall. So, after the first win, it becomes x4, after the second x6 and after the third – x8.
If you score a full screen of the best paying symbol or the wild you will pocket 100 times your stake. If you have an x8 multiplier active – this makes 800x stake. Since there are 25 pay-lines, you will grab 20,000 times your stake or 1 million when playing with the largest stake amount. This is the jackpot in the game.
Northern Storm has many similar features to other two games – Gonzo’s Quest and Jungle Jim. So, if you like these two or fancy the Viking-themed games you will have a great time playing it.
The presentation and soundtrack of Northern Storm are impressive. The multiplier of x4 and x8 at the most in the base game and free spins ensure lucrative rounds. The maximum that players can take is 20,000 their stake which is an attractive top prize.