What’s the first thing you might do if you found yourself stranded in a dark, cold, icy cave at either of the world’s polar extremities? Bust out your iPad we say, and blow that vital battery on this stunning, generous and strangely calming game. Realistic Games is the name behind this one, a slot that is certainly realistic by nature, somehow taking you there. So, what are you waiting for, grab your thermals and come win with us!
Presented over a 5x3 setup, Black Ice has a stingy 10 paylines, but a wealth of bonuses and feature attractions for the keen gamer. Step into the chilly cave where the action commences, but don’t forget to leave a trail to get out by if things go awry.
Appearances can be deceptive
Punctuated with brightly coloured precious stone shapes, the look of the slot fits both the theme and the sense that there is money to be won; it’s tastefully done by Realistic Games. With just the six symbols - orange, green, purple, blue, yellow and red in varying cut-glass gem shapes - this slot takes a slightly different approach to the prize table.
There is also a wild, recognised by its gleaming white background and by having ‘wild’ written in gems across it. This symbol substitutes for all others, no exceptions - another deviation from the industry standard where the scatter is excluded. Truth is, you won’t find a scatter here at all.
The bonuses and the quirks
That wild symbol comes back into play for the free spins feature, which it’s predominantly based on. You’ll find eight on the reels at the beginning of each spin, get a win and all symbols that are not wilds in the winning combination get transformed into wilds, you are then credited a further free spin. Get a win from this new spin and the process will repeat, until you lose and the game resets to the base game.
Black Ice is a great slot, no doubt about it. It’s engaging, nice to look at and has cool, calming sounds. The graphics put many other slots to shame and take you right to the theme’s core. The star feature is not at all shy, hitting with a nice regularity – this is mainly down to the sheer number of wilds hanging around. The RTP for this one is a decent 95.05%, the gameplay fluid and grown-up. We think it’s one of the better slots for settling into of an evening, and it certainly proves popular on our site.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring