Although powered by Microgaming, Arctic Valor has been created by Crazy Tooth Gaming and has six reels with 4096 ways to win. Arctic Valor has win lines from left to right and right to left so provided players have three or more matching symbols, they can make a win.
In Arctic Valor, players embark on an arctic adventure with a randomly activated Icicle feature and Arctic Valor free spins. The game's theme has a Norse mythology background that is set in a celestial icy temple. Players will see visuals of the northern lights putting on a show in the backdrop as snowflakes gently drop onto the reels.
On the ice-cracked reels, players will notice fully stacked low-value pink, blue and snow crystals plus medium-value shields, winged helmets, crossbows and swords. The top-paying icons are represented by four Valkyrie warriors - all of the same value, giving players an x3 multiplier bet stake for six across any active payline. There are no unique icons per se except the game's wild symbol that replaces all other icons except the scatter.
Bonus features of Arctic Valor
In the primary game of Arctic Valor, the Icicle feature randomly activates on any spin. One or more icicles falling onto the reels will become stacked, with the maximum three icons appearing stacked on each reel. Players are then required to click on the icicles to reveal either a cash prize or additional wild symbols. The Icicle feature activates reasonably frequently so that players do not have to enable it often.
Landing three or 3 or more scatter symbols anywhere in sight on the reels will activate the Arctic Valor free spins bonus where seven free turns will be bestowed on players. During the free spins bonus, the Icicle feature triggers on each spin to grant players more wild symbols. Furthermore, a set of Valkyrie icons also become active when there are three symbols stacked on the reel. Plus, when Valkyrie icons appear on the reels, the Icicles will explicitly target them to create more symbols.
Sadly, even though Arctic Valor has a few innovations worth mentioning, like the six reel-engine and both ways wins creating 4,096 chances of winning, with stacked symbols; it's visuals suck.
Furthermore, despite the many ways to win, the payouts are frustratingly low, even though the biggest win can be substantial.
Another small annoyance is that when the Icicle feature activates, players have to manually click the icicles to reveal their individual prizes. Doesn't sound too bad yet for those autoplay aficionados this can be irritating, as it renders the autoplay functionality useless.
The Arctic Valor free spins make little sense too. The fully stacked Valkyrie icons are discarded for three high-value Valkyries instead. This seems frustrating, yet not as disappointing as the next annoyance. When the Icicles explicitly target the Valkyrie stacks, this helps wins, however, does not help players win big. If the icicles targeted the reels adjacent to them, then this will create more stacked symbols.
For all the innovation Arctic Valor has, the gameplay has let it down for punters to make some serious big payouts.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring