Relatively new software house, Endorphina, brings you Ice Pirates. A playable game set in a cold and distant land, with a range of nice bonuses and a theme supported by well-rendered graphics and a decent soundtrack too.
Presented over the traditional 5 x 3 setup, this 10 payline slot forms its wins from left to right. Inspired by the North Pole, it is set against the background of the North Sea, symbols on wooden boards spin to the sounds of the polar winds.
Symbols for the big wins
The wild in this game comes in the form of the Pirate Captain and substitutes for all symbols, except the scatter. The most valuable symbol in the game, the wild will give you a win of up to 1000 coins should you land four of them across the reels.
The scatter comes in the form of a skull and crossbones, coming to you in combinations of 3,4 and 5 anywhere over the reels. This symbol also triggers the game’s free spin feature.
The bonuses to tempt you
Take a risk
Whilst you might not necessarily class this as a bonus feature, it does play a significant role in the gaming experience. With every win you get the chance to try and double your win by trying your luck in a game of “Play Your Cards Right” with the game’s dealer.
If you can flip over a card that is higher than the one the dealer is showing, you will double your win. Flip a card that is lower than the dealer’s and you lose the lot. This round continues until you either choose to stop gambling or you lose out to the dealer. In the result of a tie, no one wins.
Multipliers and free spins
During the main game the fifth reel is covered with multipliers of 2x, 3x and 5x. However, they don’t actually become active until the Free Spins feature, 12 of which are triggered when you reveal three or more Scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. There is also a 10x and 20x multiplier available during the free spins.
Ice Pirates looks great and with those cartoon-like figures of penguins, polar bears and pirates it has a real feelgood value too. The vibrant background lets you dream of chillier places, whilst the only bonus feature worth mentioning keeps you on your toes. A few more bonuses would have been nice, and a bit less of a house edge, but overall it’s a decent average slot.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring