Tue, Feb 26, 7:15am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:29pm
A Million Dollar Progressive and Frozen North Pokie Action
Arctic Gems has appeal on two different fronts. First, you’ll find a stunning design. The live version has a tall screen with the swirling Northern lights and sparkling stars beyond the reels. You will also find an online version of this pokie, with a majestic grey wolf stood to the right of the reels. The second reason to check out Arctic Gems is the many ways to win big. These are topped by a picks game where you can win a life-changing progressive jackpot.
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Several features make this an enjoyable game besides the jackpot. Here are the highlights:
There are 4 progressive jackpots to be won. You can trigger this at any spin amount. If you are playing in a live casino – you’ll need to bet $2.25 per spin or more to be in with a shot at the biggest of the 4 jackpots.
As you spin, gems will appear on reel 1. These will travel to a magical looking bowl (above the reels on the live version, next to the wolf on the right online). Most of the time, these gems do nothing except for making the bowl sparkle a little.
Occasionally it will send you to a picks game. Here you will see the screen covered in circles. You get to choose 11 of these. Each simply reveals a logo style design until you complete the picks.
Next, the game goes through your picks one by one, revealing a purple gem. Each gem moves you up a ladder which starts with cash amounts (up to 1500 coins) then moves onto the progressives. You are hoping that all the picks reveal gems – this will get you the biggest prize.
This pokie has features of its own which give it a lot more depth than just the shot at a big progressive. The key feature involves win multipliers. These appear on the higher paying animal symbols on reel 1 only. They can be anything from 2x to 5x. When you win with the animals, the multipliers come into play for any lines involved.
Each spin sees blank symbols on the reels covered in one of the main 4 animals – which then appear in long ‘stacks’ on each reel. This means your win multipliers can have big effects on some spins.
There are wilds on the reels to connect wins – and you will also get a free spins bonus with 8 spins with 3 of the special snowflake symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5.
You’ll spin 50 win-lines for 75 coins with this game. Those extra 25 coins pay for the bonus features and shot at the big progressive jackpot. There are 5 reels with 3 rows of symbols on each. With stacked higher paying symbols, you will often trigger multiple win-lines at once.
Wilds, which show a pair of wolves howling at the moon, have the biggest single prize at 600 coins for 5. They substitute for the regular symbols too. Animal wins can be multiplied – and are headed-up by the polar bears at 550 coins for 5. You will also find weasels, arctic foxes and white rabbits on the reels. Smaller wins come from symbols that look like tribal designs of those northern animals.
IGT have made the reels of this pokie transparent. Most of the time the symbols will obscure the view. When you spin you get glimpses of snowy mountains and the swirling northern lights above them. There are plenty of sparkles and meteors in the sky to bring the scene to life.
All of the arctic animals are looking right at you from the reels. These are detailed drawings, and contrast with the bold colours of the native symbols. You’ll hear plenty of animal sound effects alongside the atmospheric music.
This is an excellent pokie. I can see people giving it a spin after being attracted by the shot at the progressive jackpot – and then returning for the enjoyable game play! With multipliers regularly hitting the reels, you never know when a big (stacked symbol) win will come your way. Add to this plenty of wilds and a free spins bonus game – and there is a lot to keep you entertained. Best of all, you could win the $1 million progressive at any time!