As usual for an ELK Studios-powered slot, the design in Ice Wolf is top notch. With snow-capped mountains in the background, the reels are flanked by a pair of Viking-style wooden wolf heads. There you’ll find A, K and Q symbols as well as a shield, hammer and axe and 3 gold animal heads. Appropriately enough the wolf’s head is the most rewarding symbol. Land 3, 4, 5 or 6 on adjoining reels for an award of 2, 2.5, 4 or 5 times your stake.
Reels locked in ice
The reels are set into 3 different sections. To start, you’ll play on a 6 reel machine with 3 rows open. These combine to offer 729 ways to win. Landing a winner opens up positions directly above which are encased in ice. Wins trigger respins which can open up even more blocked positions. If all the positions are unblocked, you’ll have 74,088 ways to create a winner. Respins continue until no new winner lands. The reels then revert to their original state.
Trails of Ice Wolf wilds
A pack of wild wolves can appear on any spin. These trigger the Wolfpack feature which then charges up the screen, totally opening up the whole of a reel, including the top row. Those positions all turn wild and a respin follows.
Top block extras
Things are a little different on the top row of the reels. Instead of the standard symbols, you’ll see blanks or special modifiers. These include sticky wilds, extra spin symbols and multipliers of 2x, 3x, 5x, 10x or 50x. If a row is unlocked and the modifier lands in the top position, it is activated. Any multipliers are applied to any wins, not just on the row directly below. If you land more than 1 active multiplier, their totals are added together for an even bigger boost.
High variance gameplay
We liked the Ice Wolf slot game. The classy sound and visuals are just what we expected. It’s especially well-suited to mobile play. The gameplay is rather unusual. The respins and other extras can combine very nicely though. The setting might be chilly but this is a fiery game on the volatility front. The variance here is high - top payouts stand at a cool 2,500 times your stake per respin.
To win big, you need to release the top row which adds more ways to win as well as sticky wilds and big multipliers – for that, you need the Wolfpack feature to trigger as well as plenty of consecutive wins. Overall, Ice Wolf is another good slot from ELK Studios – however, any of the ‘Gold’ series are recommended which also offer lots of ways to win and more bonus features. The pick of the bunch is Voodoo Gold.