Lovely sound & visuals
Quickspin’s reputation as one of the best slot game designers around is fully justified and Polar Paws is another example of why. The sound and visuals here are terrific as per usual. Set against wintry polar village, the reels include A to 10 royals alongside 4 cartoon polar bears embellished with Christmas accessories. The best of the quartet is the bear in glasses and the Santa hat. Land 3, 4 or 5 of these for a payout of 0.8, 4 or 10 times your total stake.
There are 2 types of wilds in Polar Paws. The Christmas wreath is the standard wild. This substitutes for all the standard symbols and pays 0.2, 10, 20 or 40 times your stake if you land 2, 3, 4 or 5 in combination.
The second wild is the bowl full of festive treats. This doesn’t offer any payouts in its own right. It does deliver a multiplier boost when it forms part of a winning combination though. With the 1 multiplier wild, the payout is doubled and with 2 it’s trebled. Land 3 multiplier wilds in a winner and the payout gets a 4x boost. This is called the Multiplier Wild feature.
Free spins with extra wilds
The Free Spins feature is triggered by landing 3 of Santa’s elf on the same spin. After a payout of 3 times your stake, you’ll then go on to play 10 free spins. Each time an elf lands during the free spins it’s collected in a meter. Fill the meter and 1 of the polar bear symbols turns into a wild. The meter then empties and you’ll start collecting again. Extra free spins are awarded if you turn 2 or 3 polar bears wild. Collecting multiplier wilds will also add multipliers up to 4x to your wins.
We enjoyed the Christmas-themed Polar Paws slot game. The design is excellent without being too sugary. The gameplay is simple but the multiplier wilds and the potential extra wilds in the Free Spins feature keep things interesting.
As far as variance goes, we’re in the medium to high range with the bigger wins coming from the multiplier wilds – with 1,000 times your stake to be won on every spin, the potential 4x multiplier could lead to 4,000 times stake wins. If you’re looking for a simple festive slot game, the Polar Paws could be just what you’re after.