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The wombat says: this wombat usually prefers to holiday somewhere hot, but in this game we´re putting on a funny helmet and having a go at becoming a Viking warrior in North Storm, the slot game from Microgaming and Rabcat. It’s not exactly tropical out there, so the Wombat will have to fake that tan this year.
If Nordic mythology’s your thing, you’re going to love this mystical game that takes you into a fantasy temple for the action to begin. Sure, it’s the kind of place where there’s the threat of an avalanche, but pull on your brave pants and get ready to play this visual stunner. Talking of avalanches, the symbols drop in a bit like Gonzo´s Quest on this game. It all adds to the vibe!
Pop your thermals on, go up against the Norse Gods and you’ll be in with a chance of a reward. It’s a real Viking adventure.
Look and Feel
First things first: bring a scarf because, as the name suggests, it’s snowing out there. You might want to play this after a quick go on the Ice Ice Yeti slot just to get used to the temperature.
Playing North Storm gave this wombat a chill (and a thrill) – it’s a long way from the Bush. Anyone got a spare ski mask?
You’ll be welcomed (or warned off, to be more accurate) by a cold, grey landscape with some frankly terrifying Norse Gods cooking up shards of frosty blue ice. Sure, there’s danger lurking but those graphics are stunning, with J, Q, K and A carved out line runes. I mean it´s not as colourful as Harlequin Carnival, it´s all blacks and greys, but its pretty impressive all the same.
Now this takes a bit of imagining, but the music sounds like ice. Yes, really. Like it’s cracking and exploding while you shiver and spin. As the action ramps up, so do those sounds. Is there a more beautifully designed game around? We highly doubt it. It puts more traditional games like the Golden Yak slot to shame, but how does it play? Let´s find out.
North Storm has 5 reels and 3 rows with 25 pay lines. One less than the Crusader slot in other words which, incidentally, is worth a try if you enjoy this game. You can bet anything from 0.25 to 50 and you could win up to 1,000 your bet if the wind blows the right way.
Don’t be scared of the wolf – he’s your Wild symbol and the Celtic patterns are higher paying symbols than the classic cards. (They’re the ones that look like the wombat’s tattoos. I don´t regret a thing, but does wear long sleeves when my mum comes round. Just as well it’s cold out there.)
Bag five of a kind and that wolf gives out a whopping 100 x your bet. Here, wolfy-wolfy!
Bonus Falls: each time you win, the Bonus Falls symbol sweeps in like a storm and replaces your symbols with a new batch, giving you an extra stab at making winning combinations. Nice.
What´s more, there´s an increasing multiplier feature. So say you make a winning combo and your winning symbols explode into dust leaving room for new ones. The multiplier nudges up to 2x – and if you make a subsequent win, it´s applied and then nudges up to x3 and then x4. To cut a long story short, if you can string together some consecutive wins on the Bonus Falls, it can be a nice little earner!
Free Spins and Bonuses
Watch out for the Viking mask for a free spin. OK, so he’s not the kind of bloke you want to meet down a dark alley, but if you get three of a kind next to each other, those glowing eyes will give you between 8 and 20 spins. Result!
With beautiful visuals and a real sense of adventure, this is a Nordic expedition worth your time. The North Storm slot is exciting, arresting and full of surprises. The Wolf Wild is a particular favourite, helping us rack up those wins. OK, so we had to defrost with a nice hot chocolate afterwards, but it was well worth it.