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Arctic Dreaming

Aristocrat Technologies

Arctic Dreaming

This game, in the new Gen7 platform and sleek Viridian cabinet, is a clone of a slot that has been very popular for Aristocrat in New South Wales, Australia. It is a strong new game in Aristocrat’s Reel Power series. Reel Power games contain no paylines; the player pays to activate reels, and all wins are paid as scatters.

In this case, it costs from one credit to 30 credits to activate each reel. With five reels activated for a maximum 150-credit wager, the Reel Power format with a standard five-by-three pay window offers the player 243 possible winning combinations on each spin. However, this is one of Aristocrat’s games featuring the “Power Pay” wager. This is an extra “ante” wager that activates additional features on any given game.

In this case, a wager of five credits per reel plus an extra five-credit ante wager (at least 30 credits per spin) causes extra reel spots to appear on the second and fourth reels-they become four-symbol reels. What this does to the scatter-pay setup is nearly double the possible paying combinations. Instead of 243 ways, the Power Pay screen offers 432 possible winning combinations on each spin.

The polar-themed symbols of the primary game include a wild dancing polar bear, which substitutes for all but the scatter-pay igloo symbol. Three or more scattered igloo symbols trigger a unique free-spin round. There are 10 free spins, and beginning with the second free game, a dancing-bear wild symbol is added to each of the second and fourth reels. Thus, in the Power Pay mode, from the sixth free game on, the second and fourth reels are completely filled with wild symbols.

The Power Pay feature will encourage high average wagers, and the volatility of this game will appeal to the frequent-play gambler.

Manufacturer: Aristocrat Technologies
Platform: Gen7
Format: Scatter-pay video slot
Denomination: .01
Max Bet: 150, 300, 750
Top Award: 40,000 credits times line bet
Hit Frequency: 31.74%
Theoretical Hold: 7.01%-14.22%

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