For the first few spins, my thoughts on this slot were not too positive. After a slightly longer session, it has grown on me! The theme is wintery, and a little cheesy too. After all, picking clothing for a snowman to wear for the bonus game will never be everyone’s idea of fun. What you will find is enough going on – along with an upbeat theme – to keep you engaged while you play.
In addition to that clothing-based picks round you can win up to 30 free spins. There is an expanding wild which will double your wins, and also a mini-picks game which stays on the reels. You can also win a progressive jackpot, which ticks up on a wooden board above Snowy’s head to the right of the reels.
No prizes for guessing that the symbols on the reels of this 5-reel video slot all have a winter theme. There are 30 win-lines to line them up on, these are adjustable, via arrows either side of the number above the ‘lines’ word. These are tricky to see – it took me a minute to locate how to adjust the bet size too. You can bet from 1c per line and up from there. Auto play is offered to the bottom left of the reels, and the spin button is to the right.
A pair of skis is the highest paying regular symbol. This is worth 2500 for 5 of a kind, 400 for 4, 40 for 3 and 5 coins for just 2. The sled comes next at 1000 coins for 5, this also pays down to 2 of a kind – the other symbols need 3+ from the left to trigger a prize. The remaining high paying symbols are red boots, colorful mittens and a hot cup of (presumably) coco.
Playing card symbols have been carved out of ice, and have their usual role of making up the smaller wins.
Snowy himself takes the role of the wild for this game. These can appear on any reel and will substitute for the regular symbols. If you get a wild on reel 3, and more wins can be created – this will expand. It will cover all 3 positions on the middle reel, and then gets a 2x multiplier. Wins are then reassessed to see how many more you get.
If you get a snowman wild on reels 1 and 5 in the same spin – a mini picks game starts. These symbols expand and say, ‘pick me’. You simply choose one of them, revealing a cash prize. You get to see the prize you did not pick.
Free Spins are fairly standard. You get 10, 20 or 30 for 3, 4 or 5 of the scatter symbols anywhere in view. A counter appears for your remaining spins on the top right. These spins are faster than the regular game.
3 of the bonus symbols (Snowy again, this time wearing glasses) takes you to the picks game. You see a snowman, and get to pick items to dress it up. This starts with a hair style, then a hat, then mittens and finally a scarf. One thing that puzzled me is that he is not wearing the same items that you picked as you move through each round. I can only guess this saved space to store the different graphics! You keep picking until you get a ‘game over’ message, at which point the number given for each pick is multiplied by your total bet amount to determine your prize.
The last special feature is the jackpot. This is not one of the giant progressive prizes, though is still in the 5-figure range. This is not tied to any particular symbol combo. Instead it will drop at random. This can be triggered at any stake level.
You might expect a lot of snow from the title of this slot, and the reels are almost exclusively white. Other than complaints about the bet size and line number changes being hard to locate, this works well. You’ll see a (static) snowman to the right of the reels, and pine trees covered in snow in the background.
Symbols are reasonably detailed, and there are some small animations. This slot is more solid than stunning when it comes to the graphics. There are trumpet type sounds for your wins, along with ‘icy’ tinkling type effects. I felt the blare of the trumpets was a little over the top – especially for smaller wins.
This slot is an entertaining diversion, and better than the initial impression might have you believe. There is a lot going on. You’ll get an expanding wild, plus mini bonus game on the reels. There is also a full pick-me game, a free spins bonus and the shot at a progressive jackpot. Not a bad slot to while away a dark winter evening.