Alaskan Storm Deluxe Slots from Aristocrat
The Native American wildlife theme that slot manufacturer Aristocrat has used to great success in the past appears again in Alaskan Storm. With the northern twist, bears replace Buffalos or Longhorns as the main symbol. The style of play will be familiar to fans of slots including Timber Wolf or any of the Buffalo range.
Your focus will be on the free spins game, where you get to choose how much volatility to accept in return for the chance of bigger wins. Like many other slots in this niche, the setup uses the ‘reel power’ system. This is a variation of the all-ways setup, where symbols on consecutive reels from the left trigger prizes without needing to check whether they hit any of the win lines.
Landing Wins on Alaskan Storm
There are plenty of regular real money wins on slots with the all-ways system in use. To balance the fact that you will never ‘miss’ a win line (as long as there are no gaps of 1 reel or more) the individual wins tend to be a little smaller. As you will see below, the big wins come when you hit the multipliers during the free spins game or get multiple wins in the same spin via stacked symbols and wilds.
Bears are the main symbol and have the biggest individual payout of 500 coins for 5 in a row. You’ll get 100 for 4 bears, 50 for 3 and a consolation prize of 5 coins for just 2 from the left hand side. The other wildlife symbols follow in the payment chart, with the moose next (200 for 5 and also paying all the way down to 2) then the owl, deer and salmon. Just in case you were to forget that you were playing on a machine created by Aristocrat, their familiar colorful playing card symbols (wearing crowns) are in play to make up the smaller wins.
Wild symbols appear on reels 2 and 4. These substitute for all of the regular symbols mentioned above. While wilds are welcome at any point, they play a special role during the free spins bonus game.
Scatter symbols are bright gold coins. They pay prize based on how many are in view (no need for these to be on consecutive reels), and also trigger the bonus game if you hit 3 or more. The top prize for 5 scatter symbols is a generous 2500 coins, with 1000 for 4 and 250 for just 3. If you are spinning all the reels for 50 credits, this translates as 50x, 20x and 5x your total bet amount.
Alaskan Storm Free Spins Bonus Game
Many live slots in the Aristocrat range give you the ability to choose how many free spins you will receive when you trigger bonus rounds. The idea is that you can take a lot of free spins with smaller multipliers attached to your wins, or go for just a few spins with the potential for huge multipliers instead. There are also options in between the two extremes.
In Alaskan Storm you can take a maximum of 21 free spins, with multipliers of 2x and 3x for the wilds on reels 2 and 4. If you hit both together and create a win, then both multipliers play – giving you a 6x win. The other options are 16 spins with 2x and 5x, 12 spins with 3x and 6x, 8 spins with 4x and 8x and 6 spins with 5x and 10x. If you are lucky enough to line up some (stacked) bears with the maximum multipliers then you could be in for a large windfall!
You can retrigger this bonus, in which case you go back to the selection screen after your spins are completed.
Design and Xtra Reel Power Setup
This slot sits in the common ‘Helix’ cabinet, which has two screens in addition to bright logo / graphic above. The predominant color is blue, with the background to the symbols on the reels breaking away from the usual cream color. Around the reels you will see snow covered pines. The animations are short, though nicely produced. I like the roar of the bear, especially as this usually comes together with the bigger wins!
Sounds are standard for Aristocrat, and include the ‘circus’ type tune (along with the famous coin fountain) when you hit a big win.
The Xtra Reel Power setup means that you can play 1024 ‘lines’ as a default (for 50 credits) or disable one or more reels. If you disable a reel from the right hand side, only the middle symbol plays – and you pay less per spin. For most player the full grid is the natural starting point – this will make the most of the multiplier wilds too.
Another solid game from Aristocrat which plays to their strength of solid game-play along with big win potential. With decades of experience behind them, live slots from Aristocrat have a huge fan base – largely due to solid titles exactly like this one. If you enjoy the Buffalo range than Alaskan Storm will make a refreshing (if somewhat familiar) change.