The theme in Snow Leopard may be icy cold but there’s some pretty hot action on offer in this unusual 6 reel, 40 payline video slot from Barcrest. Highlights in this winter wilderness include wild reels which hit on every spin as well as free spins with stacked wild multipliers. Up your stakes and play in Big Bet mode to unlock a second reel set as well as more free spins and multipliers. Stakes range from between 10p and £500 per spin.

Snow Leopard started life in live casinos and that’s evident in the design of this online version. A snowy, windswept vista and star-filled sky form the backdrop the plain blue reels. There you’ll find the usual lower value playing card symbols alongside a squirrel and snow leopard. The highest playing symbol is the winter woman who awards 6 times your total stake if you land 6 on a payline.

One each spin, you’re guaranteed to see 1 reel, and perhaps more, that will be filled totally with wilds.

The main feature on offer in Snow Leopard is the Free Spins Bonus feature which is triggered by landing 3 or more of the paw print. 8, 20 or 50 free spins are awarded if you hit 3, 4 or 5 paw prints together. The wild reel (or reels) from the triggering spin will remain locked in position for the duration of the feature. These wilds come with multipliers of 2x, 3x, 5x, 7x or 10x depending on which reel is wild.

Like many video slots from Barcrest, you’ll get the opportunity to up your stakes in Snow Leopard and spin in Big Bet Double Play mode. This series of 5 linked spins costs £20, £30, £40 or £50 but you get some pretty tasty extras in return.

First and foremost, you’ll activate a second 40 payline machine. You’ll then get to decide whether to have wild stacks on the same reel on each machine, synced reels or independently spinning reels. Extra goodies on offer here include up to 100 free spins, wild stack multipliers that can boost payouts by up to 5x with the lowest value symbols removed from the reels. The RTP rises from 94.2% at minimum stakes up to 98.2% if you do opt to play in Big Bet Double Play mode.

The original Snow Leopard proved popular with brick and mortar casino players. With its combination of wild reels, big multipliers and plenty of free spins, the online version should do just the same. I also recommend you try other Barcrest titles such as Golden Chief and Dr Jekyll Goes Wild.