A wild snowy wilderness is the setting for POWERBUCK$ Arctic Gems, a progressive jackpot video slot from IGT. This one is played using a 5 reel, 50 payline game engine and comes with plenty of winter warmers including multipliers of up to 5x, symbol upgrades and free spins. There’s also a shot at landing a potentially massive score via the Polar Picks Bonus feature. Play on all devices from between 75p and £150 per spin.
Like many IGT games, the design here has the look of a live casino game. Set against a snowy forest backdrop, you’ll see lower value totems plus 4 higher value polar animals. The best of these is the bear which pays 7.33 times your bet coins for a 3, 4 or 5 symbol combination.
Helping your winning chances is the wild which can hit on all 5 reels. This substitutes for everything apart from the free spins scatter. Land 5 wilds in combination and you’ll pocket 8 times your bet. There’s a decent array of extras on offer in POWERBUCK$ Arctic Gems Arctic Gems too:
Multiplier feature – each of the 4 wild animal symbols can come with a multiplier attached if they land on reel 1. This can boost the payout by 2x, 3x or even 5x.
Symbol Replacement feature – this can hit on any base game spin. Any of the totem symbols that land on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 could all transform into the same higher value animal symbol. A new payout calculation is made with the newly upgraded symbols in place.
Free Spins Bonus feature – land the scatter on reels 1, 3 and 5 on the same spin and you’ll receive 8 free spins. Only high value symbols appear and the Multiplier feature can also come into play meaning a potential 5x multiplier from every free spin.
The main attraction here of course is the potential progressive jackpot on offer in the Polar Picks Bonus feature – this round can become active on any spin that features a multiplier on reel 1. You’ll then be taken to a new screen where you’ll get to pick 11 coins.
These will turn over and reveal turn blank or purple. The more purples you find, the better the prizes. If you manage to find 11 purples, you’ll win the POWERBUCK$ jackpot which is 333.33 times your bet. The precise amounts on offer depend on the stakes you’re playing at. If playing at over £2.25 per spin, 666.66 times your bet can won. There’s also the chance of triggering the POWERBUCK$ progressive jackpot!
Even if the medium volatility POWERBUCK$ Arctic Gems didn’t have the Polar Picks Bonus feature, it would still be a playable game. The multipliers, transforming symbols and free spins are a perfectly solid combination. Add the potential progressive jackpot and POWERBUCK$ Arctic Gems becomes well worth a closer look. It’s not the best video slot you’ll come across – IGT have produced better with Icy Wilds a better alternative.