Northern Sky – Game of the Week
Set against the backdrop of a Scandinavian winter night complete with northern lights, Quickspin’s Northern Sky is a soothing experience both visually and audibly. The basic concept of the theme is a land frozen in time and this idea is beautifully weaved into how the game plays. Put on a scarf and some snow shoes and let us walk you through how this week’s game of the week works.
For starters, it’s a very easy game to play with only 9 lines on a 3×5 reel slot. Don’t let this discourage you from giving this game a chance on your computer, tablet or mobile. There’s a lot more to this casino slot than meets the eye. Remember the “frozen-in-time” theme? And not the animated film Frozen with that song that’s increasingly difficult to stand.
The theme is where the game starts to shine, so to speak. All symbols in the game have been exposed long enough to the northern cold to have been turned into crystals. There are regular ones and high paying animal icons: Elk, Bear, Wolf and Owl in descending order. So let’s get back to the theme of Northern Sky and why it works so well with the game mechanics.
Any winning combination is locked in place and triggers the respin feature. Symbols which aren’t part of qualifying paylines are removed and replaced with new ones. And as long as you keep adding icons to your winning combination(s) the respins continue. It gets better! Between each respin your current winnings are paid. Picture this:
Your total bet is €5.00 per spin and you hit 3 Owl symbols. This pays out €2.50 and triggers the respin. Only your winning payline remains and all other symbols are replaced. Let’s say one more Owl lands to extend your payline to 4 symbols, you’re now paid out €5.00 on top of your initial €2.50. The respin feature triggers again and if you land another payline of 4 symbols you’re paid €10 on top of your total winnings.
Even when you don’t add a symbol(s) to your qualifying payline(s) you’re paid the same value as your latest spin once more. It goes without saying that this can lead to some seriously massive payouts. Speaking of… the respin feature is a welcome part of the game, but it’s when you trigger the free spins that things can really start to change.
Northern Sky free spins
You’ll need three bonus scatters to trigger the free spins feature in Northern Sky. But you don’t need to land all three on a single spin. You can collect them one at a time during respins in the main game. That’s right! On the left hand side you have a bonus meter you have to fill to get to the free spins.
As soon as you you’ve filled the bonus meter you’re whisked to the snow covered mountain top and given 10 free spins. These are played with the high paying animal symbols only AND follow the same rules of winning paylines and respins! Theoretically you could be spinning dozens of times while winnings keep stacking up.
Unfortunately the free spins feature cannot be re-triggered, but that would almost be asking a little too much and we all know what happens then… With all the good stuff out of the way, why not go into how to get started.
How to play Northern Sky
Quickspin has become synonymous with simple gameplay, Northern Sky is certainly no exception to this rule. In all fairness, you can pretty much play any of Quickspin’s slots by following three easy steps: Choose your total bet amount (varies between slots – Northern Sky can be played from as little as €0.10 up to €100 per spin), click the spin symbol in the bottom right corner and then check the win field for a payout.
There are some advanced settings available in the autoplay option. You can set number of spins, loss limit and even single spin win limit to stop the game. Another possibility is to use the space bar to spin in case you don’t have a separate mouse and don’t feel like messing around with the touchpad too much.
That’s pretty much all you need to know about Northern Sky, our game of the week. Captain Rizk definitely recommends this slot and hopes you’ll have a great time playing it and of course hitting some seriously big wins!