Snowflake Basic Information:
Want to create a pokie with a unique theme? Why not make one based on snowflakes, some of the most naturally beautiful and unique weather phenomenon we have? Seeing as how well this concept works as a theme we here at CasinoPokies24.com are surprised we don't see more games set on this idea. Does the game itself measure up to the theme, or is this a case of uniqueness setting this pokie aside as a perpetual ugly duckling? Read our review to find out…
This pokie was created by the developers at NextGen Gaming. These guys are another software designer with a heavy focus on slot based games. While not as prolific as the likes of Microgaming or NetEnt, this team does not let their lesser visibility affect the quality of their creations. This game was released on the 23rd of February, 2017.
The NextGen system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from NextGen.
Snowflake comes with a total of 25 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet are static.
- The maximum coins bet are static.
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.30
- Maximum coins size sits at 600.00
- The return to player offered by this game is 96.58%, which approaches the higher end of average.
Snowflake is a game built around simplicity, and because of this the game has a notable lack of options. Snowflake has the majority of its options available from the main game screen.
- Betting Quantity Buttons
These simple increase or decrease the bet per line, though the paylines themselves cannot be customised.
- Maximum Bet
This is the button which appears as a stack of gold coins, in the lower left of the main game screen. When this is clicked it will automatically set the amount bet to the maximum.
This is used to open the main options screen. When in this screen the player has access to four different tabs. These include the following:
When this button is clicked the player is brought to the autoplay settings screen. From this screen the player is able to use a slider to determine the amount of autospins which they wish to play out.
When this button is clicked it operates as a simple means to mute all game noise.
This simply acts as another way for the player to change their betting quantity.
- i information button
This is used to open the main game information screen. This section includes helpful information on symbols, game rules and payouts.
Funnily enough, there really isn't a lot to go into here when it comes to background. The entire basis of this game is in the title – snowflake.
The interesting thing about these ice crystals is that you will never find two which are exactly the same. While this can be said of literally everything, it has found a place within our culture as another term for special, or unique. It also doesn't hurt that the snow can be quite striking and beautiful.
Other Features and Bonuses
Snowflake comes with two special feature. The first of these is the icy wild feature. This can occur randomly after any spin within the base game. When this activates up to 5 symbols (maximum 1 per reel) may be changed into additional wilds.
The wild wind feature can also be randomly activated within any spin. When this feature occurs up to 5 wild symbols will be placed on the reels for that spin (maximum 1 per reel).
The wild symbol in Snowflake comes in the form of this rather attractive icon set in ice. This can substitute for any symbol except for the scatter, and can appear in both the base game and the frozen wilds bonus game.
The scatter symbol in Snowflake appears as the above ice ball (is that what it is?). These do not need to appear on an active payline in order to generate a win. When at least 3 of these are gathered in a single spin the player gains access to the frozen wilds bonus game. These also act as score multipliers, via the following contributions:
- 3 scatters give a 125x multiplier and 7 free spins when gathered
- 4 scatters give a 500x multiplier and 10 free spins when gathered
- 5 scatters give a 2500x multiplier and 15 free spins when gathered
The frozen wilds free game in Snowflake is won when the player manages to gain at least 3 scatter symbols in a single spin. During this game the free spins will play out much like the regular game, except for free. The total amount used as the wager in this game is taken from the amount which was bet in the game in which the free spins bonus game was won. Additional free spins can be won from within this game.
How to Play:
Basic play for Snowflake is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins.
Overall Design and Usability:
There are a lot of fantastic looking pokies out there. Those that look the best tend to have a strong basis in an attractive piece of art, history or nature. Snowflake is a fantastic example of this. Utilising the beautiful appearance of these crystals through a combination of high quality graphics and animation leads to one of the best looking pokies we are yet to review. Mostly sticking to the use of blues and whites, both in terms of the background and symbols, does a lot to sell the idea of a frozen wonderland. This extends to the snow effects, slowly drifting down from the top of the screen. Great work all around on this front.
When it comes to usability, this is a game which has some struggles. The game itself is fully reliable, with no issues arising in our testing process. This extends to the buttons themselves, which are all fast to respond. The issues here come from the lack of other options. This is a pokie with a weak autoplay system, which is also held back by a lack of graphics options. These are key in helping players on older or less powerful devices to get in on the action, so their omission is a bit of a sore point.
Where to find it:
NextGen Gaming may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the NextGen Gaming framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!
A great looking game, perfect for beginners. This is one of those games which offers a high level quality, but only a limited scope. This means that while what is in the game is great, there isn't really enough there to keep veteran players engaged for too long. This is exacerbated by the issue that the game lacks strong autoplay options, and graphical options for players on older or less powerful devices. If you are new to pokies, or just want a quick game on something beautiful then check this one out. If you are the type of player who wants a huge and engaging pokie then this might not be the one for you.
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