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Top-10 winter-themed slot games

16 January 2012

It's the middle of January, and with cold weather setting in across the Northern Hemisphere, it's a good time to tuck yourself under blanket and huddle for warmth. And if you're looking for an online slot game to match the temperature outside, there are plenty of options available.

Thanks to Online Casino City's directory of online slot games with winter themes, you can browse through a bevy of winter slot options. But don't let the temperatures indicated by the names of the games fool you — some of these games are just bound to be hot!

Here's a top-10 list of online slots with winter themes:

10. Frozen Assets
Frozen Assets is a classic three-reel game with a progressive jackpot and a "snowman bonus." Symbols include 7s, snowmen, top hats, snowflakes, suns and penguins, which act as wilds (except in the case of snowflakes and suns). Match three symbols on the payline and your spin is a winner.

To win the snowman bonus, you must fill the snowman with snow. Each time you hit a snowflake icon, a snowman on the screen will begin filling up with snow. Each time you hit a sun symbol, some of the snow will melt. But those pesky suns aren't all bad; each one ups the bonus by one credit.

When you've hit 200 more snowflakes than suns, you win the snowman bonus, which builds from a starting point of 500 credits. During my test run of the play-for-fun game, snowflakes appeared roughly twice as often as sun symbols, so it takes awhile to win the bonus, but it's quite a payoff when you do, considering each spin at max coins costs a total of three credits.

Frozen Assets is an RTG game, and can be played at Vegas Casino Online and Bodog Casino.

9. Frost Bite
Another classic three-reel slot, Frost Bite features a cool blue screen with snowflake, bar and Jack Frost and Frost Bite symbols. Players can play one or two coins, and payouts range from 2x to 800x the spin bet.

If you don't like a lot of flashy graphics or loud sounds, this is the winter slot for you. The game features a muted spinning sound, and wins are marked with a brief musical flourish.

Frost Bite is run on Microgaming software and is available at Spin Palace Casino and Ruby Fortune Casino.

8. Northern Lights
Northern Lights is a five-reel, nine-payline slot that features wilds (penguins), scatters (ice cream) and bonus symbols (frozen strawberries). Additional symbols include reindeer, polar bears, sharks, walruses, Eskimos, igloos, sleds and boots.

Hitting three or more bonus symbols on an active payline triggers the bonus game. During the bonus game, you control a penguin with the keyboard as he slides down a hill. The goal is collect fish and hats (which protect the penguin) and avoid snow banks (which slow you down) and boots, which prevent you from catching fish.

The game features up-tempo musical accompaniment and an auto-spin feature.

Northern Lights is available at El Dorado Palace.

7. Polar Riches
A five-reel, 20-payline slot, Polar Riches features bonus (ice fishing), wild (snow monster) and scatter symbols. Other symbols include orcas with gold teeth, polar bears with gold earrings, walruses with gold and diamond necklaces, penguins with martini glasses and gold watches, along with As, Ks, Qs, Js, and 10s.

The bonus feature is triggered when three bonus symbols appear on the reels. Clicking on one of the symbols reveals how many free spins you have won (from four to seven), and clicking on another of the symbols reveals the multiplier of the payline on those free spins (anywhere from 3x to 6x). During my brief test, I hit the bonus feature once and won four free spins at a 3x multiplier, but didn't hit a winning combination during any of the spins.

Wild symbols act as a 2x multiplier and substitute for all symbols except for scatter and bonus symbols.

Players can wager 1-10 coins per line, and the game is relatively quite with a muted whirring sound while the reels are spinning and upbeat music during the bonus round.

Polar Riches is available at myBet Casino and Coral Casino.

6. Eskimo's Wild Life
Eskimo's Wild Life is a five-reel, nine-payline video slot machine with a progressive jackpot, scatters (polar bears) and wild symbols (seals). Other symbols are cartoon depictions of caribous, Eskimos, fish, igloos, penguins, dog-racing sleds, wolves, ice picks, sea gulls and icebergs. Players can also win 2x or 4x normal winning line bets.

The music accompanying the game is a pleasant melody, and with betting amounts ranging from $.01 per spin for one line and one coin to $2.25 per spin for players wishing to bet the maximum, it can accommodate players who wish to gamble at a wide variety of stakes.

Eskimo's Wild Life can be played at Casino770.

5. Ice Land
Ice Land is a five-reel, nine-payline video slot with wild and scatter symbols. Other symbols include Eskimos, fish, polar bears, reindeer, woolly mammoths, penguins, rabbits, dogs, walruses and foxes.

Ice Land is slightly different from an online slot. The player experience is almost identical to that of an online slot, but the outcome of the game is determined by a fixed odds paytable, similar to an instant scratch card.

Payouts range from two times a payline bet to up to 10,000 times a payline bet with five blue foxes. The game features cartoon animation and pleasant music, which make it fun to play.

Ice Land runs on NeoGames software is available at Winnings.com and Scratch2Cash.

4. Penguin Power
Penguin Power is a five-reel, 20-payline slot with scatter and wild symbols, as well as seals, fish, eggs, snow-covered As, Ks, Qs, Js, 10s, 9s, and, of course, penguins.

Baby penguins, which appear on reels two, three and four, act as wilds and double the amount won an any payline. Igloos are scatter symbols and any time three igloos appear when a player plays all 20 paylines, five, 10, 15, or 25 free spins are awarded.

The free spin feature is the reason to play this game. During the free spins, a happy melody plays while you rack up the credits without risking a dime. And making the bonus even better are the little baby penguins, which grant additional bonuses during the free spins feature when they land on the same horizontal level as an igloo thanks to a "penguin slide" feature. Prizes range from 2-10 additional free spins, to prizes 5-100 times the spin bet.

During a short test run on the fun play version, I racked up more than 86 times my spin bet after winning 15 free spins. The penguin slide feature triggered twice during those spins, granting me an additional five free spins and 10x my original bet.

Penguin Power is an RTG game and is available at Slots Jungle Casino and WinPalace Casino.

3. Snow Queens Magic
Snow Queens Magic is a five-reel, nine-payline slot that features a progressive jackpot. Players win a percentage of the progressive jackpot by hitting five snow queen symbols on any active payline, depending on the stake of their wager.

Other symbols in the game include snow kings, owls, white horses, orbs, and Js, 10s and 9s.

The game is simple and straightforward, with no wilds or scatters, and it is mostly offered by bingo sites, including bet365 Bingo, Paddy Power Bingo and William Hill Bingo.

2. Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc is a five-reel, 25-payline video slot with a winter sports theme. Symbols people wearing winter gear, ski goggles, gloves, helmets, walkie talkies, St. Bernards, Xs (bonus), fir trees (wilds) and snowflakes (bonus).

There are two bonus features in the game. The first (the chalet bonus) is triggered when five snowflakes or five Xs appear on any active payline. Twenty-four chalets appear, and you click on them until you find three offering the same "standards of comfort" (e.g., food, drink, etc.). You then get the accompanying credits associated with those three chalets.

The second bonus (the slalom special) is triggered when snowflakes appear in a pre-determined formation on the reels. During the bonus round, you must guide your skier through a slalom run, picking the correct path to best showcase your skills. At the end of the game, you win a reward multiplied by the number of coins bet and the number of lines played.

The game features a youthful soundtrack, with electric guitar and club music accompanying the game play.

Mont Blanc is available at Duel5 Casino.

1. Snow Business - The Big One!
Snow Business is a five-reel, 30-payline online slot with multiple progressive jackpots, wilds, scatters and free spins. Other symbols include penguins, polar bears, orcas, seals, As, Ks, Qs, Js, 10s, and 9s. Winning combinations range from 2x to 1,000x the payline wager.

The "Snow Business" logo acts as a wild, and can expand left, right, up or down to create an additional wild symbol on the reels. Icebergs act as scatters, and three or more iceberg symbols anywhere on the reels will award free spins.

When triggered, the free spins feature gives players a chance to "go fishing." A penguin stands over a number of holes on a sheet of ice. When a fish appears through one of the holes, click on the fish to hook it and add free spins and/or a multiplier to your bonus. During my quick test of the play-for-fun game, I won 16 free spin with a 5x multiplier, amassing a total win of more than 47 times my original bet.

If a jackpot win is triggered, the player spins a wheel to determine which of the five jackpots will be won. Prizes when I played ranged from less than $10 for the "Blitz Cash" jackpot, to more than $4.2 million for the "Colossal Cash" jackpot.

The game features jazzy music, with a saxophone and synthesizer, and fun animations, including snowball bouncing seals and melting icebergs.

Snow Business is available only at Party Casino.
Top-10 winter-themed slot games is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.
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Home-game hotshot Aaron Todd was an editor/writer at Casino City for nearly eight years, and is currently the Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications and Marketing at St. Lawrence University, his alma mater. While he is happy to play Texas Hold'em, he'd rather mix it up and play Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw, and Badugi.

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Home-game hotshot Aaron Todd was an editor/writer at Casino City for nearly eight years, and is currently the Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications and Marketing at St. Lawrence University, his alma mater. While he is happy to play Texas Hold'em, he'd rather mix it up and play Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw, and Badugi.