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Polar Paws slot review

Added by Quickspin. Information last updated: 01/03/2021

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Tester rating:

3.3 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:Quickspin

Release date:03/2020

RTP:96.84%

Volatility:Medium

Max. win:bet x 819

Mobile version:Support all devices

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Highlights

Freespins

Multiplier wilds

Multiplier

Random wilds

Wilds

Themes

Finland

Fairy tales & fantasy

Nature & animals

Christmas

Cartoon

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RTP (Return to player):
96.84%
Volatility:
Medium
Max. win:
bet x 819

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
95
Quickspin score (compared to other slots of supplier)
96
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Slot tester's review Trystan Michielsen

Slot tested

Polar Paws brings us to the North Pole and Santa’s Workshop, but the focus this time is on the polar bears who are surely living nearby. The game features a selection of cute bears as well as multiplier wilds, free spins and random wilds.

The game was developed by Quickspin and became available to players in 2020. The Christmas theme is very clearly injected into the game as we can see Christmas lights everywhere as well as a cosy cabin in the background and an Elf acts as a special symbol. The slot uses a 5-reel, 3-row playing field which means the different symbols get a lot of room, showing off their level of detail.

While the low-paying symbols are only card letters, the high-paying symbols are what seems to be a family of polar bears. They all have their own characteristics as well as their own colour scheme, helping to keep them apart. The game further features a number of animations that help bring them alive. Getting a win on one of the 25 bet lines will often trigger a brief animation, even though not all of them are as intricate.

The sound-design is focused on the Christmas setting as can be expected. The slot features a soft Christmas jingle in the background with sleigh bells. Wins are enhanced with a chirpy little tune while the free spins mode celebrates the season with some more dramatic music.

Symbols

Polar Paws features quite a few different symbols which make it a bit trickier to win. This is compensated by the fact that the features are pretty common and especially the free spins mode can award big wins. As a result, the game lands on Medium Volatility. Unfortunately, this also means that the jackpot is smaller, with the max. win of 819x your bet pretty low when compared to similar games.

As I played the game, it would grant me regular wins pretty often even though these wouldn’t have a very high payout. The bigger wins were dependent on the free spins mode, which adds multipliers and extra wilds to the screen. The volatility is perfect for players that like getting some bigger wins but don’t want to spend most time not getting anything, as is common with high volatility slots.

The symbols in the game include:

  • Elf (Scatter): Get 3 Scatter symbols on the screen to receive 10 free spins.
  • Wild: Wilds substitute regular symbols in the game to create wins.
  • Red Polar Bear: Max. 10x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Purple Polar Bear: Max. 8x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Green Polar Bear: Max. 8x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Blue Polar Bear: Max. 8x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Ace: Max. 4x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • King: Max. 4x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Queen: Max. 3x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • Jack: Max. 3x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.
  • 10: Max. 3x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a win line.

Features

Polar Paws does not have a lot of features, which can leave the gameplay feel a little stale. The majority of features are only activated during the free spins mode as well, making it very important for that mode to trigger in order to fully enjoy the game’s possibilities.

The features in the game are:

  • Wilds: Wilds appear on the screen to replace regular symbols. Wilds will always substitute the highest paying symbol on a win line.
  • Multiplier Wilds: Multiplier Wilds will increase the multiplier for that spin. The more multiplier wilds on the screen, the higher the total multiplier to a maximum of 4x your win.
  • Free Spins: With 3 Scatters on the screen the free spins mode is activated. Players receive 10 free spins. Retriggering additional free spins is possible.
  • Random Wilds: During the free spins mode, getting Elves on the screen will change the high-paying symbols into Wilds for the duration of the free spins mode.

While playing in the base game, the slot only introduces the regular and multiplier wilds. The regular Wilds are pretty common during this part and also help create wins pretty often. The downside here is that the payouts are very low so even getting a number of wins is not guaranteed to make back your bet.

The Multiplier Wilds function the same as regular Wilds except that they increase that spin’s multiplier by 1 for every Multiplier Wild on the screen. This can increase to a maximum of 4x your win, but it was not common for me to see more than 1 at a time.

If the player gets 3 Scatter symbols on the screen, the free spins mode is activated. The Wild and Multiplier Wild are also present here and function the same way. The Multiplier is only active for that spin, and not during the entire free spins mode.

The big change is that the Elf symbol will be counted to unlock Random Wilds and extra free spins. The polar bears will be turned into Wilds as the counter increases, and at certain points, additional free spins are awarded. This can result in some major wins at the end of the free spins mode, but it’s not certain this will be enough to make back your spins.

In Conclusion

Polar Paws is a nice-looking slot with some smooth gameplay. Players will not have to spend a lot of time trying to figure out the game as it is very much a standard experience. The graphics are a very appealing part, with a tonne of detail and character. If you are in a Christmas mood, this will surely help you out.

The features are simple but effective and can grant some big wins. Unfortunately, during my time playing, I found that my funds simply dropped and never recovered. They didn’t go down very fast but I never felt like I had a shot at getting into the positives. The game does allow players to change their bet to between £0.25 and £100 per spin.

If you want to play a simple slot with some effective features and enjoy the visuals of the North Pole, Polar Paws will surely deliver that to you. Be aware that getting big enough wins to come out positive will not be as simple.

Overall rating:

3.3

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  • Features

    Wins and bets

    RTP (Return to Player):96.84%

    Volatility:Medium

    Max. win:bet x 819

    Min. bet:£0.25

    Max. bet:£100

    Progressive jackpot:

    Reels & playlines

    Reels:5

    Rows:3

    Non-standard layout:

    Max. lines:25

    Min. lines:25

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    Languages

    You can play Polar Paws in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 16 other languages.

    All supported languages:
    English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Greek, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Romanian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese

    Currencies

    Polar Paws supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD

    Stats

    Release date 03/2020
    17th newest on Quickspin 499th newest on Bojoko
    RTP 96.84% 0.97% > average
    7th highest on Quickspin 199th highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 819 x your bet
    52nd highest on Quickspin 1,831st highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 25 25% > average
    35th highest on Quickspin 855th highest on Bojoko
    Min bet £0.25 per spin
    48th lowest on Quickspin 1,816th lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet £100 per spin
    3rd highest on Quickspin 695th highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    4th most rated on Quickspin 40th most rated on Bojoko
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    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.

    When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.

    Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.

    Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.

    A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.

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    Game supplier:Quickspin

    Release date:03/2020

    RTP (Return to player):96.84%

    Max. win:bet x 819

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Tester rating: 3.3

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