Put your parka on and find your compass to head into the snowy wasteland with Northern Sky. Up there you’ll find beautiful visions, an RTP of 96.57% and a decent level of variance.
The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, are a well known phenomenon that occurs as one gets closer and closer to the Arctic. Northern Sky uses this to create a stellar backdrop for its crystalline symbols. Bears, Caribou, Snowy Owls and Wolves inhabit the reels, rendered in a gorgeous diamond-esque style.
In the background a mountain rises towering out of snowy forests and the stars twinkle waiting for the bonus feature to trigger, bringing with it the aurora in all its colourful glory.
The slot is a near perfect demonstration of how to build the visual and sound elements of a slot. The theme is strong, clear, and present in every visual detail. The symbols are beautiful and detailed, but also have strong silhouettes that make for easy-to-read reels at all magnifications.
The animations are simple but pretty, and they are timed to elicit that little bit of extra excitement when you land a win, or just miss a bonus symbol.
The sound, too, is well designed, building in time with the action and really drawing the player in.
Northern Sky is played on five reels with three rows and nine win lines.
Any winning combination pays out and then locks that combination in place for a free respin. Respins continue until no further winning combinations occur. The winnings are then paid out and the round ends.
There is no Wild symbol in Northern Sky.
The Bonus feature is triggered when three bonus symbols land anywhere and at any time in one round (a round includes free respins). The Bonus round consists of ten free spins with only the high paying animal symbols on the reels.
The return to player of this game is 96.57%, slightly over our yardstick of 96.00%.
The volatility of this game is medium to high, allowing it to pair decently well with our preferred strategies.
Since the bets are not made on a "per win line" basis the range of bet on the site we tested went from the minimum bet per spin of $/£/€0.10 all the way up to a maximum bet per spin of $/£/€100.00. This is a very satisfying spread of bets.
Northern Sky does a fantastic job at the visual level. Luckily, this is also backed up under the hood, with excellent pacing and a respin mechanic that makes every win feel like a bonus round.
The return to player is above average and the volatility is within the kind of range we feel happy recommending.
Overall this is a great slot that we recommend to our readers wholeheartedly.