Icarus Wilds Slot: Overview
Icarus Wilds is the latest slot from Swedish developers STHLMGAMING powered by Relax Gaming’s Silverbullet platform. If you were unaware, STHLM is an acronym for Stockholm - so, Stockholm Gaming, in other words. The star of the slot is Icarus, that ancient Greek guy that flew too high and ended up in the sea because the sun melted his wings. The moral has something to do with the risks of hubris and unbridled ambition. Fans of STHMLGAMING or eagle-eyed players, in general, might see some resemblances between Icarus Wilds and previous releases. The main reason is that the same male lead, Ricky Riches, stars in many of their games. So Icarus is the John Travolta lookalike from Casino on the House, this time shaved and winged up for some Ancient Greek themed spinning.
Like the majority of STHLMGAMING's titles, Icarus Wilds comes in a 5x3 format during the base game. The background portrays a gleaming blue sea from a great height, no doubt Icarus' view before he plunged into the Med. To the right is the famous labyrinth from the legend which looks like a multi-tiered Minas Tirith. It’s nice, and the soundtrack is stirring, yet a bit plain and maybe a bit too basic at the same time.
Getting in on the Hellenic action starts with setting a stake from 25 p/c to £/€50 per spin. Mathematically, Icarus Wilds features a medium to high volatility model as well as a respectable RTP of 96.54%. It's not a game that goes out of its way to keep you buoyant while spinning for big wins as sessions could be a real test of patience and endurance due to the way the features work. With that said, it does have several ingredients to produce big wins. One is the value of its symbols. The low pays won't get you far and are made up of 10-A royals, which have that angled Greek font going on. The high pays, on the other hand, include tools, a pot, wings, a golden wreath, and one of those plumed hoplite helmets. Symbols to look out for are the wreath at 100 times the stake for five, and the helm which is worth 200 times the stake for a line of five. The game uses 243 win ways during the base game to land combinations of at least three of a kind which means you won't have to keep track of any fixed paylines.
Icarus Wilds Slot: Features
The majority of the features include, well, wilds. Even the bonus game is governed by them. They come in 3 forms of Flying Wilds – Nudging, Locked, and Multiplier. Wilds land on reels 2, 3, 4, or 5 to substitute for any pay symbol in the game.
When Nudging Wilds land, they are moved up a row with each spin. For example, if one lands on the bottom row they last three spins, or if on the top row they stay for one spin only. Multiplier Wilds behave in the same way as Nudging Wilds, but they apply a win multiplier of 2x, 3x, or 4x. Locked Wilds, meanwhile, come with a number in the top right corner and do as the name suggest. The number they come with, 2-4, is the amount of spins they remained locked in position before moving upwards like Nudging Wilds. When wilds are nudged off the top row, they fall down the reels like Icarus heading to his doom.
The highlight of Icarus Wilds is the Icarus Free Spins bonus which is triggered by the gold coin scatter symbol - this symbol can land anywhere, and 3 are enough to unlock the bonus game. During the round, an extra row is added and the win ways increase from 243 to 1,024. There is no set number of free spins. Instead, a Flying Wild appears on the bottom row, and the bonus game continues to run as long as there is at least one wild symbol on the reels.
Icarus Wilds Slot: Verdict
Icarus Wilds is a pretty decent slot. It's one of those games that is easier to like when the bankroll is ticking up, and you are winning. Of course, you can say that about all games, but some more so than others. Despite the flurry of wilds, it can often feel like not much is going on which can kill the mood. Icarus relies heavily on high value symbols to make up deficits, so you are often spinning for lengthy periods of time while waiting for them to show up.
Not having a set number of free spins is a bit of a crapshoot that can work for you, or against you. During testing, the biggest let down was a batch of 5 that passed without a single win. On the other end of the spectrum was a batch of 23 that included some sweet lines of helmets which was unexpected and flipped the session from negative territory nicely into the black. So expect a real see-saw of volatile gaming.
That makes sense when you consider that Icarus Wild is STHLMGAMING's highest paying game to date. There are a few slots in their catalogue with respectable potential, but Icarus Wilds pips them all with wins of 16,864 times the stake up for grabs. Payouts like that will need features firing on all cylinders to achieve - bear in mind it appeared during many billions simulated spins. But, it is nice to know big rewards are there. Without them, the game would be a lot less appealing, at least for the hardcore gamers.
While it lacks originality and comes shipped with some rather bland graphics, Icarus Wilds is still a slot worth looking into.