Polar Pioneers a New Microgaming SlotBy: Adam Baker, Monday January 19th 2009
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Last week Microgaming released its four new games for January 2009. For the last seven days these games have ruled the roost in Microgaming online casinos. Polar Pioneers in particular gave players a rerun of the cold season they had just experienced.
Polar Pioneers is an online video slot game with 5 reels, 25 paylines and 35 winning combinations. The coin denominations vary from $0.01 to $0.10. This is great news for players with low budgets because it enables them to take a shot at this game. The game is good for high rollers as well. The maximum number of coins allowed is 500 coins, which translates to a max bet of $50.
As the name suggests, Polar Pioneers has a theme of polar exploration and is a tribute to the explorers who were the first to check out these desolate regions. The symbols on the reels aptly recreate the mood of this awesome adventure. The symbols are Explorer, Ship, Ice Boots, Compass, Huskies and Ice Axe and the card symbols Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten and Nine. The card symbols appear as gigantic colored ice sculpture and enhance the theme of the online slot. Even the reels are set in the background of the Polar snow.
Polar Pioneers offers the biggest jackpot of 15,000 coins. This is hit when 5 Explorer symbols line up in an active payline. At a max bet of 20 coins of $0.10 denomination the payout is $30,000. The second jackpot is of 2,500 coins. This is hit when 5 Ship symbols line up in an active payline. At a max bet of 20 coins of $0.10 denomination the payout is $5,000.
The Explorer is also the wild symbol. It substitutes for all symbols in order to make a winning combination except for the scatter symbol. In Polar Pioneers the wild symbol does not act as a multiplier. The Huskies is the scatter symbol. The scatter symbols need not appear in a payline but can be scattered anywhere on the reels. 5 scatter symbols give a payout of 125 coins times the total bet. At max bet this yields $6,250.
Two Huskies symbols anywhere on the reels trigger the 2nd Chance Respin Bonus Game. The reels containing the Huskies symbols are held fixed and the other three reels are spun. Players receive credits for winning combinations both before and after the respin. If additional Huskies appear in the respin the Free Spin Bonus Game is triggered. This game gets triggered directly as well if three or more Huskies symbols appear on the reels. Players get 10 free spins with doubled payouts. This Free Spin Bonus Game can be retriggered. Polar Pioneer also features Microgaming’s characteristic Gamble Game in which the player can have a go at doubling or even quadrupling his winnings.
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