Slot Name: Polar Explorer
USA Players: Accepted
Polar Explorer is one of the many slots in RTG’s collection, but it’s unique enough where the theme is concerned. It’s themed around the polar explorers, the first ones that tried to reach the North Pole. It was incredibly dangerous back then to try to get there with the wooden ships of the time, but they tried anyway. The game celebrates the incredible courage of those explorers on a setup with 5 reels/25 pay lines. It also pays up to $5,000.
Polar Explorer is offered in the US as well, just like in all the other countries. RTG is one of the few developers that are active in the US market.
Betting & Jackpots
You have a range of $0.01 to $1 for the coin denomination, so if you choose to activate all 25 lines you can bet at most $25 per spin. Only one coin is used on each pay line. A Feature Guarantee bet is also part of the game, adding an extra 20% to the total amount, so you go up to $30 with it.
The game mentions payouts of up to 5,000 coins, which would mean at best $5,000 cash. Two random jackpots are part of the slot as well as they are in many other RTG titles.
The Explorer symbol is a pretty regular wild, the kind that will help you with the formation of new combinations whenever it appears, as long as it shows up in the right spot and the rest of the requirements are met. These wilds don’t substitute for scatter symbols. If they form their own combination, they pay as much as 5,000 coins.
If you look closely at the Royal symbols (the poker card letters), you will notice that some of them have parts of a puzzle, which can form a snowflake pattern. This happens on the middle three reels. If you happen to land only Royal icons on those three reels, and they have the right parts of a snowflake, they trigger a feature.
There are three potential features that can be triggered here, including Hidden Treasure, Discovery and Explorer.
If Discovery triggers, you get 8 spins for free, with one or more reels getting a wild. Wilds can appear stacked during this feature.
Explorer is another feature, which offers 5 free spins, with the last two reels being entirely occupied by wilds.
With Hidden Treasure, you’re taken to a snow cave, where 5 treasure chests are present. You pick from those chests until you get a cave-in. Up to three bonus symbols can be obtained from them. Next, you are taken to around with 8 free spins, where those bonus symbols turn into Explorer wilds whenever they appear.
That Feature Guarantee bet triggers the feature within a certain number of spins if you don’t get it yourself by then.
Finally, there is also a scatter symbol, with the sailing ship on it, which appears in random spots and pays up to 200x the triggering bet.
It’s not a terribly interesting game if you look solely at the design, but the North Pole explorer theme is a new one, and I think it’s worth playing because of that alone. Symbols are with the explorer, his ship, polar bears, seals, and poker cards.
I think it’s going to be a great game if you enjoy adventure and you marvel at what those early explorers could achieve. Its features look varied enough, but the top payouts are only average.