Crazy Tooth Studio, located in Nevada, is an independent software developer that appears to have been generating slots primarily for the American market. Our investigation turned up little information, and Microgaming has yet to formally introduce Crazy Tooth Studio. However, with a tagline like “Quality Always Wins,” the company seemingly has nothing to lose.
Sure, they’re a smaller studio, and it wouldn’t be fair to put them in the same category as the industry heavyweights we generally highlight on Bigwinboard. Despite our low opinion of Microgaming, a firm that has lost all touch with reality, we try to be kind because we know these men are really proud of their job. Speaking about Microgaming, it was both sad and hilarious to see the company’s representatives try to promote games that were irrelevant even a decade ago during the recent London iGaming conference. Anyways…
The Arctic Valor slot machine has 6 reels and 4096 chances to win, and players may wager anywhere from 0.15€ to 150€ every spin. If you get three or more matching symbols on adjacent reels, you win. It doesn’t matter where on the reel set the winning combination appears. To claim a prize, you need just line up matching symbols on reels 4, 5, and 6.
This slot takes you on a wintry expedition with the Icicle feature and Arctic Valor free spins, both of which can activate at random. There is a Norse mythological vibe, much as in Valkyrie, a 2018 release from ELK Studios. Set in a gorgeous arctic temple, you will observe an animation of the northern lights putting on a display in the backdrop while snowflakes slowly fall over the reels. On the ice-cracked reels you’ll come across fully stacked low-value pink, blue and snow crystals as well as medium-value shields, winged helmets, crossbows and swords. All four valkyrie warriors are worth the same, thus getting six of them on an active payline will return 0.66 times your initial wager. The wild symbol may stand in for any other icon save the scatter, but that’s all.
Crazed Tooth Studio’s Arctic Valor
The Icicle function can activate at any time during the main game. Each reel may include as many as three stacked symbols that look like icicles falling from above. The next step is to click on the icicles to expose bonuses like cash payouts or wild cards. This ability activates on a very regular basis, although it can also serve as a tease without actually doing anything.
3 or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels activate the Arctic Valor bonus with 7 free spins on offer. In the bonus, the Icicle feature triggers on every spin to offer you wild symbols. The three-high Valkyrie symbols also play a role here. The Icicles will only attack the reels if Valkyrie icons are present.
Final Say on Arctic Valor by Crazy Tooth Studio
Arctic Valor offers a few positive features, such as a 6-reel engine, 4096 win all ways mechanisms, and completely stacked symbols, but it ultimately fails to impress because to its terribly archaic graphic style and annoyingly low payouts. The maximum win is 2700x if the top symbol covers the entire screen on a single spin, however a victory of 38x is considered a “huge win” here, so you can get a sense of what to expect.
We ran across a little problem in addition to the jerky rotations and unimpressive visuals (apart from the introduction, which looks great). Since the Icicle feature occurs frequently, the auto spin option is rather ineffective because you have to click the icicles to reveal the rewards.
There’s hardly much logic to the free spins, however. There are no more vertical rows of 6 Valkyrie symbols; instead, there are 3 rows of 6 symbols each. And if the Icicles are supposed to boost your odds of winning, why are they always going after the Valkyrie stacks when they might be going after the reels adjacent to them instead? If we’re not mistaken, the existing structure merely adds premiums on top of premiums.
Microgaming appears to have put it into their life’s purpose to encourage indie studios. It’s unclear if their actions are motivated by altruism, sloth, or greed, but as gamblers, we couldn’t care less about the motivation. All we want are fair games where we can really earn money, yet Microgaming and its gang of studios consistently fall short of our expectations.