Winterberries 2 – Yggdrasil
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Yggdrasil’s brand new release Winterberries 2 is a sequel to the original Winterberries from the same game developer, and one that has been certainly long-awaited! Well, to be honest, we are not sure if anyone was even waiting a sequel any more at this point, since the original game was released nearly a decade ago… Either way, all what really matters is that the follow-up is now here whether you were waiting for it or not, so its time to take a closer look into it!
The base game is built on five reels with three rows of symbols in each of them, creating a total of 20 winlines for the player. However, there is also a Golden Bet option included, and by enabling that feature you will unlock a sixth reel. This doesn’t come free of course, as enabling the Golden Bet will also increase your bet size by 50% compared to the normal bet.
There is also bunch of other improvements included in the Golden Bet option besides the extra reel, as it also doubles your Chanz of triggering the Free Spin feature and unlocks the highest possible win multiplier of 32x. The win multiplier is really the backbone of the game and it can easily be considered as one of the most important features in the game, which makes the Golden Bet option quite lucrative to use.
So how it all really works and plays out then, you might ask? Well, after each spin your winning symbols will be frozen to their place, while rest of the symbols on your reels will get a respin. If you land more matching symbols during the respin, those will be frozen as well and you get another respin – and this goes on for as long as there are no more matching symbols landing or when your reels are already full of symbols. After the respins are done, your frozen symbols and the win from them will be paid out. This is also where the multipliers really come into play, as you can see them above your reels and each multiplier will be activated when the reel below it is completely full of frozen symbols. What is important to note here though, is that you can’t just jump directly into the highest multiplier, but instead you need to activate them in the sequential order. This means that in order to activate the third multiplier for example, your first and second reel must be full of symbols already with their multipliers activated before that can happen.
Finally we have the Free Spin feature, which is triggered in a very traditional way simply by landing a minimum of three Scatter symbols anywhere on your reels. This awards you with either 10, 12, 15 or 20 Free Spins depending on the amount of Scatter symbols you landed. The last option of 20 Free Spins is only possible if you have the sixth reel unlocked and land a total of 6 Scatters on your reels. The Free Spin feature itself works exactly like the base game, but all the multipliers are doubled from the base game. Additionally there are special Scatter symbols that you can land during the Free Spin feature; Silver, Gold and Diamond Scatters. Each of these will give you just one extra Free Spin per landed Scatter, but the Silver Scatter also increases all of your multipliers by 1-3x, Gold Scatter by 4-8x and the Diamond Scatter by 10-15x.
This is actually a really solid and enjoyable game all around. The theme of it is a bit silly one since you know, berries are usually not growing during the winters at all, but that is really nothing new in the world of slots. What matters the most to us are the actual game mechanics and those work really well in this release, and with all the respins and win multipliers things very rarely get boring! It might still be a winter, but you can get yourself a plate of these fresh berries right now at Chanz.com!
Play responsibly. 18/21+.